Guns are “bad news” for women… except, y’know, when that woman’s love of firearms and hunting takes an enterprising and creative sixteen-year-old girl and propels her to being the owner of a multi-million-dollar corporation:
I knew that anything that would clean out an obstructed bore had to be carried into the field. Therefore it must be light and portable. It might as well be a cleaning and clearing kit combined. It would be nice to be able to clean your gun in the field at the end of the day.
Thomas Edison had an easy time inventing the light bulb compared to what I went through finding suitable materials engineered for strength and safe for field use. After much testing, failures and working with many people I finally had a product I was satisfied with. In my excitement one day I said to my friend that this kit had everything – it’s The Whole Kit and Caboodle. The name stuck and eventually became the registered trademark.
If Dirtcrashr had not mentioned it, I never would have known that Otis Technologies was founded by Doreen Garrett when she was a teenage girl, frustrated by being unable to remove the fouling in her grandfather’s rifle while chasing a deer. Today, the company pulls in somewhere north of $50,000,000 in revenue and has experienced an explosive 234% growth over the past three years.
All because of a little mud. Kind of impressive, that.
And with those steadily-increasing revenues, Otis is actively involved with the Women’s Outdoor Media Association, Relay for Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Big Brothers Big Sisters, USA Olympics, and countless other organizations that strive to improve the quality of life for women and men around the country and world…. in addition to keeping police officers’ and military members’ equipment clean and operational, day in and day out. Hell, the company even has an open-to-the-staff-and-public daycare for children between 6 weeks and 12 years of age, with 50% of the costs being covered by the company for employees.
So, yeah, guns are “bad news” for women… so long as you ignore all of the ripples of good that have resulted from one otherwise-disastrous hunting trip a young woman took with her grandfather’s rifle.