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Harvard: New Report Sheds Light on American Women’s Views on Guns

Whether they favor gun ownership or gun control, women’s voices are often drowned out of the national conversation around firearms in the United States, according to a new report by Marie Claire in collaboration with the Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HIRC) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. With findings from a new national survey, and the stories of women from across the political spectrum, the report sheds light on American women’s opinions and experiences in relation to guns. A few key findings:

Dr. David Hemenway, director of HIRC and professor of health policy at Harvard Chan, said in an article that self-defense gun use in the U.S. is “so rare that it’s hard to get a realistic picture of it.” According to the survey, less than 1 percent of women used a gun in self-defense in the last five years. Read more