Senator Al Franken is latest to have his name added to ever-growing list of powerful men accused of sexual harassment in recent weeks.
Shortly after the news broke, MSNBC anchor Kasie Hunt caught up with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and used the opportunity to ask the female politician if she had ever experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Palin’s response: “I think a whole lot of people know that I’m probably packing so I don’t think there’s a whole lot of people who would necessarily mess with me.”
Sara Palin on sexual harassment: "I think a whole lot of people probably know I'm probably packing so I don't think there's a whole lot of people who would necessarily mess with me." pic.twitter.com/WqORpJ594P
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 16, 2017
While Palin was just trying to lighten the mood, she brings up an important point that’s been missing from the conversation.
Carrying a firearm is one of the best ways for a woman to ensure her protection. It’s often been called the great equalizer, a way for women to even the odds in an otherwise unfair fight.
In many cases, women don’t even need to fire their weapon. The mere knowledge that they’re carrying can deter a potential attacker.
So why, after hearing story after story of sexual harassment, aren’t more women lining up to get their firearms license?
The way I see it: one more female gun owner just might mean one less #MeToo.