As regular readers know, I’ve long asserted the Second Amendment is the ultimate women’s rights issue. Nothing puts women on a physical par with men so quickly and absolutely as a firearm. Nothing else has the ability to deter, and if necessary, defeat a threat, rape—or worse. I’d love to see more of this, via Fox News:
A Tennessee college senior is sticking to her guns after posting a graduation photo in which she stares wistfully off-camera while lifting her “Women for Trump” T-shirt to expose a handgun in her waistband.
Despite receiving what she called a surprising ‘amount of hate’ on social media, Brenna Spencer, 22, says she has no regrets.”
On Twitter, where Spencer’s profile states that “political correctness offends me,” she posted the provocative photo with the caption “I don’t take normal college graduation photos …”
The post quickly went viral, with some complimenting the shoot and others calling it reckless.
One woman, Victoria Silva, alerted the police in an apparent attempt to have Spencer arrested.
The photo was reportedly taken outside the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, which bans firearms inside. Spenser was outside the Museum, where lawful concealed carry is, well, entirely lawful.
‘Spencer, who is set to graduate with a communications degree, says she owns several guns and works for Turning Point, a conservative nonprofit.
Spencer’s point, one that either entirely escapes, and/or horrifies her detractors, is one of the primary advantages of concealed carry: because criminals can’t know who is carrying a concealed handgun, they must behave as though everyone is. This effect is heightened when a young woman like Spencer, who many would not think to be carrying a handgun, changes that calculation. Not only does Spencer gain the benefit of deterrence by carrying a concealed handgun and publicizing that fact, so does every other woman.
The vehemence of those attacking Spencer is disturbing. Why would anyone attack a young woman for taking affirmative steps, steps expressly acknowledged by the Constitution, to protect herself? How does that in any way threaten them, or society in general? Isn’t strength, independence and determination what feminism is all about?
In June and July of 2017, I updated a two part series on this issue. In the first article, I observed:
Any woman not prevented by ideology and/or cult of personality politician worship from engaging in rational thought, may wish to consider the sole, truly effective means of self defense, the means that truly equalizes the sexes: firearms.
WOMEN ARE UNIQUELY VULNERABLE: Because women are not naturally as aggressive as men, because they are smaller and weaker than men, and because few women think tactically to the extent that they have reasonable situational awareness, predators tend to target women more than men. They reasonably assume that women—even women in groups—will be easy targets. As unpleasant as thinking about this might be, refusing to think about it only plays into the hands of predators.
It may be worth your time, gentle readers, to take the links and read these two articles. I’d be particularly interested in the thoughts of female readers, not that I’m saying the thoughts of male readers are less valuable. I like males; I are one. I’m just trying not to be sexist, and…oh, I give up. It’s too hard to keep up with political correctness. Just tell me what you think, please.
Oh, and women, particularly those in Chattanooga, might want to thank Ms. Spencer. She’s made them all a little safer.
ABC and others have been claiming Spencer’s photo has sparked a firestorm of protest. How much, you ask? Here you go: