In our previous article, Gun Sales at Record Levels This December, we noted how much gun sales have increased this year. But wasn’t mentioned in that piece was how many of those new guns are going to women. The percentage of guns going to women is growing. What used to be considered mainly a men’s sport is becoming coed – especially in the competition sports.
According to a recent Gallop poll, 43 percent of women now have at least one gun at home, which is up 19 percent from the previous year. Women are gaining on men in the purchase of firearms for both hunting and personal defense, according to several reports as well as the NRA. Thousands of women are learning how to shoot, and learning how to take responsibility for their own personal defense. Last month, a Sheriff from South Carolina held a press conference wherein he adamantly encouraged women to obtain and carry concealed weapons.
Take for example, the following video produced by a gun training academy in Texas. It promotes what they can do for women who want to be able to defend themselves.
According to one local gun range instructor, “Interest has been so high that we have started holding women only classes”, in response to the increased interest by women. And according to the NRA, their Women on Target program has seen a 20% increase in clinic attendance since 2010.
One woman who is an avid shooter but also happens to be a Yoga instructor put it like this, “Yoga’s Zen-like quality can be applied to shooting guns in a lot of ways. Shooting guns takes focus, concentration, and it doesn’t always have to be about violence.” She added, “When I cook, I use a chef’s knife. You have respect for a knife as a tool that you use in your craft. And I think guns can be used in the same way.”
The target shooting industry is now catering to female shooters. There are pink pistols, and even purses with holster slots. Some local IDPA and USPSA chapters have even added women’s divisions to their competitions. IDPA competitions especially, help to teach proficiency in self defense techniques in more real life situations. They help to provide women with a venue to practice their skills to better be able to defend themselves.
As a blogger myself, I am finding more and more women who have their own blogs about guns and shooting sports. Here are just a few:
So here is a tip of the ol’ Stetson women. Here’s to you. Keep shootin’ and remember, more guns means less crime.