Gayle Trotter of the conservative Independent Women's Forum lectured Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on the idea that gun laws restrict women's ability to defend themselves, while testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday.
Whitehouse argued that the story of a woman who used a 12-gauge shotgun to defend her family from intruders, a story told by Trotter at the hearing, proved the point that a regular gun offered sufficient protection. "She would clearly have an adequate ability to protect her family without the need for a 100-round piece," Whitehouse said.
"How can you say that? You are a large man. You are -- tall. You are not a young mother. Who has a young child with her. I am passionate about this position because you cannot understand, you are not a woman stuck in her house, having to defend her children, not able to leave her child, not able to seek safety, on the phone with 911, and she cannot get the police there fast enough to protect her child, and she is not used to being in a fire fight."