Women have become the fastest-growing group of gun owners over the past five to ten years.
More women are not only participating in shooting sports, but they are getting training and learning how to use firearms in defensive situations.
A new study out by Pew actually highlights some of the differences between male and female gun owners, as reported on by Bearing Arms:
According to a new study by Pew Research Center, male and female gun owners in the United States vary drastically. Here are the main points Pew talks about:
Women who own guns tend to become gun owners at a later age than men.
Women are more likely than men to cite protection – rather than recreation – as the only reason they own a gun.
Women who own guns are less likely than their male counterparts to say they go sport shooting or hunting, though substantial shares of women do so.
Female gun owners are less likely than male gun owners to say they watch TV programs or videos about guns and to say they visit websites about guns, hunting or shooting sports.
Male gun owners are more likely than female gun owners to say there is a gun that is both loaded and easily accessible to them all of the time when they’re at home.
Men and women who own guns are similar when it comes to how they see gun ownership. Majorities of both groups of gun owners consider the right to own guns to be essential to their personal sense of freedom, and somewhat similar shares say being a gun owner is very or somewhat important to their overall identity.
Among Republican and Republican-leaning gun owners, women tend to be more supportive than men of policy proposals that would restrict gun ownership.
Pew probably didn’t need to do a study for this. If you are a gun owner, you most likely knew all these results already. Firearms are an “equalizer” for women, so they are perfect for self-protection. More and more women, especially if they are the head of household or live alone, are thinking about self-protection more than ever before.
The reality of life is that help is minutes away when seconds matter. It’s not a negative against dispatchers or police; they literally cannot be everywhere they are needed instantly all the time.
There are more and more organizations popping up across the country that are exclusive to female gun owners; more training has been created just for female gun owners, and even the firearms industry is catering to female gun owners by creating styles of firearms that are specific to women (and no, we’re not just talking about pink and purple guns).
As more and more women take up arms, more and more will pass 2nd Amendment appreciation down to their children and more will teach their children how to properly and safely handle firearms.