Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 5:55:21 pm
At xoJane.com: How a Gun-Loving West Texas Girl Learned to Fear Assault Weapons.
In college, I spent several years with an abusive boyfriend.
He was smart, though, so it was a quiet kind of abuse -- very few marks. Very few public displays of anger. Hard worker, upright citizen. A bit cold, but not the kind of man you'd "expect" to knock his partner around.
Nine months after I left him, he called me crying at 10 in the morning, drunk. He was hurting. Life was hard.
And I still only wanted good things for him, so I went over.
For the next hour, he held me hostage with a Glock pistol, which is a semi-automatic handgun. This has also been the gun of choice for Jeffrey Weise, James Holmes, Cho Seung-Hui, Jared Lee Loughner, and most recently, Adam Lanza.
In my case, it was a gift from my boyfriend's father. For "home defense."
It is the calmest I can ever remember being.