WiSH represents an alternative voice in our social landscape – the voice of women who participate in target shooting and hunting. It is the voice of women who endorse constructive policy development and demand better recognition of women’s issues. WiSH is the voice of women who promote responsible resource allocation for enhancing women’s health and safety.
Firearm ownership has become an emotive and polarized issue. As a consequence, gun prohibitionists have blurred the lines between legitimate firearm ownership, the wellbeing of women, and wider social problems.
All too often, on the domestic and international stage, anti-gun lobbyists ‘blame’ firearms for rape, domestic violence, and homicide between intimate partners. Attempts are made to associate hunters with violent crime and sexual assault. To promote this misleading view, efforts have been undertaken to portray firearm owners as exclusively male.
The many women who participate in shooting and hunting have been marginalized – often by other women. Far worse, though, is that extremism has diverted attention away from confronting the problems our society must face. The true causes of violence are frequently ignored or dismissed. We must make a decision: move forward and address the difficult issues, or continue to allow ideology to take precedence over real women.
WiSH calls for an end to counterproductive lobbying, and to legislative reform with no social benefits. WiSH urges policy-makers to engage in genuine positive change, rather than populism. Now is the time to direct resources where they are so desperately needed: women’s shelters, healthcare, skills training, crisis counselling, and childcare.
It’s time women, rather than firearms, were the focus of attention