Human beings are hypocritical animals.
I don't really think I need to dig that deep to prove my point, but how many times have you lamented about not being in shape, while conveniently forgetting you had an entire sleeve of Oreos while binge watching Netflix the same night you were "too tired" to go to the gym.
Or we all have that one friend who's always blaming their failed relationships on the other person when they refuse to acknowledge that they, themselves, are the one who's insanely difficult to put up with.
And then there are situations which are simply puzzling:
"Women for Trump" has a lot of people confused, though plenty of women did actually vote for Trump in the election.
But that's not what's causing a kerfuffle about Spencer's photos online. No, what got people's feathers in a tizzy is the fact that she's rocking a flat belly showing off the handle of a pistol tucked into the front of her white jeans.
Because I’m proud of my second amendment right and I want to empower other women! Absolutely they are tools but I will always brag about being able to carry a gun to protect myself, my friends and my family!— Brenna Spencer (@BrennaSpencer) April 8, 2018
Which ended up starting a conversation on the importance of preserving second amendment rights and the belief that all of us are free and the government's not totally taking advantage of us because we're able to buy guns at our local Walmart.
Some people loved Spencer's photo.
I think it's awesome what you're doing standing up for your beliefs. Keep it up. I can't wait to see you what you can accomplish.— Michael Stann (@StannReady) April 11, 2018
I wish more women realized how much of their agency is lost when they depend on the state to keep them safe. Here's a woman who embraces the inevitable responsibilities of life and liberty in a free country. She doesn't rely on anyone else for protection. https://t.co/1C47VH7GVk— Nolan Ryan Snyder (@NolanRyanSnyder) April 12, 2018
Love this photo and so proud it’s taken in Chattanooga!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— Autumn (@autumnparmley) April 8, 2018
Great picture. I have high hopes for #women like you, who are empowered to #DefendTheSecond and themselves. It is a #Blessing to live in the #USA where the #1-2A are protection from #bullies #criminals #tirany #MAGA #KAG #1A #2A #GodBlessYou #GODBLESSTHEUSA https://t.co/0NcANjsAeI— Martha Mulko (@mulko_martha) April 11, 2018
Others, not so much.
Using a gun to make a political point is irresponsible gun ownership.— DadForChange (@DadForChange) April 11, 2018
Some Twitter users pointed to the clear racial double standard when people of color pose with weapons as opposed to when white, blonde women pose with them.
I don't know anything about Brenna Spencer and don't care if she wears a "Women for Trump" t-shirt while strapped with a gun. What bothers me is the reflexive racism that allows people to see Spencer as a "patriot" but to see an armed black woman or man as a criminal threat. https://t.co/cgw25KhgIO— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 11, 2018
Spencer's photo caught a lot of attention and even nabbed her an interview on Fox News where she explained that one of the main reasons she took the photo was to inspire women and let them know that they can be safe on a college campus.
Tennessee college senior Brenna Spencer defends posing for graduation picture with gun in her waistband: “I think it’s really important to empower people to show that you should be allowed to protect yourself. Your rights don’t stop at a college campus.” @foxandfriends pic.twitter.com/kDU5fb4VDX— Ainsley Earhardt (@ainsleyearhardt) April 11, 2018
Spencer's post did inspire other women to share their own gun-rocking photos.
Some guys were calling it "real feminism."
One Twitter user argued that there are very few people who want to "take guns away," but that "gun sense" needs to be practiced.
When I speak of gun sense, it's not to get rid of guns. It's to find a way to stop people from being reckless with guns. Like doing something that's illegal (aka what's happening in this picture) would lead to charges that would curb/stop this behavior. https://t.co/YVhevtjFYB— Jordan Scruggs (@JScruggs0601) April 10, 2018
Flaunting and sexualizing firearms might look cool, but should you do it?
Especially with the seriously high number of gun deaths and mass shootings in America in 2017.