My Story – Connie C.


My Story

CONNIE C. (Mt Vernon, OH Chapter)

Why did you decide to join AWA?
It was with the birth on my first grand child… child abduction was just becoming an ‘issue’ in the United States. I decided I wanted to get a concealed carry license. It was very hard to locate anyone to offer this let alone to find a women to train me because after firing a gun for the first time in knew I was not gonna carry until I got more training from a woman. I asked around and looked on the internet for women gun instructors and found The Well Armed Women organization in 2012-2013 timeline. As a member I attended every meeting available during Ohio weather and met some great women, too. When the Chapter didn’t continue I was able to take private instruction with a female NRA instructor and while we trained we talked about the void in our area – the void of opportunity for other women with no TWAW. So a couple a years passed and i emailed Carrie Lightfoot about the possibility of actually starting a chapter in our area and that was the beginning ….. and now we ARE the Armed Women of America.
How has being a member changed your life?

Deciding to become my own self protector and that of my family really did change my life focus. I realized training would be a constant in my life and I was willing to commit to that in addition to changing how I ‘viewed’ the world around me – the simple ‘situational awareness’ technique is invaluable and can be lifesaving.

When you look at yourself and your AWA sisters, how would you define “Armed Women of America” not the organization, but the women who so boldly stand with you on the mission to be your own self-protector?

The women of Armed Women of America – those who are on a mission to become their own self- protectors all smile, laugh, hug, cry, encourage, correct, promote and more to and for each other and AWA. This is not the work of an ‘organization’ but the love found in a ‘sisterhood’.

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