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AINSLEY: IN VERY POWERFUL NEW OP

SET, TITLED, I WANT TO BE A GOOD

MOM, SO I GOT A GUN, OUR NEXT

GUEST ARGUES AGAINST THE NOTION

THAT GUN RIGHT SUPPORTERS CARE

MORE ABOUT GUNS THAN CHILDREN.

COLUMNIST BETHANY MANDEL WRITING

FOR MANY SUPPORT FOR GUN RIGHTS

IS MOTIVATED PRECISELY BY OUR

DEVOTION TO PROTECT OUR KIDS.

BETHANY JOINS US RIGHT NOW.

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

THIS OP-ED IS PRETTY POWERFUL.

>> THANKS.

AINSLEY: THE TITLE IN OF ITSELF.

TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AS A CHILD

AND YOUR BACKGROUND THAW WRITE

ABOUT FOR PEOPLE THAT DIDN'T

READ THE OP-ED.

>> I GREW UP WITH A SINGLE MOM.

MY MOM WAS INCREDIBLY STRONG

WOMAN.

MY MOM WAS A HUNTER.

THEY USED TO GO TO A CAMPGROUND

WHERE THERE WERE A LOST BEARS.

WE USED TO HAVE A LOT OF GUNS

WHEN CAMPING.

WHEN MY DAD LEFT, SHE KEPT THE

GUNS AROUND BECAUSE THERE WAS

RASH OF BURGLARIES IN OUR

NEIGHBORHOOD.

I WAS SLEEPING ONE NIGHT, A

WINDOW OPEN.

A LADDER BANGED INTO THE WINDOW

SILL.

IT WAS LITERALLY RIGHT ABOVE MY

HEAD.

AINSLEY: HOW OLD WERE YOU?

>> THEY OR FOUR.

I STARTED SCREAMING.

MY MOM HEARD THE BANG AND RAN IN

WITH RIFLE IN ONE HAND AND AMMO

WITH THE OTHER.

SHE STARTED LOADING IT.

AINSLEY: WHAT DID SHE SAY?

>> AS SHE WALKS IN, BETHANY, GET

BEHIND ME, I DON'T WANT YOU TO

GET HIS BRAIN MATTER ON YOUR

FACE.

AINSLEY: WHAT DID THE GUY DO?

>> HE WAS FROZEN.

I DON'T KNOW IF HE UNDERSTOOD

ENGLISH.

STOOD THERE, LOOKED AT GUN,

FROZE, STARTED SCURRYING DOWN

THE LADDER.

MY MOM HAD RIFLE IN HER HAND.

SHE WALKED UP TO THE LADDER.

WAITED UNTIL A FOURTH OF WAY

DOWN THE LADDER HE WAS OUT OF

REACH, BUT STILL PRETTY HIGH ON

THE LADDER.

SHE GRABBED THE LADDER AND SHOOK

IT.

IF SHE HAD PUSHED HIM SHE WOULD

HAVE BROKEN HIS BACK.

SHE WANTED TO MAKE CLEAR SHE

MEANT BUSINESS.

AINSLEY: MAMA BEAR COMES OUT.

>> SHE SAID IF YOU COME BACK,

I'M NOT GOING TO HESITATE.

AINSLEY: YOU'RE NOW A MOTHER.

A MOTHER OF THREE.

>> YEAH.

AINSLEY: YOU OWN GUNS?

>> I OWN A GUN.

I, WE MOVED TO NEW JERSEY FROM

NEW YORK CITY IN PART BECAUSE

NEW JERSEY IS BETTER

SURPRISINGLY FOR GUN LAWS THAN

NEW YORK CITY.

AINSLEY: THAT IS WHY YOU MOVED?

>> THAT IS PART OF IT.

AINSLEY: REALLY?

>> THERE WERE ALSO ROBBERIES IN

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

SO WE SORT OF WANTED TO GET INTO

THE BURBS TO RAISE OUR CHILDREN

OUTSIDE OF THE CITY.

THE FACT THAT THERE WERE PEOPLE

CRAWLING THROUGH FIRE ESCAPES IN

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN I WAS

PREGNANT, IT WAS KIND OF A

REPEAT OF MY EXPERIENCE WHEN I

WAS A KID.

I KEPT ON SAYING TO MY HUSBAND,

THIS TIME I CAN'T HAVE A GUN.

SO THERE WAS OTHER REASONS.

WE MOVED TO NEW JERSEY.

I KEPT ON PRINTING THE

PAPERWORK.

IT IS NOT EASY TO GET A GUN

ESPECIALLY IN THE NEW JERSEY.

AINSLEY: ESPECIALLY IN THE

NORTHEAST.

>> I KEPT ON PRINTING THE

PAPERWORK, I PRINTING PAPERWORK,

COULDN'T GET FINGERPRINTS,

LETTERS FROM MY FRIEND.

IT'S A WHOLE PROCESS.

I HAD MY ADDRESS POSTED BY THE

DAILY STORMER.

THEY PUT A PICTURE OF ME WITH A

TARGET.

PHOTOSHOPED A TARGET ON ME.

AINSLEY: YOU HAVE CHILDREN?

>> I HAVE THREE CHILDREN.

YEAH.

IT WAS TERRIFYING.

I WAS LAYING UP AT NIGHT

LISTENING TO SOUND.

GETTING SECURITY SYSTEMS AND

AINSLEY: YOU HAVE EVER HAD TO

USE ISN'T.

>> THAT, THANK GOD.

AINSLEY: WHAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU

TELL PEOPLE AT HOME?

WHY DID YOU WRITE THIS.

>> I THINK A LOT OF FOLKS

ESPECIALLY DANA LOESCH,

SPOKESWOMAN, YOU'RE SAYING YOUR

GUNS OVER YOUR WOMEN, THAT IS

BEEN THROWN AT ME, THROWN AT

DANA, THROWN AT A LOT OF WOMEN,

BECAUSE THEY'RE TARGETING OUR

MOTHERHOOD AND SAYING YOU'RE NOT

A GOOD MOTHER BECAUSE YOU OWN

GUNS.

WHAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND,

ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NEVER

GROWN UP AROUND GUNS, IS A LOT

OF US HAVE GUNS BECAUSE WE HAVE

CHILDREN, NOT TEE SPITE WE HAVE

CHILDREN.

AND WE THINK THEY ARE VALUABLE

TOOLS TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES.

A LOT OF HATRED AGAINST GUNS IS

BASED IN THE MEDIA CORRIDOR OF

NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON WHERE

YOU HAVE ALWAYS LIVED WITHIN

FIVE MINUTES OF A 911 CALL.

AND I DIDN'T GROW UP WITHIN FIVE

MINUTES OF A 911 CALL.

I GREW UP IN A TRAILER.

WE MOVED EVENTUALLY.

I GREW UP IN A TRAILER PARK

MAYBE 20 MINUTES FROM A POLICE

DEPARTMENT.

YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT

YOURSELF.

AINSLEY: THAT'S RIGHT.

BETH DEATHEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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