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pax
March 15, 2001, 03:49 PM
Anyone remember this thread (http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=58305)? It is the story of a clueless yellow-dog journalist in Detroit who claimed she was "still waiting to hear the story about a gun that has a happy ending."

Well, here's her column this week, found at http://detnews.com/2001/metro/0103/15/c01-199707.htm
Readers supply plenty of ammo on how guns made a difference

By Laura Berman / The Detroit News

In retrospect, it was a lousy idea. What began as an exercise in curiosity (Why am I unaware of a single story where an acquaintance was saved by a gun?) turned into an Internet-driven anecdote-mailing campaign by gun-lovers, many of them cut-and-pasted from Web sites.

Correspondents offered documented accounts of crimes stopped or lives saved culled from the pages of newspapers or from gun magazines that cull such stories.

I now possess enough pages of hard-boiled, thug-beating stories from The Armed Citizen to wallpaper the living room.

Out of hundreds of responses, fewer than 30 people detailed personal experiences involving themselves or a family member, friend or acquaintance.

Most of these letters and e-mails came from Lafayette, La., Vancouver or Kalama, Wash. They were from California, Arizona, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and from the gun-loving state of Texas.

Of the Michigan stories, I most appreciated one from Michael C. Brzezinski of Detroit, who described a situation involving a neighbor: A woman plagued by a drug-addicted ex-husband, who repeatedly broke into her house and stole her few good things.

After he threw a brick through the window, Brzezinski's neighbor called the police. When that failed, she bought a hand gun. The next time her husband broke in, "I saw my friend chasing her very distraught ex-husband down the street gun in hand."

She shot three rounds into the air -- the man never returned. And Brezezinski's neighbor sold the gun back to the shop where she'd bought it.

The most compelling story I received was an e-mail from Matthew J. Bracken of San Diego, Calif. As promised, I am printing it.

"In 1983, I had just moved to Fort Lauderdale. After dinner, my wife and I heard a woman screaming, 'Help. Help. He's killing me!' "

"I grabbed my legally owned .45-caliber pistol and ran out the door," Bracken writes. "Across the street ... there was a naked woman tied up, being dragged into the house. From 15 feet away, I leveled the cocked pistol at him and ordered him to let her go. He did."

Police, Bracken says, didn't arrive for 10 minutes. The woman had escaped from her assailant when he'd left the room to use drugs. "There was a full SWAT team response, and my actions made the newspaper. So chalk up one 'save' due to the timely use of a firearm, without a shot being fired."

Also notable: J. David Phillips, a Crystal River, Fla., pawnbroker, who was stabbed last September five times before he could reach his "small, portable, easily hidden Beretta 950 .25 caliber semiautomatic."

Phillips spent three days in the hospital. "The perpetrator of the crime died the next day ... if not for the handgun I had with me at the time, I'd be stone, cold, graveyard dead," he writes.

My correspondents believe their stories are proof that shall-issue laws benefit society. While I disagree with their point, I'll defend to the death their right to get their letters printed. After all, I asked for them.

But I'm also announcing the end of gun story hour. This is my column and I'm resuming business as usual, until they have to pry my cold, lifeless hands from the keyboard.

Bottom line: this woman couldn't get a clue if she smeared herself with clue musk and did the clue mating dance in the middle of a field full of horny clues at the height of the clue mating season.

Still, y'all done good. :)

pax

bestdefense357
March 15, 2001, 04:00 PM
Thanks for posting this. As stated a week or so ago, I sent her 150 documented stories and a copy of my book.

I also sent the editor of the Detroit News an op-ed piece which he plans to publish tomorrow. The column is merely a recounting of several cases of self-defense. While it's not a specific response to Ms. Berman, it should add fuel to her fire.

Robert

Monkeyleg
March 15, 2001, 04:18 PM
"Bottom line: this woman couldn't get a clue if she smeared herself with clue musk and did the clue mating dance in the middle of a field full of horny clues at the height of the clue mating season. "

Oh my god, I can't even see the keyboard! :D :D :D

As for the writer, she's in complete denial. She's a waste of ink and paper and, quite possibly, of DNA.

Dick

Jim V
March 15, 2001, 07:09 PM
prime Bliss-Ninny, who is doomed to wander through life smelling of clue musk and wondering why no one takes her seriously.

Charmedlyfe
March 15, 2001, 11:26 PM
Well, I couldn't help myself. I just had to whack her in the head with the clue bat one last time.

Tamara
March 16, 2001, 12:04 AM
You have completely made my evening. I have not laughed so hard since the last installment of The LawDog Files.

"Clue mating dance", indeed... :D:D:D

Elizabeth Petersen
March 16, 2001, 12:12 AM
Oh my God...OH MY GOD...I am GOING TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK...

"Bottom line: this woman couldn't get a clue if she smeared herself with clue musk and did the clue mating dance in the middle of a field full of horny clues at the height of the clue mating season."

Somebody warm up the defib, I'm dying here.

Gasp...gasp...Pax, you ROCK!

EP

___________

"No, I haven't seen it all. Just the sick parts."

ASK ME ABOUT MY HEMINGWAY DEATH WISH. I DARE YOU.

cynic
March 16, 2001, 01:26 AM
Quote: Out of hundreds of responses, fewer than 30 people detailed personal experiences involving themselves or a family member, friend or acquaintance.

First, isn't it clever how she infers that the other hundreds of responses don't count? Someone should let her know that it's the liberals who continually make up stories and get away with it, not us.

Second, "fewer than 30"?! Hm...and yet every new gun law is always touted as worthwhile if it can save "only one life." Must be that fuzzy math stuff again....

cynic

LawDog
March 16, 2001, 04:20 AM
God, I just snorted peppermint tea through my sinuses. Pax, you owe me a new keyboard. :D

LawDog

iso1
March 16, 2001, 06:27 AM
My correspondents believe their stories are proof that shall-issue laws benefit society. While I disagree with their point, I'll defend to the death their right to get their letters printed.

Is anyone else as disturbed as I am by this part?

She disagrees with the point that guns really DO save lives?

How does one fight an enemy that is too stupid (or too evil) to acknowledge the truth?
"My mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts."

Danger Dave
March 16, 2001, 07:10 AM
I wonder if she even realized that in the stories she printed, the aggressors were NOT armed with guns, only the intended victims or bystanders...

Well, like it or not, guns saved lives. Do you think the neighbor would have intervened if all he could point at the druggie was an index finger?

DCR
March 16, 2001, 11:06 AM
:barf:

They love to dismiss evidence that disproves their position as "anecdotal" and therefore not evidence at all, not realizing that this "anecdotal" evidence is in such a quantity that it is truly statistical proof against their position.

buzz_knox
March 16, 2001, 11:13 AM
pax, it's not fair! You shouldn't have doen that when I was at work and have to contain myself!

As for the idiot, it figures. Typical liberal: you can't prove me wrong. Oh, I'm wrong? Well, I'm taking my keyboard and going home. I don't want to play anymore.

CrossEyed
March 16, 2001, 12:26 PM
My correspondents believe their stories are proof that shall-issue laws benefit society. While I disagree with
their point, I'll defend to the death their right to get their letters printed.

Just how is she going to defend my rights, With her keyboard??
CrossEyed

Don Gwinn
March 16, 2001, 02:49 PM
Good point. Where does she get off grandstanding about defending ANYTHING to the death when we all know that she is, by her own admission, unable to defend anything at all....by choice?

Mike in VA
March 16, 2001, 03:49 PM
"You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think."

or, sung to the tune of Paul Simon's "Homeless"

Clueless,
We are clueless,
Don' know our @$$ froma hole in the ground.
Clueless . . .

M2

griz
March 16, 2001, 06:07 PM
I emailed this response to her:

I just read your article about people responding to your request for incidents where a gun had saved the life of a would be victim. First I would like to thank you for printing a good selection of the responses. To quote from the article:

"My correspondents believe their stories are proof that shall-issue laws benefit society. While I disagree with their point, I'll defend to the death their right to get their letters printed. After all, I asked for them."

Do you mean that hundreds of documented cases don’t make the point? If not, it seems an insult to the people who were attacked to say that society would benefit by them being killed. I respectfully suggest that you had your mind made up before you ask for evidence.

Jim V
March 17, 2001, 07:43 PM
regarding Laura's complete cluelessness and her inability get a clue, even during clue mating season, may do so at [email protected].

Now if they would print the description of the reason she has not got a clue. LOL