January 9 2013
Statement: President Obama Seeks to Limit Women's Capability to Fight Back Against Attackers
PRESIDENT OBAMA SEEKS TO LIMIT WOMEN'S CAPABILITY TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ATTACKERS
Women Should Fight Attempts to Ban High-Capacity Magazines
Rittgers: "Laws limiting magazine capacity and availability of semiautomatic handguns will directly impact women, who use these weapons for self-defense inside and outside the home. Any executive action by President Obama to restrict guns will limit a women's capability to fight back against attackers and protect herself and her family."
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today Vice President Joe Biden met with gun control advocates to express the desire President Obama has to take swift executive actions -- bypassing Congress -- to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines saying it would "take thousands of people out of harm's way." Independent Women's Forum senior fellow Anna Rittgers released the following statement:
I am passionate about the 2nd Amendment, particularly because I'm a mother. I'm a thirty-something year old woman with a 3 year old and a nursing newborn. Without my concealed weapon, I wouldn't be able to protect myself against an assailant that seeks to do me or my family harm.
Five bullets fired from a .38 revolver weren't enough for a Georgia mother of two to stop one intruder last week in an unexpected home invasion--what if there had been more intruders?
It often takes several shots to stop one attacker. If the maximum magazine capacity is 10 (or if all semiautomatic handguns are banned, but 6 shot revolvers remain), and a woman in danger has to stop and reload her weapon while trying to protect her children (who are likely hysterical at this point), it gives the bad guy an opportunity to react--potentially fatally.
Laws limiting magazine capacity and availability of semiautomatic handguns will directly impact women, who use these weapons for self-defense inside and outside the home. Any executive action by President Obama to restrict guns will limit a women's capability to fight back against attackers and protect herself and her family.
The bottom line is that guns are used for lawful self-defense every day. Sadly, they also used for illegal violence every day. But enacting laws that further restrict or ban law-abiding citizens’ access to firearms does little to address violent crime. It merely disarms the good guys.
Independent Women's Forum is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and educational institution dedicated to expanding the conservative coalition, both by increasing the number of women who understand and value the benefits of limited government, personal liberty, and free markets, and by countering those who seek to ever expand government in the name of protecting women.