When you read stories of crooks breaking into homes and beating mothers in front of their children (like this one), you may quickly jump to the idea that women need guns for self-defense. And there are plenty who would agree with you. But is associating women with guns only when talking about protection a little demeaning? That's the point NRA News contributor Natalie Foster is making in her new video.
"Look, I’ve taken self-defense classes, and owning a gun for that reason alone is an awesome, responsible thing for anyone to do," Foster says in the video titled "Welcome to the Present" that's challenging traditional views on women and guns. "It’s a great confidence booster and it gives you a tremendous feeling of empowerment. I recommend every woman learn to defend herself with a firearm if she so chooses.
"But despite what you might hear from the media, that is not all we’re interested in," she adds.
Her point is best summed up in a question she asks later: "I mean why can’t women get into shooting just because it’s fun?"
But she's not done there. In fact, she delivers a very blunt message to some of the male gun supporters who may struggle with the idea of an increased female presence in the gun community:
And let me speak directly to those rare but significant gentleman on our side, who we encounter at the gun range, or maybe at the gun stores who would be inclined to be condescending or rude in any way to female shooters.
Especially the new ones.
Or assume that we’re all only interested in self-defense.
Listen, if you have any interest in protecting your Second Amendment rights, you better get on board with women shooting.
Because in my generation, this fight will be won or lost by the way women perceive guns.
Watch the video below: