You need to see this video before they realize their mistake. Michael Bloomberg and Shannon Watts have managed to make a video they think promotes the need for gun control. But an objective view of it would suggest it can just as easily be interpreted as the exact opposite, promoting gun ownership by women.
In this video, the presumably estranged husband/father is threatening “Mom” from outside the home. Mom calls 911 for help. in the time it takes 911 to answer and for her to explain why she needs help, “Dad” has kicked in the door and overpowered Mom, threatening to take the child. The police or any other help 911 MIGHT provide is no where to be seen. And while this video depicts a gun as the weapon of choice, there’s no reason to believe the result wouldn’t be the same if “Dad” were reduced to nothing more than a knife, bat, stick, plastic bag, or his bare hands.
The idea that “Mom” might be able to defend herself or her child apparently has never entered the minds of Everytown for Gun Safety. And it would seem they expect it to never enter the minds of anyone watching the video. They expect that anyone watching it will see that “clearly, if only this man didn’t have a gun, none of this would happen.” But suppose, for a moment, that Mom had a gun?
Might “Mom” have been able to yell, “Stay out! I have called the police and I will shoot you…” and mean it? Might that justifiable threat of deadly force have caused “Dad” or anyone else outside the home to reconsider entering forcibly, thus avoiding the loss of life or threat of injury for all parties entirely? And if Mom’s justifiable threat fails to dissuade Dad, having a gun provides a force multiplier that may give her the ability to stop Dad even if he brings his own gun. Still, the video perfectly illustrates something else we know about many similar scenarios. Calling 911 is fine when there is sufficient time for help to arrive but, as the saying goes, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.