Gunmakers Produce Pink Firearms, Meet Surging Demand Among Violent, Twee Ladyfolk
3:15 pm, February 21st | by Rebecca Srulowitz
More women than ever before are practicing their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Here at The Jane Dough, we decided to come up with reasons for why the NRA would proclaim that women represent the largest demographic increase in gun ownership in the past three years. Perhaps women’s newfound interest in gun ownership is due to a desire to protect themselves; perhaps it’s inspired by Sarah Palin’s hunting excursions; or, perhaps it’s due to an explosion (pardon the pun) of lady-themed guns and gun accessories?
Retailers saw a 61-percent increase in female gun shoppers from 2009 to 2010 alone, according to the USA Today, which pinned this trend to a corresponding uptick in available female-specific weaponry:
There are pink guns. Pink ear protection. Pink shell pouches. For your car, don’t miss the pink “Pistol Packing Princess” sticker. And if you want to pack heat while lunching at your favorite tea room, a purse with a special pistol holster is de rigueur.
All of this is aimed at women who want to own a gun — for protection, for hunting or for sport shooting — a rapidly growing demographic. But don’t let all that girly pink fool you. Women in the United States, and Iowa, for example, take their firearms seriously.
Are people actually bringing firearms to afternoon tea? This isn’t normal female behavior.
In Polk County, Iowa alone, the number of women granted gun permits has outpaced those granted to men by more than two to one. That’s more than 311 percent between 2010 and 2011! We seriously pity the next dude who tries to jump one of you gun-toting gals.