Black women picking up firearms for self-defense

Associated Press

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) – Marchelle Tigner is on a mission to train at least 1 million women how to shoot a firearm. A survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, she wants to give other women of color the training she hadn’t had.

It may be an uphill climb.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center indicates that just 16 percent of “non-white women” identify themselves as gun owners. That’s compared with about 25 percent of white women.

Other Pew surveys in recent years have shown a growing acceptance of firearms among African-Americans: In 2012, one found that less than a third of black households viewed gun ownership as positive; three years later, that number had jumped. By then, 59 percent of black families saw owning guns as a necessity.

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I’m coming to you on August 26th!!!! I’ll be teaching my Women’s Handgun 101 class in the Nashville area.

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