Gun manufacturers, and the National Rifle Association, are trying to sell more firearms by marketing to American women—particularly by telling them that they’ll be protected from crime with a gun. But the truth is that “not a single study to date suggests gun ownership reduces the incidence of crimes like burglary, robbery, rape, home invasion or domestic violence against a woman.”
Women in the United States are far more likely to be killed by their intimate partners. Domestic violence affects one in four women nationwide. Two-thirds of female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner, and over half are killled with guns.
“Every single week, nine women [in the U.S.] are shot and killed by an intimate partner and that’s an average of 48 women every single month,” says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “[American] women are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other developed countries. And also a majority of mass shootings are actually tied to domestic abuse. So if you look at all of that, you look at the fact that a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely a woman will be killed, all of the data points speak to this being an incredibly important issue for women.”