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Blown Away: American Women and Gunsby Caitlin Kelly
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In this illuminating expose, an award-winning journalist takes aim at one of today's hottest topics: the arming of America's women. America is a nation whose Constitution protects the right to bear arms. It is also a place in which more than one third of all women will be violently assaulted, raped, or robbed in their lifetimes. Journalist Caitlin Kelly learned to use a gun--and found herself empowered in ways she hadn't anticipated. But of the many people across America whom Kelly interviewed for this fascinating book, only some are crime victims who've chosen to join the estimated 17 million American women who own guns. Blown Away takes a comprehensive look at the intersection of guns and women's lives by capturing a large and varied chorus of Voices, from battered wives who chose to fight back to Hollywood celebrities who have taken an outspoken stand against firearms. Readers will come to know women like Patty Varone, bodyguard for nine years to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani; Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy whose husband was killed by gun violence; female criminals such as Jean Harris and Amy Fisher who have used guns against other people and paid the price legally and psychologically; teens and college women who enjoy shooting for competition and self-defense; and female sport shooters who cherish their weapons as much as the thrill of competing. Unique in its diversity--104 original interviews with men, women, and girls ages 13 to 72--the book includes teens, college women, seniors, blacks, and Hispanics. Shocking frank, and always objective, the book sheds light on every angle of an issue that continues to divide a nation--a nation whose passion for firearms andindividual freedom lives uncomfortably with its image of women as caring nurturers.
A controversy that has divided America for decades.
A decision more women must confront every day.
In the long-standing and heated debate between gun-control advocates and supporters of the Second Amendment, the perspective of women has often been overlooked in what most perceive to be the "masculine" world of firearms. This is the subject journalist Caitlin Kelly was motivated to explore after she was threatened by a stalker and contemplated acquiring a gun for her own protection.
Through interviews and firsthand accounts, Kelly probes the many issues affecting women who own guns and influence gun policies, to those whose lives are most affected by gun violence, and our society's conflicted views on women who acquire guns for sport and self-defense. Voices include activists and legislators such as Representative Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband and son were the victims of a shooting rampage; Patty Varone, who served Rudy Giuliani as a bodyguard for nine years; Mary Leigh Blek, founder of the Million Mom March; and Paxton Quigley, a modern-day Annie Oakley who teaches women how to shoot in the name of empowerment — as well as insights on guns and violence from such high-profile women as Halle Berry, Madonna, and the late Katharine Graham.
Brutally frank in its description, yet balanced in its analysis, Blown Away is an up-close and unflinching look at guns in America — and the women who live with them.
About the Author
Caitlin Kelly is a National Magazine Award-winning freelance writer and winner of five journalism fellowships. A former journalism professor at New York University and Concordia University, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Glamour, and others.
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