Democrat Congressman Gets Asked, “Why Don’t You Support A Woman’s Right To Choose To Defend Herself?”


Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) recently put on a town hall meeting entitled “Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America.” So, you’d think a question about women who want the right to choose to defend themselves would fit right in.

Not so much, it seems. After a woman asked the congressman why, since he’s pro-choice when it comes to abortion, he doesn’t support a woman’s right to choose when it comes to self defense his answer is, “Next question.”

We’ve spent the last couple of years talking about a supposed “war on women,” with Republicans cast as chauvinists unconcerned with the danger women are in. So, this is sort of an important question for Democrats to answer.

Why shouldn’t women, the nation’s fastest growing demographic of gun owners, be allowed the opportunity to keep and bear arms for the purpose of their own self defense?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • SigFan

    Try to tell my wife she has to give up her firearms. Just make sure I’m not standing behind you when she gives you her answer.

  • mikemc1970

    Thanks for the wildlife video Rob. I’ve never seen the greater North American weasel in it’s natural state before.

  • camsaure

    Women hating dems are just using women for their votes. After the election it’s”get back in the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans”. It is no different then telling blacks to get back to work on the plantation after the election. If women and blacks actually discover that the dems are actually holding them back, feeding them BS and trying to keep them enslaved only to be used for their votes, they may become enlightened and actually vote for someone else. Seems to be sort of a “Stockholm Syndrome” for elections.

    • SusanBeehler

      You truly are a “recliner zombie” . 53% that is the number of women who can master the vote. You might want to get to the kitchen and start scrubbing.

  • Roy_Bean

    Its the position of the democrat party that nobody should do anything for themselves. We are supposed to be like a flock of sheep and they consider themselves to be the shepherds. They even think we should get “fleeced” at tax time.

    • matthew_bosch

      To paraphrase Agent Dan Bongino, the Left is about people control, not gun control.

    • Shadowwalker

      Not shepherds….the wolves are circling the flock and picking them off one by one. It is time for the sheepdogs to be let loose. Those that don’t practice their rights, either to speak out or own firearms will lose both. This goes for all our natural rights but these are both under attack at the moment front and center. This man should not have been allowed to move to another question without his answer. But I will almost bet that none of his constituents will remember this the next time he is on the ballot.

      • SusanBeehler

        No one is saying you can’t own firearms. “Natural” rights are a theory just like evolution is a theory. I think most men do not know how to answer the question, biggest reason they do not understand RAPE. Majority of rapes are perpetrated by someone you know. This gal I would bet has never been in a situation where a RAPE was the threat. How many women are going to be able to shot someone they know or a family member in a RAPE situation? She has bought into the gun manufacturers “boogie man” campaign, just like young men have bought into the “zombie” campaign. It is marketing “beliefs” that drove her question and the no answer was him having “balls” to understand it.

        • ec99

          I suggest you acquaint yourself with the difference in the meaning of “theory” as used by scientists and philosophers.

        • $16179444

          so in other words, its not the fault of the person who isn’t wiling to take control of the situation, its the rest of us for wanting to have the means to do so…..i suggest your ‘friend’ (i believe it to be you) needs to take control or be controlled.

          • SusanBeehler

            No I did not say in other words. I said if a person does not understand how most rapes occur, a gun might not be the best way to address the situation. Control is not only with a gun. Control can be delivered in other ways and using a gun could be lethal when lethal force may not be necessary. Choice of weapons and the situation and the person beliefs will influence the method of defense or control over the situation. There is more than one way to defend against an attack, the most lethal form is not necessarily the only option or the best option. Just like their is more than one way to get rid of a rat problem, it does not always call for a 357 to take care of it.

          • $16179444

            comparing rape to a rat problem? interesting. so if they are other avenues how come you haven’t utilized them? why should what YOU experience dictate what I have the right to own?

          • SusanBeehler

            No I was comparing a weapon size to the size of the threat, a rat. Are you a person who can only take one way to get to your destination? I am not on any “avenues” of impending threat. You can own what ever you want, I am arguing that it is my view this idea of defense against rape is a “myth” if you think a “gun” is the only defense against a rape. I suspect you carry a gun just because. Which is totally your right, but don’t propagate the idea a gun is the only or best protection from rape. Remember it is a “tool” and not the only “tool”.

          • $16179444

            what others options (as I asked before) would YOU use to protect your from being raped?

          • $16179444

            Susan, why don’t you answer my question?

          • $16179444

            so why is a woman given the ok to murder a child, yet not allowed to protect herself?

          • WOOF

            If the zygote, fetus, non human being threatens
            a woman’s life, she has the right of self defense
            and can stand her ground.

          • $16179444

            actually since neither of the aforementioned threaten the woman, it makes it that much worse to murder the child……now sit.

          • SusanBeehler

            You answer the question because that is exactly what I think this lady was trying to bring the conversation around to, a discussion of abortion rather than of gun regulation. Two different topics but than if you can’t tell when someone is talking about a rat or a rapist than maybe your mind thinks in only one “avenue”. Any woman can protect themselves with a gun or without and no one is denying this or proposing banning self-defense. If you want to talk about murdering a child maybe you want to have a seance with Adam Lanza and ask him why his mom needed her guns.

          • JoeMN

            Any woman can protect themselves with a gun or without and no one is denying this or proposing banning self-defense


            But they are purposing banning of certain firearms.

            Remember when Biden suggested a woman take a double barrel 12 gauge to the back porch and fire it in the air to ward off intruders, Susan ?

            Many women would find this feat extremely difficult to impossible.

            However, an AR 15 rifle would be a much better choice for her.

            Lighter, more compact, little recoil, and quite accurate

            Plus under extreme duress, she may well require the ease of a semi automatic


            If you want to talk about murdering a child maybe you want to have a
            seance with Adam Lanza and ask him why his mom needed her guns.

            So we would foist gun control onto the law abiding targets of a stone cold killer ?

          • $16179444

            no her discussion was why woman are only allowed to have certain rights. she has the right to murder a child, but not to protect herself? how you don’t understand this is beyond me.

          • Lianne

            Each day when Susan posts, a new group tries to teach her, reach her, try to have a rational discussion with her; but to no avail. She is anti-gun on topic in every level, except discussion. I wish she were anti-discussion of guns, as well.

          • $16179444

            and what makes YOU the expert on rape?

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Violent criminals know that Democrats mean business…hahahaha
    No means no…..heh heh heh

  • Stuart

    “The right to choose” selectively…? I need to have the right to choose if I want to kill my baby,I need to have right to choose whom ever I want to have a sexual relationship with in my life. But I must not be allowed to choose to arm and protect myself because its harmful to society.

    Sounds like intellectual disorder which leads to perversity as Confucius stated! page 296( A History Of The Worlds Religions ).Who owns the issue? Who owns the definitions or has watered them down as to make them meaningless. If civil no longer has its meaning of origin ,then words such as these will be misused sophistically.

  • ‘Tom Crawford

    ….his answer is, “Next question.”

    The next person that got up should have asked, “Yes, I have a question – Why won’t you answer her question?”

  • Stuart

    To Susan, why are you so rabidly against men’s opinions? The theory of Evolution is not the same in any way as natural law. C.S. Lewis is someone you should study if you can understand him. I can’t believe you’d betray women with facts or statistics that have little to do with God given rights. Inalienable rights used to be considered God given rights until some sophists got together to change its meaning. Endowed by our Creator and evolution? Come on..

    What does intellectual disorder mean to you? Sorry for the harsh retort!