What happens when you come to a conclusion even a child can understand it? You get subjected to the vilest racist and sexist attacks, of course.
Q: Shouldn’t women be able to carry guns to protect themselves from being raped?
A: You shouldn’t put the onus on women to protect themselves any more than you should tell women to dress a certain way or look a certain way to prevent rape. You should focus more on the rape culture.
That’s the gist of the conversation. For that, Zerlina Maxwell was subject to an enormous amount of harassment. But god forbid you suggest that guns aren’t the answer.
What’s annoying is that, like every argument for guns I’ve ever heard, it’s a stupid question. First off, women usually know their rapist. Thus, their guard is already down and the gun is likely not even on their person (unless, I guess, they’re gun fetishists). Second, strangers don’t go running up to women screaming, “I’m going to rape you!” Guns require some sort of distance to be effective. But maybe women should just assume everyone is a rapist and pull their gun on anyone that makes them nervous? Third, wouldn’t pepper spray or a knife be just as effective and not as deadly a deterrent?