Feminists, by and large, are not fans of gun rights. Politically, they are on the left end of the spectrum, ranging from just left of center and going all the way into the bat-guano realms of the Left. Believe me. I’ve seen some of their writings. They’re out there.
However, among the many issues facing women are things like rape. It’s a horrific crime that doesn’t just brutalize a woman at that moment but continues in her mind for years to come. Frankly, I don’t think we’ve invented a punishment severe enough for these people, and I’ve read a fair bit on medieval torture devices.
The problem with rapists is that they’re typically much larger and stronger than their victims. Further, they tend to use intimidation and surprise to their advantage as well.
Women need an equalizer like a firearm, yet most feminists wouldn’t think of carrying a gun.
However, a couple of speakers connected both gun rights and women’s rights recently.
Publicly known gun rights activists, Antonia Okafor and Amanda Collins-Johnson, spoke this week at the University of Nevada, Reno. Collins-Johnson was one of three victims of a spree that eventually landed James Biela in prison for life after he was convicted of raping and murdering Brianna Denison in 2009.
The pair spoke to a roomful of nearly a hundred students, community members, public officials and those interested in gun rights.
The focus of the conversation centered on campus carry, conservatism and feminism on college campuses, and other hot-button issues such as firearms and women’s rights.
Collins-Johnson told This Is Reno, “We’re here tonight to speak about the importance of campus carry, and how it is impactful … and to raise awareness about the horrific effects of sexual assault.”
She’s right, of course.
Unfortunately, modern feminism doesn’t tend to agree. After all, I’ve seen feminists label a firearm instructor who taught women to shoot rapists in the face as a “rape apologist.” Those who suggest proactive strategies to keep themselves safe from rapists are typically blasted for victim-blaming. It’s so bad that it’s hard not to think that modern feminism is nothing more than an effort to create the very rape culture they deride.
Frankly, I’m going to be very clear here. Armed women are far less likely to be sexually assaulted. They’re even less likely to be sexually harassed as they won’t signal “prey” to various predators nearly as often. Armed women can protect themselves, their children, their husbands/boyfriends, their parents, or anyone else.
A while back, I saw this meme:
Now, realistically, we all know that no one is pro-domestic violence, but the meme does raise a good point. Men are perfectly capable of hurting a woman quite well without a gun. They can “use their fists” like a “real man” as the woman with the sign suggests, but do horrible things. Yet what is the woman who’s the target going to do?
The truth is, gun rights are women’s rights. They’re human rights, after all.
It’s time the rest of the world started to understand that.