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vehemently anti-gun and then saw
what was going on in society and
thought, 'Hey, I need a gun.' They're
finding out they have to go through
this burdensome process to buy a
gun and to get their concealed carry. I
think lights go on. "
First, the ladies encounter Tanisha Moner, who runs the introduction and safety briefing. Addressing
a room of roughly 80 participants at
a time, Tanisha relates to the women
how she was abducted, robbed and
sexually assaulted at the age of 17. Her
assailants eventually went to prison,
but Tanisha was left with crippling
anxiety about guns-anxiety, she
says, that was only cured by facing
her fear and going to the shooting
range, and eventually getting her concealed-carry permit and NRA instructor certification.
It's a story her audience can
connect with; she says women
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often approach her afterwards and
sometimes tell her about their own
prior trauma.
" I fell in love with the event the
very first day, " Tanisha said. " I can't
imagine not being a part of it. It's
amazing to see these ladies, who
were in the same position I was in
not very long ago. "
Tanisha next explains the four
rules of gun safety, a little about gun
anatomy, what to expect on the range
and how to be safe. It's a presentation
she'll repeat a dozen times throughout
the day. Once the briefing is over, the
women are released to line up for the
range, and the next group comes in.
Roughly two dozen instructors
are on the range full-time, patiently
introducing new shooters to guns one
by one. Several of them flew in from
across the country to help. Other
volunteers sweep brass, pair students
with instructors and serve as extra

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pairs of eyes for safety. Tourniquets
and medical gear, increasingly a fixture at gun ranges, can be seen everywhere, but in the event's nine years,
there's never been an injury.
Much of the nearly 25,000 rounds
of ammunition was donated by a
local company, Fenix Ammunition,
and by Michigan Gun Owners-
no small feat in the midst of ammo
shortages. Other groups donated
safety glasses and ear protection,
gun locks, food for volunteers and
the flamboyantly pink targets.
Rick is a gregarious presence,
sporting a salt-and-pepper beard,
an NRA hat and a " Legally Armed
in Detroit " shirt. He runs back and
forth between instructing on the
range and performing his duties as
host. He welcomes new visitors with
a broad grin and congratulates participants as they leave. He diligently
ensures they get their free gun lock
and pink hat.
After leaving the range, some
women head straight to the gun
counter to purchase their first gun.
Some pose for photos with their targets, or compare their results, or shop
for t-shirts, such as one sporting a gun
silhouette with the caption " Aroma
Therapy. " According to the shop,
many more will stop by in the coming
weeks to shop or sign up for classes.
" It's so special when you see them
come out of the range, " said Tanisha. " Their smiling faces show they
feel so empowered and happy and



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