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Taylor Woolrich’s op-ed at Fox News describes what it is like to be stalked, lots of other media coverage

6 Aug , 2014  

UPDATE: Buzzfeed and others mischaracterize what happened with Taylor Woolrich’s op-ed.  See discussion here.

ORIGINAL: This is some of the news coverage that was obtained from the Students for Concealed Carry Convention that the Crime Prevention Research Center organized and funded.  Taylor Woolrich has a very powerful op-ed at Fox News that starts this way:

Over the last four years, I have lived with the constant threat from a stalker – a stalker who is now in jail for the third time for violating a restraining order.

Every day I live with these questions: What if today is the day that my stalker posts bail? What if today is the day that he discovers my parents’ new address? What if I go to a lecture on campus and he shows up there?

I feel that I have no control over my life. My family was forced to move. I have had stay indoors, keep drapes closed, avoid posting on social media sites, and even change my car. It’s almost like being held hostage.

Should myself and other female victims just have to put up with this? The answer, hopefully, is “no.” Women must be able to defend themselves. The most effective way of doing this is by using a gun. When police arrive to enforce a restraining order, it is usually too late.

I have been living such a nightmare for over four years. I was 16 and working a café in San Diego when a 67-year-old man, Richard Bennett, came in the store for coffee. He kept coming back, staring at me for long periods of time, and trying to flirt. He then would sit outside the store for the entire day.

The nightmare soon got much worse. . . . .

The concern that permit holders represent a danger to others is misplaced. A recent report from the Crime Prevention Research Center cites statistics from Florida and shows that from October 1, 1987 to May 31, 2014 (almost three decades), Florida has issued permits to more than 2.64 million people. These permits have been revoked for firearms-related violations at an annual rate of only 0.0002 percent. This is less than a third of the rate of firearm violations by police. . . .

Her piece continues here.

Her story is starting to get national and even some international media attention.  Some national TV on Fox News (here and here), NBC’s Today Show, and even favorable coverage on MSNBC.  Other coverage includes:

The BBC by Rajini Vaidyanathan: “Should students carry guns on campus?
Union Leader op-ed by Katie Kieffer: Want to reduce rape on campus? Let women carry firearms
Washington Times op-ed by Robert B Young: “Stalkers don’t stop, but arming victims would help
New Hampshire Union Leader: “Dartmouth student targeted by stalker denied concealed gun on campus
KFMB 760 AM San Diego: “No guns allowed on campus, even in self-defense
Guns.com: “College student with stalker denied right to carry on campus
KPCC Airtalk (Southern California Public Radio): “Should some college students have the right to carry concealed weapons?
WPTV West Palm Beach, Florida: “Taylor Woolrich: College student wants right to carry gun on campus
New Hampshire Union Leader: “Afraid at Dartmouth: A stalker and a gun ban
The UK Daily News: “College student threatens to drop Dartmouth if the school does not allow her to carry a handgun on campus to protect herself from a ‘stalker with a rape kit’
Business Insider: “Dartmouth Won’t Allow Student To Carry Gun For Protection, Despite A Man Allegedly Stalking Her For Four Years
Fox 5 San Diego: “Dartmouth student from San Diego wants to carry a gun on campus
China News: “美女学生长期遭老男人骚扰欲携枪防身遭校方拒绝 [The beautiful woman student suffers the old man to harass for a long time wants to take along the gun self-defense to suffer the school authorities to reject]”
The Blaze: “Ivy League School’s Response to Student Requesting to Carry a Concealed Handgun to Defend Herself From Dangerous Stalker
NBC News in San Diego: “Dartmouth Student Seeks Right to Carry Gun to Protect Herself Against Stalker
The Washington Times: “Stalked student may drop out of Dartmouth over no-guns policy
Inquisitr: “Gun Control Rule At Dartmouth College Denies Taylor Woolrich Protection From Stalker With ‘Rape Kit’
Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com: “Female Campus Carry Advocate and Dartmouth Student Details Stalking: “They Found a Rape Kit in His Car”
Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com: “Mother of Virginia Tech Victim Advocates For Concealed Carry on Campus
WHNT, Tuscumbia, Alabama: “College students nationwide fight for their gun rights
The Truth About Guns: “Dartmouth College Denies Stalker Victim Right to Armed Self Defense, Perpetuates #waronwomen
Rare: “Dartmouth wouldn’t let this woman carry a gun to fend off her stalker
Breitbart: “Dartmouth Student to “Drop out” unless she can carry gun to fend off stalker
Newsbusters: “NBC Highlights College Student Fighting for Right to Carry Gun on Campus
News World Today: “Dartmouth Won’t Allow Student To Carry Gun For Protection, Despite A Man Allegedly Stalking Her For Four Years
Independent Journal Review: “Student Tormented By Stalker May Have To Drop Out Because College Won’t Allow Her To Defend Herself
Georgia Newsday: “Stalked student will ‘drop Dartmouth’ for not allowing her a handgun
The Examiner: “Female student not allowed to carry gun to protect self against predator
NewHampshire.com: “Woman stalked by man, 67, caught with rape kit says she’ll drop out of Dartmouth if not allowed to carry a gun
MyFoxChicago: “Ivy Leaguer with stalker may drop out over anti-gun policy
Voice of San Diego: “Student from SD Takes Stand on Carrying Gun
BizPacReview: “College student stalked for 4 years makes impassioned plea to carry a gun for self-defense
Campus Reform: “Dartmouth student denied concealed carry despite aggressive stalker
Heavy: “Taylor Woolrich: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Opposing Views: “Dartmouth Won’t Allow Student To Carry Gun To Protect Against Stalker
Red Alert Politics: “Darmouth College student advocates for concealed carry on campus
KTOK 1000 Oklahoma: “Why David Boren et. al. Need to Re-think Their Gun Policies
Los Angeles Times: “Dartmouth won’t let woman carry gun to protect against accused stalker
KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles: “Dartmouth College Student Denied Request to Carry Gun to Protect Against Alleged Stalker
Texas GOP Vote: “Dartmouth College Puts Anti-Gun Ideology Above Safety of Stalked Female Student
KFMB 760 AM: “San Diego student seeks gun permit from Dartmouth
WRTV Channel 6 Indianapolis: “College student wants right to carry gun on campus
The Daily Reporter, Greenfield, Indiana: “San Diego student seeks concealed gun permit from Dartmouth to protect against alleged stalker
KERO ABC Channel 23, Bakersfield, California: “San Diego student seeks gun permit from Dartmouth College
The Lompoc Record, Lompoc, California: “San Diego student seeks gun permit from Dartmouth
Breitbart (revisited): “Dartmouth will not allow stalking victim to carry gun for self-defense
DigiNews: “Women Against Feminism fight back

Some coverage at Dartmouth
The Dartmouth: “Sophomore advocates for concealed gun carry
Dartblog: “If Woolrich Had a Gun?
Dartblog: “Woolrich Gun Story Viral; She Clams Up
Dartblog: “This Summer’s Scandal?

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