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I have never really thought of a gun as an accessory, like a wallet or a bowtie.  Anton Chekhov, the great Russian short story writer and

'Undertech Compression short holster...deep concealment, here I come.' packingpretty.com

‘Undertech Compression short holster…deep concealment, here I come.’ packingpretty.com

dramatist, once said that if a gun appears in the first act of a play then it should be fired before the last act. He was, of course, speaking about dramatic foreshadowing and the author’s obligation to manage and fulfill audience expectations. However, he makes a good general observation about the presumed inevitability of a gun serving its single purpose.  In one of my undergraduate classes, many years ago, the professor put up a list of correlates of suicide and violence that included substance abuse, major depression, and the presence of a gun in the house.  Some laughter broke out, not because Canadians are a particularly macabre lot, I hope, but because it just seems obvious that the presence of a gun would be linked to a probability of violence.

Faris.Detroit.FashionWhile reading about the recent National Rifle Association convention I was introduced to some helpful websites that provided advice on how to accessorize with a gun, bringing a whole new meaning to wardrobe malfunction. Most of the sites I could find were for women, although Joe Faris has designed a semi-automatic handgun with a US flag handle, stars on the trigger, ‘U.S.A.’ etched in tire treads and eagle feathers on the barrel. His purpose was to bring fashion to Detroit, a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the U.S..

The fashionista concealed weapon enthusiast faces challenges, but fortunately there is ample help out there. Pink Gun, whose slogan is ‘Just because it’s concealed, doesn’t mean it has to be ugly’, will help you turn your

Ella Moss Women's Rosa Flora Silk Blouse: Hangs loose in the back and features a pretty floral print. What could be better? Should conceal even a full sized firearm behind the hip in an Inside the waistband holster.

‘Ella Moss Women’s Rosa Flora Silk Blouse: Hangs loose in the back and features a pretty floral print. What could be better? Should conceal even a full sized firearm behind the hip in an Inside the waistband holster.’ packingpretty.com

weapon in a thing of relative beauty. The operators of the Pink Gun go to pains to explain that they are not gun dealers or decorators, but just provide a kind of introduction service between buyers and THIRD PARTY [sic] dealers. Visitors are invited to select a gun and use the interactive website to pretty it up with a design from a few possible colors and patterns. Most of these are handguns but you can opt for a Colt or Sig Sauer AR-15, in pink, paisley, floral or one of their other designs. You can also break down the gun into parts to have a pink handle, dollar bill trigger, paisley barrel, and so on.

The website packingpretty.com offers lots of helpful advice on how to pack a concealed weapon, and even has a fashion page up at pinterest. The sample photos here with original captions will give you an idea of their mindset.

I’m sure that for most people these websites fall into the mental ‘odd news’ file. I wouldn’t say that I’m alarmed by them either but that, really, is my point. I really don’t know what to make of the fact

'"Cuter by the Moment" top (Modcloth). If you're an animal lover like me, this top is irresistible. Its loose fit is complimented with cuffed sleeves and thoughts of, well: puppies, piglets and kittens of course! This shirt should be A-okay for concealed carry behind the hip (IWB).'

‘”Cuter by the Moment” top (Modcloth). If you’re an animal lover like me, this top is irresisitable. It’s loose fit is complimented with cuffed sleeves and thoughts of, well: puppies, piglets and kittens of course! This shirt should be A-okay for conceald carry behind the hip (IWB).’ packingpretty.com

that instruments of violence are so commonplace in society that they are treated like fashion accessories. I had a similar reaction during my first trip to a state that allowed concealed weapons. At the entrance of a restaurant was a sign with a handgun in a red circle and a red line through it. That just struck me as comical and absurd. But, later, a friend of mine visiting a U.S. city, famous as a tourist destination, was held up at gunpoint by a fourteen year old child. Afterward, the police and her friends who lived there all tried to comfort her by telling her that if the gun isn’t loaded it isn’t considered armed robbery, so seventy-five percent of the time the gun isn’t loaded. It nags at me occasionally that were I to get into an elevator in the U.S. there is a probability that at least one of those people in that little closed and moving room will be armed. And three of them will tell me the issue is not about firearms or violence, but  freedom and individual rights. There’s a certain obvious dissonance in a pink assault rifle or a floral blouse that can ‘conceal even a full-sized firearm’, but there’s also clear irony in the juxtaposition of freedom and individual rights with a need to carry personal weaponry. Oliver Wendell Holmes is purported to have said: ‘The right to swing my fist ends where another man’s nose begins.’ The world, apparently, is not so simple as in Holmes’ day.

'Tye dye never looked so sophisticated. You'll be a beautiful beach bunny in this tunic (Hale Bob). It's loose flowy fit and busy design makes great concealment while on vacation. For carry behind the hip in an IWB.' packingpretty.com

‘Tye dye never looked so sophisticated. You’ll be a beautiful beach bunny in this tunic (Hale Bob). It’s loose flowy fit and busy design makes great concealment while on vacation. For carry behind the hip in an IWB.’ packingpretty.com

'High rise jeans (H) Good for behind the hip carry.' packingpretty.com

‘High rise jeans (H) Good for behind the hip carry.’ packingpretty.com

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