“Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin said that she’s been a victim of sexual harassment at the workplace because her co-workers know she carries a weapon,” dailymail.co.uk reports. “‘I think a whole lot of people know I’m probably packing so I don’t think there’s a whole lot of people who would necessarily mess with me.'” On one hand, that’s a silly thing to say . . .
It kinda sorta implies that a woman packing heat would draw her gun on a man who, I dunno, grabbed her vagina without written permission. Not that the Secret Service would allow a woman to carry a firearm around the President. But seriously folks, if a woman’s carrying a concealed firearm around a sex pest it’s not bound to have an inhibitory effect.
Or would it? I mean, everyday carry is a great idea as a hidden rape prevention kit. And who says the gun has to be hidden? I’m not entirely sure, but I bet the sight of a firearm on the hip of a woman would send a pretty clear signal discouraging sexual harassment. And if not the sight of a gun, would the knowledge that the not-victim is strapped send a similar signal?
One more thing: the kind of woman who carries a firearm is not the kind of woman likely to tolerate sexual harassment. It’s true: gun ownership is empowering for man and women.