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  •  Having a gun would not have (4+ / 0-)

    helped me when I was raped.
    Unless I would have shot him in the back as he walked through the door.
    After my ordeal I wanted revenge but, strangely, I didn't think about getting a gun. I thought about self-defense classes and that's what I did. I know of women who managed to hold off attackers with guns and I am happy that worked for them.
    The discussion, however, is not about hand guns for protection but rather military styled weapons in the hands of civilians.
    My fear of guns: I (am still) married to a man who loves guns and has quite a collection. In the last six months or so before I left him, I took to putting a chair against each of my two bedroom doors at night. Not that it would have prevented him from gaining entrance if he really wanted as he is a mixed-martial artist, but just to give me fair warning. He had taken to wearing a gun which he never did before (or I wasn't aware of him doing) and quite openly brandishing it around in my presence. He knows I hate guns and would always respect my wishes not to display them when I am around. Even though he had never physically abused me, I just didn't know what was going through his head as he knew I was leaving.
    I feared for my life and that's putting it mildly. Guns are weapons of terror and those that are especially designed for war should not be allowed on the streets.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:25:27 AM PST

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