Defending yourself is not only knowing how to use a weapon. It’s the confidence and belief you are worth defending. Two Raleigh women have joined forces and founded InHER Piece Ladies Shooting Club to empower African American women through firearms training. The club’s motto is “Peace of mind, one round at a time!” “We want women to have confidence, knowing that, if you need to, you can defend yourself. When I first started teaching classes, I always asked the ladies to raise their hand if they were willing to kill for one of their children, and 99% of the ladies would raise their hand. But when you ask a woman, ‘would you be willing to kill someone else to save your life,’ they hesitate. “Women, particularly women of color, have always been taught and were raised in society to defend and to nurture everyone else. So, I found that through teaching firearms, we’re not only teaching self-defense, but we’re really teaching confidence,” said Joy Allen. Allen is the owner of E3 (empowering, educating, and enjoying) Personal Defense and Safety along with Ebony Hartsfield-Thorne, owner of GuzNBlackRosez Firearms Training. Both women started shooting about five years ago, and each is a certified National Rifle Association pistol instructor. According to the National African American Gun Association, about 19% of African Americans nationwide own firearms, and single black women are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the black community who are buying guns for protection. The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports a 77% increase in female gun ownership since 2005.
Hartsfield-Thorne said women should be armed and ready to protect themselves and their families, if needed. [full article]