Dan Hall, founder of GunUp.com emailed me and asked me a question that’s got my head spinning. He asked how do female shooters feel about being called Marksmen. I don’t know. I’ve never thought of it before. (Maybe that’s my answer?) I’ve been so busy learning how to use a sling on my rifle, how to clean my guns properly, thinking though concealed carry issues, that I hadn’t had time yet to wonder about the inclusiveness level of gun world terminology.
Other industries with similar terminology obstacles have adapted. For example, firemen are now more commonly called fire fighters. But it isn’t uncommon to call females serving as our congressional representatives Congressmen. I’ve been asking my fellow gun-toters how they felt about the issue and my favorite response so far is that the gun world has never been politically correct, so why start now!
What do you think guys and gals; should we start being politically correct when it comes to titles? Is it okay to call an excellent female shooter a Marksman (or a Rifleman), or should she get her own feminized title such as Markswoman or Riflewoman? Will having gender exclusive awards and titles prevent or slow down females entering the gun community?
From sitting at the Appleseed table at the Big Reno Gun Show Saturday, I can say that the majority of the show was old, white and male. Will continuing to use old white male vocabulary hamper the influx of young and female shooters to the pro-2nd amendment, shooting sports, hunting, concealed and open carry world?