Donkeys & Guns

Yesterday was the Presidential Election, with a number of local races and state amendments. 

Election days are like the Super Bowl for journalists. Long hours. High emotions. Frustrations. Confusion. All of the above. 

 I was assigned to the Alabama Republican Party at Hoover Tactical Firearms. Yes, the watch party was at a fire range. Yes, there were guns. Yes, there was alcohol. Yes, it made national news. 

I was live reporting and Tweeting all night from the event. There were about 500 people there all watching election results roll in. The fire range was open from 5-8 for anyone that wanted to fire a gun. We got video of a young man and his uncle shooting their first AK47. The kid got scared after two shots and left. The uncle, on the other hand, was pretty hard core.

Around 8 p.m. a Republican State Senator got on stage and announced the range was closed, and the bar was open. That’s when the party really kicked into gear. I am glad they didn’t have alcohol available while the range was open… mainly because I am not sure they make maternity bullet proof vests. Selfish, I know. 

The NY Times and a couple other national media outlets were there. How many political watch parties are held at gun ranges??? The title of this entry is “Donkeys & Guns”… only a few people will truly understand that, but it is fitting for the evening on a whole.

During the course of the evening, I received two unwarranted belly rubs. Those were my first belly rubs from complete strangers. I also had three different women tell me I am carrying a girl. Interesting…

Election nights are fun. They are tiring, and nerve racking… but all in all, things ran smoothly from our camp. 

I got home around 12:30 a.m. and had the doctor at 8 this morning. Not smart planning on my part. Today was my glucose test to determine whether or not I have gestational diabetes. I don’t, which is good. I also received a shot because I am O Negative. I have gained 16 pounds total this pregnancy, and my doctor says I am measuring perfect. Healthy strong heart beat, and a healthy me. 

Jeff now calls me Bean Pod. And, I am okay with that.



Shanisty Ireland is a former award-winning Television News Anchor with more than 15 years of experience on-air. Today, Shanisty freelances on national and local media outlets featuring some of her favorite recipes and hot topics from her blog. Shanisty has been featured on The Today Show, Ellen, U.S. News and World Report, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and hundreds of local TV News and Radio stations.

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