Erin Solaro, a Seattle PI blogger who writes on politics and culture for a column called, “The Woman Citizen,” may have surprised — or maybe didn’t — some feminist (is that really a realtive term anymore?) readers with her Aug. 7 essay:
“For a law-abiding citizen to bear personal arms is an act of civilization.
“Not just an act of self-defense or an act in defense of civilization, but an act of civilization.
“This is true for men,” Solaro writes, “and it is even more true for women. For a woman to bear personal arms means that she will not be deprived of her legal rights: to go any lawful place she pleases at any time; to be free in her body, meaning that she need not be defenseless against assailants; to live. And it means that the uncivilized, those who would deprive her of life and the liberties of a free citizen, including freedom from unwanted sexual contact, do so at absolute risk to their lives …”
— The road to Damascus: When anti-gun people become gun owners; http://www.examiner.com/x-3253-Minneapolis-Gun-Rights-Examiner/y2009m8d7-The-road-to-Damascus