Friday, during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), five women took the stage as a panel titled “Armed and Fabulous: The New Normal, including gun advocate and writer Antonia Okator, Kimberly Corban of the NRA, Ms. Wheelchair USA 2013 Ashlee Lundvall, and lawyer Kristi McMains, with townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich serving as the moderator.
The panel talked about the virtues of female gun ownership as a means for self defense and also “slammed liberal feminists who object to their pro-gun stance,” according to this story from reason.com.
During the panel event, McMains described being attacked by a stranger who tackled her when she was getting into her car after work.
“I fought like hell,” she said in the story. “I was doing all that I could, and I still couldn’t get him off of me…That’s why I grabbed my gun. We need to let women know that it’s okay, it’s prudent, it’s legal, it’s moral to carry a gun.”
“’Education and empowerment are the ‘crux of the feminist movement, right?’ asked Corbin. ‘Well, we want women to be educated and empowered about firearms, and yet ‘we’re being shamed for it.’”
“I”m proud to bring the fact that I’m not the typical gun owner and to show that that’s where the future is headed,” said Okafor. “How much more feminist can you get than protecting yourself?”
Corban, a rape survivor and Second Amendment advocate, shared her story, as she has with people across the nation.
“If you remove that fear and replace it with education of firearms, it will help create a better community in general,” Corban said in this post from futurefemaleleader.com. “I’m a big fan of safe spaces. I create them everywhere I go when I carry concealed.”
The story says that the panel, overall, sounded a lot like their liberal feminist counterparts, but that the differences began at a very specific place: while those on the other side of the fence tend to rely on more government to stop violence while conservatives are more likely to emphasize personal responsibility for one’s own safety. The panel urged women to take self-defense into their own hands by learning how to use and carry a gun.