A story of one woman’s mission to exercise her gun rights, from The Inquirer.
Savannah Lindquist was never afraid to exercise her second amendment rights. Raised around guns, she got her personal handgun at 10. It was a birthday present from her grandfather, “Poppop”.
She was also a straight-A student who worked hard to get into her school of choice, Temple University in Philadelphia. She took pride in her school, was heavily involved in campus activities, and wasn’t one to break the rules. Including rules that prevent anyone from bringing a firearm onto campus.
Which is why, when she left for college, the gun stayed home.
The gun that she believes could have meant all the difference.
Savannah was in her senior year and living off campus. She’d invited a friend over to watch a movie and have a beer, and was completely unprepared for what was about to happen. Her “friend” forced himself on her.
She tried to break free. She blew her Temple University whistle. Tried the moves she’d learned from self-defense classes. She thought about the potential weapons, like knives in her kitchen, that she couldn’t reach. There was nothing she could do.
“It’s really happening, Lindquist thought. You need to save yourself.”
But she couldn’t save herself. She was alone, and overpowered. The gun she’d been trained to use, the gun that made her feel safe… that gun was back home because she couldn’t carry it around with her on campus – where she spent most of her time.
Justine McDaniel reports:
That night in 2016 became the dynamite that blasted away Lindquist’s life path, derailing her dreams of being her family’s first college graduate. In an instant, her views on gun rights morphed from theoretical to rooted in traumatic personal experience: If carrying firearms on campus were legal, she believes, her KelTec gun would have been in her apartment and she would not have been raped.
Now, Lindquist is taking a stand not only for herself, but for college students everywhere. She’s written for publications like The Washington Examiner, done opinion pieces and interviews for the NRA, and has even attended congressional hearings. She has channeled her trauma into a passion for speaking out about the rights that she, and all women, deserve.
… Lindquist, a libertarian, advocates for the gun-rights movement and pro-liberty politics to become more welcoming to women. She makes her call for gun rights “as a woman, as a feminist” and works for a libertarian group trying to “bridge that gap between personal freedom and women, to show them why it matters uniquely to the female experience.”
Most of all, she wants women to have “a choice in defending themselves in the best way for them.” For her, because she’s trained and comfortable, that’s with a firearm.
It is a shame that it all too often takes a horrific event to get people talking about real-world issues. The things that matter to people like you and me. Like Savannah Lindquist. It is a tragedy of our times that anyone would have to be hurt in order to prove that they should be entitled to exercise the rights that they already have.
Unfortunately however, this is the world we live in.
The best we can do is to keep spreading the word. Keep sharing the real stories and the facts. And stand together in support of advocates like Savannah Lindquist.