- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: DASH Consulting Inc. (March 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615277381
- ISBN-13: 978-0615277387
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 6 inches
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Beyond the Bullet: Personal Stories of Gun violence Aftermath Paperback – March 13, 2009
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"If I had been carrying that night, two other rapes would have been prevented and a young life would have been saved," Collins said. "All of these are just sentiments that give a false sense of security. In my experience I know that the university that I attended, the University of Nevada-Reno, they didn't didn't have any call boxes the night I was attacked. They afterwards installed them but I can tell you that a call box above my head while I was straddled on the parking garage floor being brutally raped wouldn't have helped me one bit. The safe zone? I was in a safe zone and my attacker didn't care," Collins said. "It's known that I could see the police cruisers less than 50 feet away from me, from where I was being attacked but the moment I saw those cruisers, I knew at the same time that no one was coming for me....they were all off duty. The offices had closed. They weren't in their cruisers, there was no one there. A whistle wouldn't have gotten anybody's attention. It was isolated, it was late at night. It's really frustrating that I'm supposed to hand over my own protection to a man but they're not able to guarantee our protection and the comments that this representative made about women not knowing if they're going to be raped or accidentally shooting the wrong person was extremely offensive because he specifically targeted female students. So, is he saying that all women are unable to make sound decisions in the midst of that, that we should go against our God given gut instinct that something was wrong? I knew something was wrong the moment I was grabbed from behind."
Red-tape and university policies led to this happening and empowered Biela while punishing Collins.
"I was legislated into being a victim," Collins said.
For example, there is the story about a woman who had to wait hours for police (yup, people with guns) to show up to rescue her -- after she'd already been shot multiple times! If that woman (and the other victims in this book) had owned and used a gun, she could have stopped the attack instantly. According to criminologist Gary Kleck (see links below for books documenting his and other worthy research), that is exactly what happens thousands of times each day across the US -- good people stopping criminal attacks with guns -- usually without firing a shot.
The argument for responsible gun ownership and defensive use thereof is based on facts -- not emotion. If you want an emotional argument, read Beyond the Bullet. On the other hand, for a primer on the facts ignored by people like Heidi Yewman, read Gun Facts,Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control (Social Institutions and Social Change),Armed,The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You've Heard About Gun Control Is Wrong, and More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws.
That stuff is not important. What is important, ultimately, is people like the ones Heidi Yewman interviewed in her book. It touched me deeply and really helped ground me. It also made me more determined than ever to work to reduce gun violence in our society.
Thanks to Ms. Yewman for writing this - what a tremendous service she did for the individuals in her book and all gun violence victims in this country.