A series of female empowerment classes that have been teaching namely poor, black, working-class woman to shoot and use guns for self defense has been sweeping cities like Baltimore, Dallas, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Savannah.
The groups have names like “Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction,” “Brown Girls Project,” and “Black Woman’s Defense League”. They aim to do just what they say: educate and teach black American woman who qualify for a gun license how to shoot and protect themselves.
The creator of this project was a domestic abuse survivor that claims she is helping other woman who are afraid avoid bad situations. The entire inspiration was to empower “disenfranchised” women.
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Tigner discovered Atlanta’s Bullseye Indoor Range and Gun Shop and “offered the class through social media, hoping for 20 students.”
She hit that number within two days so she doubled her expectations and aimed for 40. A “class scheduled for 4 March sold out to 40 students in 24 hours; a third class for 30 on 18 March sold out in 30 hours; and so did a fourth on 19 March.” She now has classes scheduled all the way through May, and that includes classes she will teach in Florida.
She observed, “The growth of these classes – I never expected it. It shows me how unsafe these women feel in their communities.”
The NRA loves seeing gun ownership and training growing among black women. NRA media relations manager Jason Brown said, “From the NRA’s perspective, it’s an awesome trend.” He stressed that the “NRA is not an old white guy’s party.”
On Friday, April 28, Antonia Okafor–a black woman who advocates for the Second Amendment–will speak to the NRA’s Leadership Forum; the same forum to which President Donald Trump will also speak.
Okafor said that “black women” have been among her “biggest critics” in her fight for gun rights, but she was simply living out what so many other black women are now realizing. Okafor said, “People don’t know me, or how I came to my beliefs. My experience comes more from being a woman and being empowered through my gun.”