This Black-Owned Firearm Training Company is On a Mission to Educate Women on Gun Ownership
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This Black-Owned Firearm Training Company is On a Mission to Educate Women on Gun Ownership

Since the spread of COVID-19, gun sales have skyrocketed.

An online firearm retailer, Ammo, saw a 309 percent increase in gun sales from Feb. 23 to March 15, USA TODAY reports.

While most have recently recognized the importance of gun ownership during the spread of the pandemic, defense training programs like My Sister’s Keeper had already stepped up to the plate to educate gun owners on firearm safety. However, My Sister’s Keeper isn’t your ordinary defense program — its goal is to effectively educate one million women on firearm safety and fundamentals.

Founded by Marchelle “Tig” Davis, a former Army National Guard member, My Sister’s Keeper is a one of a kind class aimed to effectively educate women about firearm safety — thus, allowing them to protect and defend themselves.

“I’m a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. Carrying and shooting firearms is my therapy. I’m comforted knowing that I don’t have to be a victim anymore because I know I can defend myself,” she told Shoppe Black.

Washington has an extensive resume including NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Glock Operator Level II, Glock Armorer, USCCA Concealed Carry Home Defense Fundamentals Certified Instructor, and USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Certified Instructor.

Along with supporting women, Washington is also passionate about changing the narrative and stereotypes around gun owners.

“The biggest myth is that we’re all Republican, Christian, NRA supporters. I’m none of those things and neither are the majority of my students. That might have been true 20-30 years ago but in 2020 gun ownership and self-defense is for everyone,” she explained to Shoppe Black.

My Sister’s Keeper is currently accepting enrollees in Atlanta and Pennsylvania into their Intro To Pistol and Concealed Carry courses.

Click here to learn more about My Sister’s Keeper Defense Training.