On the heels of polls and data finding rising levels of gun ownership among racial minorities, the latest Gallup survey on firearms finds the share of women who own guns is at an all-time high.
More than one in five women, 22 percent, now own a gun, Gallup finds.
It follows a steady increase from the 13 percent recorded in 2008 and the highest share yet.
The poll also found 43 percent of men own a gun, following a small but steady decrease from 46 percent in 2007.
The rise in female gun ownership appears to be driven by the increased likelihood of civil unrest and becoming a victim of crime.
“Preliminary data from Harvard’s School of Public Health suggest that women accounted for about half of all gun purchases between 2019 and 2021, and that new gun owners are more likely to be female,” Voice of America News reported in July 2021.
Women previously accounted for only 10 to 20 percent of gun sales.
The new class of gun owner is also less likely to be white or male.
“The [National Firearms Survey], designed by Deborah Azrael and Matthew Miller, also found that new gun buyers were more racially diverse than previous owners who purchased additional firearms, the news outlet reported,” The Hill reported in September 2021.
“Of all new gun buyers, 55 percent were white, 21 percent were Black and 19 percent were Hispanic. Among women, 28 percent were Black,” The Hill adds. “In contrast, existing gun owners who bought more firearms during that time were 71 percent male and 74 percent white.”
Gallup also found that women who own guns are unlikely to support tougher gun laws, despite saturation propaganda from anti-gun media activists portraying gun bans as “common sense” measures supported by gun owners.
Only 40 percent of female gun owners believe gun laws should be stricter, with 49 percent believing current gun laws are sufficient and 9 percent believing gun laws should be relaxed.
Among male gun owners 32 percent supported tougher laws, with 50 percent believing current laws are sufficient and 18 percent supporting relaxed gun laws.