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My Body My Choice: A Woman’s Right to Bear Arms

By -The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

In my experience, it seems that in many discussions about gun owners, most people base their beliefs/fears/impressions/biases on a stereotype of a drunken, rowdy, redneck man acting recklessly and irresponsibly. Personally, I have yet to see these people, except in lame movies and sitcoms.

But the Second Amendment applies to us all, “the people”, not just men. So as a woman, I want to state my feelings about this amendment and what rights I believe it bestows on me:

  • I have the right to defend myself, no matter what the “weapon.”
  • I have the right to defend my children, my grandchildren and any other loved ones.
  • I have the right to carry my defense wherever I go, not restricted (and in danger of being victimized) based on another person’s fear or lack of knowledge.
  • I have the right to be free of intimidation, ridicule, bias, discrimination and judgment from those who disagree with my stand or are simply uneducated and ignorant of the facts about gun ownership, self-defense, and safety.

I am NOT:

  • Too stupid or incompetent to handle a firearm. I drive a deadly weapon every day. Cars have killed more people than guns. According to the CDC website, there are nearly four times as many deaths from automobiles than there are from guns. Driving a car is not a “right” and yet no one ever talks about placing further restrictions on my ability to own a vehicle.