Is gun control a feminist issue?
June 27, 2008 at 10:02 AM
Several notable legal bloggers have drawn attention to a section in the opinion of District of Columbia v. Heller and how it may be advancing a feminist argument against gun control. They are specifically pointing out the sentence, "it is easier to use for those without the upper-body strength to lift and aim a long gun", and how the court considered gender in its decision.
The passage from the majority opinion, written by Justice Scalia:
It is enough to note, as we have observed, that the American people have considered the handgun to be the quintessential self-defense weapon. There are many reasons that a citizen may prefer a handgun for home defense: It is easier to store in a location that is readily accessible in an emergency; it cannot easily be redirected or wrestled away by an attacker; it is easier to use for those without the upper-body strength to lift and aim a long gun; it can be pointed at a burglar with one hand while the other hand dials the police. Whatever the reason, handguns are the most popular weapon chosen by Americans for self-defense in the home, and a complete prohibition of their use is invalid.
Guns are a feminist issue -- The Atlantic (Megan McArdle)