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Last August, Recoil Firearms, in
Detroit, held its annual training
day for women who want to learn
to shoot. Even they were surprised
by the turnout and enthusiasm.
excited. They're always so grateful
and appreciative. "
Rick says, at the end of the day,
it's about empowering women. " An
insane number of women are raped
in the city of Detroit. How can you
prevent that? If there's a rapist and
a victim, a rape is going to happen.
You can tell women to do all sorts of
crazy things: Fake being crazy, stick
your fingers down your throat to
make yourself vomit, unleash your
bodily functions and soil your clothing to seem unattractive, lay still
and it will be over soon and you'll
live. To me, that's unacceptable. Give
a woman a gun, and the training and
the ability to explain why you shot
that rapist, and I'm okay with it. "
Tanisha says some of her students
have ended up using deadly force to
protect themselves. " This is Detroit, "
she said. " They aren't playing. People are alive today because of this
training. "
Perhaps because it is Detroit, it
isn't so surprising that many minorities show up each year.
" This event is for everybody, " said
Tanisha. " Guns are for everybody.
My first day, I thought it would be all
white Republican men, and I don't fit
that bill. The people who showed up

in the early years were mostly older
white women. Now you'll see Latino
women, more Black women, Muslim women in full Muslim garb and,
of course, white women, people in
wheelchairs, members of the LGBT
community. They're soccer moms,
12-year-old little girls who are Girl
Scouts, they're 80-year-old grandmothers and great-grandmothers.
Last year we had an 88-year-old
woman. It's all over the place now,
and I love it. "
Tanisha, who lives with her husband
just outside of the city, says she's never
had any problems with local police.
She praises Detroit's police chief, James
Craig, who in a 2014 interview with the
NRA, went on record endorsing armed
citizenry and acknowledging that the
police are hard-pressed to protect
everyone in the city.
" More Black people are getting
into firearms, " said Tanisha. " They're
learning and finding out that the Second Amendment is theirs, too; it does
not belong to just one group of people.
It's your Second Amendment, too! "
" I really enjoy making a difference in the lives of people who feel
emboldened to take an active role in
their own personal protection, " said
Rick. " If you really are serious about
wanting the pro-gun community
to vote our way and see things the
way we do, all we have to do is train
them and teach them. When you
buy a gun, it's an epic journey. It's a
path that inevitably makes you an

advocate. Eventually, it will change
how you see the world. "
Getting serious about concealed
carry and self-defense requires a
simple, even unconscious premise: " I
want to live. " To this, Rick, Tanisha
and others like them affirm a principle
deeper still: your life is worth protecting. They're empowering women to
conquer their fears and boldly take
back their own agency over their lives.
It's a message that resonates with
anyone who has ever been harmed or
oppressed. It's the message affirmed
for nearly two thousand Detroit
women this past August. And it's the
message that the National Rifle Association continues to affirm; after all,
there's no better way to emphasize
the value of a life than by affirming
the right to protect it.
To find training programs near you, go to
NRAWomen.com and NRAInstructors.org.

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