Last week as I sat at my desk and wrote a story about a brave young woman who used her gun to stop a suspected murderer armed with a knife, I thought I'd write more about the topic of women and gun ownership because it's on the move upward.
Upward as in there are more lady gun owners than ever before and I want you to buy a gun, too, so you can also protect yourself.
You can read that story here, if you missed it.
I'm obviously not a female and cannot really speak for the ladies all that well. However, what I can do, is take a look from the outside as a big, burly man and commend these women for taking a stand.
More women than ever before have recently taken their own lives into their own hands to protect themselves properly, instead of relying on anyone else.
How? By carrying a firearm, of course.
People love to talk about empowering women and what it means. To me, and to many ladies that I've spoken to about this very topic, one way to empower women is to give them the ability to defend themselves against people who want to hurt them.
In other words, instead of taking that ability away (like with gun control), you make sure they have everything they need to make it happen for themselves if they want it.
True empowerment is giving them the option (if they desire) to have the tools necessary to help them prevent rape, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, or death from others who can otherwise overpower them.
Why use a gun? Aren't there better options out there that are less than lethal?
If I was play fighting with my wife I'd easily be able to overpower her. I've done it before during our tickle fights when I'd go after the kids tickling them, and then turn towards their mommy–my wife. She was defenseless against me, until I got that look that said get off of me or you're sleeping on the couch.
At that point, I would acquiesce and remain in a constant state of apology for the next week.
The point is that she would very rarely be able to get me the same way I'd be able to get her and it wasn't for lack of trying.
I believe this is by design. I'm not going into some deep theological rant here, but I do believe men and women were built differently.
I tell my kids that God made men to be physically stronger, but he made women to be mentally and emotionally stronger (not to mention smarter). I mean no offense to either sex, that's just the way I see things.
But because men are physically stronger, generally speaking, women stand a better chance at getting hurt by men who want to do them harm. This means they won't usually win a physical confrontation if it gets to that point.
What better way for a woman to equalize her odds and level the playing field than with her own holstered firearm and the knowledge to use it?
Of course there are other things a lady can try to do to defend herself … a swift kick in the nut sack comes directly to mind — but what if that chance never presents itself?
Or, what if he's able to fight through it and you've just angered your attacker that much more?
Isn't it better to have a gun?
I obviously think it's better to be armed, and while I don't know the ladies from these following five stories, I bet they've got a similar way of thinking:
Those are just five of the countless real-life stories of women defending themselves with their guns. If that's not empowering to women then I guess I don't know what the definition of the word is.
What are your thoughts on this? Are you a lady prepared to defend yourself if that ever becomes necessary? Do you feel that it helps you stand a better chance at coming out of an ordeal as a survivor?
Sound off in the comments below.