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GUN OWNERSHIP & CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS HAVE INCREASED AMONG WOMEN & MINORITIES

11 December 2017 by Online Carry Training

A study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found concealed-carry permits have boomed nationally, but particularly among women and minorities. In eight states where they have data by gender, since 2012 the number of permits has increased by 161 percent for women and by 85 percent for men, the report says.

Since 2007, concealed-carry permits issued by state and local governments increased about 75 percent faster among nonwhites than whites, according to the report.

What factors are behind the rise in gun ownership and concealed carry?

1. Women need a way to protect themselves.

“Women benefit more from having a gun than a man because of the large strength differential between a male-to-woman attacker compared to a male-to-male attacker,” says John Lott, the author of the book “ The War on Guns.”

A firearm is an equalizer for women because they have a harder time defending themselves when a man attacks them. 

2. The traditional role of women has changed.

Over the last two or three generations self-defense and firearms were considered evil and only in the wheelhouse of men.  Women were told that they couldn’t take care of themselves so they needed to rely on a strong man to do that for them. With more women in the workforce, single mothers etc., that role is changing. Women are now taking their self-defense into their own hands.
3. Minority role models influence.

Female role models, such as Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode, have inspired more gun ownership among women.

Kim Rhode is simply one of the greatest Olympians of all time. Her six consecutive individual medals make her the only Summer Olympian to ever accomplish this feat. 

Colion Noir, a black gun activist from Houston, has become a YouTube sensation as his message, direct and irreverent, pushes back against stereotypes about black gun owners and inner city violence. Noir is a well –educated lawyer as well as a spokesman for the NRA.

4. Fear of Violent crime and Terrorism has increased.

Terrible and shocking acts of hate like the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando have caused many minorities to reconsider their opposition to firearms and get their concealed carry permits as a means of self-defense.

Phillip Smith, founder of the National African American Gun Association says, “Many blacks are simply feeling the need to protect themselves against violent crime. (Black Americans are more likely than members of other ethnic groups to be the victim of a gun homicide.)

Fear of terrorism also comes into play. The reasons vary by sub-demographic. Single women are the targets of rapists; the gay and lesbian communities are favorite targets of hate groups.

Since Donald Trump’s election on November 8 of 2016, gun storeowners are seeing up to four times as many black and minority customers. Trumps victory brought fear to minority communities that his comments and policies would incite more hate crimes. Minorities feel that racists now feel empowered to target and attack minorities.

5. Disenchantment with the government

Americans have seen the government can’t always protect them—from the terrorist attack in San Bernardino to the shooting in Orlando.

The thinking used to be “Don’t get a gun because you can kill yourself’ [or] ‘your kids can hurt themselves.’ But people are now saying, ‘Hold on, if I’m in a home by myself at two o’clock in the morning and someone comes banging through my door to rob and kill my family, the police are not going to make it there in enough time. So I need to be able to deal with that threat.'”

No matter what the reason, more and more Americans are getting the message. It’s better to be proactive and be prepared in case something happens out of the normal and you are unable to get yourself and loved ones out of harm’s way.

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