The recent elections have my fellow gun activists asking where we go from here. With Michigan’s executive branch now dominated by a governor and attorney general endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action and a split federal government deadlocked on even a budget, the chances of major legislative action on firearms becoming law are slim. The most promising venue is the United State Supreme Court where a new majority with an expansive view of gun rights recently agreed to hear New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York, with the potential for a landmark decision.
So how do we overcome this partisan stalemate where one’s views on guns increasingly seem to mirror which political party one typically votes for? The Achilles’ heel for Michael Bloomberg and his gun control activists appears to be female voters. While the gender gap in American politics has been growing in recent election cycles, progressive activists have been frustrated by a persistent segment of women who refuse to support their agenda. Female voters who have a concealed pistol license especially tend to favor pro-gun candidates.
MCRGO recently celebrated 10,000 students certified since its training program began in 2016. With every class that comes in, I have noted an increasing percentage of female students, millennial and, recently, post-millennial students.. The percentage of Michigan CPL holders who are women has doubled in the past decade. MCRGO now has 18 female instructors, a female master instructor, and three members of our Board of Directors are women -a record high in the history of the organization’s leadership.
This social change is our future and it is what will help us keep the sacred flame in Lady Liberty’s torch burning for generations to come. You can help in this effort by shooting with your female friends & family members and empower them in obtaining their concealed pistol license through a MCRGO CPL course.
Brady Schickinger, Executive Director