Dear Gun Control Advocates: Please, Stop Treating Female Gun Owners Like Victims

Posted: Jul 09, 2018 11:00 AM
Dear Gun Control Advocates: Please, Stop Treating Female Gun Owners Like Victims

Over the weekend I had an interesting exchange on Twitter with a gun control advocate who volunteers for Moms Demand Action. It got me thinking, very in-depth, about how anti-gunners are quick to label gun owners, especially female gun owners, like myself.

Here's how the conversation went:

Anti-gunners would rather us be unarmed and take the chances of becoming the victim of a crime. After all, what better way to defend yourself than with a whistle? Surely someone will hear your cries (or at least you can hope)! It didn't work for me but maybe you'll have better luck than I did.

Translation: You don't agree with gun control therefore you're confused and haven't come to your senses. Don't worry. It'll happen in time. Here! Drink some of the anti-gun Kool-Aid by reading these articles. 

The Left claims to be in favor of empowering women, of building them up, yet they would rather us be unarmed, and defenseless. You know why? Because empowered women don't vote for Liberals. They vote for Conservatives. Leaving women defenseless creates a perpetual cycle of need and reliance on others, specifically the government, to protect them. 

Remember: Liberals are all about choice, as long as it's about abortion, not self-defense.

Apparently wanting to have a say in what happens to me and my family causes me to manipulate other women? No. It's not manipulation. It's called being realistic. The reality is we live in a dangerous world where people want to hurt one another. We live in a world where not everyone is good. There are people out there who want to cause others harm. Instead of hoping and praying (again) that I'm not the victim of a violent crime, I choose to be proactive. I choose to carry a firearm to defend myself. 

The difference between pro-gun and anti-gun women is this: pro-gun women want every woman to have every option on the table when it comes to self-defense. Anti-gun women want women to be helpless, defenseless even. They're so gung-ho on firearms that they would rather see a woman get raped than to have her use a gun for self-defense.

But remember, women like me are anti-woman (except we can't be labeled that because we're females ourselves).

Instead of viewing pro-gun women as women who "haven't come to their senses" or as someone who is "uneducated" or "uninformed" it would mean a hell of a lot more to us if women on the other side would respect our decisions, even if they disagree with us. It would mean more to survivors, like myself, if they took the time to listen to what we've been through and why we choose to arm ourselves instead of dismissing us.

At the end of the day, the only person who can protect myself is me. Not my husband. Not the police. And not the government. I take that responsibility seriously. And so should you.