Increasing number of female gun owners in the US

Anita Bakk Henriksen

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After several tragic school shootings the gun control debate is hotter than ever in the US. At the same time the gun sales has sky rocketed, and one of the main reason for that is the American soccer moms.

In a new survey conducted by Ipsos 74 percent says they support the proposed ban of 157 types of military-grade weapons, as the gun control debate resurfaced after the horrible Sandy Hook School shooting, where twenty children and six adult staff members were fatally shot.

At the same time as public opinion is slowly turning towards a ban, the National Rifle Association (NRA) encourage schools all over the country to have the teachers bearing fire arms in order to protect their students.

This controversial suggestion has made headlines around the globe, but in states like Texas more than a dozen schools has had this practice for decades. Among those teachers the majority is female. States like Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Arizona are all considering a law that allows their teachers to carry weapons at school ground.

When Utah Shooting Sports Council arranged free shooting lessons in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting more than 400 teacher showed up, eager to learn the tricks of the trade. ” This is the time to take matter in our own hands”, said one of the participants as she pointed the gun towards the practice target.

Maybe the repulsing words of NRA’s chief executive Wayne LaPierre got    through to them. “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun”, he said and and pointed the finger of blame at rap music, films and video games for firearm violence.

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Learn to shot: 400 teachers are attending a free gun conference in Utah after yet another school shooting.
Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

Barack Obama is fighting an uphill battle against the gun lobbyist wandering the halls in Washington, and people within the Gun rights advocates has said that this is just a period, the public opinion will not stay hot enough for any real change.

The fact is that most Americans don’t see gun control as the most significant way to prevent mass shootings, which makes it hard to use them as the reason for wanting a tighter ban, and change the gun law once and for all.

The current status is that there has never been sold more weapons in the US than now, and by the looks of it this number is not decreasing, at least not for the American woman.

 

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Anita Bakk Henriksen