Kelly Carlson, best known for her role in FX’s Nip Tuck, describes a firearm as “the only equalizer” you have when confronted with a home invasion or comparable incident. Carlson made the remarks even though she is trained in self-defense techniques, including Kali, a type of martial arts originating from the Philippines.
“Owning a firearm was life-changing for me because women for sure, but even men too can be in a very, very vulnerable position with no options if you have intruders or any scenario where you’re being dominated physically,” Carlson told Fox411 earlier this week.
[A firearm] is the only equalizer you have. … It’s crucial for people to look at it from a logical standpoint and take the emotions out of it because one needs to have that option to save them.”
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“I’m not telling people to just go get [a firearm]; they’re not for everybody,” Carlson added. “While my message is supportive, I also very much emphasize on training and safety because it is a dangerous weapon. It’s a lifestyle and it can save your life.”
Carlson explains in a recently aired episode of Outdoor Channel’s NRA: All Access she had a “security breach” in her home which made her reevaluate how she would protect herself. “I looked with my attorney for security around here,” Carlson said. “People provide a physical boundary, but they don’t know how to educate you and they certainly had no idea about the technology that was being put in my house or they didn’t believe me. Especially the police; they thought I was off my walker.” Carlson then details how she met her fiance Dan after hiring him to learn counter-surveillance, Fox News explained.
He understood and he gave me the tools, and he trained me from the day I met him until today. He trained me tactics, how to operate different guns and I’m still learning. I mean, I don’t think you stop learning.
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In an interview with TheBlaze published Monday, Carlson recalls how her uncle Jimmy was gunned down in 1995 at a Minnesota gas station–yet her family remained united in favor of gun ownership. “No one ever had a thought of proposing stricter gun laws in Minnesota because of it,” she said.
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