We’ve been writing about the stellar work of the D.C. Project for several years here at Bearing Arms, and I’m a big fan of the organization and its Second Amendment activism. The group recently unveiled a new name, but the mission of Women for Gun Rights is still the same as it’s ever been: defending the Second Amendment by providing a counter visual to the red-shirted moms demanding gun control and showing elected officials and the media that there are plenty of women across the country who are demanding protection and access to their right to keep and bear arms.
Ever since the group’s inception, the organization has been conducting an annual “fly-in” on Capitol Hill, giving members a chance to rally for their 2A rights and talk with their elected representatives about the importance of defending our right to armed self-defense. At this year’s fly-in, which took place in mid-October, nearly 100 grassroots activists and advocates from coast-to-coast rallied in front of the Supreme Court, spoke with lawmakers, and brought their pro-Second Amendment message to the District of Columbia in the form of a rolling billboard. As Women for Gun Rights detailed in a press release:
It displayed five separate messages; “Protect me like a politician” with a young girl in front of a school building, “Gun control is racist” with an African-American woman holding an AR-15, “My body, my choice” with a woman holding a gun, and “94% of mass killings are in gun free zones.”
65 women from 45 states comprised twelve teams that contacted over 130 offices. National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-9) headlined the October 18th national press conference along with Reps. Eric Burlison (R-MO-7), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14) and Kat Cammack (R-FL-3). “When I was sworn into Congress, I pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States—including the Second Amendment,” said Rep. Hudson. “Over the last two years, the Biden administration has perpetrated an all-out assault on the Second Amendment. That’s why I am proud to stand with Women for Gun Rights and others working to defend our Second Amendment.”
Several members of Women for Gun Rights delivered remarks including Mira O’Connell, who successfully defended herself from a serial rapist who broke into her home by taking his gun; Mae Toppino, a high school sophomore, discussed the need for armed security to stop school shootings; and Robyn Sandoval, a former gun control advocate who has not only become a strong proponent of gun rights, but also founded “A Girl and A Gun” shooting club, which trains women across the country on how to defend themselves with a firearm.
“We want to sincerely thank Congressman Hudson for his unwavering support of the right that keeps us safe,” said Dianna Muller. “Women across the country owe him and his colleagues a debt of gratitude for working tirelessly to ensure that our Second Amendment freedoms will be protected now and for future generations of Americans.”
Women for Gun Rights may not have the power and money of an activist billionaire behind them, like Michael Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action, but they’re doing a fantastic job of reminding lawmakers and the media that there are plenty of moms (and daughters) who don’t buy into the idea that we can increase our safety by sacrificing our right to armed self-defense. The organization is comprised of women from all walks of life and backgrounds, but they are absolutely united on the importance of securing and strengthening our Second Amendment rights.
It’s been great to watch the growth of the D.C. Project/Women for Gun Rights over the past few years, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for the organization in the future with its rebranding and expanded outreach. You can learn more about Women for Gun Rights as well as joining in the cause at WomenforGunRights.org, and I strongly encourage every woman interested in protecting their right to self-defense to check out the organization. With chapters in almost every state of the Union, there are opportunities to get involved no matter where you live, and you’ll be working with a great team of dedicated, passionate, friendly, and fun individuals in support of a very important cause: defending our most basic civil liberty from being infringed.