At Fishwrap, Michael Sean Winters has reminded us that the late writer Maya Angelou once recounted to Family Circle Magazine that, as a pregnant teen, she chose to keep her baby instead of opting for abortion. HERE Kudos to MSW for that link to the moving account.
Later in life, Maya Angelou defend life again when she used her gun to fend off a home invasion.
She recounted to TIME that she likes “to have guns around”. HERE
In response to a question about whether she “inherited” her “mother’s fondness for guns,” Angelou replied, “Well, I do like to have guns around, I don’t like to carry them. But I like — if somebody is going to come into my house and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them.”
Maya’s mom also had a fondness for guns, it seems.
“I was in my house… in North Carolina. It was fall…I heard the rhythm of someone walking on the leaves and they came to my door. And somebody actually turned the knob. So I said, “Stand back! Stand four feet back because I’m going to shoot now!” Boom! Boom! The police came by and said, ‘Ms. Angelou, the shots came from inside the house.’ I said, ‘Well, I don’t know how that happened.’”
There is a video of the interview. HERE The remarks occur about about 3:00. The interviewer is pretty shocked, and the video was edited a bit.
I don’t care for her poetry very much, but what a great voice and laugh that woman had. Fantastic. I’ll bet having a meal with her would have been a tremendous experience.
In any event, I am so glad that Maya Angelou had an equalizer and was able to avoid being harmed in a home invasion. She was a defender of life, that of her baby and her own as well.
I hope that all my readers here of the fairer sex can defend themselves, prudently but decisively if – quod Deus avertat – necessary.