June 9: National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day

It's common for fathers to take their sons to the range and teach them how to shoot. But firearms instructor Lynne Finch noticed that antiquated, sexist attitudes about guns sometimes inhibit women from participating in the shooting sports. So she and her colleagues formed a non-profit organization to encourage men and women to take their daughters to gun ranges and teach them how to handle and shoot firearms safely and effectively:

And whereas men have typically taken their sons out to hunt or to the range with them, many times daughters (and moms) have been left at home – but not anymore! National Take Your Daughters To The Range Day co-founder and firearms instructor, Lynne Finch, believes it’s time to tear down the stereotypes and get those young ladies out to the range where they belong.

“Boys learn to shoot in Scouts or with their Dads,” Lynne said. “Often, the girls are left behind because shooting isn’t ‘girly.’ Well, we can, and do shoot, and well. Learning to shoot gives young women confidence, helps to build self-esteem, and introduces them to a sport they can participate in their whole lives.” [...]

“I have grown since I started shooting,” she said. “I’m more confident, it helped my sense of self-esteem to learn a new sport, and I know I can defend myself. More than that…it is fun! More women are coming to shooting, [so] wouldn’t it be wonderful to encourage parents to teach their daughters to shoot? A family bonding experience, a great experience for young girls, maybe even introduce someone who is new to the sport to something they can enjoy the rest of their lives.”

June 9th is their target date to introduce thousands of young ladies to the shooting sports.

Link -via Say Uncle

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