An organization of pro-gun women is doing incredible things in communities across the nation.
This feature appears in the December ’17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
I recently had the privilege of attending a chapter leader conference of The Well Armed Woman held in Provo, Utah. Hundreds of women from across the country had gathered to learn from each other about how to bring more women into the shooting sports, into self-defense, and into the close-knit community of thousands of members.
A few were involved in the industry, but many more simply have a desire to help empower women to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. Several women got involved in the industry after picking up a gun for the first time, including a chapter leader in Mississippi who actually opened up a range about five years after she attended her first firearm class. These women are engaged in everyday activism in hundreds of communities across the country, and they are quietly doing some incredible things.
I was surprised to learn that there were more than 200 women in the Sacramento, Calif., chapter of The Well Armed Woman, and that the Columbus, Ohio, chapter shows up to greet every Honor Flight at the local airport. I met the Virginia state leader, who drove hundreds of miles between southern Virginia and Richmond, Va., to help ensure that the Richmond chapter had a place to shoot. I even met my local chapter leader, who lives just down the road from Farmville in Appomattox, Va.
These women are Second Amendment champions, and it was truly a pleasure to get to meet so many of them. Be sure to check out the organization at thewellarmedwoman.com.
Cam Edwards is the host of “Cam & Co.,” which airs live 2-5 p.m. EST on NRATV and midnight EST on SiriusXM Patriot 125. He lives with his family on a small farm near Farmville, Va. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @camedwards.