Maya Angelou: Poet, Writer, Gun Lover

Maya Angelou: Poet, Writer, Gun Lover

Maya Angelou died at her North Carolina home on May 28, but not without leaving us with her poetry, her writings, and at least one account of her love for guns. 

According to the Chicago Tribune, Angelou told TIME magazine about her love for guns during a 2013 interview:

TIME: Your mother, she was your protector. She often carried a gun, she seemed very fond of guns. Did you inherit your mother’s fondness for guns?

ANGELOU: Well, I do like to have guns around. I don’t like to carry them. But if someone is going to come into my house, and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them. 

TIME: Have you every fired a weapon?

ANGELOU: Of course!

TIME: At a person?

ANGELOU: I’ve fired it period, not at a person I hope. I was in my house in North Carolina. It was fall. I heard someone walking on the leaves. And somebody actually turned the knob, so I said, “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.”

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