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The arms market was long dominated by men, but today things are changing as close to half of all new gun buyers in the United States have been women, publicó Fox Business.
The 2021 National Firearms Survey, conducted by Deborah Azrael of Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health and Matthew Miller of Northeastern University, revealed that around 3.5 million women acquired guns from January 2019 to April this year.
The data is striking because in the same period 4 million men became new gun owners, which means an important change in the consumption habits of this market.
For decades, other polls had shown that between 10% and 20% of gun owners in the United States they were women.
An analysis of federal data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that the number of federal background checks for gun purchases reached a all-time high in 2020 of 21 million.
For researchers and gun store owners, the increase is attributed to fears sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic, protests over the police murder of George Floyd and polarized climate surrounding the 2020 presidential election.
The National Firearms Survey consulted more than 19,000 adults. In addition to her findings on gender, she found that new gun buyers were more racially diverse – among new buyers, 55% were white, 21% were African American, and 19% were Hispanic.
Among the new gun owners, 28% were African American. While of the 19.6 million owners who bought more firearms since 2019 they were 71% men and 74% white.
Kanisha Johnson, 39, got herself a 9mm Glock earlier this year. The father of her children nearly killed her by shooting her in the head in 2017. “If some kind of situation like that happens again, I just want to be better protected”Johnson said.
At first, the sound of his gun brought back painful memories of being shot. But today, she says she feels safer having the gun to protect herself and her five children.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.