Hundreds of protesters, from groups that include Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America and the Community of AME church, listened to Levy-Pounds and other speakers.

Women are in many ways natural ambassadors of gun safety. American women are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other high-income countries, and domestic violence is behind many of the gun fatalities in the US, according to Everytown For Gun Safety.

Meanwhile, female gun ownership in America remains historically low. “There’s been no meaningful directional change in the percent of women owning guns,” Tom Smith, the director of the General Social Survey, told The Trace. In 2014, the last year for which data is available, only 11.7% percent of US women owned a firearm, compared with 35.1% of men.

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