During the Senate hearings on gun violence this morning, a female gun advocate scolded a Democratic senator for what she saw as his argument against a woman’s right to defend herself and her family with a weapon of her choosing.
Gayle Trotter of the Independent Women’s Forum was responding to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D-RI) assertion that a woman is capable of defending herself and her family without weapons prohibited under Senator Dianne Feinstein’s gun control proposal, reports The Huffinton Post.
He cited the case of 18-year-old Oklahoma mother Sarah McKinley’s shooting of a home intruder with a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, which would not be banned under the Feinstein proposal, as proof that so-called “assault weapons” like the AR-15 are not needed for personal defense.
Trotter responded: “Would it have been unreasonable for her to use a different gun to protect her child?”
“I think if she was using a ‘100 weapon,'” Whitehouse began, before re-framing: “Let me put it another way. She would clearly have an adequate ability to protect her family without the need for a 100-round piece of weaponry.”
“How can you say that?” Trotter replied.
“You are not a young mother who has a young child with her. And I am passionate about this position because you cannot understand, you are not a woman stuck in her house, having to defend her children, not able to leave her child, not able to seek safety, on the phone with 9-1-1, and she cannot get the police there fast enough to protect her child, and she is not used to being in a fire fight.”
Whitehouse concluded by saying: “My point is that she did it adequately and safely with lawful firearms.”
Here’s the exchange, via Mediaite: