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An article from PittsburghLive talking about the big NRA annual convention, and women. The writer mentions that the conventions are and have been flooded with men, yet the writer is perplexed since it has been said there has been a huge increase in female members in the NRA. So he wonders “Where da’ women at?”…

The writer is trying to figure where the NRA is overlooking when it comes to women. Yet the writer seems to think ALL woman live for day-spas, carry purses filled with cosmetics, and in general their world is centered around a tube of lipstick. The writer seems to think the lack of women gun-owners is just not fashionable (for the women). Apparently he is surveying on the most superficial women he can find.

A highlighted point in that ridiculous little article:

Though gun sales to females increased significantly in recent years, Piendl said, “Sales to women remain the largest untapped growth market in the industry.”

So what is the problem in arming women? Go to a gun store, any gun store, and you will have your answer. Very seldom will you see someone who actually has a clue about customer service, sure they might know guns, but if you can not get them to burp up a syllable, how on earth would you know this? Ok another example, think of a person who really knows computers, I mean really knows them..and is good with them, now have them sell anything computer related. The world would still be using a typewriter. Personality is a HUGE part of sales, any type of sales. And sadly (most) gun shops seem to not think of that as a hiring requirement.

When I have gone to gun shows, you have a variety of gun-shops at your finger tips. There can be around 50 or more booths, and perhaps 5 will actually interact with me. The rest seems burdened by your (the customer’s) existence.

So why don’t women go to those conventions? Ok sure maybe the NRA is not marketing them properly to female members, but that does not mean they have no increased (female) membership. It just means they there may just not offer a proper draw for women to attend the conventions. Honestly I have no interest, I do not like crowds and I can not imagine what on earth a convention would or could offer me. Naturally I am curious..

NRA 2011 Convention.

  • Pyramyd Air: Try the latest models of air rifles, air pistols, air silhouette rifles and 10-meter running game target rifles!
  • Antiquest Guns & Gold: You’ll learn the historical significance, meaning of marks and symbols and whether you have a gem or not.
  • Banquet. (for an additional  fee)
  • Seminar: on rights & laws.
  • Workshop: on rights & laws
  • Exhibit hall: displays of guns, and such. (basically the same as local gun-shows).
  • Gun Raffle.
  • Ted Nugent Seminar

Ok the ONE cool thing is the Ted Nugent seminar, but well it is a seminar, and it is only on one day of this 4-6 day event.

All in all.. it really is not offering much, unless a person is a die-hard NRA member, who enjoys the chaos and boredom that a convention can offer. So why don’t more women attend? Why would they? For that matter, Why do so many men attend?

So, not attending an NRA convention is not a pro-fashion protest. It is avoiding something painfully boring. Perhaps women just prefer to enjoy their gun, and don’t require such an event to express that enjoyment?

Another part is the political focus of the event, and perhaps women do not feel the need to attend crowds of people preaching to the choir about our rights and laws. How does chanting your support or opposition to laws, to people who agree, help? Perhaps gathering to find a way to educate those who are against what you are supporting will merit some promise, but if I shout in a mirror.. I just don’t see that as beneficial.

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