Let’s be honest. Some of our wives are afraid of guns. Some are against guns as “violent.” Here are five reasons your wife should carry a gun.
1) Most sex crimes and violent crimes are committed against women.
Your wife is 18 times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than you are. In the United States for 2007, the violent crime rate was 1.8 per 1,000 against females and 0.1 per 1,000 against males. In 2007, there were 248,300 rapes/sexual assaults in the United States in 2007, more than 500 per day, up from 190,600 in 2005.
2) Women experience stalking at higher rates.
Women are three times more likely to be stalked by a predator. Stalking is classified by someone following you or invading your space regularly. Women experience 20 stalking victimizations per 1,000 females age 18 and older, while men experience approximately seven stalking victimizations per 1,000 males age 18 and older.
3) Women are alone more than ever.
For thousands of years, women were generally in the company of their husbands, fathers, uncles, brothers, and sons. Even if men were absent, she was among a group of women. Women were seldom out in a field alone at dusk or during the late hours of night.
With automobiles, buses, subways, taxis, and streetlights, the modern women is now often alone and vulnerable. It could be a young girl walking home from a college campus. It could be a cute mom driving to pick up her son from baseball practice. Pepper spray and fingernails are not enough. Her SUV is not a safe room.
4) Men are usually stronger than women.
Sure, there are some Starla’s out there who could beat the everlivin’ out of a fellow, but let’s face the unpopular reality of God’s creation: men are physically stronger than women. Men are generally two to three times stronger than a woman. If an average guy can bench 200, the average girl is lucky to bench 100. (If your wife is stronger than you, see our Maccabee Society articles on strength and training ASAP.)
If a thug steps to her, she can’t push him off of her. She can’t punch him out. She probably can’t tackle him. She can’t outrun him.
The only thing powerful enough to stop a thug is a bullet. That’s why your wife needs heat.
5) For the sake of your children.
When I told my wife that I wanted her to qualify for her concealed carry license, she told me that she wasn’t comfortable carrying a gun. But as we talked about our children, she warmed up to the idea of blue steal against her skin. “What if a man attacked one of our daughters? What if a thug was trying to get in the van with our children inside?” As we ran through the scenarios, her inner-mama-bear came alive. And that was it.
Conclusion: Get that Girl a Gat
Get her a gun that fits her hand and doesn’t scare her. Take her to the range. Practice. Have fun with it. Build confidence. Legal obtain carry license. And live with greater confidence.
Please share your own experiences below in the comments.