“My first job out of law school in Idaho was as a prosecutor in a small town in coastal Oregon.”

“Being a prosecutor you see people at their worst. I saw some horrible things. We were close to the prison where Charlie Manson was held, and an individual who had been released had been stalking an 80-year-old woman’s home.”

“That woman was raped, sodomized and beat to a bloody pulp. I went to the hospital to meet with her right after this happened. The perpetrator was kind enough to leave his DNA behind and we caught him.”

“That’s when I started getting really passionate about my right to protect myself.”

“I didn’t want to be afraid. I wanted to be strong.”

“I had instructors come in from Bend and do classes on self-defense for women in the community. And they started doing firearms training. If this [80-year-old] woman had a way to protect herself it would have been a completely different scenario.”

“The Second Amendment is not about hunting. Who cares? The primary reason we have it is our ability to be responsible human beings and protect ourselves and our families. And the government just keeps trying to take that away from us.”

“At the federal level, the real threat is the army of bureaucrats writing laws around firearms. And I have said for years that our real power on this issue is at the state level: How do we keep the stronghold we have here in Idaho? How do we protect ourselves against overreach from the federal government? The strength we have is in the Idaho Constitution.”

“Ultimately it’s about strength.”

“And that’s very personal to me.”

Alex Kincaid
Emmett, Idaho