Magazine article The New American

The Well Armed Woman

Magazine article The New American

The Well Armed Woman

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The World-Herald News Service reported out of Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 31 about a group for female gun enthusiasts called The Well Armed Woman (WAW). WAW was started by Carrie Lightfoot of Scottsdale, Arizona, as both a business and an organization of like-minded women, with the stated goal of being "where the feminine and firearms meet." WAW has grown to over 280 clubs in 49 states with more than 8,000 members. The World-Herald News Service reported on two chapters in the area and profiled widow Patricia Harrold, who had joined the club years ago and is now working to grow it. "After I lost my husband, I wanted a greater sense of being able to defend myself," she said. She explained that "it was easier to talk about self-defense with other women."

Other members of WAW expressed similar sentiments. Amy Kline Mosher of Council Bluffs told World-Herald News Service, "I've gone shooting with my boyfriend, but as a newcomer to the sport of shooting, I think I would be less intimidated going with other women until I become more proficient. …

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