Suburban Wives Arm Themselves Against Terror

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by WAGCEVP, May 31, 2003.


    WAGCEVP New Member

    May 25, 2003
    FYI there was nowhere near 750,000 people at any Million Mom March.
    Suburban wives arm themselves against terror
    By David Rennie in Chantilly
    (Filed: 31/05/2003)

    It is midweek night at the Blue Ridge Arsenal and Ginger Wright, passionate gun
    owner and professional shooting coach, cannot seem to hit the centre of the

    Ginger Wright takes aim on the shooting range "I'm shooting in heels," she says
    with a laugh. "I don't usually shoot in heels." She steadies her .45 calibre Sig
    Sauer once more and the spent cartridges fly.

    Mrs Wright is shooting in a smart blue business suit, a pink blouse and heels.
    At her feet sits a canvas holdall with two more handguns. On the side is
    printed: "Refuse to be a victim".

    Three years ago Mrs Wright, 33, a computer projects manager, had never fired a
    gun. She did not want one in her home in suburban Virginia. Now she is a
    part-time shooting instructor, specialising in personal protection.

    More and more of her pupils are just like her: young married women worried about
    their safety in an America haunted by uncertainty.

    A poll has confirmed what Ginger Wright already knew: September 11 and the
    terrorism alerts since have prompted a shift in America's gun debate, most
    dramatically among married suburban women.

    Such women - the "Soccer Moms", as pollsters call them because of the hours they
    spend ferrying children from one after-school activity to another - were until
    recently in the forefront of support for gun controls.

    The Clinton presidency now looks very much like a high water mark for gun
    control, with its 1993 Brady law requiring background checks for gun buyers and
    a 1994 ban on assault rifles.

    In those days newspapers seemed full of reports of small children pulling guns
    in the playground. Metal detectors appeared in school hallways and student
    gunfights built up to the tragic climax of the 1999 Columbine massacre, when two
    misfit schoolboys killed 13 pupils before turning their guns on themselves.

    A year later 750,000 mothers and supporters jointed the "Million Mom March" on
    Congress, demanding stricter gun laws. Nationally, 69 per cent of women agreed.

    "The lioness, if you use that metaphor, wanted to protect her cubs from
    accidental encounters with guns," Mrs Wright said. "Since September 11, the
    threat is more external."

    This week a poll showed that only 55 per cent of women still wanted gun curbs.
    They told the CNN/Time magazine survey that they were more worried about a fresh
    terrorist attack than a recession, with mothers of young children the most
    worried of all. When the Republican pollster David Winston asked focus groups if
    they wanted airline pilots to carry guns, married women offered the strongest
    support. The cliché of the American gun lover, at least as imagined in Europe,
    is the hunter in his pick-up or the loner holed up in a shack, scanning the
    horizon for meddling Feds.

    Mrs Wright works for the government. She is a college graduate and is happily
    married to Jason, a computer programmer.

    They live in a slice of northern Virginia that is purest suburbia: mile after
    mile of shopping malls and executive cul-de-sacs. It has experienced more than
    its fair share of terror. The Pentagon, which was attacked on September 11, is
    30 minutes away. Last autumn a pair of snipers cruised its highways, picking off
    10 random victims out shopping or buying petrol.

    "Before September 11 we believed that the police, the authorities, could help
    us," Mrs Wright said. "Afterwards, and again immediately after the sniper
    incident, people came to us out of fear."

    That raw fear has been replaced by a desire to feel more in control.

    Andrew Arulanandam, the director of public affairs at the National Rifle
    Association, a lobby group with great clout in the Bush administration, agrees.

    "Americans feel they are living in an age of uncertainty," he said. "They feel
    more comfortable facing uncertainty with a firearm."
  2. Logansdad

    Logansdad New Member

    May 31, 2003
    Alabama's Gulf Coast
    Smart women...If I were a female I would definitely arm about empowerment

  3. Shizamus

    Shizamus New Member

    Jun 27, 2001