Ladies are getting locked and loaded.
When it comes to dire situations, you can either prepare or react. And once an emergency occurs, it’s often too late to do what’s required.
Hence, surely more than any time in the 21st century, Americans are arming themselves.
And not only are people seeking tools, they’re searching for knowledge — AKA training.
That goes for women as well; and in Detroit, one survivor of robbery, kidnapping, and sexual assault is helping out.
Meet Tanisha Moner, who’d been left scarred by terrible things during her teenage years.
She was afraid of guns, but one day, she faced her fear.
In fact, she so loved the gun-carry class she took, the girl became an NRA-certified instructor.
And last Sunday, she did something magnanimous: Tanisha helped teach 1,948 Detroit women how to safely handle their handguns.
The annual ladies-only event — hosted by Legally Armed in Detroit — more than doubled last year’s attendance. The crowd was so big, class had to be held in a parking lot.
As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, LAD founder Rick Ector started the program following years of seeing Motown ladies abused, beaten, and even murdered.
After reading multiple reports of women being dumped in trash cans across the city, in 2011, he knew he had to make a difference:
“I was thinking, ‘Man, somebody should do something about that’ and the more I thought about it the more I thought, ‘Why don’t I do something?’ I’m not rich and I don’t have unlimited resources, but if you really feel that strongly about it, you can do something, right?”
The first class saw 50 attend. Last year, 814 showed up.
And Sunday’s success stunned him:
“I had no idea that women would respond in a way that they did. They showed up in one wave and that wave did not abate until the evening. They just kept coming.”
This year, Georgia firearms instructor Patrick Collins paid his own way to volunteer for the Michigan event.
From the Beacon:
He felt compelled to join in after hearing [Tanisha’s] story of perseverance. [Patrick], who like [Rick] and [Tanisha] is black, said the fact that the event brought in women from all different races and backgrounds was one of the most appealing aspects of being involved.
It’s an uncommon outreach:
“I like the fact that we are changing what the normal demographic of shooters is. Because there is interest in other demographics that are not really noted. … Quite a few of the women had me step out to help after the range because they wanted me to help them select a firearm. And there were quite a few firearm sales there that day as well.”
In 2019 — when 60 instructors took part — Glock 19’s and Smith and Wesson Shields were donated for the course.
It’s a case of communities coming together to protect the innocent:
The local gun industry has rallied around the event. Recoil Firearms Shooting Range and Top Gun Shooting Sports shut down for the weekend to play host; Fenix Ammunition, a Michigan-based manufacturer, donated the ammo; Second Amendment activists at Gun Owners of America donated the eye protection. Collins said volunteers such as Moner and Collins deserved most of the credit for the event’s success, adding that he was “overjoyed with the support” from volunteer trainers.
Back to Tanisha, she told the Beacon that — as is the case for women across the country — her protection is up to her:
“I don’t have my own personal police force around me 24/7. It is my duty and obligation to take care of my own personal protection. They’re gonna come after the fact, if I’m lucky. But who is there in that moment? I’ve been in that moment on more than one occasion. There’s nobody there but me.”
And she’s jazzed to see all that GirlPower:
“I live for this event. I really do. There’s nothing like seeing a woman pull the trigger on a firearm for the very first time. It’s like a light just goes off in her. It’s a moment of enlightenment.”
Will NOW and the pink-hatters celebrate all those ladies loading up? It’s unlikely, as Democrats nationwide appear to be moving further in the direction of gun control.
Meanwhile, Detroit women are getting control themselves — of their guns. And, hopefully, their safety.
Sock it to ’em, ladies.
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