Stalked ‘Nip/Tuck’ Actress Kelly Carlson: Gun Ownership Changed My Life

Actress and stalking victim Kelly Carlson claims that becoming a firearm owner was a life-changing experience for her.

Minneapolis-born Carlson portrayed sultry model Kimber Henry on Nip/Tuck, the FX drama that ran from 2003 to 2010.

In a recent television interview (see video below) on Fox & Friends, Carlson discussed how multiple stalkers broke into her home, compromised her technology, and waged a campaign of psychological warfare against her. That personal security threat prompted her to buy a gun, because the situation put her under “extreme duress,” and law enforcement authorities were less than helpful.

“Owning a firearm… was life changing for me because women for sure, but even men too, can be in a very, very vulnerable position with no options if you have intruders or any scenario where you’re being dominated physically… [A firearm] is the only equalizer you have,” she explained to Fox 411.

The ordeal had one silver lining, however. Her Navy-vet countersurveillance advisor/gun instructor later became her husband.

Not to be confused with singer Kelly Clarkson (who it turns out is also pro-gun and holds a concealed carry license), Carlson, 39, acknowledged that gun ownership comes with tremendous responsibility, and it’s not for everyone.

“If this happened to me, it’s happened to millions of women. I have the responsibility to educate people about firearms and also share my story. I’m not telling people to just go get [a firearm], they’re not for everybody. While my message is supportive, I also very much emphasize on training and safety because it is a dangerous weapon. It’s a lifestyle and it can save your life.”

In a recent episode of the Outdoor Channel’s pro-gun NRA All Access (see clip below), Carlson noted among other things that while she is a long-time martial artist, “[I]f there is an element of surprise, you’re going caveman … [all the martial arts training] goes out the window.”

In a 1995 Minnesota gas station robbery, Carlson’s uncle was fatally shot at point-blank range. “When it comes to gun grabbing and gun control … never once for second did my family even consider promoting stricter gun laws … We went after the criminal, we didn’t put the gun in jail,” she declared.

A far as the potential career repercussions for being pro-gun from liberal Hollywood that tends to vocally support gun control, Carlson said “I don’t care … if there is a backlash, I don’t see it.”

“It probably has and I don’t know it… I don’t care,” Kelly Carlson reaffirmed.

The career implications for Kelly Carlson could be signficant. You may recall that in the aftermath of the horrific 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, a group of Hollywood A-list celebrities who already made a fortune from movies and TV shows, at least some of which portrayed gun violence, launched a gun control campaign called “demand a plan to end gun violence.”

Liam Neeson, the star of the Taken action movie franchise that features lots of gunplay and hand-to-hand combat, has also expressed strong support for gun control and an outright handgun ban in the U.S.

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