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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gun Sales Surge Among U.S. Women

By Susan Duclos

Short and sweet to highlight how women are pushing back against the war against the Second Amendment rights of Americans that is being waged by Barack Obama and liberal politicians.

Via The Blaze:

While there’s still a major gender gap in ownership when comparing women and men — a 2011 Gallup poll found that 23 percent of women own guns as opposed to 46 percent of men — the tides are changing. Just consider the fact that a Gallup poll in 2005 found that only 13 percent of women personally owned a firearm. That’s a 10 percentage-point jump worth noteworthy. Plus, there are other indicators. The New York Times has more:
Women’s participation in shooting sports has surged over the last decade, increasing by 51.5 percent for target shooting from 2001 to 2011, to just over 5 million women, and by 41.8 percent for hunting, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.
Gun sales to women have risen in concert. In a survey last year by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 73 percent of gun dealers said the number of female customers had gone up in 2011, as had a majority of retailers surveyed in the two previous years.
In describing the growth of female shooters during a special investigation into this phenomenon, CNN’s Ed Lavandera quipped that ”Prada and bling” are increasingly meeting “bullets and pistol grips.” In exploring this development, he visited some locations where women are helping one another learn how to shoot properly.

Take Rene Blaine, for instance, who, along with her husband Dean, founded Austin Hotshots, a firearms school in Austin, Texas. Blaine, who has a passion for helping other women learn how to properly use weapons, told Lavandera that she’s seen explosive growth of late among females who are interested in weaponry.

“The movement towards women in guns is unlike something I’ve never seen before,” she said.

Contrary to assertions by liberals, guns ownership and the Second Amendment constitutional right to bear arms is more important to gun owners, for defense, than it is for hunting or sports.