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Domestic violence: The risk felt by women | Federal Way letters

Firearms discussions are definitely very polarizing. But I am compelled to answer Michael Morgan’s response (Sept. 15) to columnist Mark Knapp. I moved to this community eight years ago as a result of fleeing domestic violence. I knew what it was like to live with an arsenal of weapons, and be the one who had no access to them.

I have worked to be a contributing member here, first as a teacher and also as an active volunteer. Mr. Morgan would discover that we share collegial relationships with some of the same community members. At a risk of possibly offending them, I must point out to Mr. Morgan that his opinion as a man cannot allow him to understand the risk felt by a woman (or young person) in a domestic violence scenario.

I read Mr. Knapp’s article, as I do each time one appears, as we share many similar beliefs. As is true of any discerning reader, I certainly don’t agree with him 100 percent of the time. However, in his article suggesting the arming of domestic violence victims, he was very adamant about the need for firearm training. In fact, he gave specific suggestions regarding the ways and means of accomplishing this. Even though Mr. Morgan quoted research, we continue to read time and time again about the men who can’t let go, stalk their partners, and it almost never ends with anyone firing a weapon other than the perpetrator.

I understand the angst of the police, but until you have walked even 10 feet in the shoes of a domestic violence victim, you cannot understand the empowerment of knowing you are trained and ready should your safety be jeopardized. My situation never involved children, and I think that involves a completely different plan. I will, however, advocate for women arming themselves with knowledge, self-esteem and people they can trust to safeguard them; and if necessary, a firearm they are trained to use.

Karen L. Quinn, Federal Way

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