HuffPost: Sure, women have Second Amendment rights, but ‘guns are unabashedly, toxically masculine’
Emily Peck on Wednesday published a piece in HuffPost entitled, “The Constitution Gives Gun Owners Greater Rights Than Women,” and the tweet-thread promoting the piece kicked off like this:
The problem with that thesis — among many — is that Peck assumes that the Second Amendment is a “man’s” right, a fallacy she eventually tackles like this:
Of course, the Second Amendment applies to all Americans. But is there really any doubt that guns are unabashedly, toxically masculine? Recent efforts by the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers to market weapons to women haven’t done much to change this. Thirty-nine percent of men said they own a gun, in a recent Pew survey, compared with 22 percent of women. Of course, Second Amendment rights have traditionally been a liberty fully enjoyed mostly by white men ― and the stats reflect this: 48 percent of those guys own a gun.
So, because more men own guns (and not by as large a margin as many might assume), men have more rights in the Constitution.
All of this is to somehow fight for an Equal Rights Amendment, but citing the Second Amendment certainly isn’t the way to do it, “toxic masculinity” aside.