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A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun

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by nicholas adams on 6 September 2012

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Transcript of A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun

By: Linda M. Hasselstrom A Peaceful Women Explains Why She Carries a Gun Her publications include the poetry collection the American West in her work. Her other publications include the poetry collections Caught by One Wing(1984), Roadkill(1987), and Dakota Bones(1991); the essay collection Land Circle(1991); and several books about ranching, including Feels Like Far: A Rancher's Life on the Great Plains(1999) and Between Grass and Sky: Where I Live and Work(2002). Her reasons why she wanted to keep her gun... Do you feel guns are necessary for self defense?
Why do you think other people feel guns are necessary for themselves?
Should children under the age of 18 be able to carry guns?
If there are any other steps to ensure your safety other than using a gun, what would it be? Questions: Patterns for College Writing P.G 354 Work Cited: In A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries A Gun, Linda M. Hasselstrom speaks about how different events in her life have forced her to carry a handgun to protect herself. Hasselstrom's essay shows her humor, as well as her determination. The overall message is that guns shift the balance of power from the strong to the weak. Who is Linda Hasselstrom? Linda M. Hasselstrom grew up in rural South Dakota in a cattle ranching family. After recieving a master's degree in journalsim from the University of Missouri, she returned to South Dakota to run her own ranch and now divides her time between South Dakota and Cheyenne, Wyoming. A highly respected poet, essayist, and writing teacher, she often focuses everyday life in the American West in her work. She carries a gun to protect herself from sexual assault.
One of her expierences where she said she needed a gun for protection, was when two young men discussed what they would do to her and her friend after dark in a national park.
One incident that happened where she knew she needed a gun, was when a car followed her and four men jumped out. She was lucky another car appeared and the men quickly left.
Another incident was when a man had a shotgun in her field and she asked him to leave. The man just stared at her and began to raise the gun up to her. She explains that carrying a gun with intelligences can shift the balance of power and provide a measure of safety. Hasselstrom says any female over the age of twelve can expect to be criminally assaulted some time in her life, that women aged thirty have a fifty-fifty chance of being raped, robbed, or attacked, and that many police officials say flatly that they cannot protect citizens from crime.
In a later interview, Hasselstrom mentioned that she no longer carries a handgun because of the stricter laws preventing a licensed user in one state from crossing state lines without having a license in that state.
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