In my experience, it seems that in many discussions about gun owners, most people base their beliefs/fears/impressions/
But the Second Amendment applies to us all, “the people”, not just men. So as a woman, I want to state my feelings about this amendment and what rights I believe it bestows on me:
- I have the right to defend myself, no matter what the “weapon.”
- I have the right to defend my children, my grandchildren and any other loved ones.
- I have the right to carry my defense wherever I go, not restricted (and in danger of being victimized) based on another person’s fear or lack of knowledge.
- I have the right to be free of intimidation, ridicule, bias, discrimination and judgment from those who disagree with my stand or are simply uneducated and ignorant of the facts about gun ownership, self-defense, and safety.
I am NOT:
- Too stupid or incompetent to handle a firearm. I drive a deadly weapon every day. Cars have killed more people than guns. According to the CDC website, there are nearly four times as many deaths from automobiles than there are from guns. Driving a car is not a “right” and yet no one ever talks about placing further restrictions on my ability to own a vehicle.
- Less important than politicians or others who think they deserve armed protection but I don’t, because they have an “important” job or are wealthy.
- Less likely to be a target than a politician or wealthy person. Simply by virtue of existing as a woman, I am more likely to be a target than they are. Most of us however, don’t have the resources to hire security teams. That cannot be held against us.
- Helpless and frail. I should not have to, nor will I, depend on the police or a man to protect me. Not only is it impossible to guarantee they will be there when needed, it is an insult in this day of feminism and equal rights to suddenly, in this one area of our lives, become the damsel in distress.
- A coward. I believe that if someone should be burdened with taking another life in order to protect mine that I should be the one to bear that burden. Expecting others to deal with it to spare me the trauma is nothing short of cowardly.
In addition, here are my beliefs about what others (in particular, politicians and others who would wield their influence and money) should NOT be able to do:
- No politician or other person, who surrounds themselves with armed security guards, should have the ability to make laws or vote on laws to restrict my ability to bear arms and provide for my own security.
- No politician or other person who has never had any training, education, or experience with guns should be able to make laws or vote on laws restricting the use of my rights and ability to protect myself (and my loved ones).
- No politician or other person should have the right to tell me that I must be a victim because they are afraid of guns due to their own lack of knowledge, education, or experience.
- And finally, no politician or other person (including other women!) who disagree with me should be able to force their beliefs and fears on me through wrongful laws. To borrow from another political minefield, MY BODY MY CHOICE – on how I defend it.