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Gun Ownership on Rise Among Women. Are you or do you know a pistol packing woman ?

CAPISCE 2013/02/12 13:46:33
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Women across the country are taking to firing ranges to hone their marksmanship skills, putting an end to the days when gun ownership was almost exclusively a male-dominated domain.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, the number of women who participate in target shooting increased 51.5 percent from 2001 to 2011 and by nearly 42 percent in the sport of hunting, reports The New York Times.

Overall, women now make up 25.8 percent of the estimated 5.1 million people who engaged in target shooting at least once in 2011, the association reports.

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation this year also reported a 73 percent rise in the number of female customers at gun shops.

While the federal government does not specifically track the number of women gun owners, Peggy Tartaro, the editor of Women and Guns magazine, published by the nonprofit Second Amendment Foundation, reports the number is somewhere between 12 million and 17 million. She said gun ownership among women increased as they began to enter traditionally male-dominated professions, such as the military and law enforcement.

Gun experts say women often acquire guns and learn to use them for different reasons than men. Tina Wilson-Cohen, a former Secret Service agent who founded She Can Shoot, a women’s shooting league with 10 chapters and 3,000 members around the country, told The Times that 90 percent of members joined because they were victums of Domestic abuse, rape or violence.
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  • Ryan 2013/02/14 22:04:43
    YES
    Ryan
    +1
    The demographics of people inquiring about Pistol Classes have been overwhelmingly female for a couple of years now.
  • Amberwolf 17 2013/02/14 01:01:02
    YES
    Amberwolf 17
    +1
    Though when I don't have it nearby, such as when I'm in public, I had a dragon necklace with a well-hidden 3-inch dagger in the tail of it. It's very helpful at times and it's part of the reason my nickname is "Dagger". lol (It is for self-defense only though.)
  • CAPISCE Amberwo... 2013/02/18 14:17:53
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Keys work well too
  • Hakking 2013/02/13 17:51:05
  • Bonita Colley 2013/02/13 17:40:28
    YES
    Bonita Colley
    +2
    Goes for our government as well! behind every blade of grass woman
  • MaxwellSmart12 2013/02/13 13:00:12
    YES
    MaxwellSmart12
    +1
    All women should have a gun.
  • Patric 2013/02/13 12:24:35
    YES
    Patric
    +1
    as I explained to wife and daughter ..

    knowing how to use a firearm is not using it .. just knowledge..

    used the example of CPR ,,, knowing how to perform CPR is not doing it , but a very good knowledge to have .. same with the firearms..

    how is it ,

    a liberal thinks a woman raped and killed is more honorable
    THAN
    a woman that defends herself with a firearm against a criminal intent on raping her ?

    this , I just do not understand of the liberals , well a couple of other things also ... :))
  • deidara.trueart 2013/02/13 07:48:36
  • Patric deidara... 2013/02/13 12:29:02
    Patric
    that works just fine,
    I do not think a criminal will argue the point of your firearm choice with you ... :))
  • deidara... Patric 2013/02/13 12:31:22
  • chucky 2013/02/13 06:56:32
    YES
    chucky
    +1
    My wife has a Smith&Wesson; .38 Snub nose.
  • EDWARD G 2013/02/13 03:24:28
    YES
    EDWARD G
    One of my women friends has a pink AR15
  • Sav 2013/02/13 02:48:36
    YES
    Sav
    +1
    my grand mother she's one hell of women
  • TidBit 2013/02/13 00:36:22
    YES
    TidBit
  • Redneck 2013/02/13 00:32:10
    YES
    Redneck
    +3
    Lots, including my asian redneck wife. So will my daughters when of age.
  • hasher 2013/02/12 23:54:59
    YES
    hasher
    +2
    my 82 year old mother in law is getting one soon!! look out here comes packin granny!! actually shes very cool for an older lady. very fit and vital she will probably outlive me. and we have a 9mm smith and wesson. its not mine personally but im sure i could use it if i want to.
  • hasher hasher 2013/02/12 23:56:56
    hasher
    +1
    and im not bad with a rifle if i do say so myself
  • Patric hasher 2013/02/13 12:31:00
    Patric
    good for you and " packin granny " ..
    might want to think about getting some range time for the both of you ...

    owning a car , does not mean you can drive it very well..
    just saying .
  • daniel.putnam.108 2013/02/12 23:46:15
    no
    daniel.putnam.108
    +1
    not a woman so no im not. do i know any? probably, do and dont know it. which is as it should be. can give women the element of surprze, wich can be a good advantage!
  • Casey 2013/02/12 23:42:06
    YES
    Casey
    +4
    Sure am!
  • Crym 2013/02/12 23:23:01
    YES
    Crym
    +2
    I know some people.
  • tom C 2013/02/12 22:29:07
    YES
    tom  C
    +2
    i know some...it is a great equalizer..for a woman..who might get overpowered by a big man..
  • lipton7.62 2013/02/12 22:10:02
    YES
    lipton7.62
    +2
    My wife is great with a shotgun, I am great with a handgun,
  • Just Call Me Friend 2013/02/12 22:02:19
    YES
    Just Call Me Friend
    +2
    I don't own one and I've lost my rights to own or possess one, but I know women who do have 1 or more!
  • flrdsgns 2013/02/12 21:46:44
    no
    flrdsgns
    No, most of my friends have little use for guns.
  • Patric flrdsgns 2013/02/13 12:33:22
    Patric
    hmm,,
    and the sheep has little use for a sheep dog....
    untill the wolf comes for dinner
    and the wolf will come , sooner or later , the wolf will come ..
  • Death On Two Legs 2013/02/12 21:32:36 (edited)
    no
    Death On Two Legs
    +2
    However, as soon as I turn 18 I plan on getting one, as I'm rather weak. It's not one of my priorities, though.
  • Patric Death O... 2013/02/13 12:34:35
    Patric
    good thinking on your part . IMO
    a firearm is the great equalizer ..

    I am too old to fight a young and strong criminal

    and

    I am too young to die..
  • dru dixon 2013/02/12 21:25:37
    YES
    dru dixon
    +1
    My sister.OY!! Not good.
  • Sabrina 2013/02/12 20:48:07
    YES
    Sabrina
    +3
    My grandma alway had a gun
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2013/02/12 20:43:22
    YES
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    My sweet mother carries her beloved 1911 9mm with her and she does know how to use it. She also stays in my old condo while I'm out of town for work and it's not in the most savory of neighborhoods. I gave her my shotty and my Louisville Slugger. Honestly, I'd fear the slugger more than anything.
  • mich52 2013/02/12 20:41:24
  • Tony 2013/02/12 20:29:59
    YES
    Tony
    +1
    I know a couple and it's damn sexy!
  • stephen.runnels.1 2013/02/12 20:24:53
    no
    stephen.runnels.1
    +1
    Pistol packing? Of course not. A gun at home for protection? Certainly. Women do not need to compensate for a tiny member, nor have the need to play Rambo with their girlfriends. A woman trained in firearms is a safer bet than trusting Jethro and Cletus with a deadly weapon.
  • CAPISCE stephen... 2013/02/13 03:23:14
    CAPISCE
    Women need to pack heat due to the War on Women.... :)
  • stephen... CAPISCE 2013/02/13 03:31:24
    stephen.runnels.1
    LOL
  • RevJim 2013/02/12 20:07:01
    YES
    RevJim
    +3
    I don't know any woman in my experience who doesn't carry a weapon and a concealed permit. That is why I am always very careful about what I say around them!
  • Patric RevJim 2013/02/13 12:36:51
    Patric
    is that a personal firearm attestment to

    an armed society is a polite society ???
  • RevJim Patric 2013/02/13 18:41:50
    RevJim
    +1
    Sure does read like that, doesn't it? :)
  • Patric RevJim 2013/02/13 19:14:16
    Patric
    yepper , sure does to me.....:))

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