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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:45 AM

Woman who testified guns make a woman safer opposes renewing the Violence Against Women Act

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/opinion/sunday/dangerous-gun-myths.html


The debate over what to do to reduce gun violence in America hit an absurd low point on Wednesday when a Senate witness tried to portray a proposed new ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines as some sort of sexist plot that would disproportionately hurt vulnerable women and their children.

The witness was Gayle Trotter, a fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, a right-wing public policy group that provides pseudofeminist support for extreme positions that are in fact dangerous to women. She told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the limits on firepower proposed by Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, would harm women because an assault weapon “in the hands of a young woman defending her babies in her home becomes a defense weapon.” She spoke of the “peace of mind” and “courage” a woman derives from “knowing she has a scary-looking gun” when she’s fighting violent criminals.

It is not at all clear where Ms. Trotter gained her insight into confrontations between women and heavily armed intruders, since it is not at all clear that sort of thing happens often. It is tempting to dismiss her notion that an AR-15 is a woman’s best friend as the kooky reflex response of someone ideologically opposed to gun control laws and who, in her case, has also been a vociferous opponent of the Violence Against Women Act, the 1994 law that assists women facing domestic violence.

But it is important to note that Ms. Trotter was chosen to testify by the committee’s Republican members, who will have a big say on what, if anything, Congress does on guns; and that her appearance before the committee was to give voice to the premise, however insupportable and dangerous it may be, that guns make women and children safer — and the more powerful the guns the better.

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Reply Woman who testified guns make a woman safer opposes renewing the Violence Against Women Act (Original post)
Scuba Feb 2013 OP
ananda Feb 2013 #1
hlthe2b Feb 2013 #2
Squinch Feb 2013 #3
Doctor_J Feb 2013 #6
Squinch Feb 2013 #9
sad-cafe Feb 2013 #11
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #4
99Forever Feb 2013 #5
Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #7
Squinch Feb 2013 #10
The Wizard Feb 2013 #8
Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #12

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:46 AM

1. So sad.

And so sick.

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Response to ananda (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:49 AM

2. contemptible...

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:07 AM

3. She's clearly someone who truly and sincerely fears the monsters under the bed, but then

sincerely doesn't understand or fear the actual pitfalls that women can run into.

I find this almost fascinating in how incomprehensible it is. Does it just come from a lifetime of never questioning the logic of what certain people tell you? How do you get past the age of 15 and still do this? Or is it from some kind of careful consideration that disbelieves all evidence?

I can't make it make sense how someone comes to these conclusions.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:46 AM

6. NO she doesn't

she is a paid whore for the far right. She would testify that the earth is flat if that paid money

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:11 PM

9. I agree and I'm not defending her, but how do you get THERE?

How much cognitive dissonance do you you have to build up in your system to become what she is?

Can you imagine?

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:26 PM

11. this

 

obviously

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:10 AM

4. AKA useful idiot.

Self-loathing is always tragic.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:13 AM

5. The stooooopud is strong in the Delicate Flower Army.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:52 AM

7. Gayle Trotter testified before Congress and the only example she could come up with where women

protected their family was a situation where a shotgun was used. We do not have a big problem with shotguns being used in recent mass shootings. Shotguns are used for hunting game, shot size appropriate for the game hunted and a hunter should be a good enough shot not to require 10+ capacity. If there had been an example of a high capacity weapon used in protecting our families the NRA would have been aware of such and she would have testified on the incident. She wants to have guns and big ones in the home to protect members of the home and she is not for Violence against women, WTH.

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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:13 PM

10. And her answer to that question about the shotgun, loosely translated, was, "iggidy iggidy iggidy."

I kind of enjoyed that part.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:56 AM

8. She's a shill and propagandist

Lawrence O'Donnell ripped her to shreds when she tried her propaganda on his show. A fraud by any other name.

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:11 PM

12. It is probably more of a platform in where she would receive funds, it is all about the dollar.

She is against Violence against women but she wants big scary guns for women because they are a a disadvantage, DUH.

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