‘Discriminatory venture’

As a long-time SSAA member with a lifetime of firearms ownership, I was bemused and bewildered by the recent publication of Australian Women’s Shooter as an adjunct to the established magazine. What possible justification (other than commercial opportunity) is there for this strange decision?

In a society which increasingly seeks to eliminate unnecessary gender discrimination in sporting/recreational activities it seems frankly silly, if not actually insulting, to engage in this exercise.

Does the female shooter of average size somehow have special needs over and above her male counterpart of similar size? Is she considered inferior by the editor(s)? Why can’t articles involving (but not specially about) female shooters coexist with the usual material in Australian Shooter?

Let’s stop this nonsense! A shooter is a shooter - full stop. So cut out the glamour and fashion crap and stick to the factual interest of firearms ownership, application and competence. If any doubt of my position exists, let me clearly state that I object to your discriminatory venture without any clear mandate from your subscribers.

Denis Dixon, Qld.

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