Response to a Man telling a Woman She Should Carry a Gun

A few days ago someone told a friend of mine, in a discussion about sexism and ‪#‎yesallwomen‬ (not all men *eyeroll*) that she should be carrying a gun.

I raged. I raged a lot. And here’s an article explaining why.

But for those who don’t want to read the article (and will try to argue with me without reading the article), I leave you with this:

“Women with access to firearms become homicide victims at significantly higher rates than men. It has long been recognized that higher rates of gun availability correlate with higher rates of female homicide. Women in the United States account for 84 percent of all female firearm victims in the developed world, even though they make up only a third of the developed world’s female population.”

Paraphrased: In a case study, 71.4% of women who live with a gun in the home have had that gun used against them by an intimate partner. Only 7% of the women were able to successfully use the gun for self defense.

“Not a single study to date has shown that the risk of any crime including burglary, robbery, home invasion, or spousal abuse against a female is decreased through gun ownership.”

Now, yes, I understand that this article and data deals specifically with intimate home violence, but the statistics carry over to home invasions and street violence. Women with guns are overcome and then their guns are used against them. So telling a woman that she should assuage her fears by carrying a gun is callous and uninformed.

 

The article: 

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/02/having-a-gun-in-the-house-doesnt-make-a-woman-safer/284022/