question is: why do feminists not embrace guns
as a means to defend themselves from violent attacks
by men? Statistics show that, on a yearly basis,
more than 2.5% of violent crimes in the U.S. are
thwarted by the potential victim having a gun.
In only 1% of those cases is a weapon actually
discharged. The violent criminal almost always
flees when confronted by a potential victim if
that person shows that they have the ability to
defend themselves. Your own statistics on this
web site show that the vast majority of rapes
are done by an unarmed perpetrator. Might I suggest
that each and every feminist join the NRA, take
an NRA sanctioned gun safety class, arm yourselves,
and stop the violence!
even only one woman in ten was in possession of
a handgun, the evil men who perpetrate violence
upon women would not dare risk death to work their
evil, and millions of violent crime victims would
be freed of the burden of victimhood which will
otherwise be their lot. March, organize, make
noise, do whatever you like to discourage violence
against women, but please also do something that
works. Learn how to safely use a gun, purchase
one, and STOP THE VIOLENCE!!!
and feminism do have a relationship. I think the
movement has been more focused on how guns in
the home are often used in domestic violence and
how even when a guns equalizes physical-strength
differences between men and woman, somehow more
wives/ girlfriends every year are killed by guns
in domestic violence than husbands/boyfriends.
guns less violence? Our country has more guns
(per capita) and more deaths by guns than any
other OECD nation: US 31,000 in 1996 vs. UK 50,
Canada 20, Japan 5. There some 200 million guns
in the country , one for every home and somehow
more guns actually provides more violence. Probability
and facts also tell us if you have a gun in the
home, you or a member of your home is 40 times
more likely to be involved in gun violence than
if you don't possess a gun. This seems logical
as well - i.e. if you drive a car every day you
are more likely to be involved in a car accident
than someone who never drives.
this said a woman who feels her environment is
unsafe should have the right to possess a gun.
I would also encourage safety training, marksmanship,
the more training the experience the better. Funny
enough, the NRA has fought all laws that would
require such training to own a gun. They have
consistently fought registration, closing loopholes
at gun shows, background checks, and trigger locks.
They make it easier for felons, irate companions
and others to obtain guns. They posses the same
mentality as those who feel requiring seat belts
is an infringement on personal freedom, even though
they save lives. They are also a consistent supporter
of political candidates such as John Ashcroft
who would take away a woman's right to choose.
I would never encourage a woman to join the NRA.
But thanks for sharing your opinion, regardless.