March 08, 2007
WELL, DUH: "More Tennessee women carry guns." Nice to see this bit, though:
Officials from the Tennessee Department of Safety say it is not clear why women have signed up to carry handguns at such an increased rate the past two years. Before 1996, local sheriffs' offices issued the permits.
But gun experts, such as Barbara Oonk of Nashville, say that women are increasingly exercising their gun ownership rights in light of concerns about crime.
"Why should we not have something to protect ourselves?" said Oonk, the Tennessee representative for the Second Amendment Sisters, a national organization promoting female gun ownership. "Why should we let someone else have their way, when you could protect yourself?
"There is so much crime going on, and it is proven that states that have carry laws see less crime. If everybody is carrying, there would be less crime."
There was a time when passages like this wouldn't have made it into mainstream media.