The old saying goes “God created men and women, but Samuel Colt made them equal.” Gun ownership among women is on the rise. While this may boggle the minds of some liberal feminists, gun-toting women were on full display at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
A panel entitled “Armed and Fabulous: The New Normal” featured a variety of Second Amendment activists such as sexual assault survivor Kimberly Corban, attorney Kristi McMains, former Ms. Wheelchair USA 2013 Ashlee Lundvall, and campus carry advocate Antonia Okafor. Townhall Editor Katie Pavlich, an outspoken advocate herself, moderated the panel. These women anchored their message around the topic of self-defense and as an extension, sexual assault.
While it seems that liberals and conservatives disagree on virtually every issue these days, one thing that we can agree on is that sexual assault is a deplorable act. It harms victims in inconceivable ways physically, emotionally, and mentally. The Huffington Post published an article attacking the National Rifle Association’s newly released video series, “Freedom’s Safest Place.” The series highlighted a variety of women sharing their experiences as gun owners. “The National Rifle Association attempts to prey on women’s fears of rape and violence to keep gun regulation as minimal as it is,” said Alanna Vagianos, Women’s Editor for The Huffington Post.
It is no surprise that the progressive news outlet continues to fuel the image of helpless women, further perpetrating a sense of victimhood, which is far from empowering. In one of the “Freedom’s Safest Place” videos, NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch says, “Your life expectancy just got shorter. Because there’s a very good chance your next target will be armed, trained and ready to exercise her right to choose her life over yours. This is what real empowerment looks like.” It is worth noting that the fastest growing demographic for gun ownership is women, and the number one reason that women are purchasing their first firearm is for self-defense.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one-in-five women and one-in-sixteen men are sexually assaulted while in college. However, NSVRC also estimates that 90 percent of rape victims don’t report the assault. In their “Prevention is Possible” pamphlet, NSVRC provides a list of tactics like “promote and model healthy attitudes, behaviors, and relationships,” as well as “promoting respectful behaviors,” and “promote positive messages and behaviors through marketing campaigns and advertising content.” That’s all fine and dandy, but when it’s late at night and I’m walking to my car, clutching my keys in my fist as I hear a second set of footsteps approaching, a Glock in my handbag is going to do a much better job at protecting me than a marketing campaign.
Anti-gun liberals are quick to politicize any national tragedy so they can get on their soapbox to push gun control legislation. This past summer, Representative John Lewis led Senate Democrats to push gun control legislation, politicizing the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando before bodies were even cold. Democrats from both bodies of Congress came together to hold hands and sing Kumbaya in the form of a sit-in, complete with a catered buffet, pillows, and Dunkin Donuts personally delivered by Debbie Wasserman Schultz herself. The kicker? 26 of the Democrats participating in the sit-in were gun owners themselves. Maybe if the rest of us had the luxury of working in a building that was surrounded by men protecting them with guns 24/7, we wouldn’t need to carry ourselves.
A few months ago, I was visiting friends and family in a suburb just outside of Pittsburgh. I went to the local gun range to blow off some steam with a friend. Feeling the cold metal warm up between my hands as I fired round after round into the target (admittedly missing a few) was like a high. When it comes to relaxation, gun ranges have done more for me than any yoga studio ever has. When I took a break, I stepped back and looked a few lanes down to the right of me. I saw a mother, presumably in her early 30s, who was teaching her two young sons how to shoot. They were thrilled to be spending an afternoon with their mother learning how to properly handle and fire a gun. I smiled because I realized how much I look forward to sharing this moment with my future children one day.
If liberals truly cared about sexual assault and the safety of women, they would support the Second Amendment. Until they get the message, remember this, ladies: gun control means using both hands.