Below is the touching response from Norm’s Friend Katie Moyer when she learned of his death. While unique to her, it in a way encapsulates how a lot of us feel.
I just received word that Norman Davis has passed away. Many of us were praying for Norm and hoping that he could fight the cancer just a little bit longer. But this evening, surrounded by his wife and children, Norm Davis passed away, peacefully and content.
For those who may not know about Norm, he was a pioneer in the Liberty movement. Norm founded the group Kentuckians for the Right to Bear Arms, started as a group of guys in Grayson County who wanted to fight back against the government’s gun grabs. From that group sprang the coalition of groups, Take Back Kentucky. Norm worked tirelessly as the moderator of Take Back Kentucky, travelling to Frankfort, fighting for our rights, and helping countless individuals who had nowhere else to turn. Norm never turned anyone down who asked for his help. Whether it was a candidate for political office, or a mother fighting for custody of her children, if you were true to Norm, he would be true to you.
Almost everyone who met Norm has a story of how he affected them. I’m no exception to that. Norm changed my life completely. In fact, at one point my own mother thought I had joined some kind of cult because, in her own words “she didn’t even recognize me anymore.” Now, however, she and I both realize that I was forever ruined for the ordinary. No longer would I go through life thinking that all was right in the world. And no longer would I be able to sit back and watch while our freedoms were eroded. I learned more from Norm than all the years of my education and although there were many others like Norm, there were none with whom I spent so much time, so many car trips, and so many lessons learned.
I have so many fond memories of my time at Norm and Lydia’s. Long walks in the woods with my husband-to-be, car rides to meetings or to Frankfort, and sitting with Norm in his deer stand freezing our butts off all morning even though we didn’t see a single deer. Nevertheless, those memories made me who I am today. And I know that there are many, many people in this world whose lives were forever changed because they had the chance to meet him. I’m thankful that I had the chance to meet Norm and learn from him. And I’m thankful for all the others to whom he taught his valuable lessons as well.
I realize that this is a great loss for Kentucky….but Norm taught us all how to carry on his work. And all the bright, young faces that he brought into his fold have become the next generation of Take Back Kentucky. He taught us well. He taught us things that we would never learn in any college course. And he taught us how to network, communicate, organize, and cooperate. Now it’s our time to step up to the plate, FOR Norm, and Lydia, and their children, and their 22 grandchildren, and the children and grandchildren of Kentucky.
We won’t do it for glory. We won’t do it for money. We only do it for a love of liberty and the love we all have for Norm. We lost a great friend today…but because of Norm, we gained the world.
Now what are we going to do with it?