R. Martin: A means of defense

Every two minutes, an American woman is violated and, in Maine, nearly one in five will be a victim. Shocking to chauvinistic views of some Maine mayors, police chiefs, legislators and a retired sheriff should be the Congressional finding for the "Citizens Self-Defense Act of 2011" that 192,000 women defended themselves against sexual abuse using a firearm.

Some people cannot comprehend why a woman would consider using a firearm to prevent rape and do not find that working to ban the weapon of choice by such women is illogical. Every legislator supporting such a ban should be required to explain their reasons to Maine rape survivor groups.

In police, military and rural homes, women brought up with a familiarity and capability with firearms have means of defense with the standard police weapon of choice against violent crime: the semi-automatic pistol using a double stack magazine of 14 rounds, chosen because it is considered to be the most effective against criminals who may not be stopped by fewer bullets. The magazine limitation being proposed by many legislators would ban this weapon from women.

Not every woman may be interested or capable of using a firearm in self-defense, but it is an egregious double standard to deny such protective means.

That rape is not a capital offense allows condescending gun haters to consider the rape of a woman more acceptable than to allow rapists to be threatened, shot or killed, apparently.

Taking my wife's 14-round Smith & Wesson is not an option, and 192,000 women would agree.

Robert L. Martin, New Sharon

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Bob Woodbury's picture

Mr Martin, please...

...attribute your numbers. I can write a letter in direct rebuttal to yours, making up my own official-sounding numbers. I would like to believe you, but...

RONALD RIML's picture

I believe Robert Martin may be/have been a College Professor

perhaps specializing in things quite "Batty". I would imagine that as a Professor he would demand of his students proper citations, footnoting, attributions, etc to reference any research papers or the such which they presented to him.

RONALD RIML's picture

Robert

Are you really that concerned about sexual exploitation of women?

Or is this simply another way to manifest your morbid enchantment with firearms???

My guess is that it's the guns.

RONALD RIML's picture

There was NO Congressional Finding - Bill Died in Committee

H.R. 2252 (112th): Citizens’ Self-Defense Act of 2011

Introduced: Jun 21, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Sponsor: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R-MD6]
Status: Died (Referred to Committee)

Robert - you need to be a bit more accurate in your letter.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Wouldn’t a shotgun be more

Wouldn’t a shotgun be more effective, perhaps with #5 shot?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Don't know how two people

Don't know how two people could disagree with you on that, Mark. Isn't that what Shotgun Joe Biden recommends to his wife?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

There are few better means of

There are few better means of protecting one's home than a 12 gauge short barreled pump action Winchester.

Bob Woodbury's picture

Particularly when...

...the chances of using that firearm for that use are nil.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

My Winchester has not been

My Winchester has not been fired in over twenty years. Since I do not hunt, it doesn't matter to me if I never fire it again. However, should an uninvited intruder ever decide to come a callin', all bets are off.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Does anyone ever pine over

Does anyone ever pine over not getting to use their life insurance policy?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

It does not matter what any

It does not matter what any government says. It is permissible for each creature on this planet to fight for survival by any means, legal or illegal.

Bob Woodbury's picture

And the Oscar...

...goes to -

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Which is worse, getting

Which is worse, getting knifed by a mugger and dying from the wounds or defending yourself and putting the mugger in a wheelchair for the rest of his life while spending the rest of yours behind bars because your lawyer was unable to prove self-defense on your part?

Bob Woodbury's picture

Oooh -

Another Oscar winner, handed down from Mt NRA.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You appear to have an

You appear to have an unhealthily high opinion of your opinions.

Bob Woodbury's picture

Really!!

Actually, I feel fine but thank you for your concern.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Just looking after one of our

Just looking after one of our 'brothers'.

RONALD RIML's picture

Pirate - At your (our) age we have about a 1.2% victimization

rate for that sort of thing in Maine - much lower than average.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

That's probably because the

That's probably because the word's out there that we're both packin'.
FYI---If your profile photo is any indicator, the Pirate might have a decade or two on you.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

You are more likely to get

You are more likely to get victimized during your prostrate examine, unless you are like some who consider that a carnival ride.

Ronald, did you make it to the fair this year?

RONALD RIML's picture

I asked my 'Prostate Examiner' if

she would respect me in the morning.......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Did she tell you to stop

Did she tell you to stop being so anal?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Be careful, you are probably

Be careful, you are probably both on the slippery plank of SJ censorship.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Although we are probably both

Although we are probably both in proper context; thank you.

RONALD RIML's picture

And look who pops up!!!!

(Talk about anus')

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

My physician used to tell me

My physician used to tell me not to worry as long as he didn't have both hands on my shoulders.

RONALD RIML's picture

Or obsessively imagining about it to the Apex of Paranoia....

MARK GRAVEL's picture

In either case, it is better

In either case, it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

Bob Woodbury's picture

I know...

...you've probably experience the first. But don't jump to conclusions until you've tried the second.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

A philosophy I have embraced

A philosophy I have embraced for decades.

RONALD RIML's picture

Not once you're past the 'Time Frame'

Then you can be framed in pine while survivors get the pay-out......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Last time the Pirate was

Last time the Pirate was framed he ended up behind steel bars. There's lots to be said for connecting the 'time frame' to a broken clock.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Okay, Woody, okay

Okay, Woody, okay

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