I’ve never considered packing a gun. Not after two young women were recently mugged on a sunny Saturday afternoon two blocks from my home. Not after a drive-by shooting occurred less than a mile from my neighborhood. Not after a crazed former client entered a San Francisco law office across the Bay, pulled out a satchel of assault weapons, and turned a high-rise office building into a killing field.
But if the gun industry has its way, it would sell me and every adult American woman a small, pearl-studded handgun to match her wardrobe. “The well dressed woman of the nineties will be armed,” declares one gun advertisement targeted at fashion-conscious middle-class women. Along with a pink-handled semi-automatic “lady’s gun,” women are urged to purchase such “fashion accessories” as thigh holsters or modified handbags in which to pack a handgun. Also promoted is a midriff holster—beige with lace trim—that conceals a gun between a woman’s breasts....
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