knives, lipstick, liberty, and… life

Several  months ago my friend and Free State Project compatriot Jenn Coffey let the word out that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She has bravely been blogging about the experience ever since. Although it has been painful and depressing to read, it has been educational for me; I really had no idea what a time-consuming, frustrating pain in the ass it is to get treated for cancer! It seems particularly ironic, in a haha-you’re-really-NOT-being-funny-universe kind of way that Jenn, of all people, has been sidelined with a life-threatening medical condition, because she is one of those seemingly larger-than-life individuals who seems to cram three times as much life into the allotted timeframe than the rest of us.  She has a husband and a teenaged son.  She works full-time as an EMT. She’s one of the first FSP movers to get elected to the New Hampshire State House, and is largely responsible for spearheading a Knife Rights Bill that essentially removed all restrictions on knives in New Hampshire. And she’s the National Director of Legislative Affairs and member of the Board of Directors for the Second Amendment Sisters. And she wrote a book called Knives, Lipstick and Liberty. And she was one of the leaders of the Granite State ID Coalition, which was responsible for making New Hampshire the second state (after Montana) to say “Screw you” to the Feds when they tried to implement national ID cards several years ago. She’s just generally one of those people who makes you wonder what the hell you’ve been doing with your own life.  So to now be forced to spend months having tests, and surgery, and painful recuperation, unable to go to work, the State House, the gun range, and all the other places Jenn is accustomed to frequenting, has been a real drain.  Being unable to work for months has also posed a financial hardship for her family.

A few of us are putting together a calendar of New Hampshire liberty activist women, as a fundraiser for Jenn and her family. It’s going to be hot. You’ll want one. You need one.  Yes, you.  Look for them on the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance‘s table at Liberty Forum next month in Nashua.  You’ll also be able to order them online here, if you’re unable to make it to Liberty Forum. Stay tuned for more info.

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