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    Suburban wives arm themselves against terror

    This appeared in the British newspaper The Telegraph ...

    It is midweek night at the Blue Ridge Arsenal and Ginger Wright, passionate gun owner and professional shooting coach, cannot seem to hit the centre of the target.

    "I'm shooting in heels," she says with a laugh. "I don't usually shoot in heels." She steadies her .45 calibre Sig Sauer once more and the spent cartridges fly.

    Mrs Wright is shooting in a smart blue business suit, a pink blouse and heels. At her feet sits a canvas holdall with two more handguns. On the side is printed: "Refuse to be a victim".

    Three years ago Mrs Wright, 33, a computer projects manager, had never fired a gun. She did not want one in her home in suburban Virginia. Now she is a part-time shooting instructor, specialising in personal protection.

    More and more of her pupils are just like her: young married women worried about their safety in an America haunted by uncertainty.

    A poll has confirmed what Ginger Wright already knew: September 11 and the terrorism alerts since have prompted a shift in America's gun debate, most dramatically among married suburban women.

    Such women - the "Soccer Moms", as pollsters call them because of the hours they spend ferrying children from one after-school activity to another - were until recently in the forefront of support for gun controls.

    The Clinton presidency now looks very much like a high water mark for gun control, with its 1993 Brady law requiring background checks for gun buyers and a 1994 ban on assault rifles.

    In those days newspapers seemed full of reports of small children pulling guns in the playground. Metal detectors appeared in school hallways and student gunfights built up to the tragic climax of the 1999 Columbine massacre, when two misfit schoolboys killed 13 pupils before turning their guns on themselves.

    A year later 750,000 mothers and supporters jointed the "Million Mom March" on Congress, demanding stricter gun laws. Nationally, 69 per cent of women agreed.

    "The lioness, if you use that metaphor, wanted to protect her cubs from accidental encounters with guns," Mrs Wright said. "Since September 11, the threat is more external."

    This week a poll showed that only 55 per cent of women still wanted gun curbs. They told the CNN/Time magazine survey that they were more worried about a fresh terrorist attack than a recession, with mothers of young children the most worried of all. When the Republican pollster David Winston asked focus groups if they wanted airline pilots to carry guns, married women offered the strongest support. The cliché of the American gun lover, at least as imagined in Europe, is the hunter in his pick-up or the loner holed up in a shack, scanning the horizon for meddling Feds.

    Mrs Wright works for the government. She is a college graduate and is happily married to Jason, a computer programmer.

    They live in a slice of northern Virginia that is purest suburbia: mile after mile of shopping malls and executive cul-de-sacs. It has experienced more than its fair share of terror. The Pentagon, which was attacked on September 11, is 30 minutes away. Last autumn a pair of snipers cruised its highways, picking off 10 random victims out shopping or buying petrol.

    "Before September 11 we believed that the police, the authorities, could help us," Mrs Wright said. "Afterwards, and again immediately after the sniper incident, people came to us out of fear."

    That raw fear has been replaced by a desire to feel more in control.

    Andrew Arulanandam, the director of public affairs at the National Rifle Association, a lobby group with great clout in the Bush administration, agrees.

    "Americans feel they are living in an age of uncertainty," he said. "They feel more comfortable facing uncertainty with a firearm."
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    It's about 5 years old, but still good news. I know more and more people around me (men and women) who are becoming more aware of what is going on around them and want to get a firearm for home defense. They ask me questions all the time and I am more than happy to give them answers.
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    I hope this is true, that more people are realizing that the Police investigate crime and can't (always) prevent it
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    It's about 5 years old
    Oops ... 'hadn't noticed that. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papanewguinea View Post
    Oops ... 'hadn't noticed that. Sorry.

    I would not have noticed it had I not clicked on the link under it saying that Bush would support assault weapons ban.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    I would not have noticed it had I not clicked on the link under it saying that Bush would support assault weapons ban.
    I realized it when it started talking about the DC sniper being "last year."

    Still it's a good article. Years ago my wife was afraid to have a gun in the house, now she won't go anywhere without one.

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    For a bit of interesting DC trivia, this article was originally posted here by Bumper on June 17th, 2004, 02:19 PM.


    Sorry, just found it funny... June 17th 2004 02:19PM, today is June 19th 2008 02:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    For a bit of interesting DC trivia, this article was originally posted here by Bumper on June 17th, 2004, 02:19 PM.


    Sorry, just found it funny... June 17th 2004 02:19PM, today is June 19th 2008 02:33 PM.
    Bummer ... I ran a search, to make sure I wasn't rehashing an old article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papanewguinea View Post
    Bummer ... I ran a search, to make sure I wasn't rehashing an old article.
    No worries, the original thread has been long since closed due to defualt age cut-off. And it had no replies, so this thread is all ready doing much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    For a bit of interesting DC trivia, this article was originally posted here by Bumper on June 17th, 2004, 02:19 PM.


    Sorry, just found it funny... June 17th 2004 02:19PM, today is June 19th 2008 02:33 PM.

    Coincidense or conspiracy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    Coincidense or conspiracy?
    Did someone say conspiracy????



    Sorry, you may now return to the original topic....

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    Coincidense or conspiracy?
    *sound of crackling ... click .. click ...*

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    Mrs. Wright is appropriatalety named but alas she is unfortunately married :(
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