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And so began my journey to becoming an NRA instructor.

I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would touch a gun much less shoot one. As it happened, one day I reached an age where I decided not to be afraid of the unknown. After all, guns were on the news every day, in every prime time show on television, in every major movie. I don’t think they can make a blockbuster movie that doesn’t have at least one woman and one gun in it. It was one of those movies that got me thinking seriously about getting a gun. No, it wasn’t a cops and robbers movie, or an international spy movie that did it, it was a movie about a world event leading to chaos in the streets and the human response.
That day, I decided to buy a gun for home defense. Seriously, me a so called liberal. I, who in college chose my debate subject on gun ownership and why I was against it! I felt like a different person with a different perspective on life. The innocence and naive thinking of my youth had changed. Sadly, I realized that we no longer live in a country where we can feel safe in our own homes. The increase in poverty and crime and the decrease in education coupled with diminished resources for law enforcement, make for dangerous times.
I used to think the media was sensationalizing crime and exaggerating it for the purpose of ratings. Now I feel that it’s the complete opposite. I think for every one story they report on TV there are at least ten others they never get to. You hear about home invasions, but only the ones in neighborhoods where there were none before. I subscribe to a crime statistics and reports website, called Spotcrime and my local City’s Patch site, where I get the real local news. This is how I know there are many more crimes than are ever reported by the nightly news.
Fast forward.
So there I was picking up my beautiful new gun, a small semi auto. I had taken the required, written test for a Handgun Safety Certificate in California. Then, I waited the required ten days after my background check cleared. I was so excited, but at the same time nervous. The feel of steel and protection in my hands felt strangely comforting. Although, I now had a means to protect myself and loved ones, I in no way felt confident enough to use my new firearm. I still needed to learn how to safely use, transport, store and maintain it. I wanted to be able to properly protect myself and prevent a tragic accident. Otherwise, if the time ever came when I needed to use it, I might not have the skills to preserve my life and my loved ones lives.
So, I scheduled a private lesson with a shooting instructor, I knew it was the only way I would feel safe handling my new firearm. Yes, firearm, not weapon. I quickly learned that safe gun handling begins with the right attitude. The National Rifle Association’s safe gun handling rules, are comprised of knowledge, skills and attitude. I totally agree, you need all three to be a safe gun owner. Whether you remain ignorant or become negligent is up to you. The result is the same for both of those, in that it may result in a tragedy. And so began my journey to becoming an NRA Certified Instructor.

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A BUMP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

IMG_4992So you’re sitting at home in your living room and the doorbell rings your dogs are going crazy.You go to the door and ask who is there? No one answers, you ask again, no one answers..
After a little while the doorbell stops and they seem to go away so you get back into your book or your TV program, whatever you were doing and then the doorbell rings again.You get up to go back to the door and you ask who is it,who’s there?Silence..

Now you start to back away and you start to remember what you learned in your personal protection class in your personal protection inside the home class,you start to remember your plan. You remember what they taught you about staying safe and getting things together.

Do you know where to go, who to call? Do you have an escape route,do you have a cell phone or other phone,do you have a safe room? Did you practice with your self defense tools?

So you gather up your self-defense tool on the way to your safe room and lock the door,you take cover and you call someone.You take a deep breath in and out, you try to relax and you wait for help to arrive.

As it turns out you find a note taped to your door, it was from your neighbor letting you know that your tree’s branch had fallen into their yard. But you didn’t know that, and why didn’t they answer you when you asked who’s there!

Okay, so you start to think back on how you reacted to this drill and you realize that there are some things you can improve on. Like, why was your self defense tool in an upstairs drawer and not beside you? Why haven’t you fixed that motion detector light in front of your door yet? What about that camera you keep telling yourself you’re going to have installed outside of your garage?And, it’s been almost a month since you went to the practice range.

Right, so now you know what things you could improve on now, what things did you do right? Well,you got your self-defense tool and you went to your safe room and locked yourself in. You had your cell phone ready and charged,you had your flashlight, you had additional self-defense tools inside the room.You also had a spare set of keys, just in case you needed to throw them out the window to law enforcement to let themselves in.
You had a self-defense plan that was fit for your circumstances and your home and you feel proud of yourself. Good for you! Most people don’t even have a plan, most people have never taken a class or bought a self-defense tool. Most people have never even thought of the idea, of what would happen if they had an unwelcome visitor in their home, much less what to do about it.

Well ladies I want you to ask yourself something?What would you do if you had someone trying to break into your home?What if you were sound asleep and you heard a bump in the middle of the night? What would you do?

Even if you’re married or you have a boyfriend think of all of the circumstances when you are alone, all of those times when you are alone in your home with nobody else around. Who would you depend on to defend you in case there was an intruder that meant to cause you harm?

Now I want you to walk over to the mirror and look.Can you see that beautiful woman, that beautiful strong woman, that beautiful intelligent woman looking at you? That’s who you could depend on, that’s who would be there to protect your life!

Whether you’re young or old, small or tall, there are crime prevention strategies, self defense techniques and personal protection tools available.

You can start by checking within your local community for self-defense training or crime prevention committees available to the public.

The National Rifle Association also has Refuse To Be A Victim seminars across the country where you can learn the personal safety tips and techniques you need to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. You can find a seminar near you at Refuse.NRA.org.

Whichever method you choose to protect yourself make sure you find an experienced and certified instructor to train you.

If you decide to own a firearm you should always consult with your local,state and federal laws regarding the purchase,possession transportation and transfer of firearms as well as their use in defensive situations. You should also understand the basic legal principles surrounding the use of deadly force in self-defense. For more specific information consult an attorney familiar with the laws relating to firearms in self-defense in your jurisdiction.

Americans enjoy the right to own firearms but with this right comes a responsibility. As a gun owner it is your responsibility to store, operate and maintain your firearms safely. It is the gun owner’s responsibility to ensure that unauthorized individuals cannot gain access to your firearms. It is a gun owner’s responsibility to learn and obey all applicable laws that pertain to the purchase, possession and use of a firearm in his or her locale.

Please, don’t wait until that bump in the middle of the night to figure out what to do next.

You can find an NRA Certified Instructor near you or for NRA Certified firearms classes go to:
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Ladies have you learned to shoot yet?

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Have you been thinking about purchasing a gun for personal defense either for your home or concealed carry? Do you know what type of pistol to buy? How you plan to use it will determine the type of pistol you should consider. Will you use it for home defense, plinking, target practice or competition?How much are you willing to spend? Have you calculated the cost of the pistol, the ammunition, ear protection, eye protection, pistol instruction, range practice, cleaning supplies
and storage? In California you must purchase a Handgun Safety Certificate which is good for 5 years.

Hand strength in women can also be an issue, since a semi automatic pistol requires you to rack the slide. This can be managed however by proper positioning of your body and using the push forward method. But this is something to consider. A revolver on the other hand doesn’t require much hand strength other than pulling the trigger. Some snubbie revolvers have a very long and hard trigger press.

One of the best ways to decide is to go to a gun range with a friend and rent different guns. Buying a gun on an impulse or by looks alone can be a costly mistake. Not to mention a lot of paperwork and a long waiting period for nothing. Start off with a .22 caliber if you’ve never shot before, at least until you get accustomed to the noise and recoil. Try different guns in the same caliber such as a 9 mm. You may find one gun feels better in your hand and easier to manage. Make sure you don’t have to reach too far to press the trigger, otherwise you may end up pulling your shots to the side. Can you align your hand and wrist to form a straight line? If not, the grip may be too thick. Try a different manufacturer. Or try a different type of pistol. Try a double action pistol and then a single action pistol. There is a major difference in the trigger press. Mainly in the distance your finger must travel on the trigger to take a shot.

If at anytime you feel you are unable to handle the gun safely or if you experience a malfunction at the range, STOP. Raise your non shooting hand and ask for the assistance from a range safety officer. Some indoor ranges do not have an RSO in each shooting bay, but they must have someone on staff that is. You may have to place your gun on the bench,while pointed down range, and notify them that you need assistance with the gun. Never feel embarrassed to ask, it is imperative that you don’t attempt to clear your gun if you aren’t yet sure of what you’re doing. Most ranges have beginning pistol instruction classes that you can take. The National Rifle Association has a list of classes and instructors in your area. Find NRA Instruction classes nearby

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