The Armed American Woman


About the author: Becky is a conservative citizen activist who grew up in the 1980's Reagan era. During that time it was not unusual for American's to hear a great deal about the Cold War and to be concerned about the possibility of a nuclear war. When the Cold War ended, American entered an era of peace and prosperi ... [read 's FULL BIO]

Not so very long ago in American history guns were primarily handled by men. Men were the ones who defended us against enemies and tyrants, men were the ones who did most of the hunting, and even shooting sports were dominated by men. There were exceptions to this rule, of course. Phoebe Ann Moses, aka Annie Oakley comes to mind. Historically, though, guns have generally been associated with manliness.

That is changing, however. As society changes and news of world events reaches us instantly, as violence begets copycat violence, as successive generations are more and more desensitized and so many of us believe our liberties are being eroded daily, more and more women are taking up the responsibility of protecting their families. This alone gives women the impetus to buy a gun and learn how to use it effectively. And aside from self and family defense, more and more women are joining the shooting sports and entering competitions. Is there really anything more appealing than a woman with a gun that she knows how to use? Not for many.

Recently the NRA had its annual meeting in Houston Texas. A great many of the attendees were women and many of the vendors catered to them. The number of female NRA members has been steadily rising and that was reflected in the seminars and receptions that were available specifically for female attendees. Females across the nation are adding their voices to various gun rights groups, including Gun Owners of America and any number of local carry and sportsman’s organizations. Women are the fastest growing demographic of gun owners in America.

In January a Georgia mom protected herself and her twins from a home invader. While she hid in a closet with her children and her .38 revolver the intruder ransacked the house and eventually found them. She fired at him until the gun was out of ammunition and managed to hit him several times in the face and neck. He paid the ultimate price for his nefarious act and a mother and her children were saved. This is just one example of what can happen when you threaten a mothers children.
As an armed American woman I take every opportunity to go shooting. I have taken various safety and training classes because I believe it is my responsibility to be well trained and capable of handling my firearms effectively and safely. I have many friends who are also gun enthusiasts, defenders of the second amendment, who hold the same beliefs in training and practice. And I have had several opportunities as a NRA Certified Instructor for Pistols to train others. Sometimes the people I teach are enthusiastic and excited to learn. Some of them are nervous. Handling a firearm can be intimidating, especially if you have never been around them and all you hear is fearful and negative commentary from other novices.

I am a founding member of the Illinois Gun Owners PAC. Recently we hosted an event specifically designed to teach women how to shoot. Jan Morgan came to Illinois and trained 56 ladies in firearm safety and handling and spent time on the range with them. It was a wonderful event.

While we were promoting registration we received emails and phone calls from a lot of people who were interested. I got calls from several husbands who said “I want to sign my wife up for your training. I’ve tried to teach her to shoot but it doesn’t go well.” I spoke with women who wanted to learn but were afraid or intimidated. Others were simply excited. But the one thing they all shared was their determination to try.

When the training started the ladies first encountered the classroom setting. There we taught them the rules of safe handling, the different kinds of firearms, and the proper nomenclature to use. The students were able to ask questions and fully understand the training before hitting the range to get some practical experience.

On the range each lady was given her own target and started off firing a .22 cal pistol. If you’re a shooter you know that a .22 doesn’t have much recoil and we thought this was a good start for any woman. But we didn’t stop there. Next they shot a 9 mm. After that a .40 cal. After shooting three progressively bigger calibers these ladies walked off the range with huge grins on their faces and targets that showed center mass groupings that any shooter would be proud of. Not one of them wanted to buy a .22. I encouraged all of them to return to the range and rent a variety of guns to see which one they preferred and were comfortable shooting.

If you are a man who knows a lady you want to learn to shoot, please have her read this article and then have her sign up for a class. Many women learn better from another woman. Women have their own unique issues to deal with and men cannot understand these. Husbands or other male family members are often the worst people to teach a woman to shoot. The familial relationship makes it too easy for the man to make his lady feel stupid or nervous, though I’m sure that isn’t his intention. As stated earlier, women have their own unique issues to deal with and another woman has a better chance of addressing those issues effectively.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Armed American Woman is here to stay. Our numbers are growing and we gladly join the ranks of patriotic Americans who honor and will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Ladies, if you have not yet joined us we invite you to take your first firearms class as soon as possible. Jan Morgan travels the country teaching ladies to shoot. Whether you train with her or someone else, we hope to add you to our ranks soon.
It’s awesome to be armed and female.

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  • If you go back in history of this nation women have a proud tradition of weapons. When the man was away the women in the frontier almost always had a gun available It returning is a good sign. Of course Feinstein would be dangerous with a squirt gun.

    • I agree, Jong, and I do not mean to take away from that proud tradition. The perception has always been that guns were men’s territory and that is what I speak of. And as many women as there were who were always a part of gun history, it certainly has been dominated by men. That is changing, however. I am very happy to see more and more women wanting to learn and be responsible gun owners and operators.

      • I meant no disrespect. Rather I am saying that we are returning to era where women actually had more freedom and honest respect than they do now. Women use to be forced to think and were real equal partners. And no man should be sad to see that return. Liberal dumb women down. A Conservative man should never fear a honest women.

        • Thanks Jong. I am a strong conservative woman and I know many others. We are here to stay, count on it. I confess, I do not understand liberal women and I do not know any good men who appreciate them either.

  • Danny

    Good job, ladies! I am glad that our women are realizing the necessity of being prepared to defend themselves and their children.

  • marineh2ominer

    The women have to take up arms now because the sensitive metro progressives have pretty much eliminated the majority of men , all we have left are the effeminate wussies that can’t even stand up for themselves , much less those that depend on them . Of course there are still SOME men left , but they are all over fifty and getting as scarce as hens teeth .

  • Everett

    Bravo, it is past time that women are given the right to defend themselves and make use of whatever tool that makes that possible. Beg to differ, in the early days of the country our women were as proficient with firearms as the men. Men were not always there and the woman had to defend the home. To the warm place with those that want to deny women the right to defend themselves and their loved ones. Such fools should be taken out and used as target holders. But then you cannot cure stupid.

  • Wonderful article, it is people like you who are the hope of this country

    • Thanks, Budd, and remember, the good conservative women of this nation appreciate good conservative men like you backing them up.

  • Robert S Moulds

    Well it seems encourage my nieces stand up to mean boys failed when girl bullies used computers. Feminizing the men wear skirts so they could have empathy to vulnerable women while empowered women wore pants. But it would be miss understood by the women plus (unlike myself) the men don’t have the girlish figure or the silky smooth legs to pull it off. It would have made an interesting social experiment .So scary as it seems arming the women is a more realistic option. Considering I’m no John Wayne and I don’t know about the bad guy but they scare me. Almost as much as Rosie O’Donnell though I think she’s Micheal Moore in drag.

  • mtman2

    I’ve found in instructing girls + boy’s to handle firearms that boys are more interested but that girls in their curiousness listened better + could start out shooting well. Because they in a detached way followed instructions to the Tee. Relax but concentrate, “at the same time”, hold on target carefully but only squeeze as the sight picture is right as described. Boys seem to attempt to ‘make’ the shot hit the target instead of making the shot as described. Soooh, boys seem to learn by trial + error to come to the “relax but concentrate” instruction on their own after the fact-but most do. Some very well as it becomes a lifetime interest + pursuit! These days many of the female gender have also followed through with interest + pursuit in the use of firearms + the shooting sports. “A much under appreciated endeavor”, + an American phenomena!