Here’s one campaign we’ll admit we didn’t see coming on this International Women’s Day: should pink guns manufactured for and marketed to women be banned in favor of classic black?

Our first reaction? No, of course not. There are enough politicians and well-funded advocacy groups trying their best to ban any gun of any kind for any reason.

We don’t think Adam Weinstein is arguing for a real “ban” in his piece for Task and Purpose, though he does make it clear he’d prefer an end to candy-colored hardware:

… the way we begin to have a more inclusive gun culture is by liberating women from the pink ghetto of their Cabela’s and Walmart sporting goods sections.

In this culture obsessed with status objects, pink guns become an “acceptable” entry point for your moms and girlfriends and sisters. A lot of them may be okay with that, because they think pink is pretty. But is their pink-thinking the result of serious contemplation, or our society’s reflexive gender norms?

You’ll never know until we smash the norm. Ban pink guns. Women deserve black parkerized Barretts and so, so much more.

Women absolutely do deserve black parkerized Barretts, but is it so bad to be pro-choice when it comes to guns? Maybe.

The real controversy, it seems, isn’t the color of the gun but the bit in his article where Weinstein called out examples of cute-ified weaponry like pink PPKs and “pink .45s (but chambered in .22, you know, for a woman).”

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Update:

Hold the phone; we’ve just learned that women are jazzed that bright pink camo will soon be a legal alternative to blaze orange in Virginia for hunting, and now we don’t know what to believe anymore.

 

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