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Mom Starts Guns-With-Babies Safety Class
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:20:26 PM »
(It seems appropriate to post this here, if this needs to be moved so be it.)

www.yahoo.com/parenting/mom-starts-guns-with-babies-safety-class-112712837367.html

Mom Starts Guns-With-Babies Safety Class
   
Beth Greenfield
Senior Writer
March 4, 2015

Babies and guns: not the most likely combination. But it’s one that seems to have struck a chord with some parents in Iowa, where a new class about how to both safely pack heat and carry infants is causing some buzz.

“Shooting sports are evolving into a younger, more professional, more unisex demographic,” Tom Hudson, general manager and investing partner of the CrossRoads Shooting Sports indoor range in Johnston, tells Yahoo Parenting. “And one of our target markets is female.”

So when he met Melody Lauer at a professional networking event and learned she was a firearms enthusiast and mother of three with a passion for gun safety, he says that having her offer the new class — “Babywearing and Carrying” — was a no-brainer. The first such seminar, held in February and offering onsite childcare, drew about a dozen moms and a handful of dads. And now, because of the high level of interest in the topic, Lauer is getting booked up with more plans — like leading a larger weekend workshop at the end of the month, teaching classes at other area shooting ranges, and presenting discussions at various chapters of the Well-Armed Woman, a national resource for female gun owners.

“The idea for the class came out of hearing about the kid in Idaho who shot his mom recently. That touched me in a very deep way because my daughter was 2 at the time,” Lauer, 30, with kids ages nine months, 3, and 6, tells Yahoo Parenting. “I thought, there’s no reason this should happen. We are adults and can be responsible.”

Lauer says she agreed to get her gun-carrying permit when she was 21 and living in Pennsylvania. Her husband, who had just gotten out of the military, asked her to consider it because he had begun traveling a lot for a new job. She consented, as long as she could first get professional training and choose the gun she felt most comfortable with. “I knew that just having a gun wasn’t the equivalent of knowing how to use it, of course,” she says. And having a gun, she adds, “seemed like a practical choice. I know in violent encounters you don’t have time to rely on the help of other people. So to me, it’s about taking responsibility.”

Soon after getting her firearm and permit, Lauer became an all-out gun enthusiast: She practiced shooting at a range that eventually hired her to do sales — and then encouraged her to get her instructor credentials through the NRA, which she did. Later, when she and her husband moved to Virginia, Lauer found work at yet another gun store — as well as a second job doing administrative work at an attachment-parenting center that taught childbirth, babywearing, and breastfeeding classes. And, while acknowledging that guns and attachment parenting may seem like an odd pairing, Lauer says, “It’s more common than you would believe. It’s just that people who are into both usually don’t want others to know. I kept both of my jobs very separate, but I loved both.

After Lauer had her first child, the family moved to Iowa, where she began life as a stay-at-home mom — who never lost her passion for firearms. Now, she wants to spread the word that guns and parenting do not have to be mutually exclusive. “I’ve coslept with my babies, I’ve been wearing my babies, I’ve loved them, and I’ve worn a gun the whole time,” she says. Despite the stigma, she adds, “I decided I’d stick my neck out there” by offering her class to other moms, too. Most of her workshop deals directly with safety tips, she says, including to never carry guns in bags or keep them in drawers but always use a holster — and to understand that simply having a gun won’t make you safer.

“I always caution people if they are carrying a gun to feel safe, then they are carrying it for the wrong reason,” she says, stressing that knowing how to use it properly is just as important. Finally, Lauer notes, “I will never try to convince someone that they should get a gun, that’s a personal decision. But if you feel that a gun is for you, then I will help you do it safely.”

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Re: Mom Starts Guns-With-Babies Safety Class
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2015, 04:32:20 PM »
Quoted from the essay: "We are adults and can be responsible."
Paraphrased from a quite different essay, published elsewhere: "Nowadays everybody knows his rights, but nobody seems to remember his responsibilities."

Quoted from the essay: "I always caution people if they are carrying a gun to feel safe, then they are carrying it for the wrong reason."
My comment: "Um, what, then, is the right reason for carrying a gun?"
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Re: Mom Starts Guns-With-Babies Safety Class
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2015, 04:43:30 PM »
Quoted from the essay: "We are adults and can be responsible."
Paraphrased from a quite different essay, published elsewhere: "Nowadays everybody knows his rights, but nobody seems to remember his responsibilities."

Quoted from the essay: "I always caution people if they are carrying a gun to feel safe, then they are carrying it for the wrong reason."
My comment: "Um, what, then, is the right reason for carrying a gun?"

From the same part from the last quote:“I always caution people if they are carrying a gun to feel safe, then they are carrying it for the wrong reason,” she says, stressing that knowing how to use it properly is just as important.

I took what she said as meaning  just don't get a gun to feel safe, get the proper training to do so. But then I have been wrong before.

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Re: Mom Starts Guns-With-Babies Safety Class
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2015, 07:54:02 PM »
No. Of course, you're probably completely correct.
I just hate written ambiguity. She should've expressed the thought more clearly.
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Re: Mom Starts Guns-With-Babies Safety Class
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2015, 04:10:59 AM »
Quoted from the essay: "We are adults and can be responsible."
Paraphrased from a quite different essay, published elsewhere: "Nowadays everybody knows his rights, but nobody seems to remember his responsibilities."
Think you hit the head on the nail with this


Quoted from the essay: "I always caution people if they are carrying a gun to feel safe, then they are carrying it for the wrong reason."
My comment: "Um, what, then, is the right reason for carrying a gun?"
I was thinking the same, then I read flyovers post, think he might be on to something, maybe she should have been a little more clear on that
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Re: Mom Starts Guns-With-Babies Safety Class
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2015, 05:55:58 AM »
I hope that she does well in her endeavor.

Most females who have handguns, that I have spoken with, are very reluctant to carry one on their person. They are also reluctant to take the firearm to the range on a somewhat regular basis to either become proficient with the firearm or to improve their existing proficiency with the firearm.  My 'wifey' is one of them, unfortunately.

My last wife was proficient with firearms and carried a S&W Mdl 36 on her person whenever we ventured out.  She knew that she was my backup and that I was hers. That always gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
The fact that the GOVERNMENT would even consider removing the natural right to bear arms is the very reason why the 2nd Amendment was written.

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Re: Mom Starts Guns-With-Babies Safety Class
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2015, 07:56:32 AM »
No. Of course, you're probably completely correct.
I just hate written ambiguity. She should've expressed the thought more clearly.

Written ambiguity, I think you will find my picture next to that in the dictionary. :)  I know that there are several on this site that can express themselves and their ideas very clearly. I am not blessed with that ability as somewhere between the brain and fingertips something gets lost in translation.