Previous to Feinstein’s reintroduction of the Assault Weapons Ban and the Newtown shootings, the media reported an overwhelming number of women newly entering the shooting sports. Now however, I keep reading stories from a poll in Wisconsin reporting women are “overwhelmingly opposed” to concealed carry. Another article written by Jessica Pieklo referred to the newly formed organization, One Million Moms for Gun Control and says, “What may be most interesting in this recent spat of polling is that this gender gap existed well before Newtown and while the original assault weapons ban was in place. In addition, while the NRA may be trying to push the idea that women members matter, the reality is it’s an organization largely hostile to women. And women know this.”
Democratic pollster Margie Omero is writing frequently about the issue. She says guns are becoming core to women’s issues. She points out that Public Policy Polling states 48 percent of women polled feel “unfavorable” toward the NRA. Omero writes, “I think we could see this issue mobilize women voters…”
Why the sudden switch? It is a weak attempt by the liberal media to pit us against each other. Don’t believe the hype, now is the time to stand united.
It can be a very large and difficult step for a woman to make the decision to purchase a firearm. Born into a culturally-dictated world of princesses, pink, and Barbie dolls, girls are expected to play house, while boys play GI Joe. As young women grow up and take responsibility for their own safety, the decision to own a gun may be isolating. The media portrays gun ownership—especially now—as demonizing. Women are either scantily clad or androgynous and unfeminine. Even in films that try to present a woman carrying a gun confidently as feminine, they still exploit her sexuality—just watch any Angelina Jolie movie. Estimates put female gun ownership at 15 to 20 million. Lindsay McCrum, of the book Chicks with Guns says, “Their numbers are really high but their profile is actually really low.”
Ladies, now is the time to make our voices heard. In an effort to welcome women and offer a safe and encouraging atmosphere, the NRA launched The NRA Women’s Network. The website is a beautiful and interactive gateway to the shooting world meeting the specific needs and interests of women.
On the website you will find videos and interviews with women—competitors, hunters, mothers and youngsters, people just like you and me—who are gun owners. You will also find places to hunt, events calendars, educational articles, links to clinics, classes, hunting adventures and many other resources.
The NRA needs and wants women. The more voices we have, the more powerful we will be. They are the biggest and most powerful pro-gun lobby we have. In fact, the NRA-ILA is one “of the most influential lobbying groups in America.” They need us behind them. Join the NRA today.The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!