Think Progress, according the Wikipedia, “is an American political blog that ‘provide[s] a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies’. It is an outlet of the Center for American Progress.
They aren’t big fans of self-defense or gun ownership.
They published a story today (a huge hat tip to Miguel at Gun Free Zone) touting how women who buy guns for self-defense are fools risking their lives. They cite “research” by the Violence Policy Center, a group widely known for their “creative” junk research which is often little more than Google searches crafted to promote the story VPC wishes to promote.
How Guns At Home Can Make Women Less Safe
(Think Progress) – Two-thirds of women who own guns purchased them “primarily for protection against crime,” but studies have found that a gun in the home is associated with a higher risk for intimate partner violence and murder, particularly for women. In its annual review of crime data, the Violence Policy Center finds that there were 1,707 females murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents n 2011 that were submitted to the FBI.
…The Violence Policy Center concludes that women buying a gun for their protection — particularly from abusive relationships — should think twice before associating guns with safety. “For women in America, guns are not used to save lives, but to take them,” the report states.
Yeah, tell that to Mary Shepard.
A woman who has been through a number of firearm training classes and who has at least one non-resident license to carry who was beaten within an inch of her life by a thug at her church where she worked as a secretary!
She was in Illinois and as a law-abiding gun owner, didn’t bring her gun with her for self-protection because that would have been illegal.
But she’s stupid, right?
According to Think Progress, it would seem so.
The only stupid thing she did was not bring her gun to work with her that day.