Join the Women of the NRA!

Elizabeth Hellmann, National Program Coordinator of the NRA Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, is more than an expert shot and a renowned firearms instructor. She’s also a passionate writer.

Elizabeth has agreed to share a recent piece, “Women and the NRA,” with NRAblog. An excerpt is printed in the current issue of Traditions magazine. NRAblog is pleased to present the complete article as a series of posts:

The NRA Benefits Us All

Each year, thousands of women discover the benefits that the NRA offers them, from firearms safety training to learning outdoors skills to taking responsibility for their personal safety into their own hands – not to mention their family’s safety. And in return, the NRA is thrilled when women try competitive shooting; when women try recreational shooting; and when women learn that marksmanship is a skill like any other.

We hope that each year, more and more women will learn that they have a place in the NRA alongside their grandfathers, their fathers, their uncles, and their brothers. Women belong here, and we want them to bring their mothers, their sisters, their nieces, and their daughters with them.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Beth! For those of you just tuning in, today's piece is the conclusion of a series of five posts from Beth. Take a moment and catch up:
Join the Women of the NRA!

Elizabeth Hellmann, the National Program Coordinator for NRA Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, is more than a talented shooter and renowned firearms instructor. She’s also a passionate writer.

Beth was kind enough to share a her article on Women and the NRA with NRAblog. An excerpt is printed in the current issue of Traditions magazine. NRAblog is pleased to present the entire article as a series of posts:

Why Women Learn About Guns, continued

Safety

Following the NRA’s Rules of Gun Safety can help keep women and children safe in their own homes. In my own case, I grew up with guns in the home and tagging along with the (male) members of my family on hunting trips. From an early age, I learned gun safety rules and the importance of them. I knew that my own children needed to learn gun safety, too – not because we had guns where unauthorized people might find them, but because my children might visit a friend’s home where others had access to guns that were less well-secured. This point was driven home to me when I was fourteen years old, and while at an afterschool party in a private home, a boy accidentally shot a friend with a gun he found -- a gun he believed to be unloaded. Had the NRA Rules of Gun Safety been observed, a tragedy could have been prevented. Unfortunately, many people, especially women, do not know what these rules are. The NRA plays a valuable public service in providing gun safety programs (instruction that is low-cost and often free) and information that is available through literature and online. Through us, women learn gun safety standards that keep themselves and their children safe. I firmly believe that if everyone followed the NRA Rules of Gun Safety and practiced our recommendations on safe gun storage, the world would be a better place.

Personal Protection 

Today, global conditions of instability have given rise to physical and psychological violence towards women. The world can be a scary place, and the National Rifle Association can show women how to become safer and stronger, while taking responsibility for their own well-being.

As economies fluctuate and approach critical levels, greater responsibilities have been shouldered by women seeking to provide for their families. Many women learn to shoot because they want to exercise their right to protect themselves and their families. Some want to obtain a concealed carry permit, while others may already have a firearm in their homes that they want to learn to use defensively. The constant effort of the National Rifle Association makes it possible for women to defend themselves with a gun, if they choose.

Endowment and Donations

Some women become so committed to the idea of marksmanship that they want to ensure that the NRA will exist long into the future. These individuals may donate their money or financial support in addition to their time, their talent, their energy, and their political influence. In this way, women help ensure that the resources of the NRA are available for years to come – not only for themselves, but for others.

The NRA Foundation has a number of funding options at our disposal. Please consider contributing to NRA Women’s Programs today, in any amount possible. Let our voice be heard loud and clear.

 

Thanks Beth! We look forward to the series' conclusion tomorrow morning.

 

Join the Women of the NRA!

Elizabeth Hellmann, the National Program Coordinator for NRA Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, is more than a talented shooter and renowned firearms instructor. She’s also a passionate writer.

Beth was kind enough to share a her article on Women and the NRA with NRAblog. An excerpt is printed in the current issue of Traditions magazine. NRAblog is pleased to present the entire article as a series of posts:

Why Women Learn About Guns

It’s Our Right
The demand for women’s programs has never been greater, but women don’t always find it easy to walk into clubs and ranges. Some women are intimidated by guns, and some are intimidated by strangers. An unfamiliar place full of strangers with guns is an even more difficult situation. It takes a strong woman to confront her fears and rise to the challenge of overcoming them. Fortunately, many women find the idea repugnant that they “can’t” or “shouldn’t” try to shoot, and they become determined to find a place to exercise their rights – if only because it is a right they don’t want to lose.

Personal Challenge
Some women want to learn about firearms because they may never have seen one or touched one. They want to learn whether firearms are portrayed accurately on film, and they want to learn why millions of men and women enjoy shooting them. Well-read women have heard arguments against gun ownership, but they know that millions of law-abiding citizens own guns that are never misused. They may have become skeptical of the steady diet of yellow journalism that is being fed to them, and want to learn what guns are really like without prejudice. After all, if millions of women are shooting enthusiasts (as the National Sporting Goods Association reports) then guns must have some allure. The kind of woman who wants to find out the facts for herself is the kind of woman who turns to the NRA first for information. She’s a woman full of the spirit of adventure and the willingness to verify her own beliefs, and she’s a woman who is open-minded.

Scholarships and Recognition
Women may also have heard that their children can benefit from learning safe gun handling, or they may have heard about an athletic shooting team at their children’s school. Many colleges and universities offer scholarships in shooting sports to outstanding high school students. (As a high school rifle team coach, I’ve known many students who have attended college thanks to winning an athletic shooting scholarship.) Also, the NRA itself offers a variety of scholarships to youth, adding up to a substantial amount of educational support for college-bound students.

 

Check back soon for more on this topic from Beth. Or, e-mail womenontargetclinics@nrahq.org and find out more about Instructional Shooting Clinics and how your club can host one. 

Join the Women of the NRA!

As we reported Friday, Elizabeth Hellmann of NRA Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics has agreed to share her article on Women and the NRA with NRAblog. An excerpt is printed in the current issue of Traditions magazine. NRAblog is pleased to present the article in whole as a series:

How Women Contribute to the NRA’s Successes

Women contribute in many ways to clubs, ranges, and national associations, sometimes in ways that are more valuable than finances. Women can be some of the hardest working, most valuable volunteers in any organization – including the National Rifle Association. We have extensive knowledge on variety of subjects, sure skills, and a willingness to share our talents. But more importantly, women have influence. We are a vast, under-utilized resource.

If women help ensure the future of the shooting sports by bringing friends and family into the fold, as many believe, then offering programs designed by and for women may help ensure longevity of a number of shooting and gun safety programs. Not only are these programs geared towards marksmanship, but they are also designed to increase home firearm safety by teaching proper handling and good storage options. Often, women decide if their children will be allowed to learn to shoot and whether there will be guns in the homes. They may also determine how guns will be stored in the home.

The NRA provides guidance and standards for gun safety and firearms training that are beyond reproach. One measure of our success is that we are the unchallenged experts in the field of gun safety. Women who are eager for knowledge will turn to us for answers and for training, and we want to make sure that they are welcome here.

You may wonder why the NRA is willing to give women special attention. The NRA makes an important investment in the future when it offers service and educational experiences specifically designed for women. Many NRA Women’s Programs are designed to boost female participation in the shooting sports, and by doing so, we demonstrate that the NRA is dedicated to furthering the marksmanship skills of every citizen. NRA’s commitment to Women’s Programs provides key support for the perception of shooting clubs as family-oriented clubs.

Check back soon for more on this topic from Beth. Or, e-mail womenontargetclinics@nrahq.org and find out more about Instructional Shooting Clinics and how your club can host one.

Women are important members of the NRA family

Join the Women of the NRA!

Elizabeth Hellmann, National Program Coordinator of the NRA Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, is more than an expert shot and a renowned firearms instructor. She’s also a passionate writer.

Elizabeth has agreed to share a recent piece, “Women and the NRA,” with NRAblog. An excerpt is printed in the current issue of Traditions magazine. NRAblog is pleased to present the complete article as a series of posts:

The Matter of Female Membership

When women who love to shoot – and who may carry concealed or hunt or who may be award-winning competitors – say they don’t belong to the NRA, I am flabbergasted.

Usually, they say, “My husband belongs,” or “My grandfather belongs … or my father … my brothers … ”

Why is that? Why do women virtually choose to disenfranchise themselves when it comes to gun ownership?

Perhaps it is because women are not aware of all that the NRA offers them.

In addition to protecting the right of all citizens (male and female) to own guns, the NRA offers numerous programs for education, training, competition, and recognition of achievement.

Without the NRA’s vigilance and the educational opportunities it provides, women would lose a critical right. The right to bear arms is as important to us as it is to men – perhaps more so.

The NRA makes an important investment in the future when it offers service and training specifically designed for women. In doing so, the NRA demonstrates that we are dedicated to educating every citizen. NRA’s commitment to Women’s Programs provides key support for the perception of shooting clubs as family-oriented clubs.

Check back soon for more on this topic from Beth. Or, e-mail womenontargetclinics@nrahq.org to find out more about Instructional Shooting Clinics and how your club can host one.

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