[Im]Moral Authority


Cosmopolitan’s online magazine had published three anti gun articles yesterday.

Yes, Cosmo.  You know, the deeply intellectual magazine for Women, filled with hard hitting pieces like: How to second guess the status of your relationship, with dolls (apparently my bad back is a psychosomatic manifestation that I don’t really love my wife), and Fifteen bullet points to lower your self esteem.


The first is a step-by-step on how you should awkwardly ask your potential boyfriend if he owns a gun and if he’s going to use that gun to kill you – because that’s what men with guns do to women.

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The first article quotes Shannon Watts multiple times:

It’s crucial that single women understand the risk factors and tackle talking directly about the role guns may play in their daily lives,” says Watts. “Being armed with the facts isn’t anti-gun, it’s pro-information. And it may save your life.

Do you have a gun?  How did you get it? Is there a problem with your going into a gun shop and buying a gun?

Why not just make your date fill out a Form 4473 before he picks you up for dinner?

Where do you keep your gun?”

If the answer is other than “it’s on my hip right now,” why does it matter on a first date?  Or is she going to ask about the state of my smoke alarms and fire extinguishers next?

“‘[B]oyfriends are becoming an increasingly large proportion of those who commit intimate-partner homicides,’ says Shannon Frattaroli, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Gun Policy and Research.”

Oh Gee, what an absolutely unbiased source.  The article then devolves into a diatribe on the gun show and private seller “loophole” and more stories about how the “he was such a nice guy” boyfriend buys and gun and murder ensues.

The second is an article, rife with cherry picked data and an accompanying video, to make the case that men who own guns are douche-bag “gunsplainers” who are more likely than not to use their gun to murder their wives and girlfriends.  The video embedded in the second article is straight from Everytown’s YouTube channel.

The third is pretty much the 50 Shades of Gray of torture porn with a strong anti-gun bent.

A few days before Valentines, and Cosmo becomes a shill for MDA/Everytown.  The thesis of the THREE articles is “Don’t date a guy that owns a gun, if you do, you are probably going to be murdered.”  Cosmo presents this as dating advice, that women should bring up the issue of guns on the first date and interrogate their potential boyfriends their gun owning and gun buying history.

I’m pretty sure that if my date was convinced by Cosmo to assume that my gun ownership was a sign that I’m a domestic abuser and gave me the third degree about it over ravioli, that date would be over before I got my unlimited bread sticks refilled.

Then again, what do I know?  I’ve been with my wife for 12 years and I’m pretty sure I haven’t murdered her.  Hold on, lemme check… nope, still not murdered.







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  1. you mean people still read cosmo,I can’t remember the last time anyone I know have even mentioned cosmo,now I know why.

  2. She says, “Do you own a gun?”

    He says, “Yes. Why? Do you shoot!? Do you want to go to the range sometime?”

    She says, “No. Cosmo told me to ask.”

    He says, “Well, let’s get you out to the range and teach you about firearms!”

    One less Cosmo reader.

  3. Obviously I must be doing it wrong. I’ve taken the GF shooting several times, and for Christmas gifted her with a carry permit class. Which she took and now has a carry permit.
    She now wants me to go with her to shop for a carry piece. For some reason, I didn’t see anything on “The Gun Guy’s” flow chart covering these events.

  4. Joanna Coles. Editor in Chief: British. Joanna Coles has held the position of editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand, since 2012, and was named an editorial director of Hearst in 2014. Coles joined Hearst in 2006 as editor-in-chief of Marie Claire where she co-created and executive produced the docu TV series Running in Heels and appeared as the mentor in Project Runway: All Stars after orchestrating the brand’s partnership with Emmy Award winning Project Runway. The British-born editor moved to the U.S. in 1997 as the bureau chief for The Guardian and later joined The Times of London. Over the course of her career, she has been the recipient of numerous awards for her journalism and leadership in the media industry.

  5. I went and checked circulation numbers for Cosmo; Paid & Verified circulation has been stagnant at 3 million copies a year since this woman took over. The interesting part is single copy sales that dropped around 25% each in 2013 and 2014. From a quick Google check, she has gone to bat for Hillary and is friends with Gloria Steinmen…

  6. http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a18016/women-and-guns/#the-stats

    It continues all around. No hat-tip for me Jkb? Thought I fed you this one!

  7. “Do you own a gun?”

    Yes, several.

    “How did you get it?”

    Which one? I’ve got two custom built flintlocks my father made for me, a few others that I’ve either bought or been given, including my first gun my parents gave to me as a youngster. Would you like to go shooting?

  8. I don’t read the email that is sent to Miguel.

  9. “A” gun? As in one? No, I can honestly say I don’t have “A” gun. That help, lil’ darling? Now GBTK, that sammich isn’t gonna make itself.
    I find it risable that a magazine that runs articles on how to cheat on your mate says that you should not date a guy who owns a gun.

  10. I would like to thank Cosmo for helping in this manner.

    I’d prefer not to be in a relationship with an overt nag who wants to run my life for me…especially one who doesn’t trust my judgment and is programmed to believe the anti-gun propaganda that guns in the hands of the law abiding are more dangerous than beneficial.

    Get all that crap out in the open on the first date so I can avoid the mistake of a second.

    Good on you Cosmo.

  11. Pretty much my thoughts as well. Any woman dumb enough to let Cosmopolitan form her opinions on firearms and self defense is not a woman I’m interested in dating.

  12. Imagine if the flow chart was set up around boyfriend sexual partners and STDs.

    Equally insulting…

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