Friday, June 27, 2008

They equalize for women too

Megan McArdle wonders why feminists don't embrace firearms ownership:

I'm hardly the first person to make this observation, but I don't know why it isn't noted more often: guns are the only weapon that equalizes strength between attacker and attacked. It's the only time when men's greater speed, strength, and longer reach make no difference; if you pull the trigger first, you win.

This is an enormous social advance. I am all for strengthening the social contract (and law enforcement) so that fewer men commit rape, assault, or robbery. But until human nature has improved so radically that grievous bodily harm has passed from living memory, I don't understand why more feminists don't push for widespread gun ownership.

The answer to Ms. McArdle's question comes quickly in the comments section when a moonbat named Susan responds with a bunch of anti-gun boilerplate statistics about how a gun in the home is 3,528,854,921.258 times more likely to kill a family member than an intruder. Susan then tops off her tirade of ignorance with this gem:

Even if one were to hand-wave away all the statistics, it's difficult to imagine a situation in which you'd be able to locate key, gun, and bullets, and load and aim credibly if under attack.

I will pause to let the reader stop laughing hysterically.

Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of the idiots keeps his home defense gun unloaded and locked up - unless he lives in an area ruled over by left-wing morons like New York City. And even then I would wager that a great many of the Big Apple's privately owned handguns rest in the nightstand fully loaded with the trigger lock nearby. After all how would the cops ever prove that it wasn't unloaded and locked when you heard the goblin breaking down the door?

Susan then brings up a legitimate issue:

If you think you'll walk around with a loaded gun, you should visit a place like Texas where it's legal but no businesses will let you enter with a gun.

As I said this is a legitimate issue, but the problem is businesses which do not wish to allow their customers to exercise their God-given rights on their premises. The answer to this problem is to amend the regulations insurance companies must abide by so that they can no longer penalize businesses who refuse to ban lawfully armed customers. That and legislation granting businesses absolute indemnification against law suits relating to their permitting customers to bear arms on their property. Those two things would remove the major incentives that businesses have to post "no guns allowed" signs on their property.

It would also be nice to have laws which forbid places of public accommodation to discriminate against the legally armed in the same why that they are forbidden to discriminate against blacks, Jews, gays and so on.

Ms. McArdle is correct in believing that women should embrace firearms ownership. There was a little poem praising the Colt revolver that was popular in the old West. Be not afraid of any man, No matter what his size, When danger threatens, call on me, And I will Equalize.

A firearm equalizes the woman with the man, the old with the young, the disabled with the fit and the lone person with multiple assailants. In feudal Japan firearms were outlawed because a peasant with a gun could easily kill a highly trained Samurai warrior. This is precisely why they are so beloved by the America people.