When I was shooting a thousand or so rounds a week, we took a few of the interested women to the range, and after a couple weeks they became converts. The majority of women we invited had comments for us like, "I'm not going to do something so you men can make fun of me!" Promising or swearing that wouldn't happen had no effect. Even the experiences voiced by the new female shooters fell on deaf ears. So there is a contingent that will probably NEVER take up shooting, but then, that is true on the men's side as well. My opinion remains that women-only classes, especially when taught by a woman, are good things, even if they only remove that possibility of embarrassment. Lord knows, we need the women in the shooting sports and we need their positive votes on Second Amendment matters. Why on earth would we not strive to teach them to love guns as much as we?
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I am the weapon; my gun is a tool. It's regrettable that with some people those descriptors are reversed.