Like the title says, I just listened to the episode "Should men be allowed to have guns?" (NO) and I was really impressed. For several reasons. The women panel were well informed, clear, intelligent and best thing ever you didn't talk over each other and no one had an annoying speech habit. Great topic, too!
One thing I'd like to say in regard to this topic is one of the women said a couple of times that abused women need to get out of the home before it gets to the point where they'd even need to shoot their abuser. In a perfect world, women would have the support they need to do that, but America is far from being that place.
I would suggest to anyone here, but especially mods and those doing the podcasts, to read "Why does he do that?" to learn about the insane life threatening challenges women who live with abusive men face when they are trying to get away from their abuser. The time a womans life is in the most danger is when they are trying to leave.
I believe in women arming themselves and being trained to protect themselves with lethal force if necessary. I also believe that those of us who are in a more healthy mental and emotional state should be offering tangible help to women who are not there yet. Yes, they are mickmeishas, but we've all been there, too. We should be offering armed escorts out of the abusive home and offering sanctuary inour own homes and help getting the services they need to start over and also the support they need to internalize FDS principles so they can stay out of abusive relationships. We should be forming networks of women who can help other women.
There are still so many ways women become trapped in relationships with men. Economic, emotional, sexual. If we are going to help each other we have to fill those gaps for each other. We need to be forming gun clubs, collective women/children only housing and even entire communities, childcare collectives, food buying co-ops, etc. We should be starting women owned and operated businesses and hiring abused women to help them get on their feet. (and we are all abused women under patriarchy)
How and where can we organize? This forum is a great way to discuss and refine our positions, but we can'tjust stay here. I want to be more involved. Who is doing what and how can I help?