By Kellene Bishop
Owning a handgun does not offer women any benefit for self-defense. KNOWLEDGE, on the other hand, of how to use a firearm for self-defense is the ultimate equalizer. And to me it’s the ultimate sign of freedom and liberty.
There are a great many female gun owners in the U.S. at present. Unfortunately the fact that these same women don’t actually use their firearm for self-defense merely gives fodder for the anti-gun crowd who claim, “See? Firearms don’t help women prevent rape.” Now that’s a shame.
If I had my wish come true, it would be that an additional 100,000 women not only possess firearms in the U.S. this year, but also get expertly trained in handling them and carrying them on their person. While my wish may sound a little far fetched, I firmly believe it’s a worthwhile one. Imagine the hesitation in a violent criminal’s mind: “Geesh. (Censored, of course) Is THIS one of those 100,000 armed women who know how to use it against me?” or “Am I really ready to go up against a skillfully armed woman?” I believe that the number 100,000 is sufficient to thwart millions of crimes all over the U.S. and make criminals think twice before assuming a woman is a vulnerable target. I believe that that impact of 100,000 confidently armed women will alter the wrongfully perpetuated societal stigmas that many have about armed citizens. And I believe that 100,000 armed women will make children more safe, not only against firearm accidents, but against perpetrators who target them. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have my wish granted and see 100,000 women competently quick-draw their weapon, shoot accurately, and reholster it. It nearly gives me goose bumps just thinking about it!
Can’t you just hear the beautiful symphony made by the sound of the action after the slide is released all over the nation? Ch-chang! (I LOVE that sound!) The patriotic sight and sound of “the rockets red glare; the bombs bursting in air” would be akin to the sound of double-taps all over the practice ranges in the U.S. Can’t you just imagine the new level of confidence as women walk and talk strong and powerful knowing that they no longer will play the role of a helpless victim? While my wish of 100,000 women is barely a dent in the number of the population of adult women in our nation, I believe that it’s sufficient to suitably rally against the crimes against women and their children and to accomplish what our law enforcement and government officials simply can’t or won’t do.
Independence isn’t just a benign word to be associated with our nation. It should be a state of being that we women embrace every day. We can be independent in our own effective protection and security and in doing so, literally impact the protection of women all over the nation. This is my wish.
Will you be one of the 100,000?
Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved. You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.
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