Janie Got A Gun

Matt Vespa, over at Hot Air, flags a recent and encouraging trend in gun ownership: women.

Women are the next frontier in the firearms industry. Over the past few years, women have become the fastest growing demographic of gun owners. They’re responsible for the surge in gun ownership in states like Colorado, and women are lining up across the country for their concealed carry permits. This isn’t a new phenomenon. While the liberal urban-based elite–and their allies in the media–view gun owners as a group comprised mostly of white, conservative men, Louisa Fitzgerald wrote on the feminist site Jezebel that women gun owners often “defy stereotypes.”

The article details several women who have decided to carry and quotes one woman saying she hopes she never has to pull it.

That’s the mindset of every law-abiding gun owner, concealed carry permit holder, and police officer; a firearm that remains holstered for an entire day is a very good one.

This is one of the things that “research” into the defensive use of weapons often misses: you don’t have to kill someone to defend yourself with a weapon. Hell, there’s some research showing that just knowing guns are out there intimidates criminals.

Matt details some of the shoddy research and laughable arguments used by hacks like Everytown. But there was something that was new information to me: the number of children who are accidentally killed by guns has been falling — down 58% over the last 20 years. Such deaths are rare to begin with (0.2 per 100,000 kids) but any such death is horrifying. But even as the number of weapons has grown, the number of kids being accidentally killed is falling. I don’t know why that is: we haven’t mandated trigger locks or done any of the other hundred things the gun grabbers have insisted on. The data is from the National Safety Council and it’s possible that there’s something methodological going on. But if there has been a huge drop in accidental firearms deaths, that’s a great thing. And hopefully a trend that can continue.

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  1. Xetrov

    On the gun front –

    Just wait.  It’s going to be gun fights every night in Maine from now on.

    http://www.wmtw.com/politics/maine-to-allow-carrying-of-concealed-guns-without-permit/34058066

    I mean, just like what happened in Arizona after we started unlicensed concealed carry in 2010, it was gun fights all over the pl…wait, what?  There was no increase in violent crime, or gun related homicides?  Both stats are down since 2010?  That’s impossible.  I was assured that it would be the wild west!

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  2. Christopher

    Have you heard anything about the recent studies that allegedly show a .9% increase in gun violence for every 1% increase in gun ownership?  Gun control advocates seem to love them.

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    Have you heard anything about the recent studies that allegedly show a .9% increase in gun violence for every 1% increase in gun ownership?  Gun control advocates seem to love them.

    I’m dubious.  The study specifically noted they could not prove causation.  And they don’t actually measure gun ownership rates; they measure firearms suicides as a percentage.  But over the last twenty years, suicides have gone up while homicides have gone down.  So I’m not really sure what they’re saying here other than “some states with high gun homicide rates also have high gun suicide rates”.  That’s not really new information.

    Kinda disappointed in my namesake on that one.  He’s usually better about teasing out correlation from causation.

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