More women, minorities buying guns

More women, minorities buying guns

More people from different backgrounds are becoming first-time gun owners.<p>{/p} RENO, Nev. (News 4-Fox 11) — The face of legal gun ownership is changing. In 2020 first-time gun owners flooded the market and they came from all sorts of demographics. The National Shooting Sports foundation reports five million people bought their first gun in just seven months in 2020 , 40% of them were women and African Americans bought 58% of the guns sold. In the rest of 2020, Jake Wiskerchen, a trustee with Walk the Talk America , a non-profit focused on bridging the gap between mental health and gun ownership, estimates from his research, another five to seven million people also bought guns, making for a total of 10 to 12 million new gun owners of those differing demographics. "I think that’s really exciting because it means that more people are are fighting through the stigma of what used to look like a gun owner," said Wiskershen. "Traditional gun owner looks like the older white American male, and now it’s looking like, people of all different ethnicities and genders and LGBTQ. And anybody who’s really come to the conclusion that they need to take their defensive responsibilities into their own hands." With this new diverse influx, Wiskerchen said WTTA is seeing a disaggregation of the gun community into different cultures and programs instead of joining the National Rifle Association. "They’re forming their own groups and their own common interest communities, and I think it’s because of the […]

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