First off, what the heck is a “gunsplainer”? I think it’s a term invented by Everytown for Gun Safety to typecast gun owners as white, male, dunderheads who go around obnoxiously hitting on women.
In an article titled, “Why You Should Never Date a ‘Gunsplainer,’” Prachi Gupta of Cosmopolitan Magazine defined gunsplainer this way:
We’ve all met mansplainers, but have you ever met a similarly dreadful gunsplainer? He’s the type of guy who will attempt to hit on you by calling you “schnookums” and, like the mansplainer, he will condescend to you about why you’re safer in a world where guns are easier to buy than Sudafed, or how a good guy with a gun is the best antidote to a bad guy with a gun. He may echo the words of National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, who said in 2013, “The one thing a violent rapist deserves to face is a good woman with a gun.”
Well, nationally syndicated radio host and NRA News commentator Dana Loesch didn’t take too kindly to the implication that gun owners are a homogenous group of knuckle-dragging meatheads or that women aren’t fully capable of defending themselves with a firearm. In a video released by the NRA, Loesch fired back at the gunsplainer stereotype and the attack on a woman’s right to choose her self-defense tools.
“The real gunsplainers are the gun-illiterate, sexist men and women who think zeal is a substitute for knowledge and who lecture law-abiding women like myself and attempt to make us feel inferior to men when it comes to bearing arms,” chided Loesch. “Yes, men are stronger, which is why I train and carry a gun. It is my ultimate equalizer. So thanks for making the entire point for me, Cosmo.”
“But this new marketing campaign is more than a dippy little video, it’s another example of the sexist messaging,” continued Loesch. “Newsflash to the gun-control brigade: Women had the right to carry long before we won the right to vote, and no amount of airheaded, proxy lecturing through vapid women’s glossies is gonna change that.”