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There has been several reports from firearm instructors that have said they are noticing an increase in the numbers of black women who are turning to guns for self defense.

Rick Ector, a firearms instructor near Detroit stated, “Minority women are definitely increasing in numbers.” He continued, “Women overall — in particular, minority women — are looking toward guns to protect themselves against crime. Women are definitely drivers in the market right now.”

As a woman, I can say that I have definitely seen an increase in the marketing towards us. The NRA even used a campaign ad that heavily appealed to women and our right to protect ourselves.

Here is the ad:

Fox News reports:

In Georgia, for instance, trainer Marchelle Tigner referred to the observation as a “movement” in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.

Tigner, who launched Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction in November, told the paper she had to expand room in her classes, which sold out after promoting them through social media.

“The growth of these classes – I never expected it,” she told the newspaper. “It shows me how unsafe these women feel in their communities.”

Stacy Washington — a conservative African-American columnist suspended last week by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after she defended the National Rifle Association from comparisons to ISIS — also noted a trend of more minority women learning how to use guns.

“I believe the reason we’re seeing more women of color joining this movement to use firearms is because they’re realizing this is not a political issue,” Washington told Fox News. “It really never has been. It’s about personal safety and protection.”

‘I believe the reason we’re seeing more women of color joining this movement to use firearms is because they’re realizing this is not a political issue.’

– Stacy Washington

“There is definitely an uptick in ownership among minority women,” said Washington. “A firearm is an equalizer for women because women have a harder time defending themselves when they’re attacked by a man; men have more body mass.”

Washington was suspended by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday after a column titled “Guns and the Media” disputed an anti-NRA article that argued since more Americans die from guns than from ISIS, the Second Amendment advocacy group is the greater danger.

Washington said she was suspended in an email from her editor, accusing her of not disclosing a “paid or unpaid professional affiliation” with the NRA. Washington said after she informed her editor she had no such affiliation with the NRA, he “shifted the criticism to the column, saying there were factual errors.” When Washington questioned what those errors might be, she said she never got a response.

Catherine Mortensen, an NRA spokeswoman, told Fox News that, “Women are the fastest growing segment of firearms buyers in the country.” She continued, “The NRA is a natural home for women firearms owners. Increasingly, women today don’t want to rely on a spouse or neighbor for protection. They want to be able to protect themselves and their families.”

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