Gun control regulations disarm women

“Guns make women safer. In a violent confrontation, guns reverse the balance of power. Armed with a gun, a woman may even have the advantage over a violent attacker. More than 90 percent of violent crimes occur without a firearm, according to federal statistics. When a violent criminal threatens or attacks a woman, he rarely uses a gun. Attackers use their size and physical strength, preying on women who are at a severe disadvantage.”

Read my piece here on why safeguarding Second Amendment rights preserves meaningful protection for women.

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  1. #1 by Robert on January 30, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Cars don’t kill people, drunk drivers do. But using the gun grabbers logic we should outlaw cars.

    Soon they will want to do away with muscle cars (the Assault Rifle of cars). You can hear their argument now: “who needs 450 horse power”. Fast cars killed xxx,xxx victims last year.. bla… bla..bla..

    There are so many contributing factors behind the escalation of violence, but all gun grabbers wish do do is focus on a piece of hardware rather than the void in our collective moral conscience, which I believe is at the heart of the increasing frequency of these mass shootings.

  2. #2 by Betty on January 31, 2013 - 3:05 am

    I recently heard part of your speech about the run control issue and then read your article.. Fantastic! I agree with you 100percent. Women need protection from the criminals. We need to be able to protect ourselves and our families. There are a lot of single parents out there that don’t have anyone else to protect them except their firearms… I stand up and applaud your courage in standing firm about NOT having gun control be an issue..

  3. #3 by Kay S on January 31, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    There was a young boy about 15 who used an AR-15 successfully, in a home invasion. He protected himself, and his 12 year old sister, in Houston. I like what you said at the hearing. I agree. Don’t worry about those who attack you for your beliefs. You did speak for millions of women, thank you.

  4. #4 by Kay S on January 31, 2013 - 7:27 pm

    I wish you would of had this one, when you faced the media. This is it. It happened in Magnolia, Tx. The gun she used could have up to 17 rounds. I just now read about it.

  5. #5 by Douglas Vliet on January 31, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    Gayle Trotter: just read some of your comments B4 the senate committee. I am a 6′1” male at 270 lbs with extensive military experience. I want you to know that I support what you said and will continue to support your efforts, becuz I believe that a man attacking a women is an unfair fight and my mother raised me to respect women. Keep it up. We need guns to prevent government tyranny.

  6. #6 by BigMamaTEA on February 1, 2013 - 4:53 pm

    Thank you Gayle for your testimony yesterday. You speak for me, and MILLIONS of my Second
    Amendment sisters.

    ps. and the blow-back from the looney code-pinkos, the vagina puppets, et al is priceless!

    Remember; they smear you because the fear you!

  7. #7 by Michael on February 1, 2013 - 6:08 pm


    Your testimony during the Senate’s GC hearing was exceptional. With great sincerity…thank you. Utilizing the story of Ms. McKinley, and others like her, is a common sense tactic that all gun advocates should take advantage of. Stories such as hers are the complete opposite of exploiting events or tragedies such as Newtown for political or social gain. They’re uplifting and concrete evidence for our cause. Why are our advocates not publicly airing them to their advantage more often?

    I’m a member of the NRA. I’ve always respected the work they do and what they are able to accomplish for law-abiding gun owners. However, the vicious pursuit of the current administration’s leftist agenda requires a different face for gun advocacy. Yours will do!

    Hopefully, we’ll see more pleasant surprises in the fight for our Second Amendment. Again, thank you for your words and the will to spread common sense in today’s political circus arena.


  8. #8 by Steve on February 5, 2013 - 9:43 pm

    Just saw your segment on the Hannity show.. You were great!


  9. #9 by Jan on February 5, 2013 - 9:49 pm

    Ms Trotter,

    I just saw your profile on the Hannity show. Please keep up the good work. You are and advocate for both women and all.

  10. #10 by Dr. Tom on February 5, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    Thank you for standing up for Gun Rights. I carry because there have been number of attempts on my life. As a minister and therapist of more than 30 years I have worked with abused children, women and sexual assault victims and my county sheriff recommended many years ago that I carry and he approved it. I am required to report assaults and sexual abuse. Law enforcement recognized they couldn’t get to me in time. I was confronted by a group of men who came to kill me but they changed their mind when I pulled out a Ruger semi-auto and then I turned them in by name and they went to jail. I had an armed father who I reported for sexually abusing his two little girls and he came after me.
    In a recent event I was in wheelchair during a serious illness waiting for a wheelchair van when two thugs came after me because I was alone.

    I will continue to protect myself whether Congress agrees or not. If at 70 they want to put me in jail for protecting myself, then so be it. I love your spirit and attitude! Keep it up! My wife approves and supports you. She has protection too….. Dr. Tom

  11. #11 by John Lathrop on February 5, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    You were awesome at the Senate committee. I support your efforts…our efforts…to keep our inalienable rights.

  12. #12 by Suzanne Pierce on February 6, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    My daughter called me last night after hearing you on Sean Hannity’s program on Fox. I’ve also heard you speak and we are both very much in agreement with you. She asked me to write to you and share what we experienced years ago. During over 20 years as a military family there were many occasions when our men were deployed “down range” or on extended training maneuvers leaving their families at home, whether living on base or in the civilian communities. Our experience was that as soon as the units left, it was common knowledge in the surrounding area and the unhinged often came out of the woodwork making obscene phone calls, stalking, prowling around the houses, etc., and sometimes worse. There were occasions when my daughter and I received obscene calls and threats and had to become more vigilant in regards to home defense. Fortunately, I worked as a nurse in military dispensaries and had many military police as friends. I also had a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. And much credit goes to those military and civilian police who increased their surveillance of military family homes when the units were away. I can however, remember them telling me that if anyone did break into our home to be sure to do as much damage to the intruder as possible since it was doubtful that law enforcement could respond in time to help us. So for all our military families who must live with the frequent absences of their military members, their rights (as are all Americans’ rights) to protect themselves must be preserved. You are an outstanding spokesperson for those of us who know what it is like to live under real threat, but manage because we refuse to become victims without a fight.

  13. #13 by Dawn on February 7, 2013 - 9:15 am

    Gayle – Great job sharing why it is important for women, the elderly, and others to be able to protect themselves with a firearm. It’s nice to see someone present the facts in a sensible, calm, educated fashion.

    I also wanted to share a letter that was sent to Michelle Obama from a mom. It really seem to match up well to what you are saying. It starts off like this:

    “Dear Mrs. Obama,
    I want to talk to you, woman to woman. You are a mother of two young girls and so am I. Let’s imagine you weren’t where you are at now. Let’s say you are still living on the south side of Chicago in a bungalow. Your husband is off at work one night and you and the girls are home alone. Someone is banging on your front door, but you don’t answer. A minute later you hear glass breaking. You call 9-1-1, but it could be at least 5 minutes or more before someone arrives. You need help now! How would you protect yourself and your children in this situation?”

    The rest of the letter is here:

    Keep up the good work!

  14. #14 by Ron Carter on February 7, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    Is there a web site where I can access your written Congressional testimony? Leonard Pitts claims your example of “five violent attackers” was “farfech[ed]…” in an editorial. I believe you stated on Fox News that it was an actual incident you cited (giving sources) in your written Congressional testimony. I need the cite for letter to editor to Indianapolis Star editorial of Feb. 7, 2013. Thanks,
    Ron Carter

  15. #15 by gtrotter on February 8, 2013 - 9:57 am

    Hi Ron, here is the link to my testimony:

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