We know that more women are becoming gun owners and concealed carriers than ever before. A firearm is the great equalizer and allows women to defend themselves against a potentially larger male attacker like nothing else—but is owning or carrying a gun an act of feminism?
In a new video, the National Rifle Association says it is, according to this op-ed from Forbes.com by Susannah Breslin.
“Why We Own Guns” is the latest episode of NRATV’s newly launched firearms-focused “The DL” program, hosted by Dana Loesch, a gun rights advocate and author of Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America (see above). “The left loves to talk about empowering women,” Loesch says in an opening monologue. “But the real litmus test for that is your support of the Second Amendment. Because if you don’t support a woman’s right to choose to defend herself against a rapist with a firearm, you don’t support women. Period.”
Despite the media doing everything possible to tell us we’re not smart enough or capable enough to use firearms, millions upon millions of women are purchasing guns, signing up for carry permits, and defending their lives and their families’ lives.
The message from the video is clear—an armed woman is an empowered woman.
Breslin calls it a “shrewd move coming from the NRA, and an argument I’m familiar with—because I’ve experienced the sense of self-empowerment a woman can garner from firing a gun first hand.”
“In ‘A Girl and a .22,’ I shared how learning how to shoot a gun enabled me to reclaim a sense of power I felt like I’d lost after a bout with early-stage breast cancer.”
“Equalizer. The word stuck in my mind. A handgun makes the short woman tall, the anxious woman less afraid. Right now, guns are a lightning rod topic, reviled and defended with equal passion. You can’t fire a gun without stepping into a war, without getting into the politics of it. Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that firing a gun made me feel powerful, if only for an afternoon.”
Breslin says that, with the new video, the NRA takes the assertion one step further by positing that “liberals, nut gun owners, are the real menace to society and a force against women’s rights, because they’re looking to pry a tool of self-empowerment from the hands of a segment of society most in need of it.”
The video includes testimony from gun rights defenders, along with actual video footage with audio of women being threatened by armed men.
“Sensationalist? Perhaps. But a One America News Network senior political correspondent and author of Emily Gets Her Gun: But Obama Wants to Take Yours points out, ‘Every man’s going to be bigger than me, and they’re going to be stronger than me.”
In the video, a Second Amendment attorney says, “Talk about a war on women. I think those who would disarm women — that’s a war on women. If a woman doesn’t even have a free choice to protect herself from a home invasion, a rapist, a robbery, a whatever, that’s the ultimate form of disrespect for personhood, whether it’s in a feminist context or any context.”
Breslin writes, “Think: Gloria Steinem with a Glock.”