I’m not your typical gun owner. I have accepted this. I’m a female and small in stature. I’m not burly or muscular. I’m not manly and I don’t like the horrid abomination that is the “flip-flop.” I’m me. I think of myself as a spunky young woman with spirit. I just got my hair cut and colored in a pretty drastic way. While at my appointment, the wonderful lady who did my new hairdo asked, “What do you do for a living, Sara?” This question makes me smile because . . .
I am always more than proud to say I’m a writer for The Truth About Guns … the best website on the interwebs. But that wasn’t all. She just stopped and said, “I’ve heard of TTAG. But you don’t look like a normal gun owner.” Of course that piqued my curiosity. I had to ask what she meant. She said “I only mean that you’re pretty and you come here to an upscale salon and you dress so nice.” I informed her that I dress the nicest I can to conceal a weapon. She laughed and she knew I was serious. I was packing and in my belly band at that time.
After she had put the finishing touches on my awesome new hair and I paid, I thought about what she had said. Is there a stereotypical woman gun owner? Of course there is. They seem to all “look the part.” They are thought of as frumpy, makeup-less, and style-less. But that’s not how I think of them. Take Eva Shockey, for example. Or Diana Hufstedler. Or Emily Miller. I wear heels, I wear makeup and I like being a woman. Just don’t come between me and my guns, my football (go Broncos) or my coffee and I think we will all be OK.
Gun-owning women don’t have to fit a mold. Break that mold, ladies. Break it any way you want. Being beautiful, having salon-quality hair, wearing makeup or heels doesn’t mean you are less of a gun owner. In fact, I see it as an asset. You can be beautiful and deadly if need be. If you hate heels, so be it. Just be you. Guns know no stereotypes.