FEMINISM & GUNS

What with the constant debate over American gun control, I’ve been seeing arguments for both sides all over the internet – and the one most interesting to me is the argument for the relationship between feminism and gun control laws.

In case you haven’t seen any of these articles or claims, let me fill you in. The National Rifle Association in America has very few women members, but those that are signed up have claimed that having a gun makes them feel empowered and far safer in a society where women are seen as weaker and generally subordinate to men. And like, I get it. I get what they’re saying. I get that you’d feel safer as a woman walking the streets alone at night if you had a gun with you – but I don’t think that it’s a valid reason to carry a gun either.

Fundamentally, think what that is teaching young girls in America. It’s teaching them that they’re so vulnerable that they have to carry a weapon in order to be safe. That they have to find it in themselves to potentially be able to shoot someone. I don’t know – I get the need to be safe, but I also don’t think it’s the right message to be sending out to people either.

If you’re teaching girls that they have to carry guns to be safe, you’re also perpetuating the idea of masculinity – that masculinity has so much more standing in society that literally only a weapon can stop it. I don’t know about you but that scares me.


Like I said, I can see why women might want guns – there’s a lot of threats and I get that, I just can’t see how saying ‘oh, well you can carry a gun’ solves the problem. Women carrying guns doesn’t stop rape culture, it doesn’t teach that the act of rape is wrong. Surely from a feminist standpoint, you can’t allow only one group of people to carry guns too – so wouldn’t it just be easier to teach people not to rape and ban guns altogether?

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