This year new-women-shooter classes are sold out, I haven’t had a CHL or Hunter Education class less than 50% female, and the most common reason has been, “I don’t know. It’s just time to learn how.”
He goes on to offer "[t]he NON-threatening explanation" that maybe gunnie things have just become acceptable enough to drive that sort of rationale.
LarryA is being more polite than I am. I'm a strong believer in sixth senses, and although Leviathan has done its level best to breed, train and condition it out of us, I say betting money's on these gals just recognizing a skill they may well need, in a near-enough term future to demand preparing now. The tone and context of that phrasing reminds me of several similar things I've seen in pregnant women, where, at a level that simply must be instinctual, the woman suddenly (and inexplicably) takes up a new skill that she then puts to excellent use some time after the child is born (or sometimes even during the delivery), as though she got a psychic message telling her exactly what she would need to do at some unspecified later time. The sheer prescience is eerie to watch, when it happens. (I also happen to think it's one of the most amazing and beautiful things I've ever seen.)
There's another aspect to the observation, as well. In a recent conversation with Cathy's mother (of whom I am dearly fond), she offered the following observation about a variety of political initiatives (I'm phrasing from memory here):
Sometimes, even though so many people say so many things about something, you just know--you know--it's wrong, but don't know how to say how it is you know that. And so I'd rather say nothing.
Amen. The answer that these women give to LarryA is almost certainly more reliable and openly honest than that which they'd give on a government questionnaire
And that's okay. I'm happy to leave people to their own reasons. Whatever those reasons may be, their clearing the biggest hurdle, the one that keeps them from being there, is past them, and the door is open both to competency and to the mental transformations that accompany it.
Much good can come from that.