The Crime Prevention Research Center has frequently written about how much more women benefit from owning a gun than men. Yet, seeing an entertainment television show acknowledge that essential point is shocking. In this case, Hulu’s Class of ’09 has one of the show’s stars Kate Mara (who plays FBI Agent Poet) saying that her mom taught her how to use a gun because she thought that any woman who lived alone should know how to protect her (Season 1, Episode 4, May 24, 2023).
Our research shows that carrying a gun benefits women 3 to 4 times more than men. Women, in general, are just not as physically strong as men. Most men could easily overpower a woman physically with their bare hands. The point of carrying a gun for self-defense is to be situationally aware and adequately trained to keep an attacker far enough away from you that they cannot get their hands on you.
A gun is a great equalizer, putting a female on equal footing against a male attacker. Your job is not to go and apprehend the person who is a threat. Your job is to keep that threat away from you and protect yourself if necessary.
Hulu’s Class of ’09 , Season 1, Episode 4, May 24, 2023.
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