Apparently, women are shooters as well. This shouldn’t be a surprise to any of you guys, but I’m always tickled when I see a media outlet talking about women and shooting without devolving into the usual crying and PSH. Stuff like this following excerpt makes me happy, because it represents good news for the shooting sports.
The Women on Target instructional and shooting clinic at Rose Valley this summer, a National Rifle Association event, was packed. Organizer Nina Neuron of Santa Paula said she had to turn away more than 40 women, adding, “And that’s when I stopped counting.” About a third of the roughly two dozen female participants, Neuron noted, had never fired a gun before.
I guess that kind of shoots holes in the perception that we’re just a bunch of suburban white guys. I really can’t even begin to express how much I like it when I see women at the range – it helps me realize that our sport is actually growing, and we are successfully making our sport, our hobby accessible to new groups of people. Near the end of the article is a really big nail in the coffin of another popular anti-gun statement.
Fuller said she never thought she’d enjoy guns. Her father committed suicide with a gun when she was 7, and she subsequently was afraid of them much of her life. But she started shooting about 18 years ago and liked it, especially as a stress reliever.
Now, I want you to take special note of this. Ms. Fuller had a tragedy in her life that involved a gun; and if anyone has a reason to be biased against firearms, it would be her. However, she overcame that tragedy and her own personal fears and in so doing has become (unknowingly) a fantastic ambassador for the shooting sports. Ms. Fuller would stand out as a textbook example of there not being any lost causes; her courage in overcoming her personal fear alone makes her a model gun owner.