Dispatches from Gun country: ‘Call on me, and I shall equalize’
By Ben Philippi
Tana Leggo, model, photographed in Louisville, Kentucky, sporting her Romanian-made WASR-10 AK-47 rifle with a 50-round magazine. (Photo: Ben Philippi)
Professional model and actress Tana Leggo didn’t grow up with guns, but learned to shoot and love them with the help of some gun-loving friends. In her words:
There is nothing more satisfying than the feel of cold, hard steel in my hands! Guns are dangerous, exciting and even seductive…much like me!
Interestingly, I grew up in a family that didn’t care for guns. They weren’t anti-gun per se, but guns were foreign to my parents due to their being uneducated about the subject. After I became an adult, I started hanging around gun guys and gals. As a female, I’ve always been concerned about personal safety. The ex-military guys, who are my friends, talked to me about firearms. These were really educated, law-abiding, freedom loving folks, who were protective and concerned about my safety, so I took their advice.
The first time I held a gun, I loved it! It was sexy! It was empowering! After learning to shoot, I was hooked. I’m an independent woman, and guns reinforce that independence! I’m all about freedom. I’m actually quite liberal in the classical sense. Truly being liberal