Gun Rights Are Women’s Rights
The right to bear arms isn’t just a constitutional issue – it’s a women’s rights issue. Author and commentator Katie Pavlich explains why guns are the great equalizer between men and women.
Do you want equality between men and women? I do. Which is why I own a gun. My Glock 43 is my equalizer. Too NRA for you? Then, let’s take a step back and think about this.
I will start with this premise: Men are physically stronger than women. I know: even this is controversial these days. But men have more muscle mass and greater bone density; they run faster, and punch harder. It’s called “biology.”
If a woman is going to protect herself against a man who intends to do her serious harm, she needs to even the odds. And what’s the best way for her to do that? Own a gun — and know how to use it. Given this, you would think that feminists would be lining up in front of gun shops, spending quality time at the shooting range, and filing for concealed carry permits. But when was the last time you heard a feminist speak out for women owning guns? You haven’t, because feminists aren’t for gun ownership. They’re for taking guns away from women.
Well, you might say, if no one owned a gun, then everybody would be safer. Yes…and it would be nice if cheesecake was a diet food.
There are over 300 million guns in the United States and that’s not going to change any time soon. But even if we could build a giant magnet, fly it across the country and snap up every gun, it wouldn’t much matter to women’s safety. In Great Britain, where it’s almost impossible to get a gun, a woman is three times more likely to be raped than in America, according to a study by David Kopel, a professor of constitutional law at Denver University.
Here’s another telling comparison between gun-free UK and gun-owning US: In the United States, only about 13 percent of home burglaries take place when the occupants are home, but in the UK, almost 60 percent do. Professor Kopel explains the disparity: “American burglars . . . avoid occupied homes because of the risk of getting shot. English burglars prefer occupied homes, because there will be wallets and purses with cash.” And, by the way, an assailant doesn’t need a gun to be dangerous. What do you do if you’re a woman and a man comes at you with a knife? Or just his bare hands? If you want to depend on pepper spray or a whistle, okay—but I think your finger on the trigger of a gun would be more effective.
Take the example of mail carrier Catherine Latta. After she had been assaulted and raped by her ex-boyfriend, Latta tried to purchase a firearm. She was told it might take a month to get a permit. “[I’ll] be dead by then,” she recalls telling the clerk. That afternoon, she went to a rough part of town and bought a handgun. Five hours later, her ex-boyfriend attacked her outside of her home. She shot him in self-defense, and saved her life. I should add that firing a gun is very rare. Just carrying it—let alone brandishing it—is a deterrent. And, isn’t that the issue? Personal safety? How is a woman supposed to defend herself? What if an intruder breaks into her home?