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Autumn Parkin, a Violent Crime Victim, Feels Empowered After Learning to Use Firearms

Autumn Parkin has first-hand experience with violent crime. When America talks about the horrors of violent crime, she knows exactly what the reality of violent crime is.

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When she was growing up, she lived in a liberal home, without firearms, and didn’t believe Americans needed firearms. She thought of herself as a good person and violence wouldn’t ever find her. But she was violently raped by two classmates when she was 15, and then stabbed in her own home six years later. What she went through left her terrified and feeling defenseless, even into adulthood.

Rather than calling for the disarmament of law-abiding Americans, she took up her 2nd Amendment rights and armed herself.

“Training has been tremendously healing for me. I can honestly say, it wasn’t until I started shooting that I actually started to heal. Because I got some of that power back. It was very empowering. I didn’t feel so defenseless. I felt like I had a tool that would make me an equal.” -Autumn Parkin

Firearms are the great equalizer. They are a tool that allows the lone small woman to defend herself against multiple attackers, rather than hope the police arrive in time.

You can hear Parkin’s full story in the For the Record episode “Infringed.” It’s available on-demand at

Brian Purkiss
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Brian Purkiss is a Christian, husband, competitive shooter, firearms instructor, proponent for individual liberty and Second Amendment rights, and a web developer. He primarily focues on USPSA and Run & Gun competitions, but enjoys most other forms of shooting competitions as well.

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