Don’t mess with mom! In some news that might surprise you, more women than ever are packing their purse with some serious heat.
A recent Gallup poll shows that out of the 47% of Americans who have guns, 23% are women. This is the highest rate since 1993. Why is there such an increase in gun toting mamas? The reasons for the increased popularity of firearm ownership includes everything from personal security to sport.
For women like Laurie Amado, buying a gun means protecting their family. Laurie and her husband decided that they should both get trained in firearm use and safety so that they would be ready in the event of a worst-case scenario. The mother of two told CBS, ”I know that we’re OK and nothing will happen because I won’t let it happen. I think your perspective changes a lot when you have a child and you see things happening in the world.”
The head of the New Jersey Association of Gun and Rifle Clubs, Scott Bach, says that membership has “exploded.” He says, “People are waking up to the fact that they are responsible for their own safety,” citing political unrest and natural disasters as reasons families might want to protect themselves.
Shari Spivack is another vocal gun owning mom. She explains, “I take my job as a mom very seriously. I’m responsible for my children. Having it (a gun) there is just another layer of protection. Hopefully I will never have to take it out,” she said.
I have to admit, as a mom, I am torn about this. I am not a gun owner, and the tragic deaths in Sandy Hook and the horrific gun accidents that we sometimes write about at Wetpaint make me feel fairly sure about that stance, however, the world does seem to be an increasingly unsafe place, and I would do anything to protect my family. For me, at least, it’s a complicated issue.
What do you think, moms? Is owning a gun a good way to ensure your family’s safety?