Is it feminist to own guns? – AL.com

A college student in Tennessee caused controversy after she posted graduation photos of herself toting a handgun and a pink “Women for Trump” shirt. She claims it is empowering for women to own guns so they can protect themselves, rather than rely on others to protect them. But critics argue guns are fundamentally incompatible with feminism. Women make up the large share of gun violence victims, and the NRA is just exploiting feminism for monetary gain. What do you think?

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Brenna Spencer, a senior at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, caused an uproar after she posted her gun-toting graduation photos on Twitter.

I don’t take normal college graduation photos… pic.twitter.com/eI1NvLFYHs

— Brenna Spencer (@BrennaSpencer) April 7, 2018

Some criticized the student for “showing off” weapons in her photoshoot. 

But Brenna defended herself, arguing she wants to “empower other women” by encouraging them to protect themselves.

Because I’m proud of my second amendment right and I want to empower other women! Absolutely they are tools but I will always brag about being able to carry a gun to protect myself, my friends and my family!

— Brenna Spencer (@BrennaSpencer) April 8, 2018

Many conservatives applauded Brenna, arguing gun-carrying women represent “REAL feminism.”

This is what REAL feminism looks like. Strong, smart, confident, and armed

Well done Brenna. You are what @TPUSA is all about

Keep fighting https://t.co/1gQIdEsW4C

— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 9, 2018

So many women of my generation see ourselves in “Brenna Spencer”
Standing by her convictions & never using gender as a crutch! That’s true empowerment!

— Laurie (@Jeaf79Lynn) April 11, 2018

Some women even posted photos of themselves in solidarity.

In solidarity with emPOWERed woman, @BrennaSpencer pic.twitter.com/7pn8xq8yPI

— Antonia Okafor (@antonia_okafor) April 10, 2018

ABC News called the police on my friend, Brenna Spencer (probably hoping to get a

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