A Gallup poll from October, 2013 asked what the main reason for owning a firearm was. Sixty percent mentioned personal safety/protection. Another poll conducted by the National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF) discovered women owing guns has increased from 13 percent in 2005 to 23 percent in 2011. The NSSF also asked gun store retailers if there had been an increase in women customers. Over 78 percent said yes and in addition, gun ranges report a large increase in female shooters, some say it’s now 50/50.
So what does this mean and should a woman get her CCW? Many polls have been conducted but the main reason is still self-defense. Women are taking the responsibility for their own safety and protection by purchasing a gun. It should come as no surprise that every year; more women are obtaining a Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit and carrying a firearm on their person.
Many of the high profile shooting incidents through the country has also prompted women to arm themselves. It’s unknown if any of these incidents could have been stopped quickly but it comes back to protecting loved ones and yourself.
Newer, smaller and highly effective firearms aimed at the female market have prompted women to get their CCW. The days of a woman having to adjust to a large sized handgun are gone. If you like revolvers, the J-frame sized .38 calibers are worth taking a look at. The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard and Taurus Ultra light are great examples of good stopping power in a light weight model. If you prefer a .380 or 9mm caliber semi-automatic, the market is full of them. The Beretta Nano, Ruger LCP, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, Ruger LC9 and Springfield XDS pistols are very popular models.
Almost weekly we see an innocent person getting attacked by a family member or at a bus stop. Sure you can call 911 after they are finished with you, but using a weapon to defend yourself against rape and other acts of violence can save your life of the life of a loved one. These acts of violence against women are another reason women own a CCW.
Shooting groups. For those of us who have guns, we know shooting is fun. Thousands of women’s shooting groups have sprung up across the United States. It’s great there are so many women training other women on firearm usage, safety, how to shoot, how to carry concealed, which guns work great, etc.
So there you have it. These are my reasons why women should get their CCW and stay safe.