WASHINGTON — Citing a lack of advocacy or interest toward domestic abuse and violence against women, President of the NRA, David Keene announced the introduction of a new “Guns for Girls” program targeted at addressing this issue.
Shocked by the fact that 1/3 of women in the world will experience some form of violence during their lives, the NRA, largely considered one of the most influential lobbying groups in the country, explains that it decided to tackle this issue when the government would not.
The “Guns for Girls” program is only one part of the three-step initiative the NRA hopes to introduce into the U.S. school system. Starting with the “Period Pistol”, the NRA will begin to distribute .22 caliber pistols – customizable in either pink or purple colors – to all girls once they begin menstruation.
“The key here is to arm the adolescents early,” says NRA spokeswoman Donna Mayes. “If we give these young girls guns, they will be able to defend themselves against potential assailants and rapists.”
Following the Period Pistol launch, aimed for girls aged 11 to 15, the NRA plans to introduce two additional branches to the Guns for Girls initiative, the “Capguns for Kids” for ages 5 to 10 and the “Sweet 16 Gauge Shotgun” for those 16 and older.
Keene explains, “Violence against women is a real issue that needs to be addressed, and more people need to realize that guns are not toys. This is why we think starting the kids out with the Caps program will make such a difference”.
This program is slated to begin in January of 2013 and the NRA hopes to arm all female adolescents by 2015.