(TeaParty.org) – The shocking story of a Rhode Island woman who was fired from her job at Roanoke Social Services simply for being a concealed carry permit holder is going viral, and for good reason.
While the internet verdict is still out on whether or not the story is true, Storm Durham of Roanoke, VA, has a pretty solid story so far of an absolutely abhorrent violation of her rights.
Durham, an avid hunter and proud American and gun owner, posted on Facebook last week that supervisors confronted her when they caught wind that she was a concealed carry permit holder, and proceeded to not only fire her but had her escorted from the building by police.
I was fired today. I was fired by a Department of Virginia… Social Services the people who are supposed to be there to…
Her post said, in full:
I was fired today. I was fired by a Department of Virginia… Social Services the people who are supposed to be there to keep kids safe and develop families into better people for each other. I was fired today due to having a concealed carry permit. Was my gun on me? No. Has it ever been on me during my job, or visits, or anything related to work? No. When I told them that it has never been on me during work, what did they say? “How do we know that.” Search me. Do I have a criminal record? No. Do I, (yes the 22 year old blonde who is 5’2 and about 140 pounds who loves everything Disney, pink, and basic), come across as a threat to you?
If you know me I’m pretty sure you’ve never been shaking in your boots due to my vary presence. But today, I was escorted by not one, not two, but three Roanoke City Police Officers to my office where I packed up months of thank you cards, and pictures of kids I’ve helped. I was escorted by officers who have been with me on visits where I placed a child with a relative due to risks, or when I was hugged by a child because they finally felt safe again. I was told to pack immediately and that I could not even use the bathroom to take a minute for myself because of my “serious safety concerns to the building.” I have a concealed carry permit. I own guns. I hunt. I target shoot.
I represent Women hunters and outdoorswomen. Does that make me a criminal? Does that make me a safety risk to others? A big enough safety risk to be escorted by three Roanoke City Police officers? So scary and threatening that I need to be treated like a criminal? To be humiliated and looked down upon for owning a gun? For legally having a gun, registering that gun, and having the appropriate documentation for that gun?
The Constitution of the United States of America. The one document that has followed us for years, and will continue to be the power resource of all we do as Americans. The second amendment: the right to bear arms. The Roanoke City Department of Social Services, CPS investigations, Don Goss, Jenny Alexander, and the entire human resources department should be ashamed. They should be publically known that they did this. That they fired a innocent, clean record, white, female, college graduate who works for a living for legally registering, having, and owning a gun. That was NEVER on their property or in their building. A gun that was never used for evil, but as protection as I am a survivor or sexual assault. Protection for being that white, 22 year old, female. I am an American. A gun owner. And a proud sponsor of hunting across America, and I, nor my lawyers, judges, or support systems will rest until something is done. Until someone answers for punishing me and taking away my constitutional right.
Naturally, her post attracted quite a bit of attention and some began accusing her and her boyfriend of being “psychopaths” and bringing firearms to work, but she says these claims are false and that those accusing her are strangers.
She took to Facebook live shortly after her post to clear the air on what really happened.
Posted by Storm Durham on Sunday, March 11, 2018
Since what Durham experienced is blatant discrimination and a violation of her rights, she says she has already obtained council and is planning on taking legal action, which she absolutely should!
If Durham’s story is true, she needs to be taking a bold stand for CCHL holders everywhere who face discrimination and judgement simply for exercising their Second Amendment right to self-defense. Women are the largest growing demographic of CCHL holders because American women are waking up to the cold, hard reality of living in our crime-infested cities.
Carrying a firearm does not make someone a psycho, it makes them conscientious of their safety and the safety of those around them. This is a right we need to exercise–before we lose it completely!