Guns Don’t Make Women Safer

May 7, 2015

Today’s link comes from Evan DeFilippis, writing for The Atlantic. In this short article, DeFilippis takes a common claim from pro-gun enthusiasts and tears it to shreds, not with scathing witticisms, but with peer-reviewed research and facts.

Here are just a few samples of what the research demonstrates:

“…women with access to firearms become homicide victims at significantly higher rates than men.”

“…the empirical reality of firearm ownership reflects anything but equality, particularly when it comes to intimate partner violence. Such fights become much more frequent and lethal when firearms are involved, and the violence is nearly unidirectional, inflicted by males upon females.” 

“…not a single study to date has shown that the risk of any crime including burglary, robbery, home invasion, or spousal abuse against a female is decreased through gun ownership.”

If and when we are ever subjected to the claim that “guns make women safer,” we can call out the lie for what it is.

DeFilippis’ Atlantic article can be found here.

DeFelippis is also a regular contributor to Armed With Reason, a website dedicated to the scholarly support of gun control and the refutation of pro-gun myths.


Corbin Lambeth
Corbin Lambeth is a higher-ed professional, student advocate, finance geek, anti gun-culture, environmentalist, feminist, Jesus follower, and aspiring philosopher-teacher. View more of his writing on his blog .