By Genie Jennings,
They came. They saw. They conquered. Now, they are home, and the 2018 DC Project has been concluded. Of course it is more than memory, because the fires lit in such a confluence of women with one thing in common burn for a long time. They have taken their new impressions and knowledge with them and will be using their experiences to forge new and renewed efforts to preserve and protect our Constitution. Here are some of the things that were observed and absorbed.
There is strength in numbers. Simply gathering with like-minded people, especially if you feel as if you are in a minority position, is empowering. Being around others who think as you do, seeing how those women operate under various degrees of acceptance gives us hope.
Most legislators are interested in their constituents. The vast majority of the congressmen and senators visited were very pleased to meet and get to know those who went to their offices. However, there were a couple who were dismissive and not very pleasant. (This is a particularly interesting attitude for an elected official to take! Perhaps these are people who do not understand how they get into the office they hold. Sadly, they might not feel, and more sadly they might not be, vulnerable to the electorate.)
Learning is a life-long endeavor. What the women had in common was an interest in preserving their 2A rights. Each individual came to gun ownership along a different path. There were competitors, instructors, talk-show hosts, rape- and assault-survivors, public speakers, contesters of harmful laws. Each had a perspective to share, and everyone grew in understanding from the diverse exchanges.
Girls just wanna have fun. The mission may be important, but the mere fact of gathering together brings out joy. The most common comment about the venture was how wonderful it had been to renew old and form new friendships.