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Why gun control is really a gender issue
Toronto Star ^ | September 18, 2010 | Laura Eggertson

Posted on 09/18/2010 5:16:21 AM PDT by Loyalist

Mavis Moore was 4 years old the first time she faced the barrel of a long gun. A neighbour pointed his .22 at the girl and her mother when they stopped by to pick up a newspaper in their small Saskatchewan town.

Sixty-eight years later, Moore remembers dropping one blue angora mitten in the snow as the man stood above them on his steps.

“You can't imagine what it's like, this adult man having a gun on you and threatening to kill you and your mother,” she says.

Moore's mother picked up her child — and the mitten — and left. She never said anything to anyone, fearing the violence would escalate. It was the first time Moore was at risk from a man pointing a gun, but not the last.

Decades later, a fellow hunter aimed his cocked rifle at her in the northern Saskatchewan bush. He told her he mistook her 5-foot-4 frame, draped in red, for a moose.

Guns are a constant in the lives of rural Canadian women — one reason many of them as are as committed to gun control and the gun registry as their urban sisters. As the third-reading vote on a Tory backbencher's private bill that would kill the registry draws near, members of a coalition of rural and urban women, shelter advocates and victims of violent crime are telling their stories. They want to counter the misinformation and political manoeuvring they contend obscure the real issue: safety.

(Excerpt) Read more at thestar.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; longguns; registry
Another example of women turning to government as father-husband-protector-provider.
1 posted on 09/18/2010 5:16:23 AM PDT by Loyalist
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To: Loyalist

Of course it’s a gender issue. Col. Colt makes a little gray haired woman with a mob of kids as big as any man. Thank you, sir!


2 posted on 09/18/2010 5:22:44 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("A little plain food, and a philosophic temperament, are the only necessities of life."~W. Churchill)
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To: Loyalist

More of an example of how a few hystericals get a big news exposure that they do not deserve.


3 posted on 09/18/2010 5:23:50 AM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Loyalist

They have a hard time believing that all the gun control laws would have no impact on whether stupid people and criminals would obey them, yet many folks would be killed or maimed by those same laws.


4 posted on 09/18/2010 5:23:53 AM PDT by umgud (Obama is a failed experiment.)
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To: Loyalist

The leftist propaganda just never stops.

Every day, issue after issue, they just keep going.

Pure bias - article could just as easily feature a woman who prevented rape or saved her family with a pistol.

It really is a disgrace.


5 posted on 09/18/2010 5:25:28 AM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: Loyalist

Penis Envy...


6 posted on 09/18/2010 5:28:57 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: Tax-chick

Violent crime in the US dropped for the third straight year in 2009. At the same time requests for Instant Criminal Background checks prior to firearms purchase hit an all time high. No one can convince me that the two are not connected.


7 posted on 09/18/2010 5:29:21 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("CJ, if we're ever ordered to storm your house, I'm calling in sick." Local SWAT team member.)
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To: Loyalist
A neighbour pointed his .22 at the girl and her mother when they stopped by to pick up a newspaper in their small Saskatchewan town.

Does that sound like they were attempting to steal the neighbor's paper to anyone else?

8 posted on 09/18/2010 5:34:59 AM PDT by magslinger ('This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!')
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To: Loyalist

When I was 8 years old, I was frightened by a circus clown. I therefore demand that all circus clowns be banned.

Wait a minute. Just to be on the safe side, ban all circuses.


9 posted on 09/18/2010 5:40:54 AM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Loyalist

Whenever a lefty rants about Gun Control, I respond very calmly:

1) Shouldn’t women have the right to protect themselves from abusive men??

2) Shouldn’t women have the right to protect themselves from the rabid anti-Roe vs Wade crowd when exercising their reproductive rights??

3) Doesn’t the GAY community deserve the right to protect themselves from red-neck racists who will always get a gun like druggies always find a fix??

4) Don’t you want to protect yourself from the Christian Taliban led by Sarah Palin who want to establish a Theocracy??

5) Shouldn’t minorities be able to protect themselves from racist Tea Party members??


10 posted on 09/18/2010 5:41:24 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: umgud

I recall a Mark Steyn column which recounted an incident at an Eastern Canadian university where an armed man invaded a college classroom. He ordered the few men in the room to leave (which they dutifully did) and then I believe he murdered a few of the coeds. Steyn was decrying the wussification of Canadian men. If that is the case, the women need even more rights to protect themselves.


11 posted on 09/18/2010 5:44:07 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Right after Reconstruction, and again during the KKK period, many southern rural blacks kept their homes and families safe by keeping a shotgun close by.

More on the left need to know this simple historical fact.


12 posted on 09/18/2010 5:46:42 AM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Leaning Right

I’ll give up Bozo only when you pry my Bozo from my cold dead hands.....


13 posted on 09/18/2010 5:54:20 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: caseinpoint

If you consider 14 dead women “a few.” The guy shot 28 people, including 4 men, before killing himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89cole_Polytechnique_massacre


14 posted on 09/18/2010 5:55:55 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: CholeraJoe
No one can convince me that the two are not connected.

I agree.

15 posted on 09/18/2010 5:56:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("A little plain food, and a philosophic temperament, are the only necessities of life."~W. Churchill)
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To: Leaning Right

“More on the left need to know this simple historical fact.”

They have chosen to ignore that fact. The primary driver for early gun control efforts was to keep that rural black man from having a shotgun when they came to lynch him.


16 posted on 09/18/2010 5:56:35 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Leaning Right

many southern rural blacks kept their homes and families safe by keeping a shotgun close by.

the subject of Clarence Thomas’ concurrence in the DC vs Heller ruling


17 posted on 09/18/2010 5:59:42 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: Leaning Right

I agree!!

I hate clowns and hate the circus!

Ban both...now are we considered clownphobic? If so YES!


18 posted on 09/18/2010 6:01:22 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie ( Ok, Joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: Loyalist

So. Two folks who live way outside of society, probably for good reason in this case, possibly on something or drunk, point weapons at folks they either don’t know or don’t like, and that means all men hate women and will use guns to kill them. Okay, then.


19 posted on 09/18/2010 6:03:36 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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To: Sherman Logan

Prohibition of guns would not have stopped the tragedy at that university. But concealed carry would have.

The left needs to understand that the US, and Canada for that matter, is not a country like Japan.

In Japan, if the Emperor says turn in your guns, everyone turns in their guns.

Well, that just won’t happen here. And to those on the left who don’t see this, I’d say just look at the history of Prohibition of alcohol.


20 posted on 09/18/2010 6:08:33 AM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Loyalist

The premise that all men with guns or their testicles for that matter are evil is so 20th Century. This rhetoric exposes the desire by extreme leftists for a totalitarian state and is exactly why the American activists are now avoiding comment on these stories. They now couch their argument in their “interpretation of the Constitution” and they treat guns as an established evil. They act as if it is the obligation of the state to attack gun ownership. It’s a crafty attempt at disarmament of the people through regulation.


21 posted on 09/18/2010 6:08:43 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: magslinger
Does that sound like they were attempting to steal the neighbor's paper to anyone else?

My first thought too.
22 posted on 09/18/2010 6:10:41 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Loyalist

This article is written in such a ridiculously biased manner as to be called “corrupt”.

With absolutely no context at all, it *begins* with the imagery of a little child, who has dropped her mitten in the snow, when suddenly a large, bearded, muscular and dirty man, perhaps a child molester or a serial killer, decides to menace her and her mother with a rifle, for no reason at all.

I’m surprised that the faceless, you know, with the hockey mask and all, masculine fiend didn’t then stomp on her little pet kitten, crushing it with his clog heeled boots, while laughing maniacally, his liquored breath and red eyes expressing his sadistic joy at inflicting such terror on the innocent.

And then the monster spoke, with a deep and hissing drawl. “I have the power of a GOD over you weak and pathetic women, because I have a .22 rifle, as an extension of my penis! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! And I vote for CONSERVATIVES!!!”


23 posted on 09/18/2010 6:12:21 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Loyalist

God did NOT make men and women equal.

Smith and Wesson did.


24 posted on 09/18/2010 6:15:19 AM PDT by ConradofMontferrat
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Red Dog, you fight dirty.

I admire that.

25 posted on 09/18/2010 6:19:08 AM PDT by magslinger ('This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!')
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To: ConradofMontferrat

That was my thought when I read the headline.

I’m female, you won’t take my guns! Yes, that was plural.


26 posted on 09/18/2010 7:32:13 AM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Tax-chick

Smith & Wesson makes the “Ladysmith”. Smaller grip & balanced for a woman’s smaller hand.

Shoots really nice.

A woman who hated guns was confronted by a mid-day attempt at car-jacking her. She jammed the accelerator & got away.
She got gun courses & had the gun within 2 weeks. Carried it with her wherever she went.


27 posted on 09/18/2010 7:32:58 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Leaning Right

>>When I was 8 years old, I was frightened by a circus clown. I therefore demand that all circus clowns be banned.

Wait a minute. Just to be on the safe side, ban all circuses.<<

OK, just so long as you don’t want to ban rodeo clowns too.


28 posted on 09/18/2010 7:39:38 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: ridesthemiles

I saw it at the NRA Convention. I want one.


29 posted on 09/18/2010 7:49:41 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("A little plain food, and a philosophic temperament, are the only necessities of life."~W. Churchill)
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To: B4Ranch

I think you all are missing the point. Clowns have been an integral part of Americana, and I, for one, won’t stand up to this blatant attack on Clown-Americans.

I say you get to the root of the problem and ban children.


30 posted on 09/18/2010 7:51:51 AM PDT by akorahil (Thank You and God bless all Veterans. Truly, the real heroes.)
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To: akorahil

Forgive me for not adding /s to my comment.


31 posted on 09/18/2010 8:07:28 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: B4Ranch

Clowns are evil.

32 posted on 09/18/2010 8:56:35 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Hmmm... what replies do you get?


33 posted on 09/18/2010 8:58:20 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: akorahil

>I think you all are missing the point. Clowns have been an integral part of Americana, and I, for one, won’t stand up to this blatant attack on Clown-Americans.
>
>I say you get to the root of the problem and ban children

What do you think Obama and Planned Parenthood are all about?
[;)]


34 posted on 09/18/2010 9:03:45 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: stinkerpot65
Clowns are evil.

You're much more kind and... restrained than I; I would have posted this terrifying picture:

35 posted on 09/18/2010 9:07:11 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Leaning Right

Plus when Japs feel like they’re failures, they kill themselves and they don’t take others with them.


36 posted on 09/18/2010 9:09:40 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: OneWingedShark

Priveous post messed up.
37 posted on 09/18/2010 9:10:09 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: stinkerpot65
Not the ones I've met.


38 posted on 09/18/2010 9:22:49 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: B4Ranch

Rodeo clowns excepted.


39 posted on 09/18/2010 9:29:28 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Sherman Logan

I don’t consider fourteen a few. I had only a vague memory of the details. Thanks for filling me in. I didn’t intend to sound callous.


40 posted on 09/18/2010 9:35:02 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Hmmm... what replies do you get?

Mostly....a bunch of uuhhs, several mumbles, and the always popular quote that’s rapidly turning into a broken record:

” well it’s Bush’s fault anyway”


41 posted on 09/18/2010 2:45:58 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: caseinpoint

Grr, I resemble that remark. I’ve faced down an armed home invader who had a crowbar. He ran like heck, and once everything was under control I called the cops and reported the attempted break in.


42 posted on 09/18/2010 3:33:11 PM PDT by BenKenobi ("Henceforth I will call nothing else fair unless it be her gift to me")
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To: BenKenobi

Blame Mark Steyn. He wrote the article. Congrats on chasing the intruder away.


43 posted on 09/18/2010 4:31:35 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: caseinpoint

Eh I have to agree with him. He’s right to call us out.


44 posted on 09/18/2010 4:55:49 PM PDT by BenKenobi ("Henceforth I will call nothing else fair unless it be her gift to me")
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To: BenKenobi

I must say, the Canadian guys I have met have been no pushovers. But then they have been from Alberta and British Columbia, which may be a different breed from your ordinary Ottowan, Toronton or Quebecois.


45 posted on 09/18/2010 7:19:46 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: caseinpoint

Yep, that’s where I’m from as well. It really depends on where you are and where they are from.

I guess it’s the same with the US too.


46 posted on 09/18/2010 7:39:27 PM PDT by BenKenobi ("Henceforth I will call nothing else fair unless it be her gift to me")
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To: akorahil
Clowns have been an integral part of Americana, and I, for one, won’t stand up to this blatant attack on Clown-Americans.

Amen. Now let's go kick some mime ass.

I gotta find a copy of Shakes the Clown.

47 posted on 09/19/2010 10:08:29 AM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: Tax-chick
Did you get the Lady Smith?

I tried it but it was too small for my hand.


48 posted on 09/19/2010 10:19:31 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: Lady Jag

No, I’m still sitting on my handgun purchase permit (required in North Carolina) waiting for the opportunity to go shopping with no children.


49 posted on 09/19/2010 1:19:21 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("A little plain food, and a philosophic temperament, are the only necessities of life."~W. Churchill)
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