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Is it feminist to own guns?

A college student in Tennessee caused controversy after she posted graduations photos of herself toting a handgun and a pink "Women for Trump" shirt. She claims it is empowering for women to own guns so they can protect themselves, rather than rely on others to protect them. But critics argue guns are fundamentally incompatible with feminism. Women make up the large share of gun violence victims, and the NRA is just exploiting feminism for monetary gain. What do you think? 🔫 ♀️

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Brenna Spencer, a senior at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, caused an uproar after she posted her gun-toting graduation photos on Twitter.

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Some criticized the student for "showing off" weapons in her photoshoot. 

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But Brenna defended herself, arguing she wants to "empower other women" by encouraging them to protect themselves.

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Many conservatives applauded Brenna, arguing gun-carrying women represent "REAL feminism."

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Some women even posted photos of themselves in solidarity.

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Others had a good laugh...

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But many argue guns are fundamentally incompatible with feminism because women are the most common victims of gun violence. Advocating for gun control is central to advancing women, not telling women they must own a firearm to feel safe in society.

Though it has not traditionally been classified as such, gun violence prevention is a feminist issue. It is an issue that affects women from all walks of life. It affects women in abusive relationships, women who live in fear of neighborhood violence, women who suffer from suicidality or know others who do. The pervasive threat of gun violence, which affects some women more than others, keeps women (and men) from living rewarding lives and reaching their full potential. The very real fear associated with gun violence — both inside the home and out — can be paralyzing and traumatizing.
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