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“Yeah, It’s Loaded”
Comments () | Published February 22, 2011

Michelle Rogers, Mother of Two

Michelle Rogers of Lorton with daughters Rebekah, five, and Maggie, two. “It might be being a woman, but I don’t get a lot of the comments I’ve heard other people have gotten,” Rogers says. “I’ve gotten a lot of ‘Is that thing real?’ ”

Rogers kisses her daughter Rebekah while wearing her SIG Sauer P239. “I didn’t grow up around guns,” Rogers says. “I was raised in New Jersey, where the only people who had guns were police or criminals.” The first time she fired one was in the Army. “I think it should be legal everywhere. But I don’t open-carry in places where it might come off as inappropriate, like my kid’s soccer game or a child’s birthday party.”

Firearms belonging to Rogers and her husband. For everyday carry, she uses her P239: “It’s smaller and only a single-stack magazine, so it’s better for female hands. There have been times where I’ve felt uncomfortable and glad that I had it. But more so, there were times when I was upset I didn’t have it. If I’m driving through DC or Maryland and my car breaks down in the middle of the night, I’m completely without protection.” 

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  • mong00se

    Another tidbit to consider. Most states that issue Concealed Carry Permits (there are many different wordings) tend to stress one significant point, even in states like mine where Open Carry is permitted. You are advised to carry concealed because open carry on the streets makes many citizens nervous. Also, open carry allows the bad guys to spot you and probably take you out first. Had there been Concealed Carry Permit holders in the movie theater the gunman would probably have been neutralized quicker and many patrons could have been spared injury and death. I'm just saying.

  • I don't even own a gun, much less carry one around. But if people want to exercise their right to carry one openly, then whatever, that's none of my business.

  • Bmayo

    My name is Blake. I live in upstate NY 5 to 6 hours from the city depending on your route. I am both a firefighter and a firearms instructor. I would like to see every state become an open carry state and also to be able to stand and defend

  • SPOOKY

    Like your father, I was SF 5th Grp light weapons and demo. Great to see you are a responsible carry lady. Keep up the exposure, we need a lot more like you. Tell your dad DE OPPRESSO LIBER for me.

  • DamonK

    I think that this is great. It really is time for us responsible conservitives to start making ourselves seen and heard. Good stuff!

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