Rape Survivor Says Thank You to Some In FL. for Protecting Self-Defense

Shayna Lopez Rivas
Shayna Lopez Rivas

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)-  Rape survivor speaks out on how the recent arbitrary age change to owning guns and gun laws in Florida would have impacted her right to self defense.

From, Shayna Lopez-Rivas, and re-posted with permission. Shayna lives, works, and went to school in Florida.

by Shayna Lopez-Rivas

To the Senators and Representatives that voted NO on that atrocious bill our Florida Governor Rick Scott signed in to law, this is for you. Thank you!

I am writing you to sincerely thank you for standing up for our Second Amendment rights and voting against the most recent gun control legislation that is now in effect today (3/9/18). Though I do not live in your district (my Rep and Senator are anti-gun shills), I wish I could have you in my district, as my representatives do not seem to know what it means to take an oath that swears “to support, protect, and defend the Constitution.”

In 2014, when I was 20 years old I was raped on my university’s campus by a deranged sociopath wielding a knife. A good friend of mine quickly brought me to the range soon thereafter and that was when I realized three things: 1) firearms could be used in self-defense, 2) I could have used that firearm to defend myself, and 3) I could now use firearms to defend myself and ensure I never become a victim again. I devoted myself to training and soon enough I had a firearm, when I was 20 years old, NOT 21.

It’s why I feel particularly hurt by this legislation with Governor Scott rubbing salt in old wounds by signing it.

In the weeks/months following my attack, there were days where I not only didn’t feel safe outside my home, but I didn’t even feel safe IN my own home. Those were days when I was still training, prior to possessing a firearm. When I finally had a firearm, even if I couldn’t carry at the time and thus still didn’t feel safe outside of my home, at least I had the peace of mind that I was SAFE in my home because I had the ability and the means to fight back should someone break and enter and try to attack me.

That is what my firearm granted me—peace of mind.

Had this bill passed in 2014, I would have NOT had that peace of mind for nearly a year after my attack (about 10 months) until I turned 21. And though this bill does not affect me now, I am disheartened and extremely saddened for other victims of violent attacks both now, and in the future, who are not yet 21 and who will not be able to have the choice to empower themselves and obtain the peace of mind that I was able to have.

I am extremely concerned that this bill is only the first of many. Why stop at 21? Why not raise the age of concealed carry and the ability to purchase firearms to 25? 30? What if we put a prohibition on POSSESSING firearms?

Thank you to those of you who stood in support of the Second Amendment. I’m sorry you must deal with your cowardly colleagues who do not agree. I’m sorry that they simply do not understand what they are doing and how it severely impacts individuals much like myself. And I’m equally sorry for the anti-gun crowd and its nonsense you are likely putting up with right now.

I just want you to know that by not backing this poisonous legislation that is a direct attack on our Constitutional rights, there’s at least one person that supported/supports you. You did the right thing.

Thank you for supporting individuals like me when you voted no.

Shayna Lopez-Rivas

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  • 7 thoughts on “Rape Survivor Says Thank You to Some In FL. for Protecting Self-Defense

    1. Proud of this young woman for coming forward to give her story and how this current legislation affects all young women and men who just want the security of protecting themselves with firearms.The current buzz word from the left and anti-gunners is more gun control.They will never succeed in taking away our second amendment rights.All responsible gun owners must band together and elect representatives that support our agenda.

    2. In one way or another most politicians are thinking first of their political future and how that might be effected by the way they handle your problem.

    3. I emailed every rep in Florida prior to the vote. After the vote, I only received one email from a “NO VOTER”, and she is not my rep……but thank you very much for that stand.

    4. Well written
      You are still in danger any time you go onto a college campus as we do not have campus carry here in Florida
      You can carry concealed and break the law
      Or you can disarm and be prey to any criminal with a weapon
      After the Stoneman Douglas Shootings campus carry is dead in Florida

    5. I’m so sorry you were so abused by one of my gender. I tell my female friends that all men are pigs, but some of us are only piglets! Your story is an inspiration to all. Please continue to share your story. Thank you!

      1. I agree that Rape and Sexual Assault are horrible and am terribly sorry this happened to this brave young woman (who obviously has her priorities straight when it comes to firearms) but why give credence to the current PC Feminist trend of universal man hating? “All men are Pigs but some are just piglets?” This ideal that anything and everything masculine is tainted and toxic is just liberal marxist garbage and needs to be squashed. Newsflash: Men do not have to be submissive little beta males to be acceptable in society. True Alpha Males know how to treat women: With Respect. Let’s get back to using common sense in these matters.

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