DANVILLE — What has long been considered a male dominated industry is now taking on a definite female angle. Women across the country, as well as locally, are taking to the classroom and the shooting range in an attempt to learn the techniques and safety aspects of shooting with proper training in a controlled setting.
The Well Armed Woman, a nationwide organization begun in 2012, has now developed local roots thanks to the efforts of Fredericktown area resident Mindy Whited. “When I met my husband, Danny, I kind of got into hunting, and we got our concealed carry permit last summer,” said Whited. “I was against having guns in the house because I was uneducated, and the idea of guns made me nervous. But after learning more and becoming more knowledgeable myself, I realized the importance of having a gun to protect yourself.”
TWAW is now 55 chapters strong and growing. Whited is the leader of the Central Ohio Chapter who met once in April and will meet again on Monday. Here women come together to be educated in firearms safety as well as gun care and handling; develop gun-handling skills; build defensive gun skills and awareness; develop confidence; and meet other women where they can train and grow together. “Our mission is to educate, equip and empower women with the knowledge of how to handle firearms,” said Whited. “There are a lot more women getting firearms than there used to be,” she said, as more chapters of TWAW are popping up each day.
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