Gun Rights Are Women's Rights

Nov 1, 2017

The right to bear arms isn't just a constitutional issue -- it's a women's rights issue. Author and commentator Katie Pavlich explains why guns are the great equalizer between men and women.

The media has destroyed its own credibility. Almost two-thirds of Americans think mainstream news organizations publish “fake news.”

  • Almost two-thirds of Americans think once reputable mainstream news organizations publish “fake news”.View Source
  • Democrats trust mainstream news sources more than Republicans, but both now show high levels of skepticism.View Source
  • Related reading: “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote” – Sharyl AttkissonView Source

Why is trust in the media so low? Journalistic firewalls that once separated news from opinion have been abandoned by news outlets. 

  • Once-forbidden practices such as editorializing within straight news reports, and the inclusion of opinions as if fact, are not only tolerated; they’re encouraged.View Source
  • Journalist and author Sharyl Attkisson argues that the media got even worse with the election of Donald Trump, seeing the election as a threat to their establishment and their jobs.View Source
  • Many outlets, such as the New York Times and Washington Post have effectively suspended journalistic rules due to Trump’s election.View Source
  • WATCH: Sharyl Attkisson: “Well-Funded Actors” Manipulate News and the Way We ThinkView Source

Political interests often collude with journalists to engage in mass manipulation disguised as reporting. 

  • Low standards in journalism make it easy for special interest groups and politicians to “feed” stories to journalists.View Source
  • Political interests often collude with journalists to engage in mass manipulation disguised as reporting. Journalist and author Sharyl Attkisson defines this transactional journalism as “reporters making inappropriate deals with the people they’re reporting on.”View Source
  • WATCH: Sharyl Attkisson on “astroturf” and the manipulation of media messages.View Source

Trust in the mainstream media is cratering. Only about a third of Americans trust the MSM to report the facts straight.

  • An August 2017 Pew Research Center study found that only 37 percent of Americans believe the mainstream news outlets report the facts accurately.View Source
  • Journalist and author Sharyl Attkisson says that journalists have “exempted ourselves from the normal rules that used to govern us, and so the most egregious kinds of reporting errors are becoming more common.”View Source
  • Related reading: “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington” – Sharyl AttkissonView Source

Many journalists have become tools of special interests, who feed them stories in exchange for special treatment. 

  • Many news reports now are based on information “fed” to reporters by special interest groups. Journalist and author Sharyl Attkisson says the media has only itself to blame, with special interests understanding that many journalists have low standards and thus special interests “peddle tasty bites of scandalous, dubious information, hoping one major news organization or popular blog will bite.”View Source
  • Related reading: “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote” – Sharyl AttkissonView Source

Why is so much news so biased? One reason is that journalists are fed stories from political sources in exchange for one-sided reporting.

  • Low standards in journalism make it easy for special interest groups and politicians to “feed” stories to journalists.View Source
  • Example: Emails show in July 2009, The Atlantic reporter Marc Ambinder was promised an advanced copy of a speech by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — if he followed certain conditions, as privately dictated by Clinton aide Philippe Reines.View Source
  • His resulting article reads in part: “When you think of President Obama’s foreign policy, think of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That’s the message behind a muscular speech that Clinton is set to deliver today.”View Source
  • Ambinder defended himself by saying that he found Clinton’s speech to be muscular so the adjective was appropriate.View Source

Do you want equality between men and women?

I do.

Which is why I own a gun. My Glock 43 is my equalizer.

Too NRA for you? Then, let’s take a step back and think about this. I will start with this premise: Men are physically stronger than women.

I know: even this is controversial these days. But men have more muscle mass and greater bone density; they run faster, and punch harder. It’s called “biology.”

If a woman is going to protect herself against a man who intends to do her serious harm, she needs to even the odds. And what’s the best way for her to do that? Own a gun — and know how to use it.  

Given this, you would think that feminists would be lining up in front of gun shops, spending quality time at the shooting range, and filing for concealed carry permits. But when was the last time you heard a feminist speak out for women owning guns? You haven’t, because feminists aren’t for gun ownership. They’re for taking guns away from women.

Well, you might say, if no one owned a gun, then everybody would be safer. Yes…and it would be nice if cheesecake was a diet food.

There are over 300 million guns in the United States and that’s not going to change any time soon. But even if we could build a giant magnet, fly it across the country and snap up every gun, it wouldn’t much matter to women’s safety.  

In Great Britain, where it’s almost impossible to get a gun, a woman is three times more likely to be raped than in America, according to a study by David Kopel, a professor of constitutional law at Denver University.

Here’s another telling comparison between gun-free UK and gun-owning US: In the United States, only about 13 percent of home burglaries take place when the occupants are home, but in the UK, almost 60 percent do.

Professor Kopel explains the disparity: “American burglars . . . avoid occupied homes because of the risk of getting shot. English burglars prefer occupied homes, because there will be wallets and purses with cash.”

And, by the way, an assailant doesn’t need a gun to be dangerous. What do you do if you’re a woman and a man comes at you with a knife? Or just his bare hands? If you want to depend on pepper spray or a whistle, okay—but I think your finger on the trigger of a gun would be more effective.

Take the example of mail carrier Catherine Latta. After she had been assaulted and raped by her ex-boyfriend, Latta tried to purchase a firearm. She was told it might take a month to get a permit. “[I’ll] be dead by then,” she recalls telling the clerk. That afternoon, she went to a rough part of town and bought a handgun. Five hours later, her ex-boyfriend attacked her outside of her home. She shot him in self-defense, and saved her life.

I should add that firing a gun is very rare. Just carrying it—let alone brandishing it—is a deterrent.

And, isn’t that the issue? Personal safety? How is a woman supposed to defend herself? What if an intruder breaks into her home?

Liberal TV personality Sherri Shepherd answered this question a few years ago.   

“At one in the morning, the alarm in our house went off,” Shepherd told her co-hosts on the popular daytime show, “The View.” As the alarm blared, her husband, Sal, went downstairs to look around. If something happened to him, a terrified Shepherd realized, she had no way to protect herself or her son, Jeffrey. “ ...All I had was this wicker basket…[I] don’t have a bat, nothing.”

“‘We’re going to get a gun,’” I told Sal. “[This] just made me realize how vulnerable you are if you can’t protect your home. And the police [were] wonderful; they came about seven minutes later, but to me, that’s seven minutes too late.”

Luckily for Shepherd, the incident was a false alarm. But there are lots of cases where the alarm is real, especially in high crime areas. Yet every year, progressives push for more and more gun control without ever considering who will pay the price.

It won’t be the bad guys. They always get the guns they want. It will be the good women who need to equal the odds in a dangerous confrontation with a man.

Women owning guns shouldn’t be a partisan issue. In fact, it’s a women’s rights issue.

I’m all for equality between the sexes. And I practice what I preach.

That’s why I own a gun.

I’m Katie Pavlich for Prager University.

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