To read any set of statistics about guns in the United States is to read about men.Surveys typically assess gun ownership by household, meaning that if one person keeps a gun, his or her choice ends up representing the preference of everyone in the home.It's a disparity made all the more striking by the fact that 74 percent of the women we polled believe that men have a different mindset about guns than they do.
America loses, on average, 90 people a day to gun violence—homicides, suicides, and terrible, tragic accidents. Almost every person I've met who has lost a loved one to guns is like those mothers in Chicago. They just want an end to all these needless, violent deaths. Plenty of women care deeply about their Second Amendment rights.
They want to spare other families what they've endured. And women have long been at the forefront of the movement to end gun violence in America, from Sarah Brady to Gabby Giffords to the mothers who've turned their grief into action.
As a former senator and a candidate for president, I have ideas for how we can reduce gun violence without compromising anyone's rights.
We need comprehensive background checks that keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other violent criminals.
It makes sense, then, that what a gun means to a woman is largely dependent on whether she has one.
Only 20 percent of the general population of women believe that having a gun at home makes it a safer place—though the majority of gun-owning women do.Counting by household silences the voice of whoever lost the debate, if there was one.And in the important and demographically lopsided issue of gun ownership, the silenced voice is usually a woman's. Marie has partnered with the Harvard Injury Control Research Center to study American women's beliefs, opinions, and experiences in relation to gun ownership and gun control, the results of which are published here for the first time.Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton's daughter was shot in a park in broad daylight just days after she performed with her marching band at President Obama's second inauguration.I tried to find the right words to comfort and console. Later I learned that in the time we were together, a 9-year-old was shot and killed just miles away.Forty-seven percent of our respondents say that seeing a civilian wearing a holstered gun in public would make them feel less safe than they do now.