Feminists Should Support The Second Amendment

When I think of the Second Amendment, I first think of a population’s ability to defend itself from a tyrannical government. This thought is partially influenced by the fact many dictatorships have been established after the common populace was disarmed. The line from the Second Amendment, “…being necessary to the security of a free state…” also plays a role in this being my first thought. However, the second aspect of this amendment that comes to mind, and is equally important, is an individual’s ability to defend themselves. The Second Amendment assures each American that they have access to a potent method of self-defense. A method that intimidates by sight, sound, mere mention, and destructive capabilities. A gun can turn a would-be victim into a victor, and this is perhaps most true for women.

Why Women?

On average, a woman is physically smaller, weaker, and slower than her male attacker. Obviously these disadvantages are not conducive to effective self-defense. This is where the benefit of a firearm comes into play. It has been said that “God made men, but Sam Colt made them equal.” There are a couple perceived meanings to this quote, but it generally refers to the equalizing power of a quality firearm. In other words, a smaller, weaker, and slower individual can stand a better chance against someone larger, stronger, and faster.

Successful Defenses

I recently stumbled upon an article published in 2008 that claims, “As many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse.” It is impossible to say how accurate this claim is. After all, an attacker can be intimidated away simply by the woman displaying her firearm. If the woman never reports the incident then it will never show up on a statistics sheet. I think this is the case more often than we realize, as gun owners tend to be careful in talking to the authorities about their guns. They don’t want to invite unjustified questioning of their actions or practices.

Why Should Feminists Support The Second Amendment?

If it wasn’t obvious already guns have the innate ability to help women defend themselves. Feminists claim to want the best for women, and I believe that to be true in most cases. Naturally that means a feminist wants women to be able to protect themselves against attackers. Again, as guns help women to do. Considering the National Sexual Violence Resource Center reports that 1 in 5 women in the United States have been raped, violence against women is a real problem. Therefore, shouldn’t feminists want women to have the means to defend themselves?

Women are often responsible for the safety of their children and other loved ones. If a woman is home with her children and someone breaks in, meaning to inflict harm, why wouldn’t we want her to be able to protect herself and her children in a decisive way? Contrary to what some say, this does happen, and one such occurrence is related here.

In Closing…

The questions I asked in the previous two paragraphs may seem rhetorical in nature. However, they need to be answered, and the answer needs to be analyzed and judged. If we say we value women as equal to men, but do not provide them with tools that help protect them from men, then our words are empty and meaningless. If we truly love and value women as a whole, then we give them the option to use a gun in self-defense or in defense of others.

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” – Second Amendment of the United States Constitution


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