Updated: Jan 10, 2020
A blast from the past.
Bethany S. Mandel, author/ journalist/ mother... who is Jewish, decided to arm herself due to threats of neo-Nazis that actually doxed her:
This entire exchange is mostly documented here (and is well worth the read) and occurred due to Bethany’s NYT opinion piece on why she decided, as a mother, to purchase a firearm for self protection. From article:
"A few months after my father left our family home for good, my mother heard me screaming in the middle of the night. It was the kind of scream that made her grab her rifle in one hand and some ammo in another.
It was a spring night and I was sleeping with my window open, which was right above my bed; I loved breathing in the fresh air. That night, in that open window, I heard the banging of a ladder, and by the time my mother made it into the room and began loading her gun, a man was about to climb in.
She said something along the lines of: “Bethany, come over here. I don’t want you to get his brain matter on your face.” I backed up behind her and my mother raised her gun. The would-be intruder slowly backed down the ladder. As he climbed down, my mother approached. The barrel of her rifle was inches away from his face and she told him, “Next time you come here, I won’t hesitate.”
No shot fired, no lives lost in that incident. Just an addition to the hundreds of thousands of lives saved yearly by the presence of firearms (deescalated a dangerous situation). We all know that Shannon HATES when guns are used to by civilians to stop crime and tragedies though, as she most recently showed us in regards to the Texas church shooting that was stopped within seconds:
Well, it worked rather quickly in Texas, ma’am. What about people that suggest Synagogues be armed?
Coming back to Bethany’s NY Time’s article:
Over the Republican primary season, I was an outspoken conservative critic of then-candidate Donald Trump, and a torrent of hate rolled my way. I would later learn just how much: The Anti-Defamation League named me one of the top 10 Jewish journalists to be attacked by the alt-right during the election season. After years of receiving death threats for my conservative views, months of being attacked by the alt-right and then having our address published online by the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer, 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.