Op-Ed: Women the 'Holy Grail' of gun rights movement

by Raquel Okyay

Women seeking to arm themselves and their daughters are figuring out that guns are not 'taboo' but a powerful means of protection.

"Women are the holy grail of the Second Amendment movement," said Skip Coryell nationally recognized firearm expert and author of the newly released The Shadow Militia.

The Second Amendment will stand or fall depending on the way women vote, he said. "Women make-up about 52% of the population and they vote with a mind of their own."

Women and particularly women with children have been raised with an idea that guns are dangerous. Yet once women get over their initial fear of the firearm, they feel empowered by it, he said. "Women want to be armed and capable."

It has been his experience that women who receive instruction quickly become comfortable with using firearms, he said. "They come into my class afraid of the gun, but 4 or 5 hours later they are on the line like a kid in a candy shop, blazing away, having a ball."

If women are not encouraged to support firearms and instead rely on the stigma that guns are bad, they will vote against the Second Amendment and they will not be protected, said Coryell who is the owner and president of White Feather Press.

It is much more important to teach girls how to use guns than boys because girls will grow up to be women and are more likely to be victims of crimes, he said.

"If someone is going to be raped, mugged or robbed it will not be by a woman, your attacker will be a man," said the Marine veteran. "A woman needs a Samuel Colt Equalizer to make her equal and more powerful than her attacker."

Click here to read the entire op-ed at HumanEvents.com.

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