Speaking A New Language

Aside from the negativity surrounding COVID-19, masks and social/political unrest, 2020 is significant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. While this may seem simple, the history of how and why the 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution is not common knowledge. The Second and 19th Amendments may not seem directly linked, but they truly are.

Suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony were very vocal about the power of a woman, but also the importance of women being able to defend themselves. She’s quoted as saying “… [Women] must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.” How apropos given the current state of affairs! It’s a succinct example of a major underling factor as to why many women are becoming armed.

The influx of Americans seeking the ability to defend themselves for the first time has clearly contributed to the firearm industry’s record-breaking year. Have you been able to find firearms or ammunition without seeing the dreaded “out of stock” messages? Me neither. News articles and social media posts continually remind us of the “panic buying,” “stockpiling” and “endless lines at gun stores.”