Bethany Mandel gets it! She just wrote a brilliant piece about why she feels safer with a gun.

“You have to be able to protect yourself”

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BETHANY MENDEL wrote “I wanted to be a good mom so I got a gun”

She describes how her mom used guns as protection when Mendel was a young girl. Her mom kept guns all over the house for use at any moment:

Right around when my dad left, when I was 3 years old, our neighborhood on Long Island experienced a crime wave of burglaries, which led my mother to keep guns in various parts of the house in case she needed one at a moment’s notice. That decision turned a story with a potentially tragic ending into one about a heroic single mother and her young daughter. Our incident won’t show up in the statistics about gun use in self-defense scenarios. I doubt my mother ever reported it to the police.

It wasn’t until Mendel was threatened during 2016 that she pushed herself to get a gun:

 I pushed myself to finally go through the process of asking friends for letters attesting to my character, obtaining fingerprints and submitting to background checks.

I was given a reason to feel that I needed to defend myself and my family. And I acted on it.

“SUPPORT FOR GUN RIGHTS IS ABOUT PROTECTING OUR KIDS”

In the wake of every mass shooting, there are renewed calls for gun control, and a demonization of the National Rifle Association (of which I was but am no longer a member). We are told that it’s not our guns — the guns of legal and responsible gun owners — that would be taken away, but those of the bad guys. But when those advocating bans don’t even understand the mechanics and basic terminology of guns, it doesn’t inspire confidence.

For many, support for gun rights is motivated precisely by our devotion to protecting our kids.

BETHANY MANDEL IS ONE SMART WOMAN!


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