Two Indiana women were robbed in 2011 and now they have started a gun group that has a lot of people in the Cincinnati area talking.
The name of the group is Women Armed and Ready or WAR. It took 2 years for the 52 and 57 year old Konnie Couch and Robin Willoughby to organize the group, and this spring the group had its first meeting.
Both women have their concealed carry permits and want to help other women like themselves learn how to use firearms to defend themselves. They no longer care to be victims.
According to Cincinnati.com,
“The thing of it is, bad things happen to good people all the time, and, if something bad is going to happen, it’s gonna happen without warning,” Couch said. “It’s gonna be very quick, and you’ve gotta be prepared for it.”
Gun ownership among women is on the rise. A 2013 Gallup poll revealed that 15 percent of gun owners are women, up from 13 percent in 2005. Indiana alone has issued 123,536 firearms licenses to women in the first quarter of 2014. (Ohio and Kentucky don’t break down concealed carry permits by gender.) There are numerous female gun groups nationally, including Armed Females of America, Women & Guns and the Well Armed Woman.
Cincinnati is home to two chapters of the Well Armed Woman, one in Newtown and one in Fairfield. There is also a local group based in Cincinnati called Shooting Sirens, which was founded in 2011 by Erin Cooper. The group is still establishing itself at a range and finding a regular meeting time.
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“(Our main objective is) to get women trained and where, if they have to … they would be able to react and save themselves. Or at least make a very valiant attempt to save themselves,” Couch said.
The three main goals of the group: education, training and competence.
“I don’t want you to be confident in what you do,” Couch tells members of WAR during a meeting July 8. “When you’re confident, you’re careless. I want you to be competent.”
There are 35 registered members of WAR, though Willoughby said “we’ve never had less than 40 at a meeting,” with an age range of 50 to 81.
All members have their concealed carry licenses.
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