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Women defy gun owner stereotype

The majority of gun owners are male but NBC's Kristen Dahlgren introduces us to a number of women who own and enjoy firearms as well, in NBC News' continuing series, Flashpoint: Guns in America.


A special weeklong examination of gun violence, gun ownership and gun legislation. NBC News journalists will report across "NBC Nightly News," "TODAY," MSNBC, CNBC, NBCNews.com, and more. The conversation will also extend across NBC News and MSNBC's social media platforms using the hashtag #GunsInUSA.

A Gallup poll reported that in 2005, 13 percent of all women owned a gun.

That number jumped to 23 percent in 2011.

Many women say they are buying guns to protect themselves. NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports.