Pink Stuff

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.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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7 Responses to Pink Stuff

  1. Rev. Roger A. Shervington says:

    Bravo Zulu for supporting your sisten in her battle with breast cancer. We lost our sister-in-law to inflammatory breast cancer, my mother-in-law had breast cancer and went through surgery and radiation, our best friend had surgery for breast cancer, and several women in my congregation have suffered with this horrid disease. Fools like Ms. Landman and her ilk need to wake up to the fact that there are far worse things to worry about than pink handguns. BTW, my wife was at Gunsite with your Drema and your sister. Impressive ladies!

  2. Mike Wodjenski says:

    I for one would not want to be on the angry end of any color gun your sister was shooting. I’ve seen what she can do. As a survivor myself, I can say anything that raises awareness I’m in support of. BTW I’d chip in if you want to get her a pink gripped pistol.

  3. Ron Phillips says:

    Amen you guys, let’s protect our Constitution and our guns. Keep practicing. So many bad guys, so few pink guns. Support our police and every good person who owns a gun. More guns less crime.

  4. Sam says:

    Cancer sucks! Guns are cool! Pink grips are just a good reminder of these basics.

  5. Stephanie deck Morgan says:

    Your sister is awesome .. But you know that ! Wonderful article !!!

  6. Il Ling New says:

    Wow. Where to begin. First, Sam (your sister) and Drema (your wife) did SO very well in that class — i was really proud of them. And impressed too. Especially when AFTER the class, I found out that Sam was ill, and with what. She never did anything to suggest that she was anything but focused on what we were doing. I completely see what you mean about her being tough, and determined. I’d like to add that she’s funny and upbeat and smart too….she and Drema cheered each other on, and were so determined that nothing stood in their way. Thank you for a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece….but most of all, thank you for introducing me to these two wonderful women!

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