For the men who follow them, the gun girls of Instagram are the beautiful blend of delicate little lady and deadly machinery.
For the men who fawn over them, the fusion of females and firearms is practically irresistible.
But these women aren’t doing this for men. Quite the contrary, the gun girls of Instagram are taking photos with their weapons to empower other women. They aspire to overcome the social stigma that women can’t have fun with guns. And they’re doing it well. These ladies are picturesque demonstrations that guns aren’t only for old white men anymore.
So don’t let their gorgeous photos fool you – these women can shoot more than just a camera.
When did you start gaining a big Instagram following?
I’ve been hunting for ten years. But until a couple years ago, I didn’t even know what a selfie was. I first got on Facebook and Instagram only two years ago. I’d started doing photography as a side business, and one day I posted a picture of me with an animal I’d hunted, and it got shared over and over again. Then all of the sudden, I was in the limelight.
Are you trying to promote a lifestyle?
Yes, absolutely. I want to promote a lifestyle of women protecting themselves. I actually had an incident where someone broke into my apartment. He was a serial rapist. Prior to us, he’d just stabbed a woman and her boyfriend. He had every intention of killing us, but I managed to stop the attack by escaping. I now carry my pistol every day.
What inspired you to take on this American/conservative persona?
It’s funny, everyone told me that if I wanted to make it as a woman in the gun industry, I had to stop being so political. They said I was too right-wing. But too many people sugarcoat how they feel. They wash out their real personalities to become an accepted member of society. I’m a conservative. I’m a Christian. I always say what I want, I don’t care what people think, and it’s actually earned me a lot of respect among my community.
Do you receive a lot of negative feedback?
Oh yeah, I’ve gotten death threats. Primarily from animal rights activists who hate me because I’m a hunter. I’ll also get attacked by Miley Cyrus’ child militia. Any time she posts an anti-hunting tweet, me and tons of other hunters will immediately get berated by 12-year-olds.
What message do you want to send to your followers?
I love that women are gaining an interest in this industry. But I want them to be educated, and to understand the consequences of owning a firearm. Owning a gun is not a game. It’s not for glamor. It’s a huge responsibility.
Do you think women posting pictures with guns is a growing trend?
When I first started, no girls wanted to hunt. But now, women posing with guns is definitely a growing trend. They’re seeing these veteran women who work in the gun industry, and they’re saying “if she can do it, I can do it!” We’re media influences, and we’re motivating people to join our lifestyle.