Women From Each State Are Lobbying for Gun Rights This Week
DC Project seeks to change the image of gun owners.
The DC Project is aiming to change the image of what people typically think of as gun owners in this country: rich, older, white males. Fifty women from each of the 50 states convened on Washington, DC, this past week (from June 12 to June 16) to advocate for gun rights and pro-gun policies. They are attempting to change the image of the American gun owner from “the old white guy in plaid” to a more diverse picture.
“The Second Amendment is part of the United States Constitution and does not belong to one party,” Dianna Muller, founder of the project, said in a statement. “Female gun owners are diverse, and have individualized stories and accounts of why this Amendment is so important to them. These stories need to be shared as they are representative of many within legislators’ constituencies.”
Over the course of the week, the women met with members of Congress, held a rally on the West Lawn of the Capital Building and, in their words, “reveal the faces and the stories of 2nd Amendment supporters.” The event was presented by A Girl & a Gun Women’s Shooting League. Robyn Sandoval, the executive director of A Girl & a Gun, is the group’s Texas representative.
Women are the fastest-growing demographic of new gun owners. Estimates are that 5.4 million female gun owners enjoy target shooting. While many things such as the use of silencers are being debated on capital hill, the group wants women’s stories heard as the country’s lawmakers make their decisions. Each state’s representative may talk about specific things related to their state, such as national reciprocity or constitutional carry.
Image of the DC Project 2017 representatives from facebook.com/thedcproject