For the Sure Shots, a women-only shooting league in Austin, Texas, girl power equals firepower.
“You have to think defensively all the time,” said Holly Gaylor, a mother of two. “You have to think about it when you are in your car, you have to think about it when you are at the grocery store, I mean, it just takes a second for everything to change.”
Nationwide gun ownership is at an all time high and now a record 23 percent of women say they own a gun, according to Gallup polls. The surprising spike has spawned a cottage industry from pink assault rifles to bling-ed out revolvers, like the one tweeted by Kim Kardashian.
But make no mistake. The women of the Sure Shots are dead serious about the right to bear arms.
Gaylor is running through a series of intensive drills with the Sure Shots designed specifically for women who own and carry guns. The drills teach self-defense tactics, including how to shoot and reload in high-pressure situations. She said she joined Sure Shots to learn the best way to protect her family. If someone were to break into their home, she told her children that she and their father would be there to “defend” them.
“I also know that my 10-year-old will be able to pick up my AR and he will be able to use it,” she said.