The Rise of Gun Ownership Among Women

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Think that there's only one type of Second Amendment supporter? 

I hate to shatter the preconceived notions that thousands of uninformed Americans hold (who am I kidding? I don't hate it at all), but you've got the gun community all wrong. 

There is growing evidence to support that those traditional oversimplified images of gun owners are far from correct (not to mention insulting). No we're not all Republicans - in fact, 22 percent of gun owners identify as Democratic, while 37 percent consider themselves Independent. And no we're not all rednecks, or men, for that matter. We're a fast-growing community of Americans from all walks of life, ready and willing to protect ourselves and our families should the need arise. We live in all different types of environments (25 percent of gun owners live in urban neighborhoods, 36 percent dwell in the suburbs and 51 percent in rural areas), and we come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and ages. 

Along with those classic stereotypes, it’s long been thought that women shy away from firearms. But gun ownership trends reported on by the Pew Research Center in July 2014 indicate that both genders are exercising their right to bear arms – 31 percent of women, and 38 percent of men reported having at least one gun in their home.

In fact, the number of women who own guns jumped from 13 percent in 2005, to 23 percent in 2011, according to a Gallup poll.

But those women aren’t just packing one gun – surveys from the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that 42 percent of women who own firearms have a minimum of three guns. And as a female firearm owner myself – and the proud purchaser of five guns – this is a statistic that gets me pretty darn excited.

There’s a whole host of additional surveys that prove women aren’t afraid to get familiar with a firearm, and this infographic from OutdoorHub.com makes one thing pretty clear: America is full of pistol-packing ladies.

So let’s stop putting a stereotype on gun owners, and start embracing the fact that we live in an uncertain world, and more and more Americans are opting to stay armed and stay safe. Take it from one gun-loving gal, I’m proud to support my Second Amendment right, and I know I’m not the only woman out there. 

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