Sunday, April 27, 2014

More women are exercising their firearms rights

In Indiana, women holding handgun permits has increased by 42% in just two years!  I've always thought this was a good idea, for one main reason, stated by Carrie Lightfoot in the article.
"Women are moving into the role of self protector, when historically they were the protected," said Carrie Lightfoot, an NRA certified instructor and owner of The Well Armed Woman. "Life has really changed for women, and they are realizing that they must learn to protect themselves as the men in their lives and law enforcement can't be there."
The word from the folks on the ground is very good as well, lots of expansion. :)
Since its founding in 2012, The Well Armed Woman has grown to 183 chapters in 42 states with 4,600 paid members. 
Indiana has seven chapters, including three in the Indianapolis area at Beech Grove Firearms Range, Eagle Creek Pistol Range and Tim's Shooting Academy of Westfield. 
Not only is the program designed to equip women with gun knowledge and skills, it's a place for camaraderie. 
Women who go to chapter meetings range in age from 21 to mid-70s. They are stay-at-home moms. They are professional women in the fields of healthcare, IT and law. Young has had pregnant women attend. She's had female members of a motorcycle club show up. 
Young's chapter has grown to 50 members since the first meeting in February. The monthly meetings have gotten so packed, she sometimes splits the class into two nights.
It's great that so many women are taking an active role in their own safety, and the safety of their families as well.  Train, train, train!  If you develop the muscle memory and good habits, you will never have an accident and you will be able to respond to threats.  Go for it! :)

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