Companies, instructors, and the community are missing the reality of why a lot of women decide to take on the responsibility of gun ownership and conceal carry, and it’s not the availability of pink and purple pistols.
When people reference women joining the firearms community, I regularly see and hear a lot of patronization and marketing that represents and attempts to sell the ‘fun’ aspects of shooting. These companies, instructors, and the community are missing the reality of why a lot of women decide to take on the responsibility of gun ownership and conceal carry, and it’s not the availability of pink and purple pistols. Every week another woman tells me her shocking story of how she became a victim or feels like her sense of safety has been compromised.
It’s unfortunate that it has to take an actual incident to finally turn women onto the idea of personal protection, but on a positive note, most women understand that firearms training is paramount and they will not purchase a gun and arm themselves without knowledge first. Sadly, many obtain their recommendations from incompetent sources, which can create a negative introduction to firearms. This frequent misguided advice, can ultimately create additional apprehension and anxiety.
One of the other issues that arises through these situations, is that there’s typically a sense of urgency to purchase and train immediately. The threat is now real and staring them in the face. These women are frustrated by the fact that they cannot speed up the process because they have no idea what to do in the meantime to defend themselves. They feel powerless and vulnerable against their threat. These women not only need firearms training, but less than lethal options should be introduced so they have realistic tools they can use prior to being proficient with their firearm. Through this training they also should understand that less than lethal options should always be considered because the firearm is always the last resort.