Last summer my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. As shocked as I was I didn’t worry too much because I knew she was tough and that she was a fighter. After all, this is the same woman that went on an African safari all by herself. Just a few weeks after the news, my wife and her headed out to Gunsite to take a Ladies Pistol Class. It was a tough fall for her and she missed hunting season. Now, she is cancer free and ready to get back to life as she once knew it.
The point of telling you this is not a plea for sympathy but to make a point about all the pink stuff we see that is supposed to bring awareness to breast cancer. Sure, some of these items come with a guarantee that some money will be donated to a worthy cause. I got no problem with that but if you really want to make a difference, just donate directly without buying something pink. Or, just as important, stand behind someone you know who has been stricken.
Course, there is nothing wrong with the awareness that pink brings. All of us neanderthal males need to remember that the most visibly distinguishing body part that sets us apart from the other gender – the one we gawk at to a point that it can be embarrassing – can turn deadly to the softer, gentler and smarter side of our species.
However, some folks like Anne Landman, just don’t get it. She took Smith & Wesson and Julie Goloski-Golob to task for the S&W M&P with pink grips saying that, “…firearms are the second most common cause of violent deaths of women, accounting for 29.2% of all violent deaths among females in the U.S. in 2008.” Well, Anne, if some of those ladies would have had a pink S&W pistol, maybe breast cancer is all they would have had to worry about.
One thing I know for sure, after beating breast cancer my sister would damn sure shoot someone, and shoot them right in the face, if they were seriously threatening her life. And you know what, I just might get her a pink S&W pistol to do it with.