Chicks with Guns artbook and pistol package prove popular at Friends of NRA events
Mike Davis, Southern California and Southern Nevada Field Representative, shares a cool story about a popular Friends of NRA auction package thought up on the west coast
Scott and Ramona Lee, co-chairs of the North County Friends of NRA fundraiser held in Vista, Cal., each May, are always looking for creative ways to spice up and add interest to their ever-growing fundraising event. Last year they outdid themselves with an idea that eventually spread like wildfire across the entire southern California area.
Ramona had come across a very interesting and beautifully photographed hardback book entitled “Chicks With Guns,” by Lindsay McCrum. In this book, McCrum creates a cultural portrait of women gun owners in America through photographs that are both beautiful and, in a sense, unexpected. The book examines issues of self-image and gender through the visual conventions of portraiture and fashion, but guns are presented here not as superimposed props but as the very personal lifestyle accessories of the subjects portrayed. And the book defies stereotypes often associated with aspects of the popular culture of both guns and women.
Like the 15-20 million women gun owners in this country, the women we meet in “Chicks with Guns” (their portraits are accompanied by their own words), reside in all regions of the country, come from all levels of society and participate seriously in diverse shooting activities. The women here are sportswomen, hunters and competition shooters. Some use guns on their jobs and some for self-defense. In these photographs they all look beautiful, exuding honesty, confidence, poise, power and pride. They are real women with real guns that play a part in their lives. By focusing her camera respectfully on this particular aspect of the American scene—gun-wielding women and girls—McCrum sheds new light on who we are in America today.
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