Gun Control Proves Harmful to Women

Gun control advocates use a plethora of arguments to support the call for more gun control laws to be passed. They often use one argument involving domestic violence in which they claim that guns in a house increase the danger to women.

This argument is so prevalent that even people in other countries such as England have heard it used many times.

However, Daniel Pryor, a Brit, confesses that his once abhorrence to guns has been replaced by a healthy respect for their role in self-defense. He also has come to the conclusion that gun control laws are and have been, harmful to women.

In a post on WashintonExaminer.com, Pryor points to the fact that most guns are owned by men:

“A recently released Harvard/Northeastern survey found that, while a third of men described themselves as gun owners, only 12 percent of women did. Like their cousins across the Atlantic, American women simply don’t support gun rights as much as men.”

Pryor goes on to write:

“Gun control advocates seized on a recent report titled ‘When Men Murder Women,’ which found that just more than 600 women were murdered by men wielding guns in 2014, many of them in situations of domestic violence. The Huffington Post’s Melissa Jeltsen drew attention to the contention that ‘during that same time period, there were only 15 instances of women using firearms to kill a man in self-defense,’ but any mention of non-fatal defensive uses or deterrence effects was conspicuously absent.”

“…The anti-gun narrative around domestic violence reflects wider issues with the arguments for gun control: It downplays defensive uses, ignores the evidence that guns deter crime, and fails to account for the distinct possibility of reverse causation…”

Oft-cited research on the causes of femicide in abusive relationships found that, after controlling for incident-level variables, male abusers’ general access to a firearm made no significant difference to the risk of death for female victims in domestic violence incidents. Regardless, federal law already bars a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence involving intentional force from owning a gun.”

“Gender disparity in defensive gun uses is a good argument for encouraging greater female gun ownership… Supporting female firearm ownership on an individual level, rather than in the context of a ‘household’ firearm, is a valuable way of reducing violence against women. John Lott, a law professor at the University of Chicago, has conducted research suggesting that ‘murder rates decline when either sex carries more guns, but the effect is especially pronounced when women are considered separately.’”

“As the old saying goes, guns are the great equalizer. Just ask Lee Ann Delauter or Bettie Ann Newton, who used guns in self-defense during domestic violence incidents.”

In the past, I have cited a number of instances where women and girls have used guns in situations of self-defense. It’s only logical that an armed woman will be better able to defend herself and her loved ones than an unarmed woman.

Pryor also pointed out how ignorant US Vice President Joe Biden is on the topic:

“Reducing choice for gun owners disproportionately punishes women. Vice President Joe Biden demonstrated the ignorance of those who advocate ‘common sense’ approaches to ‘assault weapons’ when he advised a woman concerned about effectively protecting her home that, ‘You don’t need an AR-15. It’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use…Buy a shotgun.’ I might have grown up in gun-hating Britain but it doesn’t take a firearms expert to know that, unlike shotguns, AR-15s are light, accurate, and produce less recoil.”

He finished off his piece with:

“Just as gun control hurts ethnic minorities, gun control hurts women.”

A friend of mine in law enforcement once shared with me that the vast majority of cases of domestic violence involving women that he responds to don’t involve guns at all. Many domestic violence cases erupt from spontaneous anger where men and women often grab anything handy to throw or strike the other person. Yes, guns are involved in some, but not most. He did share one instance where he responded to a call of a man fearing for life. The husband began to beat his wife, which evidently was a common occurrence, when she pulled a gun from her purse and aimed it at him demanding he leave the house. He called the police on his cell phone from the front yard as his wife was standing at the door still aiming her gun at him. The husband was taken to jail and charged with domestic violence again as he had in the past. However, after learning that his now ex-wife was armed and ready to shoot him, he hasn’t bothered her in several years.

Perhaps if more women owned and carried a gun, there would be fewer instances of domestic violence against women. How many men are going to attack a woman packing a gun, especially if she knows how to use it?

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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