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Marchelle Tigner, known to her students and others as "Tig," is on a mission: To train at least 1 million women how to shoot a firearm. She had spent no time around guns before joining the National Guard. It's hard to find definitive statistics on gun ownership, but a study by the Pew Research Center released this month indicated that just 16 percent of "non-white women" identified themselves as gun owners, compared with about 25 percent of white women. Other Pew surveys in recent years have shown a growing acceptance of firearms among African-Americans: In 2012, one found that less than a third of black households viewed gun ownership as positive; three years later, that number had jumped. By then, 59 percent of black families saw owning guns as a necessity.Few states track gun permits by race or gender. Jonava Johnson, another student, says it took her a long time to decide to get a gun.
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