We’ve seen some stupid arguments in favor of gun control over the last couple of weeks, but Emily Peck’s essay in Huffington Post may take the cake. In a post sensationally titled, “The Constitution Gives Gun Owners Greater Rights Than Women,” the liberal writer goes out of her way to prove that feminism is more than an ideology – it’s a full-on mental illness.
“Here’s a disturbing fact to consider in 2018, the year women supposedly began to topple the patriarchy: Gun owners in the United States, a majority of whom are men, have better constitutional rights than women,” she writes.
So right off the bat we realize that Peck does not understand the meaning of the word “fact.”
“Gun owners have the Second Amendment, in place since the 18th century. The U.S. is one of only three countries that offer constitutional protection to gun owners,” she continues. “Women, meanwhile, have been fighting for an equal rights amendment for decades. That’s because the Constitution does not actually grant women equal rights under the law, setting the country apart from 131 other nations that explicitly guarantee gender equality in their constitutions.”
A few things to note here. One, women did not have a lot of rights when the Constitution was originally ratified, as Peck surely knows all too well. Two, this “equal rights amendment” that she speaks of has been a feminist dream for literally decades, even though it would mean exactly nothing. No, the Constitution does not guarantee “gender equality,” but to think that’s a problem is to misunderstand the nature of our founding document.
Instead, we should ask what women are prevented from having or doing that a constitutional amendment would correct. The answer, of course, is nothing, unless you want an amendment that forces private business owners to structure pay quotas and other nonsense that would give the federal government WAY too much power.
And three, there is no distinction between the categories “gun owners” and “women,” considering that they freely and frequently overlap.
Peck fills out the rest of her essay in piecemeal style, cherrypicking court cases to make her argument that gun owners are mostly male and that they are better treated by the law than women. The cases she compares have nothing in common other than the fact that they show up in her essay.
The problem with feminists is that they can never decide if “equality” between the genders means that women are treated with the SAME rights as men or that they deserve special protections FROM men. And it is in this odd tension that we get stupid premises like this one, that the Constitution gives more rights to gun owners than the “fairer sex.”