Episode 14: How to Shoot a Gun
Women overwhelmingly buy guns for self-defense, but statistics show guns escalate violence across the board. Cristen and Caroline talk with two firearms fans to find out how much that feeling of safety is worth -- and what's at the root of women's fear.
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