Skip to comments.Black Women and Guns in Texas
Posted on 07/12/2012 3:48:40 PM PDT by marktwain
I saw a couple of people (including InstaPundit) citing this Utne Reader article, which reports that Texas Department of Public Safety data show that the fastest-growing group of concealed handgun owners in the state has been, for at least five years, black women (and also tells the story of the author, one of those black women). And, as I always like to do, I decided to check the statistics for myself. I dont think the race and sex of who owns guns and who has carry licenses is particularly important for evaluating concealed carry laws, but such demographic phenomena still strike me as interesting and I would think that both gun rights and gun control activists should also find them interesting in crafting their political strategies.
In any case, heres what I found; the first four columns after the year are percentages of concealed carry permit recipients who belong to each group, and the last column is ((blackwomen/blackmen)/(whitewomen/whitemen)) basically, an indicator of how the sex ratio of permits among blacks compares to the sex ratio among whites, with numbers >1 suggesting that the women/men sex ratio is higher for blacks than whites. Note that the Texas population as a whole is 80.9% white and 12.2% black, and all these numbers seem to treat most Hispanics as whites (following the modern demographic approach of treating Hispanic as an ethnicity rather than a separate race).
(Table at the site)
The overall trend does seem striking. Women are indeed much less likely to get concealed carry licenses than men, and blacks than whites. But the disparity is decreasing, with the percentage of black licensees rising from 4.45% in 1996-2000 to 7.10% in 2007-2011. And the increase in black women licensees is especially striking (0.75% in 1996-2000 to 1.63% in 2007-2011). Indeed, while in 1996-2000 the gender gap among blacks was materially greater than that among whites, in 2007-2011 it was materially less (with the comparative ratio rising from an average of 81% over the first five years to an average of 114% over the last five).
What that means about gun attitudes and gun politics in Texas, I cant say; but I thought it was worth noting.
I have no evidence for what I’m going to say, just personal observation.
Black females suffer severely from the lawlessness in the black community.
Black females also understand the fact that God did NOT make men and women equal, but that Smith and Wesson sure did.
All of a sudden, the 2nd Amendment makes perfect sense to them.
Go to any Texas gun show. You might be surprised.
If you lived in the jungle (the projects) wouldn’t you want to carry a gun too?
This raises an interesting sociological question.
For many years black men routinely beat black women and it was just an accepted thing in the black community. But then there was a sea change, in which when a black man hit a black woman, she was expected to go nuts on him.
But this may raise the bar. Having a gun does not necessarily mean using a gun, but it does mean you are able to use a gun if you need to. This changes your psychology, but it also changes the psychology of those around you.
True or not, having a gun does change feelings of control in a situation. And what happens when black women feel more in control of their relationships?