With this issue, I’m proud to say, we now have two very excellent female shooters among our stable of excellent columnists.
Michelle Cerino is our expert trainer (in general, I hate to use the word, “expert,” but in this instance, it fits) whose column gives great training advice and tips for all shooters. She is a trainer and the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, where she trains 200 to 350 people per year.
And now, starting this month, we have a new column for you, “Artemis Armed,” written by Kat Ainsworth. It’s a column written for women shooters and the men in their life. You hear that, guys? This isn’t about you, but if you have a woman shooter in your life or will someday, it will be applicable to you.
There’s an old Colt Manufacturing advertisement with the slogan, “God made man, but Samuel Colt made them equal.” In our modern world, this can be easily changed to read, “God made man and woman, but Samuel Colt made them equal.”
That is a very true statement. There are obvious physical differences between a male and a female: The average male is bigger and has a higher percentage of muscle than the average woman. It goes without saying that activities and events that rely on size and strength, such as a personal attack, are dominated by those who are bigger and stronger.
Shooting guns is not one of those activities. Whatever endeavor we’re talking about, whether hunting, shooting sports or self-defense, when it comes shooting—that is, straight-up putting sights on target and squeezing the trigger—size and strength do not play roles in that. A gun is a great equalizer.
Seeing women take to guns and shooting is something that makes me very happy, and for a several reasons. First, when women shoot, little girls see them shoot and want to emulate them. The more females who shoot, the more gun people we have and the more normalized it becomes, thereby protecting gun rights for everyone.
Second, it eventually trickles down to mean that the whole family will be out shooting. It’s not just “something Dad does.” By that, I don’t mean that women are always tied to family; that’s not what I’m saying at all. But for the good percentage of women who are moms, instead of them going to do “mom” things and leaving the kids with dad, or dad going to shoot and leaving the kids with mom, now, both parents go to shoot, and the kids get taken along. The kids naturally learn to shoot.
Third, guns are empowering, as the Sam Colt slogan says. Women who have guns and are able to defend themselves can protect themselves and their kids from the predators who prey on those whom they see as smaller and weaker. Period.
If something bad goes down and something happens to me, it is comforting to know my wife has the power and ability to get my children and herself out of that situation and to safety.
More women than ever are getting into firearms, and Gun World celebrates that.