Preparing and Equipping the Mama Bears

I watched a video today that was shared on the GunDivas blog site, and I wanted to pass it on to you for a couple of reasons.  The video was made by PatriotNurse, who has many more great videos that you can find on YouTube, but this one was called Firearms Training and Women.

In the video, PatriotNurse makes the point that women have a natural instinct to protect their young – the Mama Bear response that we’re all familiar with – but that young mothers are rarely taught how to defend their own lives, much less the lives of their children, when they begin to have young people whose lives depend on them.

In our American society, we are still very patriarchal, which is not a problem as long as the patriarch realizes that the primary care-giver in our society is still, the majority of the time, the mother.  In that environment, the father is spending the majority of his day at work; and the mother is spending the majority of her day with the young children.

Even if the mother works outside the home, she is still – typically – the one that drops the children off at daycare or school and picks them up.  She also tends to have the children with her more often at the grocery store on the weekends, and while running other errands or shuttling the children back and forth to extracurricular activities.

And of course, this does not apply to every family, but there are still many more families in America that it does apply to.

That being the case, would it not be beneficial for the father to make sure that the mother could protect herself and their children if dad is not around and something goes wrong?  Granted, mom could take the responsibility of acquiring that training herself, but many men already have those skills, they just don’t always pass them on to their wives and daughters – and admittedly, some wives are not even interested in firearms training.

In the typical nuclear, patriarchal family, everyone tends to depend on the dad’s wisdom and strength to take care of a problem when it occurs.  But what if dad is not there?  What if mom and the kids are at the grocery store when it is robbed – and dad is miles away?

Just because one partner in a team is prepared, it does not make the team safe, unless that partner is covering the others 24/7/365, which is simply not possible.  I like PatriotNurse’s concept that the protection of the family should be a team effort.  Just as in many other areas of raising a family, one person should not shoulder the entire burden of any one area of responsibility.

Women are natural defenders of all they hold dear, and those bear claws will come out when lives are threatened – especially the lives of their children.  I say it’s time we help train and equip them for that purpose.

(And, yes, I know I’ve made some blanket, and even stereotypical statements in this post, but I am often out during the day and I do see many more women with young children than I see men with children.  And that doesn’t even include the huge numbers of single moms, who don’t even have the dad to defend them.)

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League Ladies Brave the Elements and Keep on Shooting

Although we, along the Texas Gulf Coast, don’t have to worry about cold weather and snow very often, we do get the occasional severe thunderstorm that blows through, and yesterday at the range was no exception.  The storm blew in during our regular ladies league shooting session, but it did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the women, who just kept right on shooting.

I gave everyone the option of packing it in when the rain started, but no one took me up on the offer!  For two and a half hours, whether the rain was light or heavy, these ladies stood their ground and continued to work toward their goals.

We’ve been working on the NRA Marksmanship Pistol Qualifications, and almost everyone advanced at least one level yesterday, regardless of weather conditions that would have driven most people inside.

Comments I heard were, “It’s really fun to shoot in the rain!” and “I want to get this level finished.  I don’t care about the rain!”  I told them all that they can add that to their bucket list and then check it off 🙂

And while we did look like a motley crew (or maybe drowned rats), I am very proud of the ladies; they definitely earned their shooting stripes yesterday!

Also, many thanks to our “shooting dudes,” the men who always stand by us and support us, come rain or shine.  We appreciate you.

Now, back to the range; and to borrow (and mangle) the postal creed:  Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night [will] stay [us] from the swift completion of [our] appointed [mission]…to punch holes in paper – and become the best darn shooters we can be 🙂

You can read my previous post on the importance of ladies shooting leagues by clicking on:  Why Should Women Join A Local Shooting League.

New Books to Review!

Just received “Shoot,” by Julie Golob today, as well as “Girl Hunter,” by Georgia Pellegrini, two books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing.  “Shoot” is “Your guide to shooting and competition,” and contains 248 pages of photos, tips, techniques, and training concepts.

“Girl Hunter” is not just about the hunt, but also about how to prepare the game in delectably delightful dishes.  Subtitled as “Revolutionizing the way we eat, one hunt at a time,” Pellegrini acknowledges the desire of many these days to know where their food comes from.

Stories of her hunting journey, along with the recipes, add up to over 245 pages of great reading.  Needless to say, although I’m a fast reader, I will not be ready to review either of these next week, but will get to it eventually.  I’m excited about making some of Georgia’s recipes and letting you know how they turn out.

Hope to at least get a recipe reviewed soon, so stay tuned…