Growing up we had guns in the home but "girls" did not shoot guns because it wasn't very lady like according to my mom and she is afraid of guns. My dad showed me a little bit didn't press the issue as to not go against my mom.
Many people do not know my why story and I am taking a risk and sharing my story now. I used to be in a very abusive relationship both physically and mentally and I assumed it was normal. I did the common thing of hiding bruises and everything else because defending myself made it worse. It wasn't until one of my children were brought into the situation that I realized how bad it was and then after the rape it brought it even more clear. I didn't know how to protect myself or where to go from there.
One of my guy friends told me, “listen up woman no more; I'm teaching you how to protect yourself weather you like it or not.” He took me to the gun range and I can tell you I was nervous until I felt that steel in my hands. I suddenly had and instant feeling of safety and a way that I could one day defend myself if I needed. The first shot was pure bliss! I cannot say enough how much I loved shooting for the very first time.
After the first time shooting I instantly went to a local gun store to purchase my first gun. I can tell you the gentleman wasn't the most pleasant because I was a woman in there by myself and he just thought I wanted something pretty. Well first off who doesn't want something pretty especially if it's a good quality gun. I purchased a .40 Taurus and it has been my baby ever since! Not only is it a bigger gun compared to some but I have the most confidence with that gun and I believe that is something that is very important when owning a gun and depending on that gun to not only protect yourself but your family as well.
It seems like I had an urge to tell people hey if you need a stress reliever go to the range but they never knew how deep it was for me because many thought I just liked to blow off a few hundred rounds for the fun of it. Yes it was for the fun of it but it was also for the protection of being able to trust that gun with my life if I needed it to.
It wasn't until a great woman shared this group with me and told me her why story that I thought I might be able to make a difference with being apart of this group. I now have the confidence to share my why and to encourage anyone out there that it is their right to not only carry a gun but to also defend your family by any means possible under the 2nd amendment.
I will always encourage anyone and everyone to carry if they want and to also show new shooters the amazing feeling it is to be able to have the power to not only be a woman shooter but to enhance your skills so if the moment came, you could defend yourself and not become a victim. I refuse to be a victim any longer and will always protect my way of life to the best of my ability. It is our role to not only be role models to other women to give them the strength and encouragement that the may need but to also show our daughters how to be strong powerful women as well.
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