Women in the United States are buying guns in droves, according to recently released survey results.
Nearly half of all new gun owners in America since early 2019 have been women — a huge shift for a market that formerly had a predominantly male presence.
To put it in perspective, past decades have seen women make up roughly 10 to 20 percent of new gun owners. However, from Jan. 2019 to April 2021, those numbers jumped to over 45 percent.
This is all according to preliminary results from the 2021 National Firearms Survey, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
In total, during the aforementioned period of time, 3.5 million women became new gun owners compared to 4 million men.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the survey polled over 19,000 adults and is “one of the largest nationally representative, population-based surveys about gun purchasing ever conducted.”
Industry experts and gun owners believe the surge in purchasing has been “driven by fears driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and various protests across the country that at times turned violent,” The Hill reported.
Indeed, the many Black Lives Matter-inspired racial justice protests that spanned the country for months on end in 2020 often resulted in violence.
In fact, around 95 percent of those riots were “linked to Black Lives Matter activism” and 88 percent of those riots involved Black Lives Matter activists, according to The Federalist.
Additionally, many reports indicate that COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns directly led to greater levels of violence against women.
According to a United Nations report, “lockdowns, social distancing and other forms of restrictions on movement” implemented during the pandemic exacerbated worldwide levels of domestic violence against women and girls by “compounding perpetrators’ use of mechanisms of power and control to isolate victims.”
Apparently, many women in the U.S. are finding a solution to that problem by purchasing firearms in record numbers.