Thirdpower noticed the same thing I noticed in this article from Brady Campaign spokesperson Heidi Yewman: She’s absolutely terrified by having the ability to protect her own life.
So here I sit at Starbucks, and the irony couldn’t be thicker. On March 12, 2010, I was surrounded by big hairy men with guns on their hips, yelling at me as I led a protest against Starbuck’s gun policy. Today, I’m surrounded by five-year-old boys sitting with their moms at the next table. Now I’m the one with a gun on her hip. The gun makes me more fearful than I could have imagined.
Her fear is the fear of what she might do with the gun. She’s been told her entire life that it’s the gun that’s the problem, so now that she has one, she thinks she’s part of the problem. She has the ability to shoot someone, which freaks her out because she believes (not thinks, but believes) that a gun by itself is motive, means and opportunity for murder, when it reality, it’s just one of many, many, different tools that can be misused to cause violence.
She had the means to run someone over when she drove her car to the Starbucks, but that didn’t cause her to shake in fear. She had the means to drown someone in a Starbucks bathroom, but that didn’t freak her out. Now she has the means to stop a rapist literally dead in his tracks, and that doesn’t make her feel empowered, it makes her feel afraid.
Freedom. Not everybody gets it or wants it.