There are some avid women shooters. They enjoy shooting so much that they can’t wait to get to the gun range to practice. But I am not one of them. I can absolutely hit my target, but if given the choice of any activity, I will certainly not choose shooting. It’s actually pretty far down on the list, unless I’m shooting with my husband and then it would move up several places! Despite the fact that I’m not quick to jump at the chance to shoot, I’m still a pretty good shot. Maybe I just had a great teacher! Actually, women are usually better at shooting than men, especially as beginners. They do very well in their first lessons because most did not grow up pretending to shoot like little boys do. They don’t have any bad shooting habits to unlearn.My husband taught me to shoot many years ago when we were dating. He was very deliberate in training me because we both knew that someday I would need to protect our children. Zac loves to shoot and he’s a pretty good teacher. He’s very proficient with his firearm! When I met him, he was deep into the “gun culture.” If you know guns, you will know what I mean by that! He even began a successful website to promote the right to carry in Missouri. I was NOT into the gun culture, but that was okay with him. He told me later that one of the ways he knew I was the one for him was because my dad was a member of the NRA. Ha! Thanks Dad! So, Zac took me to the gun range and taught me all the ins and outs of shooting. In those days, I preferred a .38 caliber revolver because it was easy to operate. His gun buddies even went in together to purchase a revolver for me as a wedding present. I know! What says “Congratulations, you’re hitched,” like a shiny new gun?! It didn’t take me long before I also knew my way around guns, could identify different kinds, and even what they sound like when heard from a distance. These days, when my husband shoots a snake with his 9mm Glock or when my dad is shooting at a crow with his .12 gauge shotgun, I know the difference. I will also never again watch a TV show or a movie in ignorance. It takes someone who knows guns to notice when a gun is fired way beyond its capacity and a reload is necessary. And the constant clicking of pistols when the shooter takes aim can get really annoying. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, pay attention the next time you watch a movie or TV show. A well working gun does not make clicking sounds when you move it around!
So, my husband is the reason that I know how to shoot, but what about my kids? There are those who would advocate locking your guns away (never to be seen again) when kids enter the picture. If there is one thing that all mothers have in common, it is their intense desire to protect their children at all costs. It is absolutely our instinct. We will do anything to keep our kids safe. So…why have guns around? To do exactly that! Keep my kids safe! They are the sole reason that I put my pistol in my pocket when we take a walk in the woods. Thar’ be nasty critters in them thar’ woods! When my husband is away, guess what takes his place on the bed next to me at night. An armed mama is a prepared mama. Nobody is going to hurt my children.So what firearm do I use these days? I’ve moved on from my Rossi revolver. A six shooter was nice when I was a beginner, but these days I like my 9mm XD sub-compact. It’s a little lighter than the Rossi and it holds 16+1 in the chamber. I keep it in a holster that needs an adult size hand to release the gun. Only I can get it out of the holster to shoot. I also love that it is very easy to tell if a round is already in the chamber, even in the dark. It has a loaded indicator on top of the barrel to show that a round is chambered and ready to fire.
Having guns around means that I need to be a responsible parent. It is my job to teach my kids about their danger and power. Our guns are always kept out of reach, but within easy access for my husband and me. As soon as my kids could crawl, they learned that guns are off limits. They are not to be touched! No exceptions! They both have a very healthy respect for guns. Even my 2 year follows this rule very well. When he sees me reach for it to put in my pocket, he points and says “Mommy” which means that he understands that it is only mine and absolutely not for him.
As a mother, and especially a stay-at-home homeschool mom, my life revolves around my family. It is my job to take care of them. I look at my gun like just another tool that enables me to do my job. My broom is for sweeping the floor. My washtub and wringer help me get our clothes clean. My chef’s knife slices and chops very well. My 9mm is there when I need it to keep my family safe. I’m a well-armed mother.