A gun-owning military veteran explains why she supports more gun control laws

Nov. 16, 2017

Amanda Blount

Amanda Blount, 50, has been shooting guns since childhood. A veteran, she’s served in both the Army and the Tennessee National Guard.

Amanda Blount

Now, she said, it’s time for new regulations on guns.

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Since I was born, in the ‘60s, I’ve watched safety regulations change for cars, planes … even bike helmets, yet regulations on guns have mostly stayed the same.

— Amanda Blount

Amanda Blount

I plead with fellow gun owners, as responsible gun owners and responsible Americans; it’s our duty to help our fellow citizens feel safe around us.

— Amanda Blount

Amanda Blount

Blount didn’t always think more regulation was needed. She grew up in rural North Carolina, where the start of hunting season was like “a religious holiday.”

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Blount said her father taught her to shoot her first gun at 6 years old. She owned her first gun at 9.

Amanda Blount

Despite her comfort with guns, and her enjoyment of sport shooting, Blount said that over the years she began to realize more regulation was needed.

Amanda Blount

I don’t think one individual incident changed my mind. It’s been a series of events which brought me to where I am now.

— Amanda Blount

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Over the years I’ve watched as parents lose their children ... as elementary schools, colleges ... concerts and even churches have become killing grounds.

— Amanda Blount

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Blount said she’d like to see regulations including mandatory background checks, an age requirement for gun registration and mandatory gun safety courses.

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As gun owners, we need to understand … responsible gun ownership is creating common sense laws.

— Amanda Blount

Amanda Blount