I don’t know about you, but as a woman, I’m tired of hearing what I’m supposed to be and how I’m supposed to feel. Lately, I have been reading a lot of dumb things that Democrats are saying about women’s right to choose… choosing how she defends herself, that is.
For example, the founder of Moms Demand Action, Shannon Watts said, “A dog and a burglar alarm are much more effective and much less dangerous than keeping a gun in your home.” Are you telling me that my five-pound Chihuahua’s bite is more effective than a 1,071 feet-per-second 9mm bullet delivering 325 foot-pounds of energy?
The myth that having a firearm in the home is more dangerous for women has been floating around the Internet. In fact, I read that a woman is 500 times more likely to be a victim of homicide if there is a gun in the home. However, this statistic originates from women who were killed by a firearm while living in a domestically violent situation.
Here is another doozie from Democratic Colorado representative Joe Salazar who believes women do not need guns: “Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at.” Language like this tells women they do not have the mental capacity to identify a dangerous person. How degrading is that?
Another piece of insulting rhetoric I’ve read lately is how mothers should have a natural inclination to be anti-gun. Linda Gordon a Professor Humanities at New York University says, “The majority of women know that arming themselves is not a solution to our problems and those of our children.” I know plenty of mothers who own guns, not only for the protection of themselves, but also for their children. More importantly, however, not all women chose to be mothers. By choice, I’m not a mother as of yet. That does not make me any less of a woman. In 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are 313,914,040 people in the United States. Fifty-one percent of those people are women. In other polls, one in five women do not have children. Doing my own math that is more than 32 million women who are not mothers. Pigeonholing is just another way the media is attempting to divide and conquer gun owners.
I’ve read plenty of articles blaming gun manufacturers for marketing toward women to make more money through fear tactics and the feminization of guns. However, with such a large increase in women gun buyers—gun dealers report a 73 percent increase in women customers—it wasn’t the gun manufacturers who decided to put pink on a gun and call it good; it was the women shooters demanding more products that appealed to them.
As far as using protection as a marketing ploy in gun advertisement, gun companies are simply keeping up with the times. Over 40 percent of women aged 18 and over are single. No longer are the days we depend on a man for our money or our safety. Keeping a gun in the home or carrying a gun for protection is now a necessity as many women are more self-reliant than ever before. Furthermore, marketing towards women is nothing new. Gun manufacturers have been advertising guns to women since the 1880s.
Democrat Hillary Clinton said, “I fought all my life for women to make their own choices, in their personal and professional lives. I made mine.” As a sentiment that most Democrats would stand behind, why are they now trying to take away our right and our choice to defend ourselves? Jenn Coffey the national director of legislative affairs for the Second Amendment Sisters said it best: “Gun-control laws degrade our rights…”
If you would like to learn more about how you can join thousands of other women who are standing up for gun rights, read the blog “I am Proud to say I am Part of the American Gun Culture” —The NRA Women’s Network.
Ladies, now is your chance to sound off. What has been eating at you about the recent gun-control debate? Talk about it in the comment section.