(Warning: This blog is only relevant to those who are watching the Handmaid’s Tale. I assume you know the story.)
Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know I have a love-hate relationship with the new series of The Handmaid’s Tale, currently showing on Sunday nights on Channel 4. I love to watch the beautiful cinematography and the wonderful acting but hate the way the lefties have hijacked it for their own agenda.
The Canadian author of the book on which the series is based, Margaret Atwood, I suspect both envies and hates the old US of A south of the border and The Handmaid’s Tale is the result. There have been endless think pieces telling us how this dystopia “is just around the corner”, and I have explained why this is not the case and the US is the most unlikely place for this to happen.
However, it has dawned on me that more than anything this series is just one long advertisement for the Second Amendment to the US constitution, the one that guarantees the right to keep and bear arms.
Before you faint I just want to say at the outset that I would not want to see an equivalent right in the UK. The legal, cultural, political and geographical landscapes between the US and UK are very different – the widespread keeping of arms in the UK would be an unmitigated disaster but in the US is based on self-governance and self-reliance so it makes sense that the Founders said that citizens could legally hold firearms.
As I have said, whenever I watch The Handmaid’s Tale I think to myself, goodness the NRA really should be playing this series on a tape-loop; it reinforces hour after hour why the second amendment is so important.
Following a fertility collapse in the US there has been a take-over of the government by force, one that imposes brutal authoritarian rule in the new Republic of Gilead. Our heroine, Offred, is being held captive as a potential reproductive surrogate, being raped once or twice a month by her Commander so he and his Wife can have a child of their own. It’s grim but gripping viewing.
At one point early in the series while in the supermarket shopping for oranges for the Commander’s Wife, Offred says to herself, I don’t need oranges I need a machine gun. To which I said to myself – yes and had you purchased said weapon before the great take-over perhaps you would not be in this position in the first place.
The greatest promotion for the second amendment came with the episode that revealed June (as she then was) and her husband’s attempted escape after the take-over. Let’s just say it does not go well. June is taken hostage, her daughter Hannah is captured and her husband is shot and wounded by the newly armed force of Gilead – the Guardians.
June and hubby had tried to escape earlier with their daughter and at one point about two miles from the great sanctuary of the Canadian border (of course) the three of them end up in a cabin in a wood. The husband is given a revolver (which is a bit sexist if you ask me, why not give it to June?) but he has no clue how to use it.
The poor hubby, fumbles with the revolver – clearly he has never handled such a weapon in his life before, probably because he was a ‘proud Democrat’. Weapons training was clearly not for him and his wife who probably wanted second amendment rights curtailed before the take-over.
Later, hubby comes face to face with the heavily armed Guardians. They easily overpower him shooting and wounding him. Just beforehand poor hubby is seen fumbling with his feeble revolver, barely able load it, bullets falling to the ground. Typical leftie, I thought to myself.
If only he had joined his local NRA and gotten some basic firearms training along with an actual firearm he, his wife and child would have stood a much better chance against The Guardians! But no doubt they probably thought such a thing was only for dumb Republicans and far too patriarchal. Instead they may have been too busy tweeting about the evils of firearms to do such a thing.
As I watch this series I like to think of the other Handmaid’s Tale out there – the one written by the conservative writer. She points out that first not only are conservatives lovers of freedom and wish to limit the power of the State, making such a dystopia less likely, but they also know how to handle a firearm and have exercised their constitutional right to own one.
So no, The Handmaid’s Tale is not a warning to conservative women; it should be a warning to leftist, feminist women.
While the feminists are out marching, wearing their silly pussy-hats, the freedom-loving conservative women are training and protecting themselves against any potential authoritarian government or take-over. They understand that, “a well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
They know who the real oppressed wimmin are – the feminists railing against second amendment rights while at home knitting stupid looking hats. It is the empowered, liberty-loving conservative women and their protective husbands who are not fumbling pathetically with the revolver, bullets falling, as the Guardians close in. They are the ones who have made it across the border months ago – a journey made much easier by the fact they are armed.
So feminist sisters take some advice for once – put down the knitting needles and mobile phones and get yourself down to the your local firearms training facility and exercise your Second Amendment rights. Let’s see those Guardians try to mess with you then.