Casey Cassetty made news headlines when she was abducted and held at knifepoint on Nov. 17, 2016, in New Orleans. Cassetty was attending an academic conference as a part of the coursework in her pursuit of a master’s degree in social work.
After a late night of bar hopping on Bourbon Street, Cassetty was held against her will for over three hours by a carload of people posing as her Uber driver and other passengers. Robbed of personal items including her social security card and cell phone, her brain imploded with ideas on how to stay alive.
Cassetty said she was forced to purchase alcohol and withdraw money from various ATMs.
An avid gun owner, she was unarmed at the time and said she doesn’t believe that having a firearm would have changed the course of the night.
“I’m telling you right now, in those moments, you don’t use any of those things,” Cassetty said. “You comply with them the entire time.”
Cassetty, a 30-year-old private practice mental health therapist from Franklin, is pro-gun ownership even though her stock of firearms isn’t what saved her life years ago in the back of a four-door Nissan Altima.
Despite being a self-proclaimed leftist, Cassetty’s passion for protecting the Second Amendment does not define her political stance. “Man, I don’t like the dichotomy of political parties,” Cassetty said.