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Tactical Training, Guns, and Women

“You fight like a girl.” One of the most common yet outdated statements heard amongst our everyday activities like sports and tousling. It’s moments like these that show how even our language reflect the perception of women being the weaker sex. 

For too long women have been the target of attacks in public areas like parks and sidewalks, but also in hidden parts of our society like the domestic home. According to the National Organization against Women (, the statistics of crimes against women are outright terrifying.

According to the National Crime Victimization survey, some 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in the year 2006. Some other scary facts include that of all the women killed in the United States, ⅓ were killed by an intimate partner; totaling to about 3 women a day! Not to mention, there are about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year and countless other assaults against women in workplaces, schools, churches, locker rooms, the military, jails, and amusement parks. The romanticization of these behaviors in the media also provide an alarming acceptance in our society. 

These statistics, although overwhelming, begs the question: What as women can we do to protect ourselves? 

In times of adrenaline-spiking situations, it’s important to get the body to react in a way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Concealed carry course training is an equally  important tool to have in self defense as is owning the weapon. Having the permissions to fire a weapon during a life or death situation, knowing the basics of firing and stance, and having practice can ease you into a state of concentration when tension is high. 

Tactical Training courses are arguably as important as concealed carry training as they go beyond shooting and self defense. It’s muscle memory and brain memory for what your body should do in stressful situations. The goals of tactical training are studying combat theory and securing the psychological sturdiness needed to respond to different situations, along with the specific skills.

It can be an empowering experience for those survivors of assault or violence to feel the power back in their hands. The sense of control built through preparation is an invaluable feeling. Alongside other forms of training like running and going to the gym, tactical training and concealed carry training can be excellent ways to “fight like a girl” and take on any danger that may come your way. Let’s hope for the future though, that you may never need to put your bada** skills to the test.