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Please Take Away My Right to a Gun
The New York Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | Wendy Button

Posted on 01/19/2013 9:50:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

A FEW years ago, I awoke at 2:30 a.m. to more than a “rapping, rapping at my chamber door.” It was a full-force pounding of a body trying to break into my little house in Washington, D.C. It was the sound and scenario that, as a single woman living alone, I feared more than spiders in the house.

Because I was writing political speeches at the time, my BlackBerry slept on the pillow beside me. I grabbed it and looked out my bedroom window at the stoop below. There he was: tall, dark clothes, big. He backed up and then raced to the door, pounding his body against it. Then he kicked at it the way actors take boots to the heads of bad guys in the movies.

I dialed 911 and ran downstairs, my 100-pound Newfoundland with me.

I gave the dispatcher my address, let her know that I lived around the corner from a police station and said, “Please hurry.” She heard the loud noise and remained on the line with me.

I put the BlackBerry on speaker and pushed a heavy armchair toward the door. I watched as the wood expanded with each pound. The white paint splintered some. The deadbolt held at the top, but the bottom half of the door popped open, letting in the steam heat from the summer night. I took that chair and slammed it so the side pushed the door back in line with the frame. I held that chair with everything my 5 foot 3 inches had. My dog sat right by me on the rug, ready...

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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment; sheeple
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1 posted on 01/19/2013 9:50:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just wow. I knew our culture was devolving, but devolving to the point that someone seriously argues for everyone else to be disarmed — and therefore at the mercy of thugs such as the one she personally experienced — because she cannot trust herself?

Just wow.

And then read the comments. Many, in fact most, apparently agree with her.

Our society is BEYOND sick. Sigh.


2 posted on 01/19/2013 10:00:50 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As soon as I saw “New York Times”, I knew what sort of piece it would be.


3 posted on 01/19/2013 10:01:39 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: piytar

We live in a sick world..and the disease is liberalism, it trumps rational thinking


4 posted on 01/19/2013 10:02:42 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: piytar

Well, I agree with her, too. There are people who should not have guns, and she is apparently one of them. I’m happy that she recognizes her situation.
she might be a person who would commit suicide during one of her depressive states.


5 posted on 01/19/2013 10:05:15 PM PST by basil (basil)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is exactly why most liberals are afraid of guns. They think they will hurt themselves. Liberalism and mental problems are closely linked. That’s fine, they can choose to not have guns but these same liberals then turn around and try to disarm us as well. Not acceptable.


6 posted on 01/19/2013 10:07:03 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: basil

Yes. IF she’s telling the TRUTH and this isn’t another “agenda” piece.


7 posted on 01/19/2013 10:07:12 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: piytar

She lucked out in that incident, but she thinks the next one will go the same. I doubt it, especially where she lives.


8 posted on 01/19/2013 10:07:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; FReepers; Patriots; FRiends


Dangerous idiots.

Please Support Free Republic, Tonight, or Tomorrow for sure!

9 posted on 01/19/2013 10:07:35 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This article is such a load of crap that I think it’s just propaganda.


10 posted on 01/19/2013 10:09:03 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: Brad's Gramma

Don’t you love the “...I’m a former Republican and a life-long hunter, but...” stories?


11 posted on 01/19/2013 10:09:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m glad rich, white liberals get to make these decisions for us. :)


12 posted on 01/19/2013 10:09:56 PM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She is arguing that if she had a gun she might lose her battle with depression and kill herself. I heard a similar argument once from an anti-gun college professor ... he said that if he had a gun he would have killed someone by now.

Since liberals have diminished self-control, and as the primary social dynamic of liberalism is projection of their own mental/emotional dynamics onto others, no one should own a gun. They can’t control themselves, therefore you cannot control yourself, therefore you should not own a gun.

Makes sense ... in La La land ...


13 posted on 01/19/2013 10:10:35 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

yeah this woman is beyond comprehension


14 posted on 01/19/2013 10:13:25 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have a better chance of surviving if I never have the option of being able to pull the trigger

Our Republic has a better chance of surviving if the writer didn't vote. Maybe we should start calling for the 15th and 19th Amendments to be abolished to save the 2nd Amendment. A whole lot of other problems will be solved as a result.

15 posted on 01/19/2013 10:13:25 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Madame, you have the right to have a gun, and you have the right to not have a gun.

You do not have the right to take away my gun.

If you insist upon such, then I will have no choice but to view you as my attacker.


16 posted on 01/19/2013 10:14:12 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: piytar

We are living Idiocracy.

Seriously, think I’ll head on over to Starbucks!


17 posted on 01/19/2013 10:17:51 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: basil
Well, I agree with her, too. There are people who should not have guns, and she is apparently one of them.

Let her make that choice, not the government. Her potential suicide, IF, she had a gun may be tragic, but it would be much more tragic for the 2.5 million people that defend themselves each year with a gun.

18 posted on 01/19/2013 10:18:49 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Google Images for Wendy Button, the writer of this piece.

Is this the SAME Wendy Button???

19 posted on 01/19/2013 10:19:08 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: piytar

We are living Idiocracy


20 posted on 01/19/2013 10:23:20 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dear Wendy, get help with your mental problems, otherwise keep your nose the hell out of my business and safety.
21 posted on 01/19/2013 10:25:03 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: AlmaKing

“...and again in May 2012, after testifying in the federal criminal trial of John Edwards, my former boss. If I had purchased that gun and it had been in my possession, I’m not sure I would have been able to resist and would be here typing these words.”

People like this don’t off themselves with guns. This one would go for tranks, pain pills, sleeping pills, or something painless...all the while hoping someone she called would find her manipulating self in time to save her worthless a$$.


22 posted on 01/19/2013 10:25:52 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She can relinquish her righy to own a firearm, but leave me to hell alone.


23 posted on 01/19/2013 10:27:04 PM PST by Joe Bfstplk
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To: ConservativeInPA

I think the rule should be that if you call for the elimination of a particular amendment to the Constitution - then you get your wish and that amendment no longer applies to you. I am also in favor of a constitutional amendment that says that if you complain about taxes being too low - your taxes automatically get raised by 10%. And each time you complain again, your taxes go up another 10%.


24 posted on 01/19/2013 10:29:00 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But since most people like me are more likely to harm ourselves than to turn into mass-murdering monsters, our leaders should do more to keep us safe from ourselves.

Please take away my Second Amendment right. Do more to help us protect ourselves because what’s most likely to wake me in the early hours isn’t a man’s body slamming at my door but depression, that raven, tapping, rapping, banging for relief.

I have a better chance of surviving if I never have the option of being able to pull the trigger.

Holy crap.

I had to double check to make sure this wasn't from the Onion or some other satire site.

I assume that during this woman's depressive period she also didn't have access to a razor to slit her wrists, or ropes, belts, or power cords to hang herself, or buildings to jump off of, or subway trains to jump in front of. The ONE thing that saved her is that she didn't own a gun.

Oh, and by the way, lady, the government may be able to infringe upon it, but they can't "take away your second amendment right". Your rights are not given to you by the government, they cannot be taken away by the government.

25 posted on 01/19/2013 10:30:24 PM PST by Washi (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: Brad's Gramma

She sure does seem to be around John Edwards a lot.


26 posted on 01/19/2013 10:31:25 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: spodefly
She is arguing that if she had a gun she might lose her battle with depression and kill herself. I heard a similar argument once from an anti-gun college professor ... he said that if he had a gun he would have killed someone by now.

So their claim is that with free access to guns, there would be fewer stupid liberals, yet they then go on to use that as an argument FOR gun control??? Hmmmmm, strange....

27 posted on 01/19/2013 10:32:00 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: MestaMachine

In her depressive state of mind, I don’t think she should be allowed to drive.

She is clearly a danger to the community.


28 posted on 01/19/2013 10:33:24 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If she had really wanted to off herself, there are plenty of things in her own home she could use: knives, pills, household cleaners. Is she going to ask the government to ban those as well? Just because SHE can't be trusted, doesn't mean most of the rest of the country can't.

How about we have a voluntary registry of people like her who think they can't be trusted with guns? Then, if they have the urge to buy one, the registry can be checked and they can be denied.
29 posted on 01/19/2013 10:34:02 PM PST by grateful
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To: piytar
And then read the comments. Many, in fact most, apparently agree with her.

I read their comments and agree that if because of severe depression they don't feel comfortable or don't trust themselves to own guns then they shouldn't have them.

And they shouldn't own or operate a car...

Operate heavy machinery...

Be around small children...

Sharp objects...

OR Electric appliances....

But the government is the LAST to to deny them or me a constitutional RIGHT!!!
30 posted on 01/19/2013 10:38:10 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well ain’t that just peachy. If she recognizes that she shouldn’t have a gun, then it is real simple, don’t buy one stupid. But don’t prevent me from having one because you can’t handle it.

This example is like having someone that drinks and drives tell the rest of us that we shouldn’t drive either.


31 posted on 01/19/2013 10:41:01 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Our military does not kill babies, those that commit abortion kill babies.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

And THAT doesn’t bode well with me. Or the validity of this stupid article.


32 posted on 01/19/2013 10:41:56 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: grateful

Her kind are why we had insane asylums until the ACLU emptied them all.


33 posted on 01/19/2013 10:41:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Please take away tall buildings I can jump from, drugs I can overdose on, subway tracks I can fall on, trains and cars I can jump in front of and sharp objects so I can use to cut myself.”

What did I miss?


34 posted on 01/19/2013 10:43:14 PM PST by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross

Rope for hanging?


35 posted on 01/19/2013 10:47:12 PM PST by Girlene
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To: basil

liberals don’t call it suicide anymore, trhey call it ‘late term self abortion’


36 posted on 01/19/2013 10:47:36 PM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: spodefly
>”She is arguing that if she had a gun she might lose her battle with depression and kill herself”<

I guess she never heard of the one thing that will always be there should people decide to commit Suicide, GRAVITY.

Even Pharaoh Obama cannot outlaw that.

37 posted on 01/19/2013 10:47:56 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think everybody who feels and thinks as she does should roll up a copy of the New York Times and move north of the Mason-Dixon line. Leave the sane people down here in America. Y’ll have fun up there.


38 posted on 01/19/2013 10:49:24 PM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: MestaMachine
If I had purchased that gun and it had been in my possession, I’m not sure I would have been able to resist and would be here typing these words.”


Yet if we denied her "right" to end an unwanted prengancy she would argue it was her right, depression or not....

Following that logic, She should be allowed to do with her body wantever her wanted to... including her own life with the most effective process possible at the time...


Most homocides listed are, in fact people combining both "rights', to do with their bodies what they see fit at the time...

39 posted on 01/19/2013 10:50:17 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

[[Her kind are why we had insane asylums until the ACLU emptied them all.... and they all ran for office and won”]]

I finished the sentence for you


40 posted on 01/19/2013 10:54:34 PM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Kickass Conservative

[[I guess she never heard of the one thing that will always be there should people decide to commit Suicide, GRAVITY.]]

She’s hoping the pres will outlaw gravity too- you know, so she’ll be ‘safe from herself’- apparently thouhg the only way she knows abotu killing herself would be with a gun- Most owmen use sleeping pilsl or medications (Which this woman’s medicine chest must be chokerblock full of meds)- but again, apparently she isn’t imaginitive enough to think beyond simply using a gun-


41 posted on 01/19/2013 11:00:05 PM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is totally invented propaganda. Guaranteed!

Either that or the author is even dumber than she is depressed.

42 posted on 01/19/2013 11:06:32 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

[[Please Take Away My Right to a Gun]]

Sure- gladly, and while we’re at it, we’ll also take away your right to free speech too- since you don’t really care abotu rights anyways- we’re certain you won’t mind never being able to give assinine itnerviews again, right?

This woman is free and on the streets? Shouldn’t kkkuomo be ordering an emergency mental health exam for her since she’s CLEARLY indicagted that she might be a danger to herself or others?


43 posted on 01/19/2013 11:06:37 PM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
very creative fiction

reminds me of those Readers Digest stories

44 posted on 01/19/2013 11:10:33 PM PST by KTM rider ( American at heart..... Rebel by force)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“testifying in the federal criminal trial of John Edwards, my former boss”

The woman who wrote this article is a journalist, a liberal Democrat, a resident of Washington D.C. and a former employee of liberal Democrat John Edwards. This woman should not be allowed anywhere near a firearm. It is no surprise, with a life like that, she is depressed to the point of being suicidal.


45 posted on 01/19/2013 11:12:56 PM PST by detective
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To: CottShop
Does she have knives? Is she allowed to drive? Does she have any electrical appliances that could be dropped in the bath tub? Does she have a gas oven? Are there any bridges near where she lives? Does she have any pills that mix badly with alcohol?

Is it possible she has no idea that those things can be used to commit suicide? Yet she hasn't. This story is phony.

46 posted on 01/19/2013 11:13:39 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
rankiethepunktorontoNYT Pick

Please take a way my right to own a gun. Unlike the writer Wendy Button I do not suffer from depression or any form of mental illness, but like most human beings I do stupid things. Especially when I lose my temper. In those situations, if I am in a rage and a gun is available to me, who knows what I am capable of? I don't. The availability of Guns makes me more dangerous, not only to myself, but to people around me.


Hahaha. It's so surreal.
47 posted on 01/19/2013 11:14:13 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: andyk
The NYTs readership is proving the thesis is an absolute...

Articles that explain how modern liberals suffer from a mental disorder.


48 posted on 01/19/2013 11:17:44 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Please Take Away My Right to a Gun”

How about you just move to North Korea, you spineless puke. I heard they have a fine use for guys who are ball-less.


49 posted on 01/19/2013 11:19:46 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A mentally ill political speech writer. Gee, I wonder which
party she writes for.


50 posted on 01/19/2013 11:25:19 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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