Documentarian Cathryne Czubek feels that female gun enthusiasts pose a challenge to the “weaker sex” stereotype:
You take these two potent symbols–woman and gun–and it electrifies this other issue of how we, and women specifically, negotiate power. You see this in the brief historical timeline in the film from Laura Browder, who says, “The history of armed women is the history of American women.” For instance, in the 1960s, some women were arming themselves in the Black Panthers and other radical movements while others were marching for peace. It opens up the issue about the instinctual nature of women that has always rattled feminism: are women different from men and more peaceful? Or are we just as fierce and warlike?
Ditto, by the way, the Pink Pistols.