Jen Whitaker talks to nearly 100 women who attended the first Well Armed Woman meeting Sunday at the Cairo Sportsman’s Club. photo from the Lima News.

A new gun group for women held its first meeting in Cairo, Ohio recently, spearheaded by local resident and mother Jen Whitaker, who was inspired to open the first chapter of The Well Armed Woman in her corner of the state by a desire to make sure her daughters were prepared for the realities of the world.

In this story from Whitaker says she wanted to learn more about self-defense, especially in order to teach her daughters and heard about TWAW, a chapter organization that offers safe and appealing environments for women to train with firearms, and decided to add her chapter to the 10 already in existence in Ohio. There are currently more than 220 chapters in 49 states with thousands of members throughout the country, according to the TWAW website.

Nearly 100 women attended the chapter’s first meeting, the story says.

“I was hoping for five to 10 women, we have 92 registered today,” Whitaker said in the story.

Whitaker said it all started with a realization that her daughter were naive when it came to personal safety, and that a lot of other women were probably in the same place.

“It hit me, they are the morons who would park in the deepest, darkest corner of the parking lot next to the child molester’s van,” she said in the story.

The women who attended the inaugural meeting were there for various reasons.

One woman, Heather Cooper, told she wants to gain more experience with a gun and that she’s shot before, but doesn’t own a firearm. She’s also planning to get her CCW license.

“We are focusing on gun safety first and foremost,” Whitaker said in the story. “For a lot of these women who are new to guns we just want to take the scary out of the gun.”

“I think it’s great they are starting a group to empower women to help them learn how to handle guns safely and to protect themselves to make them feel safety,” said Miller, another attendee, in the story.

Miller said she has some experience with guns but that she is more interested in finding a group dedicated only to women. She attended the meeting with her mother and several friends, the story says.

In addition to a constant emphasis on gun safety, future classes of the new TWAW chapter will focus on handgun options for women, women’s self-defense, concealed carry, and how to manage a home invasion.

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