No, Guns Don't Make Women Safer
Ruth Marcus: Gun control can save more women than arming them can
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2013 1:18 PM CST
Ruth Marcus argues that assault weapons do not make women safer, gun control does.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – According to Ruth Marcus, the argument du jour against gun control—that women in particular need access to guns to protect themselves from violent, male criminals—is nothing but a "straw woman." The "argument would be powerful, if only it were true," Marcus writes in the Washington Post. "The facts suggest precisely the opposite."

Women tend to be victims of gun violence, notes Marcus, citing a study that women who have a gun in the home are three times more likely to be the victim of a homicide. And for abused women, that number rises to six times likelier. Nothing in current gun control proposals would prevent a woman from owning a gun to defend herself. But better background checks to get guns out of the hands of domestic abusers could actually save women. Click for her full column.

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right2dave
Feb 4, 2013 6:43 PM CST
nothing hotter than a babe with a good bod and a hot rod in her hands.
TJeff1514
Feb 3, 2013 9:52 AM CST
Right to own a gun...fine, no problem. You just have to except that gun could be used against you or a family member or a family members young friend playing with the gun, which is more often the case then self-defense. If you keep a loaded gun in the house your asking for trouble & if you keep it unloaded or locked up with the ammo, or loaded with the safty on, it may not save your bacon it time. Just saying
762x51nato
Feb 3, 2013 1:17 AM CST
Ms. Russel has my permission to tell someone while they are attacking her that she doesn't believe in gun ownership and feels safer without one. If she survives I'd like to hear what the attacker said in answer. (Thank you)?