Here’s a “heartfelt gun story.” Yeah, we know. Heartfelt and guns don’t go together well with a lot of folks. Too often, the term “gunsense” is used in the absence of common sense. Too often, loud voices shout out all guns are bad, and all gun owners are too.
Not so fast, Larry and Linda Liberal.
There’s a world of difference between good people with guns, and bad people with guns. It’s a gap as wide as anti-gunners, and those who fully comprehend the U.S. Constitution and their right to bear arms.
The fear anti-gunners have creates a blind spot. They fail to see the countless good, law-abiding people who want to protect themselves, their loved ones, their property, and their rights. The fact is many gun owners are good people, with good intentions, and yes…even good hearts.
Here’s the story of the Martinez family, and how good people with guns, good intentions, and good hearts took aim at helping them during a time of incredible need.
Last weekend, many members of the gun-owning community in Southern California came together. They were armed for success with a fundraiser at a private shooting range near Perris, California. It was to benefit Ryan and Amy Martinez, a likable twenty-something married couple, and their two adorable children, ages 3 and 1.
Amy, the loving wife and mother, recently developed a painful kidney stone. She went to a hospital, where she was given medications, and then sent home to pass the stone.
In sheer agony, Amy Martinez had her kidney stone become so deeply lodged, it blocked her body’s ability to filter toxins. She quickly became septic and slipped into a coma.
Back at the hospital, Amy Martinez awakened days later. She went from a coma to a nightmare. It was a heartbreaking and tragic discovery.
Doctors were forced to amputate both of her legs below the knee. If they didn’t, her body’s reduced blood flow was rapidly shutting down her organs in trying to fight the infection. Amy’s life was saved. But there’s more.
Currently, doctors are considering Amy’s hands to be in dire straits. They are doing everything possible to save her hands from also being amputated.
The Martinez family are customers of AWC. Thus, our company and a handful of others got involved in their plight.
Jeremy Tuma and Joey Villasista are leaders on the AWC Marketing Team. Yes, they know more than a thing or two about firearms, and assisting customers in their various Build a Gun Legally projects. Jeremy is a U.S. Marine. Joey, an EMT, as well as rescue and recovery diver. Safe to say, these gun guys know a thing or two about helping people in need. We’re grateful for who they are. The Martinez family is, too.
As if things weren’t bad enough medically, Ryan was forced to leave his job to care for his family. To provide help and hope during this brutal transition, more than $5,000 dollars was raised at the fundraising shooting event targeting the Martinez family.
As the cash was handed to Ryan Martinez, he said, “Before today, I didn’t know many of you. But now you are all family. This shows what the gun industry is about, and how people truly care and will come together to help someone they don’t even know, just out of the goodness of their hearts. I truly thank God for each and every one of you. Thank you.”
If you can say prayers for the Martinez family, please do. If you have the means and desire to open your hearts and wallets to support them, an account has been established for them.
Thank you for taking the time to read this story about good people with good hearts, good intentions, and yes…with guns.