Look Out for Michigan Women: They Love Their Guns

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

If you are planning on going out and disrespecting women, you may not want to do it in Michigan. Guns are growing increasingly popular among the fairer sex in the Great Lakes State.

According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, of the roughly 350,000 people who have concealed weapons permits, 60,000 are women. State police did not provide numbers on trends, but it does appear that more and more women are applying for such permits.

When Michigan's concealed weapons law went into effect in 2001, almost all of the people taking the required gun education class to get a permit were men.

"Now the typical class is 40% to 50% female," said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.

"There are still way more men coming in, but we have several women in almost every class now," said Mark Cortis, owner of Wild West Academy  "It used to be husbands bringing their wives or guys are bringing their girlfriends. Now, we get quite a number of women coming in on their own."

Most women say they are now packing heat for personal safety.

"You hear more and more about home invasions," said Brenda Williams. "And certain nights of the week, I come home alone with a young child. I've never been robbed... but I want to be on the safe side."

"These days no one expects a knight in shining armor to swoop in and protect you. You have to protect yourself," said Kathy Jackson, author of a book about gun safety for women.

It's not just Michigan -- nationally it appears more women are gun owners.

"Since 2001, more than 57,000 women have attended our (Women on Target) clinics across the country," says Rachel Parsons, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association. "And we know anecdotally from our NRA-certified instructors that they're seeing more and more women enrolling in their classes. Gun clubs are now having Ladies Night Out at the range. And shops are carrying more products tailored to women."