• Firearms, an Equalizer for Women

    In Hollywood and in real life

    Once upon a time, when I was a young teenager, I wanted to have a career in law enforcement.

    Specifically, I wanted to be a Vice cop. Even more specifically, my mother freaked out telling me such things as, “Women shouldn’t be cops! What if you get shot? Why do you play those shooting video games so much?”

    My desire to be a cop took a backseat to becoming an engineer but the image of what a firearm in the hands of a woman meant to me never went away.

    Growing up as a kid in the late 70’s, I got a steady dose of such Blaxploitation films as Shaft, Dolemite, and the movie that would change my life forever: Foxy Brown. Pam Grier’s character in Foxy Brown instilled in me, at a young age, that while violence against women was not inevitable, a firearm proved to be an equalizer when the brute strength of a male perpetrator was used against you. It also proved to be quite the crime deterrent. Fast forward to the slick ’80s. The female cop duo of Trudy Valentine and Gina Calabrese in Miami Vice further impressed on me that whether in the bright lights of the “normal” world or the grittiness of the underworld of drugs and prostitution, a firearm is the difference between protecting oneself and wearing a toe tag on a coroner’s table.

    Outside the realm of movies and television, female police officers and everyday citizens prove that a firearm has an equalizing force when it comes to protecting women from violence. John Lott author of “More Guns, Less Crime” highlights this in an interview he did with the with University of Chicago:

    “Murder rates decline when either more women or more men carry concealed handguns, but a gun represents a much larger change in a woman’s ability to defend herself than it does for a man.”

    Contrary to what the liberal media says about women being able to prevent rapes by peeing their panties or using a rape whistle, the point is that women have to wait for cops to show up. I don’t know about other women, but the last thing I want is my personal safety depending on wetting my pants or blowing a whistle in hopes the cops might arrive in time. While I live in a very nice, quite, wealthy neighborhood with a responsible police department, the decisions that are made for my own protection between the time a crime is being committed, when the cops are called, and when they arrive is up to me.

    My means of equalizing an unsafe situation–a .40 caliber Springfield XDM semi-automatic handgun given to me by a former Blackwater firearms instructor.

    In the real world there are no rewrites to save you.

    Trish Williams

    Trish Williams is a former engineering major, who resides in Philadelphia. Trish is an avid reader, advocate for STEM education in schools, and a firearms enthusiast. She hopes to relocate to the coastal South for warmer weather and conservative political surroundings.

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