Another CNN analyst proved his ignorance about guns on Saturday by suggesting that women cannot carry concealed guns because they wear skirts and dresses.
CNN senior law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes fiercely argued against President Donald Trump’s suggestion that teachers and school officials could prevent school shootings if they carried guns in the classroom.
His reasoning, however, was both unexpected and borderline misogynistic.
“A lot of these schools—Sandy Hook had an all-female faculty, from principal to teachers. For a woman, where are you going to hide that gun during the day?” Fuentes argued. “If you wear a dress, if you wear a skirt, are you going to have to wear a jacket everyday with a belt and a holster, the way a detective on duty would do? It’s not a real practical solution for a variety of reasons.”
Clearly, Fuentes has never even bothered to speak to a woman who carries concealed before claiming that it is impossible for them to do so. It’s actually incredibly embarrassing that someone who claims to be a law enforcement expert has no idea about the many concealed carry options for women.
Just a few of the concealed carry options for women who choose to wear dresses and pack heat include purse holsters, shoulder holsters, thigh holsters, concealed carry bras and more.
Of course, if female teachers wanted to more easily carry on campus, pants are always an option, too.
Rather than doing some research on the topic or listening to women who regularly carry, Fuentes rejected the idea outright. Does he think women are not clever enough to figure out how to carry in restrictive clothing? Does he think he knows better than women what works for their own self-defense?
Alas, CNN’s disdain for women who choose to carry was even more evident in their recent treatment of NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch. Students from Stoneman Douglas High School have spent the past week holding her personally responsible for the shooting and even suggesting that she doesn’t care about her own children’s well-being — all without intervention from anchors and moderators. (RELATED: Dana Loesch Butts Heads With CNN Anchor Over Shooting Coverage)
Unfortunately for CNN, female gun ownership is on the rise because more and more women recognize how empowering it can be to own a firearm. Skirts and dresses will never get in the way of our right to self-defense.