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The Rising Voice of Gun Ownership Is Female
New York Times ^ | 02/12/2013 | Erica Goode

Posted on 02/11/2013 7:36:51 AM PST by SeekAndFind

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — Mary Ann Froebe stood feet apart with knees slightly bent and aimed the .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic.

“You’ve got some adrenaline running through you right now,” said Esther Beris, the coordinator of the northeastern Ohio chapter of A Girl and a Gun Women’s Shooting League. “It’s O.K., just relax.”

Ms. Froebe, 42, a small-business owner who described herself as a “virgin gun shooter,” concentrated and pulled the trigger. “It was awesome,” she said, her face flushed, after emptying the 10-round clip. “The sense of control, of being in charge of me.”

In the debate over firearms regulations, the voices of gun owners have largely been those of men. But at firing ranges across the country, a growing number of women are learning to use firearms and honing their skills.

Women’s participation in shooting sports has 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.

Gun sales to women have risen in concert. In a survey last year by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 73 percent of gun dealers said the number of female customers had gone up in 2011, as had a majority of retailers surveyed in the two previous years.

Manufacturers have increasingly geared advertising toward women, marketing special firearms models with smaller frames, custom colors (pink is a favorite), and accessories like the “concealed carry” “salmon kiss” leather handbag offered by Cobra Firearms or the leopard shooting gloves and Bullet Rosette jewelry sold by Sweet Shot (“Look cute while you shoot!” is the company’s motto).

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; female; femlae; guncontrol; guns; secondamendment; trends; women; youwillnotdisarmus

1 posted on 02/11/2013 7:36:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

A couple of friends of mine were nervous about this gun grab and I re-assured them by explaining that one of the reasons the left abandoned gun laws is because more and more feminists have discovered guns as the great equalizer.

The gun grab is going nowhere. And part of the reason is the above. Another part is that more and more people are getting their news from the internet and discussing issues on Facebook, etc.

The truth really is getting out there.


2 posted on 02/11/2013 7:41:34 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Ms. Froebe, 42, a small-business owner who described herself as a “virgin gun shooter,” concentrated and pulled the trigger. “It was awesome,” she said, her face flushed, after emptying the 10-round clip. “The sense of control, of being in charge of me.”

WOW! I need to get a subscription to 'Women & Guns Mag'>

3 posted on 02/11/2013 7:45:57 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: SeekAndFind

One more time. A Ruger .22 semi-automatic pistol does NOT have a clip. It has a ten round magazine. I own two such pistols and several magazines. No clips involved, not even aligator clips.


4 posted on 02/11/2013 7:47:43 AM PST by ammomajor (If 'helicopter Ben' says gold isn't money, I want more of it.)
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To: basil
And this is why Second Amendment Sisters (which was born right here on FR) is growing in leaps and bounds!!!!
5 posted on 02/11/2013 7:48:07 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why would anyone think they would need to own a [fire extinquisher] when the [fire department] is there to protect you?


6 posted on 02/11/2013 7:49:25 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

A woman with a gun is a hell of a deterrant to crime.
Guess the libs just can’t see that.


7 posted on 02/11/2013 7:52:29 AM PST by Texas resident (I'm not a lawyer, but I play one on FR)
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To: SeekAndFind

The NC-CCW course that I assist every other Saturday has seen a sharp increase in women. Sometimes there are more women than men in the classroom.
Granted, some women are doing it just because its the “in” thing to do. Some women in our class are very young and come in pairs, incessantly taking pictures of themselves to post to MyFace or SpaceBook or Twit whatever they do. We get the feeling they are there for a profile update and we pull them aside and remind them that this class is serious business. Not a photo shoot.
But thats a small percentage and most women are really serious about arming themselves and I think that is great.


8 posted on 02/11/2013 7:52:45 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: ammomajor

Clip Clip Clip
I hate that word. ITS A MAGAZINE!
Someone asks me ‘how much does the clip hold?’ I say none, this gun does not use a clip, it uses a magazine. My AR can use a clip. My SKS can use a clip. My Russian 762x56 uses a clip. The others use magazines.

Just like ‘engine’ and ‘motor’. Someone says their car motor won’t run. I say ‘which one? you car has about a dozen motors in it. Only one engine”


9 posted on 02/11/2013 8:00:05 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: envisio

Ha! Get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? Kidding aside, I agree... It does get annoying but just demonstrates how important it is to take these “uninformed” folks to the range when the opportunity presents itself. Took a coworker who had never held a handgun to my range this weekend and he had a great time. Let him shoot a my S&W 22A, my 92FS and a Kimber 1911. He told me this morning that he’s talking with the wifey about getting a 9mm.


10 posted on 02/11/2013 8:28:38 AM PST by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought that posting shots from one of Gordon Liddy’s
Stacked and Packed Calendars was one of the rules here.


11 posted on 02/11/2013 8:32:20 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Afterguard

“”””Kimber 1911”””””

DROOOOLLL.

Someday I’ll win the lottery and a Kimber will be mine.


12 posted on 02/11/2013 8:35:16 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: Afterguard

You’ll probably need to take her to the range as well... :)


13 posted on 02/11/2013 8:35:32 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

14 posted on 02/11/2013 8:35:47 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: cuban leaf

As I’ve said before, this issue crosses ideological lines. The idiot gun grabbers on the left AND the right are stepping in sh** big time pursuing this.

In my shooting club in NY we have a cross section of society including flaming liberals that are more militantly pro-gun than some of the conservatives. Then you have the “Golfers with Guns” who can be conservative on most issues but abhor us “rabble” with the black guns.


15 posted on 02/11/2013 8:40:52 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

16 posted on 02/11/2013 8:43:14 AM PST by Bratch
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To: SeekAndFind; NoGrayZone; MestaMachine
You Don't Say?


17 posted on 02/11/2013 8:45:00 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: SeekAndFind

It still doesn’t mean they should go into combat.


18 posted on 02/11/2013 8:45:50 AM PST by MinstrelBoy (If you're a conservative today, you're a hero.)
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To: MinstrelBoy
It still doesn’t mean they should go into combat.

Agreed. But if combat is forced on them by an attacker, they should be armed and trained to resist it.

19 posted on 02/11/2013 8:51:01 AM PST by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"“The sense of control, of being in charge of me.”

Wow!! The liberating essence of conservatism discovered.

20 posted on 02/11/2013 9:19:07 AM PST by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: envisio

Added, subtle benefit of women ‘carrying’ .... criminals go for women (& others) who “look” vulnrable, lacking self-confidence, exuding a victim mentality. A woman who is carrying is likely not putting off those sorts of vibes!!


21 posted on 02/11/2013 9:20:56 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: SeekAndFind
My wife accompanied me recently when I picked up a rifle at a gun shop. I've been trying to get a carry gun for a while as she got her CCW a couple of months ago. As I was doing the paperwork one of the guys there was showing her a few pistols. She really liked the Sig P290 w/laser sight they showed so we got that too.

She already had a mint Lady Smith .38 Special that her mother left her and a .22 revolver I got her for Christmas a couple of years ago but they're both a little big for concealed carry.

My daughter-in-law, who is pretty liberal got a Ruger .380 on Saturday. 0bama has done more to increase gun sales than anyone in history.

22 posted on 02/11/2013 9:40:19 AM PST by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: MrB

Excellllleeeeent! I’m stealing that analogy. It’s perfect to illustrate the reason for fire arm tools on your person and in your home. BTW, I keep a fire extinguisher in every bedroom in my home, as well as n the kitchen and a room near the furnace closet.


23 posted on 02/11/2013 9:47:55 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The whole gun argument should make the most sense to women in general. Women on average are smaller in stature and weaker than men and because of that make up more of the vicitims of crime in the streets. What’s the great equalizer between a 6 foot 200 pound man and a 5 foot 4 130 pound woman? The gun and women are figuring that out.

More and more new members at my gun club are women and not just young women, but older women.


24 posted on 02/11/2013 10:30:46 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: ammomajor
"A Ruger .22 semi-automatic pistol does NOT have a clip."

I love my Mark III. It's a great shooter and accurate and a brick of .22 lr provides a lot of fun at the range for a small amount of money.
25 posted on 02/11/2013 10:32:21 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Hope I quote this right:

“Gun control: the notion popular among liberals that a woman found raped & strangled to death in a dark alley is somehow morally superior to a woman who is explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.”


26 posted on 02/11/2013 10:40:36 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: 2nd amendment mama

“And this is why Second Amendment Sisters (which was born right here on FR) is growing in leaps and bounds!!!!


Good site, BTW. Thanks for posting the link.

I noticed a book in the left hand column written by a survivor of the Luby’s cafeteria massacre, (her name is Suzanna Hup) she and others could have ended that rampage had they been armed that day. If I remember correctly, her Father was shot and killed as he lay on the floor feet away from her.

She was one of the very first women to advocate for and change CC laws in Texas.

She was an influence on me in deciding to look into owning and carrying for personal protection. She made a very compelling case as a Congress member for our rights.


27 posted on 02/11/2013 10:42:13 AM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: SeekAndFind
Manufacturers have increasingly geared advertising toward women, marketing special firearms models with smaller frames, custom colors (pink is a favorite), and accessories like the “concealed carry” “salmon kiss” leather handbag offered by Cobra Firearms or the leopard shooting gloves and Bullet Rosette jewelry sold by Sweet Shot (“Look cute while you shoot!” is the company’s motto).

Who the heck are they marketing to? I'm a female and I own three firearms: a Ruger 9mm, a Ruger .22, and a Remington 12 gauge. I don't own them because they match my handbag or because they come with leopard shooting gloves. I own them because I believe in taking care of myself. I live alone on a rural piece of property. The .22 and the shotgun are useful for keeping nusance fauna at bay. The 9mm is because this is a rural county with a sheriffs department that is short on deputies and long on response time.

28 posted on 02/11/2013 10:47:29 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: envisio

Of topic , but how long is it taking in NC for your clients to receive their CCW permits from the state? My darling Husband and I took our classes in Nov. and we are hearing that the usual 90 day wait is going to take longer due to overwhelming requests. We are in SC.


29 posted on 02/11/2013 10:51:57 AM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: SeekAndFind
So, more women are buying weapons, eh?

The overwhelming majority of wymmyn in America are THESE:






30 posted on 02/11/2013 11:08:54 AM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: submarinerswife
"She made a very compelling case as a Congress member for our rights."

My all time favorite congressional hearing. When Suzanna Hupp testifying about the assualt weapons ban in 1994 and she says that the second amendment is for protecting all of us from all of you. Pointing to the scumbags like Chuckie Schumer. And BTW, both her mother and father were taken out by the killer in Kileen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvTO-y-B2YM
31 posted on 02/11/2013 11:09:07 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: submarinerswife

It depends on how your law is written.

NC writes it as “must be APPROVED in 90days”. Says nothing about “must be presented to you in 90days”. If it is not approved within 90 days, it automatically is approved by default.

NC writes the law but they cannot control individual county sheriff’s clerical offices. So they can approve it in the time allowed by law, but to actually finish it and hand it to you depends mostly on the size of the stack on top of the clerics desk.

Right now people are saying they stay within the 90 days but my county sheriff has issued a memo stating that due to demand and backlog, CCW can take as long as 6 months. But they are, for now, keeping up.


32 posted on 02/11/2013 11:11:10 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: MHGinTN

33 posted on 02/11/2013 11:29:28 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: submarinerswife

As I remember she lost both her mom and dad that day and she did have her gun with her, but by law she had to keep it in the trunk of her car where it wouldn’t harm anyone.

If she had it on her she would have stopped the killings. She said that she had a few times where she could have shot the guy and it was pretty early in the rampage. She could have saved her parents if the anti-gun liberals hadn’t assisted the shooter.


34 posted on 02/11/2013 12:04:18 PM PST by History Repeats (sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: envisio

Let it go. It’s like everyone calling a vacuum a “Hoover”. We all know what is meant. It’s the durn thang that hold dem bullet thingies.


35 posted on 02/11/2013 12:19:52 PM PST by USAF80
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To: Bratch

How is this picture different from soft porn?


36 posted on 02/11/2013 1:04:41 PM PST by doberville
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To: doberville

You should direct that question to the G-man.


37 posted on 02/11/2013 1:37:39 PM PST by Bratch
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To: MrB

I saw this in an earlier post an dthought it was good.

I also like the saying, “I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.”


38 posted on 02/11/2013 2:08:51 PM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s something that too many have overlooked. The newer designs for semi-automatic rifles are of more benefit to women than men. The effort to outlaw the ergonomics of those rifles (pistol grips, adjustable butt stocks re. length of pull) is also an effort to stop women from being as ready to defend themselves. Women more often have a much shorter reach for handling rifles. That’s why so many of them hold old fashioned hunting rifles and shotguns oddly.


39 posted on 02/11/2013 2:38:07 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for posting.


40 posted on 02/11/2013 3:17:50 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: submarinerswife

Where in SC are you? I’m at the beach in SC. BTW, thanks for your kind comments in the other post about our site (SAS).


41 posted on 02/11/2013 7:40:29 PM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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