Black Women Arming Themselves

More and more black women are taking self-defense seriously, as a result, many are turning to firearms as a means to that end.

“I’m a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence, and I feel like what else is there that I could do other than this to impact all these people’s lives and help them and make sure no other woman becomes a victim like I was?” Marchelle Tigner, a firearms instructor from Georgia, says. “It’s happening too frequently where women are easy prey, and I want us to not be easy prey anymore.” She will let victimize her once again.


“Concealed carry has increased most rapidly among Black females,” John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center found. “From 2000 to 2015, the rate of growth was 3.81 times faster than among white females.”


“I thought when I initially started the organization that there’d be a lot more Black men joining to revisit some of the social obstacles and challenges that we have in terms of firearms, but it’s been Black woman that have been driving a lot of our growth, and that’s across the board,” Philip Smith, president of NAAGA (The National African American Gun Association), said.

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“Every day, every week, every month, more and more Black women consistently, from a percentage standpoint, join our organization versus Black men, and I really think it’s because of some of the issues that black women have to face specifically based on their position in American society,” he added.


“I think a lot of women are realizing that ‘Wow, I can’t even go to the gas station without somebody trying to assault me or rob me,’” Nezida Davis, a legal counsel to NAAGA, thinks. We sincerely share her worries. Anything can happen to Black women in America and by now nobody believes police will be there to help… though you may need a gun to protect yourself from them too.



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