From the very first time I picked up a firearm I knew that there was something special, a sense of freedom, responsibility, and self-reliance.  Civil rights – social responsibility – self defense.  I don’t know a whole lot more than I do know.  But one thing I do know is that

It’s a lot tougher to harm a good person when they are armed.  Predators seek prey.  Wolves seek sheep.  Human predators respond to either reason or force.  Reason is represented by societal boundaries that mandate good behavior (versus robbing and raping and killing).  Force is represented by the possession of arms in the defense of self or others.

If you remove force as an option, then reason is pretty much hit or miss.  Human behavior has demonstrated this.

It takes a good person with a firearm to stop a bad person with a firearm (or a knife, a bat, or a brick).  Look at the woman in the graphic above.  There is no doubt in my mind that she will look after her own.

The hand that releases the charging handle…

Let’s face it. Women who engage in the shooting sports are great people to be around. They are confident, outgoing and in no way willing to be abused by anyone. Victimization requires a willing victim. Women who arm themselves pose a direct threat to those who select women as an easy target for crime, violence or sexual assault.

Those who target women for abuse rely heavily upon those who seek to prevent women from legally arming themselves. If you engage in the politics of gun hatred, you are helping to empower those who rely upon your politics to create a victim-rich environment.

You can’t beat a woman who shoots. No truer words have ever been said.

Freedom of choice includes the right to choose to prevail in a violent encounter. A level playing field is a good start. Life is a contact sport.