Friday, March 24, 2006

Boomsticks: "Oh my God! The chicks are packing heat!"

The title alone is enough to get me spun up: "Women Getting Trigger Happy". It seems to hover somewhere in tone between "Ain't that cute?" and having a missing, but implied, "Uppity" as the first word. Well, Mr. Reporter, why don't you put this here apple on your noggin, and I'll show you some "trigger happy":
The gun industry is catering to women with everything from more girly guns and apparel to all-female hunting trips and free ladies nights at the range. It's clear the feminine touch is adding up to big business.
Why is it that when some bright spark in the marketing department at Apple, Cannondale, or Pontiac notices that slightly more than 50% of the planet's population is setters rather than pointers, it gets two column inches on page 24 of the WSJ, but when their counterpart at Remington or Smith & Wesson does likewise, it calls for a panting TeeWee news spot from ABC? Build a Saturn that has room to stow a purse in the front passenger compartment, and nobody notices. Make a SIG small enough to fit in that purse, and shoulders get dislocated in newsrooms across America as folks reach for dusty tomes by Freud. Weird.

"If you look at statistics, there are more crimes of passion committed by men than there are women," said Sandra Froman, president of the NRA. "But I say that everyone has their emotions, and one of the things you learn when you take firearms classes is you learn to control your emotions."

Appropos of nothing, we get introduced to the good Ms. Froman via an out-of-context quote chock full of "passion" and "emotions". You know, the ol' subliminal "Oh, jeeze, they're so emotional. If they have a gun, they might blow me away during that time of the month." I don't think you need to be worried about that, sport. We're no more likely to shoot you at "that time" than we are to run you over or shiv you with that nice JA Henckel chef's knife you got us last Christmas. (No matter what time of the month it is, though, I'd recommend kevlaring up before swilling the milk from the jug. We have glasses for a reason, honey.)

But not everyone is convinced encouraging women to carry a gun is a good idea. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, it's at least 20 times more likely that you'll use your weapon to shoot someone in your home rather than using it to protect yourself from an intruder.
Fact check on Aisle Five, please. Where in heck is this data from? (Even leaving aside the fact that your attacker is very likely to be somebody you know, rather than a random stranger.) But again we have the implication that we chicks are just not to be trusted. Ask yourself this question: If you had a gun, would you just up and kill someone you love? No? Well then who in the hell are these putzes (putzii?) to claim that you are too flighty to resist the alien brain control waves emanating from an inanimate object?

"Every time you pull that trigger you feel that rush," she said.

She's just what the gun industry is hoping will represent the next generation of pistol-packing women.
...and a titillating quote to close on. Substitute "push that plunger", "heroin ring", and "smack-shooting" in the appropriate places, and you get the sort of message that the author of this steaming little pile was going for.

Jerk.

(Oh, and just by-the-by, the evil manipulative gun industry control committee would like me to remind all of y'all that Tuesday is Ladies' Day at CCA. Free range time. Yay!)

11 comments:

A.J. said...

quote:

"But not everyone is convinced encouraging women to carry a gun is a good idea. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, it's at least 20 times more likely that you'll use your weapon to shoot someone in your home rather than using it to protect yourself from an intruder."

more than likely, it's jerrymandering the data reclassifying "intruders" as a small subset or necroquoting the oft debunked (sic) kellerman study. Either way, sound like that got pulled from someomne's nether regions.....

Anonymous said...

this old chestnut about women and guns is getting as old in the mainstream media as the "where are all the women bloggers" garbage has got online. not that i expect either one to ever go away, unfortunately.

BTW, i think it's "putzen", seeing as how the word's (pseudo-)Yiddish and all.

Masked Menace© said...

1) Wouldn't an intruder also be "in your home"?

2) That "shoot someone in your home" is almost always described better as "yourself" and then most likely as "suicide". Either way, it's my risk to take.

Alex N said...

Let's give a big hand to lady shooters!

Few things give me more satisfaction than teaching women the fine art of using handguns. I think all of the women I care about should have the training and tools to defend themselves, because I'm not always there to do it for them. Few things put as big a smile on my face as the thought of a goblin going after a cute petite female, only to have a .45 shoved in his face by the aforementioned cute petite female.

"According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, it's at least 20 times more likely that you'll use your weapon to shoot someone in your home rather than using it to protect yourself from an intruder."

This sentence is grammatically as well as logically incorrect, rather like the rest of the article. Don't they teach English in Journalizm Skool?

Fairlane64 said...

The day I felt safe leaving my loved ones at home while I go on business trips was the day both my Wife and Son learned to shoot a shotgun. Now we all go out and shoot clays, hunt, etc. Women in the homes with guns? I wouldn't have it any other way!!

Windaria said...

You know... all these "ladies night" things drive me nuts. I mean it is abjact sexism...

Sometimes I wish I could have been born a girl just so I could enjoy the free range time/no cover charge stuff. Oh well.

Fairlane64 said...

Windaria said...
"Sometimes I wish I could have been born a girl..."

Hmmm, Maybe if a person just invested in a wig and some hair removal, they might be able to save some money by not paying those pesky fee's. :)

Alex N said...

Tam:

One of the ladies near and dear to me refuses to have anything to do with guns, but would carry a can of goblin repellent. There is, however, a bewildering array of options available: pepper spray, tear gas, UV dye, and I don't know enough to make an informed choice. Do you have some wisdom that you can share?

phlegmfatale said...

Addendum to their article will probably be something about the frustrated preacher's wife from Tennessee.

As for likely hood of using a firearm in a crime of passion - that's not for me - not hands-on enough. All I need is a chair, duct tape, a can of Crisco and a match, baby. OK. That makes me sound evil, no?

Fast track to discrediting any article for me is if a sentence begins with "according to the Brady campaign..." Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Freud said: “A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity”

So I don't think the GFWs would be reaching for him...

Anonymous said...

Women with guns, this is news?
"gunner"
(Quietly working on teaching the third generation of women in his family to shoot, wife, daughter and now grand daughter, and planning to get 10 year old grand daughter a SIG "mosquito" .22 all her own.)