I don’t usually look to Rolling Stone for positive articles on firearms ownership.
Music I like yes, guns no.
So Imagine my surprise when they recently ran an article about women and guns that wasn’t total BS about how women shouldn’t have guns and/or that women who owned guns were more likely to be the victims of gun violence than use those guns for self defense.
I’m really grateful that firearm companies are sponsoring women like Julie Golob and Jessie Duff. For way too long we have been treated like Bond Girls, glamor girls naked or next to naked fondling guns like they were sex toys.
I’m really glad to see Gun Manufacturers treating us seriously. I’m personally not all that big on pink or purple guns. I’m more the sort whose heart beats faster for a nicely finished Lady Smith with cocobolo grips or the Ladyhawk.
Slim grips and smooth design are big pluses for me.
Women have a harder time concealing a handgun than men do. Our bodies make gun barrels and or grips stick out at angles so getting a holster that fits is a pain.
Women are part of the gun accessories manufacturing and marketing arena because of this.
The Rolling Stone article at least made an effort at being fair which is more than I generally expect from such publications.
From Page 2
In 2011, Julianna Crowder — a tall, sincere, semi-nervy 38-year-old redhead — launched A Girl And A Gun out of frustration. Along with her husband, a former Marine, Crowder had been teaching gun classes for years. But when she attempted to start her own shooting club, again and again, she was stifled. “I was walking into the boys room,” she says. “And wouldn’t you know, I let that be. And so I focused on what needed attention, which was the women. And now everybody wants a piece of it. I changed the dynamics.”
The industry’s shift away from token scantily clad females — the dreaded “booth babes” — toward actual engagement with actual women occurred, somewhat suddenly, in the last few years. Lisa Looper is the creator of the Flash Bang, a holster that attaches to your bra. When she first started, she was being openly laughed at by buyers. Now her products are carried by major distributors like Zanders, Accusport and Ellett Brothers.
Archangel Tactical’s Nikki Turpeaux, a bubbly, unblinking Atlantan who competed in beauty pageants as a teen, entered the self-defense-instruction business four years ago in front of what she calls a “tidal wave” of women: “I was fortuitous: I got to be a forerunner. When I started, there were no Nikkie Turpeaux’s I could go to.”
On this one level, then, it’s a simple enough tale: yet another industry long overdue for a stronger, more-integrated female presence. Gabby Franco, an instructor who competed in pistol shooting at the 2000 Sydney Olympics for her native Venezuela, says it’s “like everything that ever happened in [women’s rights] history: there’s a point where it’s a slap in the face. Wait a second? You’re telling me I’m not smart enough to handle a firearm? You’re telling me I cannot shoot?”
Of course not. Why shouldn’t women get in on the power and security long enjoyed by men who carry sidearms? And it’s indisputable: shooting guns is fun as hell. Why shouldn’t women get in on that joy?