On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States proposed 12 amendments to the Constitution now known as The Bill of Rights. One article within reads, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In 2008, the Supreme Court definitively held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that weapon for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Moreover, this right applies not just to the federal government, but to states and municipalities as well.The court’s decision was based on its interpretation that the prefatory clause (a well-regulated Militia) stemmed from the Anti-Federalists’ concern that the federal government would disarm the people in order to disable the citizens’ militia, enabling a politicized standing army or a select militia to rule. Does anyone want that?It’s hard not to worry about bad guys with guns. With business and home invasions on the rise, what are the good guys supposed to do? Do you simply rely on the kindness of a nothing-to-lose criminal invading your home, there only to do harm to you and your family? Do you hope you can call the police in time to save your life? What are we supposed to do?A few years ago we were confronted by this very question. At the time we had an employee dealing with a nasty personal relationship with an ex. One day the ex called me on the phone and demanded that I fire the employee otherwise he was going to “…come into our business, take care of us all and then himself.” He said he had nothing left to live for. Ok, but I did. We contacted the police and got the standard response of “This is just hear-say. The perp denied it. We can’t do anything until something happens.”—which only made things worse. The next few months were a nightmare.Life is a journey and good or bad we all have the right to protect ourselves from the bad guys. Trying to decide if the 2nd Amendment is a good thing is like trying to close the argument on the chicken and the egg. Is there any way to get rid of all the guns in the world? Is there any way to get the guns away from the bad guys? Realistically, the only thing we can really do is take the guns away from the good guys. I’m not the smartest tool in the shed, but wouldn’t that make it easier for the bad guys to do whatever they want forcing us into a police state?
Recently we got an exclusive interview with an interesting young woman who is passionate about the 2nd Amendment—outspoken actually. Without further ado meet Dana Loesch; mother, wife, daughter, national radio host, national television host, writer and defender of the 2nd Amendment. (I warn you in advance, Dana is feisty, pulls no punches and tells it like she sees it.)Currently promoting her new book, Hands off my Gun, Dana Loesch, hosts an award-winning, nationally syndicated daily radio show, The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative from Dallas, Texas where she also hosts “Dana” on The Blaze television network. Dana appears regularly on Fox News, ABC, CNN, among others, and has guest co-hosted “The View.” She describes herself as a “conservatarian.” A conservative-libertaerian and, like I said, she can be feisty as all get-out. She grew up in a family of blue-collar Southern Baptists and Southern Democrats, scattered across Wayne, Iron and Jefferson counties in eastern Missouri. It wasn’t until she met a conservative punk rocker, now her husband, and 911 that she realized she was backing the wrong team. Soon Dana transformed her new take on life from home schooling mom blogger to political provocateur and this all happening in St. Louis’ liberal social-media world. Even Dana still finds it all a bit bewildering.Dana’s original brand of young, punk-rock, conservative irreverence has found a fast-growing audience in multiple mediums. Dana is listed on Talkers Magazine‘s top 100 “heavy hitters” and was named Missouri’s #1 Radio Personality in 2014. A former award-winning newspaper columnist (and notable blogger since 2001), Dana was ranked as one of the top 16 most powerful mothers online by Neilsen. The 2012 winner of Accuracy In Media’s Grassroots Journalism award and the inaugural Breitbart Spirit Award, Dana was one of the original Breitbart editors selected to head BigJournalism.com and helped break the Anthony Weiner scandal before departing in 2012. Her book on gun control, Hands Off My Gun, hit the shelves in October 2014. You can learn more about Dana at: danaloeschradio.com.For the interview and photos we were invited to Dallas and the Mercury One Studios where they produce all The Blaze programs, both TV & radio. The place was simply amazing–way cooler than what you would expect from a news organization. Glen Beck and his gang certainly have good taste and a good sense of presentation. No matter what your politics are, you have to give credit where credit is due.I am experienced at photographing celebrities–most shoots are good, some not so good, all have obstacles to overcome, so I was a bit taken aback by how kind and generous Dana and her family were during the shoot.Dana and her husband, along with their two boys met us at the studio, introduced themselves and, without missing a beat, began to help us carry our equipment into the studio. While Dana was getting ready for the photos, I was able to spend time with her husband, Chris. Chris and Dana have been together since college and have been business and life partners ever since. Today, Chris is the guy behind the curtain who enables Dana to have a mega career and family at the same time. He’s her business manager, security and all around guy Friday. And he was incredibly helpful during the shoot. As you will see, we had a very ambitious shoot planned and a big story to tell. To Dana, Chris and the boys, we want to say thanks for making this story come to life. And I bet, no matter who you are and what your politics are, it would be hard not to like Dana once you met her in person.573: Tell us how you got into radio.
I studied print journalism and dropped a radio production class in college because I couldn’t imagine a world where I’d be required to edit reel-to-reels, which was still taught in the early part of this century. I blogged professionally for a number of years before turning that into a weekly feature column for our daily newspaper, and I did a little television. This led to regular guest appearances on my flagship, hometown station’s (KFTK in St. Louis) morning show. The paper had quite a progressive editorial board and when my conservatism began to seep through a bit too much, it made them uncomfortable. That’s when the station invited me to do a Sunday night show and it exploded from there. I moved from Sunday nights to weeknights and from that into my current day part. It was baptism by fire. I thought they were insane to offer me such a job but they knew something that took me a bit to discover: I was good at talking for hours into a microphone. Now I’m nationally syndicated.573: Tell us about your hubby and wife work team.
I have no one to whom I can compare him. He has his work and he also manages what I do behind the scenes. When I’m on the road he makes sure that I eat. I can get very hyper focused and it’s hard for me to pull away if I’m in the field somewhere or at an event. When it comes to homework help, we divide and conquer: I handle history, geography, and English and he’s all over algebra and science. Chris is a fabulous father and a man of God. He’s sort of like the center of my tornado. When I’m done getting whipped about (or doing the whipping) by the winds, he is the strong, calm presence in which I find peace. Also, he has an amazing backside. #BreakTheInternetChrisLoesch573: Some people are intimidated by a strong woman. Can you comment on the subject?
Society has nearly ruined the definition of “strength.” You’re “strong” and “brave” if you’re Lena Dunham showing your Michelin rolls on TV but not if you’re Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaking out on the oppression of women under Islamic jurisprudence. No, then you get your honorary doctorate withdrawn.Men and women are both intimidated by strong women. I receive the nastiest, most vitriolic correspondence, if you could call it that, from progressive men and women. I could never envision saying things so nasty just because someone had a different means to the same end I held. Opposing the President’s health care policies or criticizing QE3 makes one a “s_ _ _,” apparently. Several years ago I began taking the hateful comments that people sent me and dramatically reading them on my radio show in a sponsored, on-air segment called “Mailbag of Hate.” To date, it’s one of my most popular segments. From the money I’ve earned I’ve purchased a frozen margarita machine, a Mossberg shotgun, and a compound bow. It’s awesome. Strength comes from true empowerment, none of which involves entitlement.Politics, at one point, was a boys’ club. Feminism changed this, but outlived its usefulness and has devolved into The Matriarchy, to where simply complimenting on Sofia Vegara’s obviously great figure onstage at an awards show is considered “sexist.” Third wave feminism is a joke and not a measurement of a woman’s strength. We have more choices than men. We can manipulate men. Men may be the hunter gatherers, but women are predators. When I hear American modern feminist writers lament the weakness of their lot, I roll my eyes. You get “free” birth control, subsidized abortions, the benefit of the doubt, the custody of the kids, no one is forcing you under a burka or mutilating your genitals, so get some perspective.573: Tell us about you and your family.
My family gives me respite. I talk to my mother multiple times a week. She’s the Missouri version of Julia Sugarbaker. My extended family is from southern Missouri and the Ozark region, some of the most beautiful countryside in the US. We moved to Dallas over a year ago so I could work for The Blaze network in addition to radio. We’re not very high maintenance people. I’m a homebody. My perfect night is grilling meat while the kids play outdoors and then later watching a “COPS” marathon. We go to church and the shooting range as a family. My oldest is getting involved with competitive shooting. We have family Minecraft nights. Living away from the beltway is a blessing. I’ll visit and see the beautiful architecture and stroll the museums when I’m in town, but I need wide open sky.As for me, I’m neither a Republican nor a Democrat. I began calling myself a “Conservatarian” a few years ago because that seemed the best fit. More often than not I vote Republican, though there are times I’ve voted for Libertarian candidates because they’ve been the more conservative choice on the ballot. Whoever has the strongest platform of staying out of my business, letting me do me and my neighbor do them, gets my vote. I like metal, rock, and outlaw country. I own at skeeball and buy black t-shirts from Madewell in bulk. I could BS you and tell you that my favorite food is duck confit but no, it’s Kraft Macaroni and Cheese on cheat days. I eat a strict paleo diet and lift weights four times a week. It’s an epic way of getting out of my system whatever the FCC won’t let me say on radio. When I was younger I buzzed my head, pierced my nose, and my grandmother said I looked like a lesbian. My husband and I married very young (I was 21 years-old) and now we’re grownups with a mortgage, a gun room, and two amazing sons.573: Tell us about your new book.
I got mad one day after hearing a hoplophobe use magazine and clip interchangeably for the one frillionth time and began writing. Meanwhile a few publishers contacted me and asked, “Are you writing a book? Are you interested in writing a book? Would you submit it to us,” and my research took on new life. I wrote this book because after a few years of threats by completely peaceful and tolerant people who are across the aisle from me politically, security folks and law enforcement with whom we spoke told me to buy a handgun and get my Conceal Carry. This created a dilemma: I grew up with rifles and can handle them just fine, but up until that point I’d never fired a handgun. So to the range I went. We took a concealed course and tactical training. These practiced skills gave me the confidence I needed to feel secure — true empowerment. I’ve always appreciated the Second Amendment but when you have to rely on it for your personal security, it makes that appreciation all the more intensely. This is why I take it as a personal offense those proposals to disarm me and render me a defenseless statistic. It’s an affront, an infringement upon my liberty. Unlike Mike Bloomberg’s professional lobbyist group, I don’t have the luxury of outsourcing my gun to hired security. Look, I Groupon. I’ll carry my own gun, thanks.This is why I wrote this book. It’s the ultimate fisking of every gun control argument made. It’s not wonky. It’s conversational, humorous, and loaded with information from the history of the Second Amendment, its racist roots, how it’s the real war on women, criminal statistics, to the criminal backgrounds of the anti-gun lobby.573: Why is the 2nd so important to all of us even if we don’t even own a gun?
It’s the teeth of all the other rights we enjoy. Jefferson is quoted as saying, “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” You don’t have to live by a gun to die by a gun. A criminal having access to an illegal market that can never be eliminated no matter what laws are passed should not determine the rights of us who abide by laws.573: In addition to the Dana Radio & TV Shows you have other offerings like guest speaking…fill us in.
I have my nationally syndicated radio show, The Dana Show, which airs M-F in 65 or so markets across the country, plus I do a one hour television show on The Blaze TV which airs 6pmET. I do speak, mainly on Second Amendment issues, grassroots activism, and modern feminism. I still enjoy going into the field with a camera and hot mic and getting elected officials on record when they least expect it.Special thanks to: Glenn Beck and Mercury One
for providing studio space.
Cedar Falls Tactical for providing
props for the shoot.
Lisa Martensen for hair and make up.