Gun ownership among women steadily rising
A shift in firearm purchases, and in attitude.
According to national polls and reports on firearm retailers, gun ownership among women in the U.S. has been steadily rising. The trend is coming to light following information provided by authorities that Nancy Lanza, who was shot by her son prior to his rampage on the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, owned the weapons used to kill her, 20 elementary schoolchildren, and six adults.
Nancy Lanza has been linked to the two handguns and the semiautomatic rifle Adam Lanza took to the school, and to two additional hunting rifles.
NBC News reported in March that, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, gun-store owners have recorded a 73 percent increase in female customers in recent years (dates not specified).The number of women buying guns specifically for personal defense has climbed by more than 83 percent.
The use of firearms for sport among women has likewise seen a substantial rise. According to the National Sporting Goods Association, female participation in target shooting rose from 3.3 million in 2001 to 5 million in 2011, a 51 percent increase. Female participation in hunting lept 42 percent from 1.8 million to nearly 2.6 million over the same period, reports the Scripps Howard News Service this week.
A Gallup poll released in October 2011 also contained insights into women’s changing relationship with firearms. A record-high 43 percent of American women self-reported a gun in their home or somewhere on their property (compared to 52 percent of men), up 7 percent from the prior year.
Asked about ownership, 20 percent of women surveyed said a gun is owned by another household member and 23 percent said they personally own a gun (compared to 46 percent of men). Fifty-five percent of respondents reported no gun in the household.
The subject of the poll was America’s waning support of stricter gun laws. Gallup found the number of women favoring stricter laws on the sale of firearms fell 26 percent in 10 years, from 76 percent in favor of stricter laws in 1991 to 50 percent in 2011.
Women in favor of a ban on handguns fell from 51 percent to 31 percent over the same period. The decline followed a national shift in attitude from a majority to a minority favoring gun bans and stricter laws.
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I am a woman & being alone has lead me to think about purchasing a gun for the first time in my life. I had intented to move to alaska & the need for a way of self defense was not limited to bears, but to potential human predators that might be a source of danger. I use to feel strongly against guns, but keeping a potential rapist o burglar within a safe distance & threated by any weapon i own, called for a gun.
The number of crimes involving loss of life, rape, theft, kidnapping, torture, etc. are in the mayority of cases, crimes against women. That is why i have began to consider it.
There's a DIRECT CORRELATION between gun-ownership and gun-violence.
It's simple - those states with the highest number of gun-owners, just so happen to have the higher rates of gun-violence. Duh.
Otherwise, if a gun is used at all, it is exponentially more likely to be used against the gun-owner, or someone associated like family, friends, neighbors, and associates, then it will be used in "self defense".
Already forgot? The guns used at Sandy Hook were owned by a woman - the mother of the perpetrator.
Other than by law-enforcement, a gun used in "self defense" is so rare it doesn't even register is some states.
Just the cold hard facts, not to be confused with "out of my cold dead hands".
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