Julianna Crowder, director and founder of A Girl And A Gun, demonstrates proper and safe gun use with an unloaded concealed handgun designed in a floral print at the Shady Oaks Gun Range in Austin, Texas.
The number of women purchasing guns in America is on the rise. Over the last decade, the percentage of armed women in America has risen from 13% in 2005 to 23% in 2011 (according to Gallup). All female shooting and gun enthusiasts clubs like “A Girl and a Gun Women’s Shooting League”, which formed in 2011 have steadily increased in membership. Manufacturers have increasingly geared advertising toward women, marketing special firearms models with smaller frames, rifles rendered in pink, and and holsters designed to fit between a woman’s décolletage. Women are citing self-defense as their primary motivation for purchasing a gun, however, participation in shooting sports has also surged over the last decade (increasing by 51.5 percent for target shooting from 2001 to 2011, to just over 5 million women, and by 41.8 percent for hunting, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.) The following is coverage of an all-women gun convention hosted by “A Girl And A Gun” national shooting league in Waco, Texas.
- Her Right to Bear Arms: The Rise of Women's Gun Culture, Rolling Stone
A woman prepares to shoot her gun at an all Women's shooting league convention near Waco, Texas.