...To be perfectly honest, I do not think a woman/girl should have a gun. Why?
I do not think it is ladylike, for one. Furthermore, most people do not realize the pyschological damage killing (a human) can have upon an average person. As men, we are pyschologically tougher, and would be able to handle it better. However...
In war, snipers, many times battle-hardened men, when they leave the army, have nightmares and the like, because they can remember the faces of the men they have killed. Those are soldiers; rough and tough men.
In closing, then, I am strongly against women/girls having a gun, and the like. When I get married/consider getting married, I don't want to marry/court a girl who carries a 357. Magnum or a 9mm around in her purse. That is anything but ladylike.
I imagine most of you will disagree with me, but I think I need to say this.
The psychological damage of stopping a threat against you or your loved one is far less than severe bodily injury, sexual assault, or death which justified the use of force.
And I see nothing unladylike about a woman packing a Ruger LCP with a Crimson Trace in her purse. I don't see anything manly about it either. It's just a tool that the People (man and woman like) have a right to keep and bear, for their own protection, and for the defense of their state and country.
I carry a Walther PPS 9mm along with a Ruger LCP .380 as a backup. For plinking, I have a Ruger 10/22 rifle. And for zombie apocalypse, I have a Sig 556 (guns are expensive, and I don't have a lot of money- but I think it's every citizens duty to be prepared for just such an event).
Edited by Kubel, 05 July 2010 - 08:03 PM.