I recently saw some articles that lamented the marketing of firearms to women. If you go to your favorite search engine and type in: ‘marketing guns to women,’ you’ll find plenty of links that suggest that women are only interested in firearms because the industry has preyed upon, and manipulated, their insecurity and fear. In particular, the idea of the ‘pink gun’ seems reprehensible to the anti-gun crowd.
This is fascinating to me. This is 2013. The equality of women is not an issue for discussion. Women serve in high public office, women fly high performance combat aircraft and command Naval vessels. Soon, it appears they will serve alongside men in ground combat. Women own and run huge industries. Women are movers and shakers, cultural icons and scientific innovators. Women teach in universities, give us our news, analyze our politics and raise our children. Women ride motorcycles and buy sports cars. They are athletes, construction workers, truck-drivers and welders. Women pursue and arrest criminals as law-enforcement officers. Women are capable of doing whatever they want.
So, in light of this, is the political and cultural left really worried that the big, bad, paternalistic, old gun industry has tricked the fairer sex into buying and owning guns? It’s such a silly assertion that I find myself at a loss of words.
First of all, women are cool. I know because I’m married to the coolest of all women. Women enjoy the shooting sports. My daughter used to shoot in 4H BB gun competitions. And guess what? The national champions in that introductory shooting sport are almost always girls. Women are naturally excellent shots; having a calmer disposition than all of us testosterone plagued balls of agitation. Women compete in shooting at every level and with every kind of firearm.
Second, women understand biology. They know that they are usually not as physically strong as the men who might attack them or their children. Smart women know that when things go badly, the best they can hope for is either an armed person to help them, or a gun in their own hands. Liberals, for all their hatred of guns, depend on people with guns. However, increasing numbers of intelligent women know the math. It takes only a few seconds for an assailant to kill a mother and her children. It takes minutes, sometimes many, for help to arrive. Women, practical as they usually are, understand that life is precious. They are wired to defend their own. And they understand that a firearm is the thing that makes the mathematics of violence work in their favor.
My wife is a prime example. When we first met in college, she was rather pacifist, and did not care in the least for guns. However, when she began having our children she changed. Still a loving person, the unfortunate who tried to hurt her kids would have found himself faced with a raging West Virginia girl with an ancestral Irish temperament. And that poor slob would have been begging someone to shoot him if she hadn’t already obliged him! She still doesn’t shoot for fun, but she will for the safety of her family.
Finally, the entire argument about marketing to women is utterly hypocritical in a society that markets beauty to women by making them see their worth in terms of their ‘sexiness.’ It’s hypocritical in a society that markets alcohol to women, so that they believe that they can only really enjoy a night out (especially in their college and career phases) when they’ve been drinking too much. And it’s especially hypocritical in a society that, via entertainment and women’s publications, markets promiscuous sexual behavior that puts women at risk for sexual assault and life-changing, life-threatening sexually transmitted infections. I suppose these marketing departments have only the best interest of women in mind, right?
Perhaps, if the pundits are right, we men should do a little better. We should protect our little flowers from the media, so that they can do things that women are supposed to do (and that’s what this is about; deciding that women aren’t supposed to like guns or own guns or use guns). We should direct them to safer, more feminine interests, like house-work and crochet, iced-tea on the lawn with the ladies from the garden club, or spa days with the girls, giggling over baby pictures and engagement rings, and swapping recipes while waiting in sun-dresses for their men to come home…from 1950.
On the other hand, we could just laugh at the inherent inconsistency and stupidity of an anti-gun media who can’t accept that women might just ‘choose’ to like guns on their own. Because that’s what’s really happening. And I’m fine with it. Because girls are just as free to have guns, and just as capable of using them appropriately and well, as any man.
What a pity that the left considers women so pathetically simple and weak. And what delicious irony that a libertarian and conservative movement like gun-ownership should make the ‘pro-woman’ left look so utterly silly.