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More Women are Embracing Gun Ownership

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.
GE

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Sheriff Encourages Women to Carry Concealed Weapons

In a press conference Monday, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright suggested that women should obtain concealed carry weapons permits (CCW) and be prepared to defend themselves, because “our form of justice is not making it.”  He made this statement as he described and an attack on a South Carolina woman by a man who had repeatedly been arrested more than twenty times for numerous crimes and subsequently released back onto the street.  Said Sheriff Chuck Wright to “liberals”, “your form of justice isn’t workin’.  This ‘animal’ should not be allowed to walk among us,” speaking of the perpetrator of the attempted rape.

After describing the “horrific act” upon the victim, he went on to say that “it’s too bad that someone with a concealed weapons permit didn’t walk by and hear the cries.  That would have fixed this,” he said.

The Sheriff further went on to say, “Ladies, walk in groups.  Get a concealed weapons permit.  I want you to get a concealed weapons permit. I don’t want you to go for the mace.  I want you to go for the concealed weapons permit.”  “I am tired,” he said, “of looking at victims and saying were sorry, we’ve done the best we can to get them in jail.”  He later urged women to carry a .45 caliber handgun in a fanny pack while jogging.

Naturally, the sheriff is an opponent of gun control laws.  And, apparently he is also tired of the restrictions that liberal legislators have placed on citizens to provide for their own self defense.  “Gun control to me is being able to get your (gun) barrel back on target quick.  That’s gun control.  Gun Control for government purposes has never worked,” Wright said.  And he’s right.  Not one gun control law has ever reduced crime, or stopped a criminal from committing a gun crime.

Frankly, Sheriff Wright makes a lot of sense.  His words make sense for all citizens – not just women.  He is the type of sheriff we need more of, especially in California where the liberals are running amuck, unchecked and unopposed.  We need a national reciprocal concealed carry law and we need to make it less difficult for law abiding citizens to be able to obtain a carry concealed weapons permit.  We should follow the lead of Wyoming earlier this year that lifted most restrictions to obtaining a CCW becoming what is called a “Constitutional Carry” state.

GE

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