Full story : Before the Gun Bans Came the Hatpin Bans | Shall Not Be Questioned
The rhetoric used was surprisingly similar to today's vilification of guns and gun-owners, look at this from a 1910 copy of the Savannah Tribune:Before women got on board with the right to defend themselves with firearms, they turned to another tool which was widely available to them and could be easily concealed while still easily accessible – the hatpin.
There's a lot more in the blog post, and it's well worth a read. It details how some hat pins were banned in Chicago and how women were against the ban but had no way to combat it (being unable to vote.)People take greater risks every day of their lives from other things than hat pins. But that isn’t the point. The hat pin risk is stupid, needless and reckless. It imperils eye, and one single human eye is worth more than all the dagger hat pins in the world.
No woman with any regard for other people’s rights would wear one. No woman who does wear one is entitled to any complaint if the city finds a good legal means of stopping her.