As the cultural War on Women carries on with few signs of subsiding any time soon, people and organizations continue to try to find ways to fight back against the misogyny that pervades our society. One Texas non-profit organization thinks it has the answer: provide firearms and weapons training to vulnerable women. While this may sound appealing to some, this is hardly a solution to an ideological problem.
The Armed Citizens Project of Houston is dedicated to providing people in “mid-high crime areas with defensive shotguns, for free!” (The exclamation mark is theirs.) Their homepage boasts that they are “[f]ighting the war on women, one free shotgun at a time.” According to founder Kyle Coplen in an interview withMSNBC, the (stated) reasoning behind his organization is to decrease the crime rate by providing people with guns. However, that same MSNBC article cites studies indicating that women are less safe with guns in their homes than they would be without them. But the ACP’s mission has another glaring problem: It treats the War on Women as a literal war, rather than an ideological one.