the argument of “guns will protect women from rape” is like a person who plows a hole in the wall instead of going through the door. like great. you’re here. but did you really have to do that.
But meanwhile in reality women with guns have prevented their own rapes…
Not what I’m saying at all. What I mean is that I feel the argument for simply arming women with guns is not the be all and end all solution to this.
Sure, it has helped and will continue to stop people in certain occasions. But rape doesn’t fit into a one-size-fits-all pocket.
Nobody is saying arming women is the one and only solution to the massive problem of rape. Anyone that is saying that should be promptly dismissed from any serious discussion. What we are saying is that rape will continue to happen regardless of any efforts to combat it and it can’t be ignored, and women need a means of protection against rape. The most effective tool for defending one’s life is a gun. That really can’t be debated.
.It can happen in almost any situation which is entirely terrifying.
But guns are also a last resort. If a woman is attacked by someone she knows, it would seem that she has a better chance of fending them off with non-lethal means, just my gut instinct there. That’s not to say that a persistent aggressive sexual assault by a loved one doesn’t merit deadly force. I would not judge or blame a woman who killed her husband to prevent him from raping her, or a woman attacked by a coworker, or any number of situations one could think up.
But to say basically clutching a firearm all the time and instilling more paranoia and fear into women and continually pile on the responsibility to not be a victim on them is a disservice. .
I have never met a single person who was paranoid or afraid all the time because they were carrying a firearm. Everyone I know who carries, which does include one lady around my age (23), has trained and is comfortable with their weapon, and recognizes it’s power and the consequences that come with using it. You’re attempting to assess the mindset of someone who has taken the conscious steps to arm themselves, which in almost every state in America requires a training course to qualify for concealed carry. You can’t possibly speak for every woman, let alone any woman who carries a gun, as I reasonably suspect you have never carried a gun yourself. How could you know what goes through the mind of a woman who is armed?
continually pile on the responsibility to not be a victim
This is what I don’t get about people on tumblr. I hear this all the time with regards to rape discussions. Every. single. person. on. earth. is responsible for their own well-being. You are responsible for ensuring you are not victimized. If the responsibility doesn’t fall on you to protect yourself who will? You can’t just glide through life expecting that nothing bad will ever happen to you. Ever hear the expression bad shit happens to good people? At some point you’re going to have to look out for yourself. Encouraging women to learn self defense, firearms, and avoiding high-risk areas and scenarios is NOT the same thing as victim blaming.
What we really need to start doing is focusing on how we can stop the issue itself not pushing more guns into people’s hands.
That will literally never happen. As long as there is life on this planet, rape will continue to occur. We may be able to cut down on the rates or frequency of rape, but it will never be eradicated. That’s a utopian pipe dream. As far as “pushing more guns into people’s hands”, nobody is pushing anything. Never once have I heard of someone being forced to buy a gun and train with it. People make the decision to arm themselves based on their surroundings and perceived dangers. Those people who take up arms with good intentions - meaning to protect themselves or their families, hunt, target shoot, etc - are not the people you should be worrying about in the first place, and statistically they are approx 98% of all the people who own guns as far as we can tell.
But maybe I lack the understanding of that cling-to-your-guns culture.
Yes, you do.
I don’t live in a society that values guns that much. No one here just walks around with a gun in their pockets or whatever. Hell, the only people I’ve seen carrying guns are cops.
But if gun control and anti-gun sentiments were enough, your cops wouldn’t need guns, now would they?
They have that mentality in the UK too, and they’re so swaddled that this actually occurs:
I’d rather live in a place where I can sufficiently defend my life than a place where I can’t be trusted with plastic cutlery.