Women and guns
So, this article got my attention yesterday via gunpundit. Seems some folks in downtown Nashville (NC) have their pretty panties all in a twist because a gun shop, Nashville Guns, features posters of women with guns. My first thought was that some woman was all butthurt because the store had images of scantily clad women prancing around with some firepower. And, well, frankly that causes some women to rekindle their inner feminism about degradation toward women. But I clicked the news article and, well, it wasn’t that at all.I shot Aunt B., my token feminist, an email about it too and her response is quite interesting because it’s similar to my initial reaction:
But the “controversial” poster isn’t a picture of a scantily clad woman who wants to be my future girlfriend. It’s a woman in a camouflage tank top and a long skirt, looking not like “Ooo, buy this gun and I will think you’re a bad ass,” but “Buy this gun and be as big a bad ass as I am.” … I think that poster is directed at women, trying to make us imagine ourselves as buyers of (expensive) guns.
Yes. A confident and armed woman. And this has people upset about both first and second amendment rights. The gun shop is compared to a bar, which I find odd. And some woman doesn’t think a gun shop (posters or not) or a bar belong in down town. The woman also brings up that the gun shop is across the street from a domestic violence shelter. Frankly, that seems like a good place for a gun shop to me. But Aunt B. brings up another excellent point that I hadn’t thought of:
Did you catch that? White says the gun story (sic) is located across from a domestic violence shelter. Now, I know, your first thought is “Oh my god, but couldn’t an abusive spouse get drunk, buy a gun, and shoot the abused spouse at the shelter?!” But take a step back from that just a second.
What kind of person reveals the location of a domestic violence shelter in order to “protect” women?
The kind with an agenda that’s more important than protecting women?
The story she links to outs where a battered women’s shelter is and that, my friends, in unacceptable. It’s late in the story, but it doesn’t matter. The information in the piece is blatant irresponsibility and willfully ignorant regarding battered women in crisis. The newspaper should not have put that in the story. Battered women’s shelters are at undisclosed, confidential locations for a reason.