At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, five incredible women took the stage for a panel discussion entitled “Armed and Fabulous: The New Normal.” The discussion was moderated by Townhall.com editor Katie Pavlich and included Kimberly Corban (mother of two, sexual attack survivor, and Second Amendment Advocate), Ashlee Lundvall (outdoorswoman and Ms. Wheelchair USA), Antonia Okafor (college graduate student and campus carry advocate), and Kristi McMains (lawyer, survivor of a violent attack, and concealed carry advocate). The video of their discussion posted at Townhall.com is well worth watching.
The women talked about firearms and the role they play in empowering women to defend themselves and their families from predators. Kimberly Corban and Kristi McMains, in particular, have an interesting connection. Corban was attacked and raped in her college apartment in 2006. Since that time she has advocated for women’s right to defend themselves. In a televised town hall in 2016 she famously confronted then-President Obama, asking him why he insisted on pursuing gun control policies which only serve to decrease safety for her and her family.
The town hall was on January 7, 2016. One of those who viewed Corban’s confrontation with Obama was Kristi McMains. Watching Corban’s testimony inspired her to always carry her concealed firearm in her purse. On January 26, 2016, McMains was attacked by a man as she left her law office. She fought him, but he succeeded in getting her on the ground and was intent on stabbing her to death. However, she was able to retrieve her firearm and shoot her assailant, ending his attack upon her life.
For these reasons, Antonia Okafor advocates for campus carry in order to allow people to lawfully carry concealed firearms on college campuses. Likewise, Ashlee Lundvall promotes concealed carry in order for women to better protect themselves.
The women also addressed the patronization they’ve received from those who do not support a women’s right to armed self-defense. Some people argue that women will hurt themselves with firearms, or that it would be better not to further upset their attackers by fighting back. Others argue (as McMains stated was said to her) that women somehow “deserve” to be attacked when they dress a certain way. Others say (as Okafor mentioned) that college students are “always drunk” and can’t be trusted with firearms.
These women are firmly saying “No” to these patronizing attempts to rob them of their ability to defend themselves and their families. They are also saying “No” to the disgusting attempts of their opponents to excuse their attackers’ behavior or to implicitly give an attacker power over a woman. The women rightfully point out that depriving women of the God-given and Constitutionally-protected right to self-defense is not “feminist” or to the benefit of women. Firearms are the great equalizer.
Finally, Katie Pavlich, the moderator, mentioned two bills currently before the U.S. Congress. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow licensed concealed carriers to carry across state lines. The Hearing Protection Act would remove firearm suppressors from regulation under the 1934 National Firearms Act and instead treat their purchase in a manner similar to firearms.
Two quotes from the discussion, in particular, stand out:
“I am a huge fan of safe spaces, because I create them everywhere I go whenever I carry concealed.”
“You can become a victim of violence at anywhere at anytime, and therefore I should be able to save my own life – anywhere, anytime.”
If you believe the same, contact your representatives and encourage them to support the Second Amendment, both at your state and the national level.