The infuriating harassment of women who favor gun sanity


Mike Mechanic at Mother Jones says: "Check out Mark Follman's really well-reported and utterly appalling new piece on how women who speak out in favor of gun restrictions are being targeted, violently so, by pro-gun thugs. It's just infuriating, and responsible gun owners (whom I assume are the majority of them) need to step up and shut these bastards down."

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  1. dobby says:

    In college I knew someone who carried a small gun some years after a sexual attack, mostly for backpacking. She was confronted by a frat-boy type claiming that feminist women should be unarmed because a man could take it away and threaten her life with it.
    Her position was that for her case she wanted something to even the odds if she were ever attacked again but mostly it was to empower her to again go out in wilderness.
    In the western world a swimming pool is far more dangerous to a person than a gun.
    Misogynists gonna Misogynize, douches gonna douche, people on the internet will attack on any topic that strikes their fancy, just look at youtube comments.

  2. The activist in question does have a gun, and remains a Second Amendment supporter even after a gun-wielding criminal paralyzed her. That's the most insane thing of all: you'd think the gun nuts would be propping her up as a poster child for their cause instead of spitting on her in public, threatening her with rape and coming to her home at night to scare her witless with assault rifles.

    There may be plenty of reasonable gun owners out there, but they sure aren't the ones steering the public conversation.

  3. That's not an ideal comparison for a number of reasons. For example:

    • Relatively few people are murdered with pools.
    • Even if you were to commit a pool-based murder, you'd be hard-pressed to kill a large number of people at once.
    • Gauging risk by number of deaths per pool to number of deaths per gun is misleading, because few people own a large collection of pools. A more reasonable risk assessment might compare deaths of people who had access to one or more pools vs. deaths of people who had access to one or more guns.
    • Pools aren't mobile or concealable, thus I can keep myself and my family away from pools if I don't want to assume that risk.
  4. I'm becoming exhausted by all of this- the knee jerk reaction to threatening women with violence and rape when they express their thoughts- from guns to comics to video games, because it isn't just about silencing the one woman who spoke up it's a larger message to all women to keep your mouth shut. I'm tired of the bullies who hide behind anonymous posts and the thugs who believe that their right to own and use a gun supersedes my right to not be injured or killed or intimidated by it.

  5. There are also a lot of laws and codes that come with pool ownership...
    If I want to add a pool to my backyard, I need to make sure that there is adequate fencing, that gates meet specs, that doors leading to pool are alarmed, etc. If I want a gun, I just go to walmart and get it -- I can then leave it loaded on my coffee table.

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