Male Gun Owners Are Attractive, Not Crazed Ammosexuals

This Valentine’s Day, fashion magazine Cosmopolitan has a message for women: make sure your guy tones down or abandons his support for gun rights or else he’s going to harm you.

Cosmo’s gun control puff piece “It’s Time to Talk About What Guns Have to Do With Dating” encourages their female audience to talk to their guys about the dangers of firearms from a “gun safety”, disarmament perspective.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to everyone. Cosmopolitan, like other publications in the tank for radical feminism, has an agenda: paint the shooting sports industry and its members–particularly men–as crazed loons who love their firearms. To make their case, they use the pejorative term “gunsplainer” to describe men who admire firearms, their history, their functionality, and their utility for self-protection.

The author, self-described award-winning journalist and author Liz Welch, heavily relies on Everytown for Gun Safety’s talking points to suggest that single women are likely to be in harm’s way if they date guys who own guns. In fact, the magazine and Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun outfit had recently announced their new partnership called, “SingledOut.”’s website reads, “Lax gun laws put single women at risk. But, together, we can shut down the gunsplainers and take action to keep young women safe. Spread the word by sharing this site with your friends and family.”

The website also boasts a “Myths v. Facts” section that suggests five things: 1) it’s easy for criminals to get guns, 2) good people with guns can’t stop bad people with guns, 3) those who think sexual assault survivors should take up firearms use are victim blaming, 4) of all tools out there, guns cause the most harm, and 5) disarmament/full gun confiscation is a myth put out by the “evil” gun lobby.

First, criminals are already prohibited from purchasing or obtaining firearms. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) expands on those criminals prohibited from purchasing or obtaining firearms, as enforced locally and nationally:

  • Under indictment or information in any court for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
  • convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
  • who is a fugitive from justice;
  • who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;
  • who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
  • who is an illegal alien;
  • who has been discharged from the military under dishonorable conditions;
  • who has renounced his or her United States citizenship;
  • who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner; or
  • who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (enacted by the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997, Pub. L. No. 104-208, effective September 30, 1996). 18 USC 922(g) and (n).

Second, there are countless stories of law-abiding gun owners who thwart potential or actual mass shootings. These stories just get glossed over or are completely ignored by the media because they hold a negative view of firearms. Third, if survivors of sexual assault or rape shouldn’t defend themselves with firearms, what should they use instead? Birth control? Urination, screaming, or vomiting, as one Democrat lawmaker from Colorado suggested? Talk about being insensitive to women and admonishing real female empowerment. Fourth, other tools out there, such as knives, inflict more harm than guns. More people are killed by cars each year than they are guns. Fifth, no matter what these chicks say, their mission is to gradually chip away at the Second Amendment with unnecessary additions of background checks or restrictions on gun parts. Downplaying disarmament isn’t cute; it’s dangerous.

What’s even more egregious than the usual gun control talking points is the pejorative word “gunsplainer” to describe guys who belong to or support the shooting sports industry. Below is their definition:

gunsplainer (n.)

1) someone (usually, although not always, a guy) who buys into myths propagated by the gun         lobby

2) a small – but extreme – subset of gun owners that dominates conversations on gun violence

Cosmo should stick to fashion and quit dabbling into topics such as firearms use. They offer a one-sided, anti-gun, anti-guy perspective. Unlike these chicks, we in the conservative movement as a whole appreciate guys who love guns and know how to use them responsibly.

What’s not to love about a guy who responsibly handles firearms?

A guy who handles firearms will keep you safer in any event of danger

A good guy with a gun will effectively protect you from harm’s way rather than a guy who has no means to protect both of you. In matters of life and death, you’ll want a guy to be prepared, especially if you aren’t armed or don’t feel comfortable being armed.

A guy who handles firearms still has his masculinity intact today

A man who handles firearms responsibly often can handle responsibility in other aspects of his life. Operating a firearm teaches one to respect the law, others, and himself.

A guy who handles firearms will teach you how to protect yourself and wants you to be empowered

What better way to bond with a guy than learning how to handle firearms? Any guy who responsibly handles firearms wants to ensure you are prepared to properly use one if needed.

So this Valentine’s Day, Cosmopolitan shouldn’t patronize men who like and use firearms for self-protection and sport. Male gun owners and outdoor enthusiasts should be respected for being law-abiding citizens who want to ensure others learn how to use firearms responsibly.

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