Guns: The 'Great Equalizer' for Women
To target urban and suburban women, gunmakers have adopted a two-pronged marketing strategy. One: Feminizing the weapons by dressing them up in hot pink. Two: Marketing powerful guns to women as the only surefire protection against sexual and violent predators. Shooting Industry Magazine publishes a column called "Arms and the Woman," which advises that "every gun store should have at least one pink gun on display." This is a crowded field: Sig Sauer offers a ladies' version of its conceal-carry "Mosquito" pistol with a "pink-coated polymer frame" that it calls "the ideal choice for hours of shooting fun." In a similar vein, GunGoddess.com sells a kit to trick out an assault weapon with a pink hand guard, pistol grip and butt stock -- transforming an AR-15 into something that looks like it belongs at a Hello Kitty convention.
The implication was that women are such fickle, emotional creatures that something as simple as a pink frame is all it takes to woo female shooters, and further, that anyone so easily manipulated should never own one. Had any conservative made such a statement, he -- or she -- would have been harshly denounced as a misogynist.
Fifteen-year-old Morrigan Sanders, who was pictured in the Rolling Stone article -- she was never contacted by Dickinson -- said:
The Second Amendment is a way to defend ourselves personally as well as against an oppressive government.
PJ Media contacted two other female shooters to discuss the issue: Gail Sanders, mother of Morrigan and wife of Baen author Michael Z. Williamson; and Regis Giles, owner and creator of Girls Just Wanna Have Guns, a blog devoted to the Second Amendment and women.
Sanders described gun rights as being central to freedom:
The Second Amendment represents our ability to protect ourselves from our government. I'm not personally worried about foreign invaders because other countries know that Americans are armed.
In short, the Second Amendment is important because it serves as a reminder for the government. All government officials know that if they have an armed society to deal with, those are people not easily controlled.
During the recent debates in Colorado regarding magazine and "assault weapons" bans, state legislator Evie Hudak (D) told a rape victim that because she was overpowered by her attacker and was unable to defend herself with her martial arts skills, the attacker would have likely taken her gun from her if she had one (watch video here). The victim, Amanda Collins, noted she was there and Hudak was not -- and said she was absolutely sure she could have defended herself with a concealed weapon.
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