- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sports Illustrated model Hannah Ferguson said growing up in a military family has made her plenty familiar with guns, and she thinks people who argue against private gun ownership should better educate themselves on its benefits.

Ms. Ferguson, who has appeared in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, said her parents, both former Marines, taught her how to shoot when she was growing up in Texas.

“Growing up, at a pretty early age we learned to shoot,” Ms. Ferguson, 23, told Fox News. “They started us with pellet guns.”

“I have a different outlook than most people,” she continued. “I actually want to get involved with charities related to the military because I just have a special thing in my heart for all the soldiers and their families.”

She also feels like guns are sometimes misunderstood.

“I feel like it’s good to have gun knowledge. I feel like a lot of people are scared of guns,” Ms. Ferguson told Fox. “They think they’re bad, and they really don’t know anything about it.”

“I don’t think they should be taken away from people because any bad person who wants to find a gun is going to find a way to get it, and then what?” she asked. “We don’t have a way to protect ourselves? I feel like people should get more knowledge and understanding.”

She also admitted there should be some kind of gun control for people who are potentially “mentally unstable.”

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