I see reports like this from around the country at least once a week. I rarely post them because, well… you already know this information. Heck, you *are* this information. I thought this particular piece, however, deserved posting for two reasons. One, New York and the Tri-State area are not commonly known as bastions of firearm freedom, though surprisingly, maybe they should be. Sure New York city is not gun friendly, as we have learned in recent news stories, but outside the city you will find a very different story. Secondly, the journalist uses our very own Shari (Maggie) Spivack, guest blogger extraordinaire, as a source. Here’s to Shari for being the voice once again, for a cause so near and dear to our hearts.
Seen At 11: New Research Shows Gun Purchases By Women On The Rise
February 6, 2012 11:55 PM
New poll numbers show that women are buying firearms in greater numbers than the past. (Credit:CBS2)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New statistics show that women are buying firearms in increasing numbers.
Laurie Adamo, a Scarsdale mother of two, has been shooting for about a year. She said she took to it immediately. She told CBS2′s Kristine Johnson that she decided that she and not her husband would be trained and ready in case the worst should happen.
“I know that we’re OK and nothing will happen because I won’t let it happen. I think your perspective changes a lot when you have a child and you see things happening in the world,” she said.
Adamo may be part of a growing trend. The latest Gallup Poll on guns says that 47 percent of Americans now have guns, more than any time since 1993, and women are buying in increasing numbers. Twenty-three percent of women report that they are gun owners, that is up from 13 percent in 2005.
“Our membership has just exploded,” said Scott Bach, head of the New Jersey Association of Gun and Rifle Clubs. “People are waking up to the fact that they are responsible for their own safety.”
“The woman is usually the matriarch who is seeking training, where the husband seems to be reluctant. But the woman it’s like, hey you work in the city all day, what if like 9-11 you’re trapped in the city for a week?” Colandro said.
Shari Spivack is one of those women.
“I take my job as a mom very seriously. I’m responsible for my children. Having it (a gun) there is just another layer of protection. Hopefully I will never have to take it out,” she said.
But gun control advocates say they are skeptical of Gallup’s numbers, which show that serious gun violence has declined dramatically. They said that people who keep guns in their home ignore the danger.