Editor’s Note: A firearm in the hands of a lady who is being attacked is a good thing. Anyone who wants to take away that one form of defense is a criminal themselves. See why, for this lady, protection with a gun isn’t academic.
I recently watched a clip from the ABC show “The View” where the panel reviews a very intense domestic violence commercial.
It depicts a man violating a restraining order and breaking into his house. While the woman is on the phone with 911, the man grabs their son, pulls a gun out of his pocket and shoots her.
The video was intended to promote further restrictions on gun rights. But the all-woman panel had a surprisingly different reaction. And so did I.
Like me, three of the four women on the panel had faced real life-threatening situations where their lives, and in some cases, their children’s lives, were in real danger. Two of the women had faced home intruders and one had dealt with a stalker. Only the woman who had not faced these dangers was against having a gun for self-protection.
For her, it was academic. But it isn’t for us.
As a rape survivor, I’ve known that moment of ultimate vulnerability when you face imminent harm or death. You know it deep down and it changes your life forever. It’s not academic anymore.
Like the three women on the panel, for me at one time, it had been academic. I had been trained in rape crisis, what you should do to stop a rape. None of that helped me in my moment of need, except afterward: knowing to call the police, go straight to the hospital and bring a change of clothes (because they will keep your clothes for evidence). But nothing that I was trained to do during the attack itself was helpful at all. Not a thing.