Annie Get Your Gun? Women, Guns, and the Tea Party

53 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2014

Date Written: August 14, 2014


While the Tea Party’s emergence was rooted in the fiscal crisis of 2008, support for gun rights has become a dominant issue for the movement in wake of national gun tragedies that have sparked efforts to regulate gun ownership. In a notable twist, part of the new effort to defend the right to bear arms has involved women, who often invoke the desire to protect themselves and their families as the reason to defend gun ownership. In this paper, I first consider the “gendered” rhetoric used by Tea Party women to defend their right to bear arms through qualitative analysis. Then, I examine the extent to which such gendered appeals are likely to resonate with American women more broadly by examining the impact of sex on gun attitudes using national survey data from the Public Religion Research Institute.

Keywords: gun rights, women, Tea Party

Suggested Citation

Deckman, Melissa, Annie Get Your Gun? Women, Guns, and the Tea Party (August 14, 2014). Paper Prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington DC, August 28-31, 2014. Available at SSRN: or

Melissa Deckman (Contact Author)

Washington College ( email )

300 Washington Ave
Chestertown, MD 21620
United States

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