Rash of Break-Ins Prompt Houston Moms to Learn To Shoot

A group of mothers from victimized neighborhoods in Texas met at a gun range to learn to protect their families with a firearm.

A recent spate of break-ins at homes in some of Houston's wealthiest neighborhoods has spurred the women who live there to learn to use firearms to protect their families, according to this story from click2houston.com.

So far in 2015 there have been nearly 50 break-ins at homes in the Bellaire and West University neighborhoods, the story reports, and residents have realized that if the criminals were to come calling while they and their families were home, they'd have no way to defend themselves.

"It's terrifying," said Lisa Fleishman, a Bellaire resident. "I have two children and if anyone were to break in, we would have no protection."

"They're knocking on the front door, and if we don't answer they go and kick in the back door," said a mother only identified in the story as Meghan, who also lives in Bellaire. She recently decided to get a group of moms together to learn more about guns and guns safety.

They met at the Athena Gun Club along the Katy Freeway, where they go to log some range time as well.

Most of the women had never fired a gun before that meeting, but they wanted to learn, in case they had to some day.

"I didn't expect to feel so much emotion doing it," said Chanelle Sayers.

"It feels really empowering, and everyone is cheering each other one," Meghan said.

The NRA reports that between 12 million and 17 million women in the U.S. own guns. In Texas, about 220,000 women have a concealed carry license, and when a new law goes into effect on January 1, 2016, they will be able to carry openly as well.

Between 2001 and 2013, there was a 60 percent increase in the amount of women participating in target shooting, according to the NSSF.