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Feminism Needs Firearms, Say 'Armed and Fabulous' Women of CPAC

"I should be able to save my own life anywhere, anytime."

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Lawyer Kristi McMains was getting into her car after work when the stranger tackled her. "I fought like hell," McMains says. "I was doing all that I could, and I still couldn't get him off of me. .. That's why I grabbed my gun."

McMains was one of five women speaking on a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) panel Friday titled "Armed and Fabulous: The New Normal." Joining her were gun advocate and writer Antonia Okafor, Kimberly Corban of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Ms. Wheelchair USA 2013 Ashlee Lundvall, and Townhall.com's Katie Pavlich, as moderator. Together they extolled the virtues of female firearm ownership as a means for self-protection and slammed liberal feminists who object to their pro-gun stance.

Okafor, who twice cast ballots for Barack Obama before voting Trump in the last election, told the crowd at CPAC that "real female empowerment" must include firearms and the protection of Second Amendment rights.

Education and empowerment are "the crux of the feminist movement, right?" asked Corbin. "Well, we want women to be educated and empowered" about firearms, and yet "we're being shamed for it."

McMains also mentioned another kind of shaming: that she experienced after her assault. "People shamed me after my attack—well, you were wearing heels. You looked like a girl!" The experience left her sympathetic to why women are reluctant to come forward when they experience violence.

Talking about violence against women, McMains sounded much like her liberal counterparts. But where their strategy to stop this violence relies on more government, McMains—and her co-panelists—emphasized personal responsibility, urging women to take self-protection into their own hands by learning to use a firearm properly, and keeping it near.

Violence "can happen anywhere, anytime," said McMains when asked to explain why she supports concealed carry. "I should be able to save my own life anywhere, anytime."

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24 responses to “Feminism Needs Firearms, Say 'Armed and Fabulous' Women of CPAC

  1. Women and guns… you know how to get us all revved up on a Friday afternoon. Thanks for the reporting, ENB. Keep up the good work.

  2. what does ENB carry?

    ima guess pepper spray.

    1. Assuming DC, yeah.

  3. If you ask me it sounds like these women are trying to compensate for something.

    1. gender muscle fiber characteristics?

    2. Men out tackling random women without affirmative consent are practically begging for it.

  4. This is the only place I can leave this comment; my 79-year-old widowed mother and seven of her friends all got their CCP’s last month. Criminals in small town East Texas beware! (Considing that every one of them wears half-pound bifocals, that warning is completely without irony.). Anyway, I thought it was cool to see all these elderly ladies posing for a Facebook picture with large firearms.

    1. Link to the photo?

      1. I wish I could. It’s on Mom’s Facebook page and she has restrict privacy settings. I’ll try to convince her that this is her ticket to Internet fame.

        1. RestrictIVE privacy settings. Restrictive. Not restrict. Adjective, not verb.

  5. Lawyer Kristi McMains was getting into her car after work when the stranger tackled her. “I fought like hell,” McMains says. “I was doing all that I could, and I still couldn’t get him off of me. .. That’s why I grabbed my gun.”

    You know, Kristi, a lotta guys would have grabbed the gun *first*.

  6. They’re going to need it to fend off ICE officials looking to deport them.

    does anyone have any studies around that give the ratio of women who shoot themselves with their handgun (accidentally or otherwise) compared to the number of times s handgun was successfully used to fend off an attack?

    I guess I’m much more into the tranny gay sex designer drugs corner of libertarianism than I am into gun wielding women suburbanite one. What am I missing?

    1. Probably having been mugged.

      1. Nope. Been there. Done that. Having a concealed weapon wouldn’t have changed outcome– only escalated it.

    2. does anyone have any studies around that give the ratio of women who shoot themselves with their handgun (accidentally or otherwise) compared to the number of times s handgun was successfully used to fend off an attack?

      I assume(d) it was generally known that women are less likely to shoot themselves intentionally than men. And, more anecdotally, they’re generally better trained, more trainable, and, due to selectivity and training factors, better shots than men. I would expect the number of women shot with their own guns to be exceedingly low. At least in part because I would expect the number of women assaulted and having their guns stolen to be proportionally higher.

      As for your personal preferences well, they’re your personal preferences. *IMO*, (dons Freudian spectacles, lights cigar) it’s a bit of a fixation on sex/sensation on your part. If accumulation of sex/sensation is your thing, then more drugs and more potential sex partners would be a desirable thing. If, however, you valued skills, knowledge, and/or life experiency-type things and just happen to admire the female form, then the female forms who were as good or better than you at your skills, knowledge, and/or life experiency-type things would pose a particular attraction. If it takes 1000 frumpy suburban moms to produce one of these, bring on the armed frumpy suburban moms.

    3. 6/10 trolling attempt. You nailed the ambiguity of intent that’s necessary to become a true troll. However, the answers to your lines are “yes, exactly,” “someone here probably does, or you could just google it,” and “the ‘life and property’ parts of ‘life, liberty, and property'” respectively. Make an argument that doesn’t fall to a stiff breeze, and you’ll really rile ’em up.

    4. The accidental injury rate for target shooting and hunting is down around the rates for billiards and table tennis, far below such “dangerous” activities as running and bicycling..

      In my experience teaching beginning shooting and carry license classes for 30+ years, if I have a couple in a class she shoots better than he does about 80% of the time.

      Around shooting ranges the saying is “Learn to shoot like a girl, if you’re good enough.”

  7. Of course, they put the black woman in the back so she is practically invisible in the shadows.

    Even worse the fattest one is right in front.

  8. Would all if they weren’t armed.

    1. *chuckles to himself*

  9. McMains also mentioned another kind of shaming: that she experienced after her assault. “People shamed me after my attack?well, you were wearing heels. You looked like a girl!” The experience left her sympathetic to why women are reluctant to come forward when they experience violence.

    Do people still do this? My goodness.

    1. If there are enough people with so little respect for women that they are willing to commit rape, and it happens often enough that it’s a serious societal problem (as leftists claim; I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for the purpose of this post), I’d imagine there are plenty of people who would defend them. Not as many as people would have you think, but it really only takes one comment to make that impression. And sometimes people make similar comments about “maybe you should carry a gun” or whatever that aren’t meant to defend rape but come off that way to the rape victim.

      This is, of course, passing over male rape victims, who exist but tend to get brushed over because that doesn’t quite fit the “us vs. them” narrative.

  10. “That’s one bad bitch” he said respectfully.

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