The #MeToo movement represents a sorta reckoning for creeps, stalkers, and rapists. No longer are women going to be silent about the abuse they suffered. Offenders will be outed. Publicly shamed. And, hopefully, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
This is good. Dirtbags need to face the fire and be held accountable for their crimes. But if there is a problem with the #MeToo movement is that it works retroactively. After the fact. There is no plan of action for women who face violence in the moment.
Rape survivor Savannah Lindquist believes that should change. She would like gun ownership to be a part of the #MeToo discussion.
“I think the #MeToo movement and the movement for women’s right to self defense or really anyone’s right to self defense, they sort of go hand-in-hand,” Lindquist told Circa.
“It’s frustrating, but it sometimes feels like when you’re pro-Second Amendment that your story doesn’t matter as much,” she continued.
Lindquist, who was raped while attending Temple University in Philadelphia, said that no one should be forced to carry a gun but it should be an option for those women interested in exercising their 2A rights.
“Regardless of the reason why, I think it’s important that we have that choice because it seems like right now the #MeToo movement is all about just having women’s autonomy and being able to make these decisions and say, ‘This is what happened to me, but I’m gonna get through this, and I’m strong, and I know who I am,’ and that sort of understanding, but it seems sort of like it’s stopping there, that everyone is like … The award show that was a few nights ago, we saw people wearing the Time’s Up pins. It’s like, ‘Okay, well that’s great, but what are you doing?’ You’re not doing anything to actually fix the problem, and that’s sort of what I’m trying to do here,” Lindquist explained.
Makes sense. As the best way to avoid violence is being fully prepared to confront it. Hopefully, more women of the #MeToo movement at least listen to what Ms. Lindquist has to say.