In 2020, I moved into my first apartment at the age of 18. It had a cute porch and nice windows that let in lots of natural light. However, I quickly realized that having four points of entry in my first floor apartment actually made me feel a bit uneasy, being that I’m only five-feet tall and honestly not incredibly strong. If any person larger than me wanted to break into my apartment, it would have been fairly easy and there’s absolutely no chance I would be able to physically defend myself. Because of this, I strongly advocate for women to learn how to correctly use firearms in order to protect themselves in the event they have a home intruder, stalker, or even an abusive ex or significant other.
Staying safe as a female in today’s society is honestly so much work. Needing to walk around with a key in between your knuckles and having to constantly watch over your shoulder is exhausting and makes you feel helpless. It can be a scary and intimidating world for a girl living on her own, making us feel less empowered than ever. Having been taught to protect myself using firearms has been one of the most empowering feelings I have had in my entire life, and I’m not the only one.
Dianna Muller, a former police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the founder of The DC Project, an organization that “raises awareness that firearms safety and violence prevention are achieved through education, not legislation; encourages the preservation of America’s gun culture; and highlights the diversity and rising demographic of female gun owners through ongoing advocacy because gun rights are women’s rights.” In an interview with America’s 1st Freedom, Muller discussed how much can happen in the minutes it takes for police to show up at a crime scene. She stated “Women are likely to be smaller and less suited for a physical confrontation than an attacker. A firearm is the great equalizer. It doesn’t guarantee my security, but it does give me a chance.” Further saying “If I’m in that Walmart in El Paso, I want to be armed. If I hear a bump in the night, I want to be armed. Defending yourself is the most basic human right.”
Between 2019 and 2021, women have closed the gender gap in gun ownership, making up about half of all gun purchases during this time, according to data from Harvard’s School of Public Health. Jeff Stucker, the owner of On Target, told VOA News “Thirty years ago, men were buying their wives or girlfriends guns — not anymore. I tell them, ‘You don’t let your husband buy your shoes, do you? Don’t let him buy your gun!’”
Today, female gun owners can also shop for firearm accessories by other female-owned businesses, empowering women even more to protect themselves and each other. Alexo Athletica, a women’s active-wear brand, was founded by Amy Robbins. This brand makes active-wear that discreetly and fashionably conceals a woman’s firearm or even their mace or taser. Robbins, like many other women, have had to go out and exercise with caution due to creeps trying to take advantage of her and the fact that she was a woman alone. After obtaining a license to carry a firearm, she noticed that it was difficult to actually carry it discreetly as there were only few options for women. Alexo Athletica gives women carry options ranging from leggings to skirts, empowering women to protect themselves while staying comfortable.
The left has been trying for a long time to limit gun rights without realizing and taking note that these actions will in turn put many women at a great disadvantage. As a young independent woman, I don’t want to constantly rely on others to protect me. I want to protect myself in the best way possible, and I believe that the way to do that is by owning a firearm.