OPINION: Why are more women buying guns?

OPINION: Why are more women buying guns?

Before the summer of 2020, going to the gun range was a pastime for Valee Penn, something she did for fun with her husband. But after the wave of civil unrest prompted by violence and police brutality against Black Americans brought protests to her neighborhood, Penn decided it was time to get serious. She bought a Glock 19 and a Smith & Wesson revolver. “I think Atlanta is getting more dangerous. I have lived in Atlanta all my life and I have seen it change dramatically since last summer. That is what prompted me to buy my gun last June,” said Penn, 65 of Buckhead. “I thought rather than be afraid, I am going to have knowledge.” Each week, Penn goes to Stoddard’s Range and Guns in Midtown for training where she said she sheds her Buckhead veneer and focuses on improving her speed and accuracy with a gun. “I want it to be like breathing,” she said. “I would like to have the confidence and familiarity where it would almost be like putting on your makeup.” Gun ownership is deeply embedded in the foundation of our country and is at the heart of political debates, but historically certain groups, particularly women and people of color, have been excluded from the conversation. In 2020, almost 5 million Americans purchased a gun for the first time, 58% of them were Black Americans and 40% were women, according to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation , the trade association for […]

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