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Women and Girls Taking Up Guns

I bought a new Ruger LC9 last week and finally got a chance to fire it this weekend. (Don’t judge me on my stance — that little thing had a kick!) Today, I came across this USA Today article showing I’m not alone:

There are pink guns. Pink ear protection. Pink shell pouches. For your car, don’t miss the pink “Pistol Packing Princess” sticker. And if you want to pack heat while lunching at your favorite tea room, a purse with a special pistol holster is de rigueur.

All of this is aimed at women who want to own a gun — for protection, for hunting or for sport shooting — a rapidly growing demographic. But don’t let all that girly pink fool you. Women in the United States, and Iowa, for example, take their firearms seriously.

Apparently, a new law in Iowa has made it easier to get a permit for anyone who meets criteria and passes a background check. This means that the number of people — of both genders — getting permits has gone through the roof:

In Polk County, where Des Moines is located, the number of women granted permits has outpaced those granted to men by more than two to one, skyrocketing more than 311% between 2010 and 2011.

Read the rest here

So, pistol-packing princesses, how do you discreetly carry your weapon? And how are you inculcating gun awareness in your kids?


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