U.K. reports on women and guns in the U.S.

As strongly as the U.K. is politically opposed to guns in the hands of private citizens it sometimes seems they have a fascination with people in the U.S. having guns. Here is an example:

Debbie Ferns travels the USA organising “Ladies Only Gun Camps” complete with pink weapons to encourage women to take up shooting.

Mrs Ferns, 55, from Tucson, Arizona, has also written a book called Babes with Bullets, Women Having Fun With Guns.

“Every woman in America should shoot a gun,” said Mrs Ferns, who has more than 20 in her home collection.

She added “As long as the woman is a legal and law-abiding citizen I feel they should at least have a basic education in firearms safety.”

The three-day camps, which cost £400, are exploding across the country and in January next year a US TV show will begin documenting the female gun trend.

“It started with one camp in 2004 and now we’re planning 15 to 20 camps for 2010,” said Debbie, who has helped recruit over 1,000 women to the shooting world.

“Women love it. We get schoolteachers, lawyers, nurses, women from all walks of life.

“They come in as novices and go away with a brand new skill using a powerful tool.

“Quite often they make new lifelong friends at camp as well.”

The women-only gun camps are particularly popular with women over the age of 35, up to those in their 60s.

“We have so much fun and it’s very exciting.

“It’s a fast paced program and by the third day of camp we have women safely drawing from holsters and shooting on the move,” said Mrs Ferns. “We often get emails from women telling us that the camp has changed their lives.”

There’s more and it is a very positive article. I have to wonder what that means for the future of gun ownership in the U.K. Is it an indicator of change for their firearm bans?


2 thoughts on “U.K. reports on women and guns in the U.S.

  1. Is it an indicator of change for their firearm bans?

    I highly doubt it. I have long since given up hope for my native land.

  2. Richard; there’s still hope. Even when things were still going downhill here in the U.S. (with gun rights) the History Channel did their multi-part series, “Tales of the Gun”. It quickly became their most requested video for sale on VHS (before the demise of cassettes). Such things may be subtle, but they have an influence. When guns and shooting are depicted as something fun and interesting, instead of something sinister, people take note. When the UK media find out these kinds of stories are popular (read “profitable”) they’ll do more of them.

    Earlier I commented on how good it was that Henry (the gun maker) was advertizing on Fox News. Just this week I find they’re advertizing on other networks, and not just the amateurish TV ads that Henry did at first, but real quality productions. There is a change in the air. For too long we’ve been lulled into believing that we are weak or unpopular. We’re just now beginning to wake up and realize that we are strong.

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