I have long said that the right to bear arms for self defense applies to all. Not just straight white men. I am an old woman running a non-traditional business with my partner, another old woman, selling knives and a few guns at gun shows.
We are selling products we love and we shoot. I don’t see any contradiction between being a feminist and a gun owner. Indeed I believe being a feminist requires having the ability to defend oneself with any and all means of self defense one can legally avail themselves of.
From America’s 1st Freedom: https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/2/9/when-definitions-become-twisted-and-terms-are-hijacked/
by Julie Golob
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I am a feminist, and I believe in gun safety.
It’s such a simple statement, but one that likely causes an emotional response because of two terms—“feminist” and “gun safety.”
By definition, a feminist is a person who advocates social, political, legal and economic rights for women equal to those of men. I believe in the power of women and the true meaning of feminism. Thanks to pioneering feminists, women do have the right to vote, along with the right to speak, believe and love. When Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton rallied in my hometown of Seneca Falls, N.Y., their goal was women’s suffrage. Through their hard work and feminist ideals, we achieved it.
As we fast-forward nearly a century, we see in the news and on the television screen how feminism and its true meaning has been stolen. The cry for awareness of valid women’s concerns has been lost and muddled in attempts to shock and awe. For the self-proclaimed “nasty feminist,” one must only believe in their version of feminism. To them, support of their opinions about what is right for women, spiritually and physically, is required of us all.
For these “nasty women,” hypocrisy and emotions reign. Unlike Susan B. Anthony—who said, “I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand,”—the nasty collective demands equality, but considers self-protection to be blasphemy. They believe a woman must have the right to choose, except when it comes to protecting herself with the great equalizer—a firearm.
The term “gun safety,” or as many gun owners prefer, “firearm safety,” has been hijacked as well. Real gun safety refers to specific rules that help prevent accidents. Treating all guns as if they are loaded, never pointing them at anything we do not wish to destroy, having good trigger discipline by keeping our finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, and always knowing our target and what is beyond it helps keep us, and those around us, safe.
Gun safety is not, however, gun control. Gun safety is not a gun registry. Gun safety is not magazine limits, gun bans or gun-free zones. Real gun safety is about practicing specific, proven safety rules when handling firearms.