Lethal Ladies promotes women's gun education, safety

Created: 05/23/2014 10:21 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

They call themselves the Lethal Ladies, and they have a message for Albuquerque women who want to learn to shoot guns safely and get a concealed carry permit.

Women: you don’t need a man to teach you how to do this! Not when you’ve got firearms instructors like the Lethal Ladies Gun Club in your town.  Nowadays about 33 percent of new gun owners are women.

“It’s not that we’re better than men,” said Dr. Lisa M. Orick-Martinez, a CNM professor who teaches firearms classes on the side. “There’s a lot of wonderful male instructors in town. My mentor is one of them. But some women prefer to be taught by women. Women learn differently.”

“Because I used to be afraid, I didn’t want other women to have that intimidation,” said firearms instructor Jodi Newton, who is also a professional photographer. “I wanted to empower them so they no longer feel afraid, so they can protect themselves knowledgeably and safely. Then I decided I wanted to start teaching.”

“When we first started having concealed carry licenses and classes, there would be 30 or 40 men and 1 or 2 women,” Orick-Martinez said. “The women would be just drowned out.”

“The big surprise to all women is that this is really fun,” said Newton, after blasting a few targets at the city’s shooting range on the far West Mesa. “This is a fun sport!”

The Lethal Ladies say there are plenty of good reasons to learn to shoot – just consider the threat of rape or domestic violence, then add in purse-snatchings and muggings. They say a gun can discourage that kind of behavior in a hurry.

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