Dana Loesch, whose book "Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America" was released Tuesday, recently shared a story from her childhood that she says "planted the seeds" for why she is such a staunch defender of the Second Amendment.
Loesch has spoken before about how her mother was a single mom who worked multiple jobs, and could have gone on welfare but never did. But few know that when Loesch was staying with her grandparents one summer as a child, something happened that shook her to her core.
"One evening, my little cousin and I ... we were asleep, and I heard the sound of footsteps on gravel," Loesch said on her Blaze TV program Monday. "And I heard a woman sobbing."
Loesch said her cousin didn't wake up, but she did, and quickly realized the sobbing woman was her aunt.
"She came in and [my grandparents] calmed her down enough so she could explain what was happening," Loesch said, adding that she secretly listened from the next room. "Her estranged husband had attacked her and he had gone to go get a gun. He wanted to kill her. And so she ran through the woods in the Ozarks ... in the dark, in her bedclothes to my grandparents house. She ran right into the arms of my grandma and grandpa."
Loesch's grandma immediately called the police, but her grandfather knew that in rural Missouri, it could be some time before anyone arrived.
"I laid in bed really still, and I could hear my grandpa," Loesch said. "I could hear his heavy footsteps, really slow and really determined coming down the hallway."
Loesch heard her grandfather go to the cupboard where he kept his firearms, and later saw that he grabbed a shotgun.
"He loaded his shotgun, cocked it, walked out on the front porch," Loesch said. "Because my aunt said, 'He's coming for me... he's not going to stop until he gets me.' Grandpa cocked the shotgun, sat out on the swing on the front porch. And I was terrified because I'm hearing my aunt cry -- and when you're a young kid and you hear adults cry and they're scared, that really rocks your sense of security and safety. My grandparents' house had been a refuge."
Loesch said she was terrified the man was going to come and kill them, and the police wouldn't arrive in time. But as she saw her grandfather sitting calmly on the front porch, hearing the creak as he rocked very slowly back and forth, her panic slowly turned into a sense of security.
"That actually lulled me to sleep. I went from being terrified to feeling safe because my grandfather was able to protect his family," Loesch said. "That is how I came to realize how much more firearms could do. ... I could rely upon them for safety, not just for providing food."
Loesch said that when "people like Michael Bloomberg" push gun control measures, she doesn't see it as a political talking point. She sees it as people losing the ability to protect themselves and their families.
"Maybe they haven't had to face the criticism and the threats on their life that I have had to face, especially after I announced that I was writing this book," Loesch said heatedly. "Maybe they've never had people come to their house. Maybe they've never had people call their place of work and threaten to kill their kids, but I have. And when you talk about taking away my God-given natural right [to defend myself], I tend to get a little testy."
Watch the complete segment, below.
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