I have said it before, and I still believe, Gun people are just the nicest folks! At first this discovery caught me by surprise, but I have now become comfortable in this knowledge. Maybe that’s why today’s events shook me so deeply. I consider my vocabulary solid and relatively extensive. I was raised to speak properly and with correct grammar. Though I know how to act in polite company, I am not one to gasp and clutch my pearls at a random cuss word among friends. I confess that until today, I never understood the outrage I have heard from women, over the term “C*nt”. As far as I could tell, it was just another “dirty” word to add to the pile. I gained a new understanding today, and I’d like to share.
As I was out shooting today, I happened to find myself within earshot of two men, who were talking about me. They didn’t know I was nearby and I did not linger in a transgression of eavesdropping, but I overheard one say to the other, “…she’s a F*cking C*nt.” Stunned, I walked away. In my wildest dreams, I can not imagine what I could have done to this guy, to enrage him to this extremity. Further, I am dumbstruck at the idea that I could unwittingly act in a way that deserved such a response. (I am willing to admit to acts that could be called “a little b*tchy”. These are usually performed out of anger or spite. It’s not pretty, but it’s rare, and I don’t consider myself any sort of angel.)
I’m sure each person finds the fore-mentioned dirty word distasteful for different reasons. From my experience I feel that it was a combination of the setting in which it was said, and speaker’s my-penis-makes-me-better-than-you attitude. For some reason, I believe I would have been less upset, if the term had been levied at me, in person, rather than in closeted whispers.
I am not willing to stoop to the level that is likely necessary in order to understand my detractor’s opinions. I prefer to use this episode as a cautionary tale to those who, like me and my ventures toward firearm enlightenment, may tread into areas that can be, occasionally, unwelcoming.
As excited as we are about our new hobby, not everyone will always be
thrilled to see us at the range. They won’t like it when we place
high in a competition, or bring home an impressive trophy from a hunt.
They won’t even appreciate that woman are growing the shooting sports
exponentially, to the benefit of all who enjoy them. This ugliness is
an unfortunate side affect of progress. Some people just can’t handle
change, but as far as I can tell, they’re sh*t-out-of-luck!
And to the guys who feel that we ladies are invading your turf, I have only one response; there's room for all of us in the shooting world, but you may need to step it up.
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