Gun lovers assailed Yewman for failing her "moral obligation to learn how to safely and properly use said firearm," as if she weren't following the very laws the gun lobby has dictated. "Instead of proving that the law is too easy," one pro-gun blog said, Yewman "proves only that she is an arrogant, reckless woman who is willing to endanger others to score a political point. She should be ashamed of herself."
Yet if training is only a "moral obligation" governed by the honor system and not laws, how many other untrained gunmen are walking the streets?
One poster said laws that would slow down Yewman's 7 minute gun acquisition don't stop criminals but could hurt potential victims because, "For an abused woman, the threat of a gun may be the only thing that saves her life." But a study by the Violence Policy Center found women who bring a gun into their home to protect themselves are actually three times as likely to be killed themselves.
In buckling under the onslaught, Ms magazine says it is "not equipped to handle" such aggression and the rest of the series will appear on the Huffington Post. The decision just emboldens the online bullies whose vengeful, unbalanced, hair trigger remarks are the best argument against carrying guns in public.
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