Ga Woman’s Goal: Teach Other Black Women to Shoot

Yes, girl! You go, girl! We are rooting you on!

It is so extremely important for people to know their rights and know how and when they apply.

As for the second amendment, it is important that people utilize it and know how to shoot. Owning a gun is a huge step in step self defense. You can stop the bad guy when you have the means to do so.

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One Georgia woman wants other black women to learn how to shoot and not be afraid of guns, so she is teaching them.


Marchelle Tigner was a member of the National Guard, and also a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has her sights set on a target: to teach at least 1 million women the ins and outs of shooting a firearm.

Tigner stated, “It’s important, especially for black women, to learn how to shoot. We need to learn how to defend ourselves.”

Statistically, black women are more prone to domestic violence. Therefore, she wants them to be able to fight back and protect themselves.

Daily Tribune reports:


At the training session in Lawrenceville, just outside Atlanta, about 20 students gathered on a recent Saturday morning to go over basic safety lessons and instructions. They started with orange plastic replica guns as Tigner demonstrated proper stance and grip. They are taught not to put a finger on the trigger until it’s time to shoot and to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Tigner plays to their protective instincts by telling them always to know what is beyond their target so they don’t accidentally shoot a young child or another innocent bystander.

After about an hour in the classroom, the women walked downstairs and into the Bull’s Eye Indoor Gun Range. Some flinched as the crack of gunfire blasted from a series of bays. They were each shown how to load a magazine and given the chance to do it themselves — several of them struggling to get the bullets into the spring-loaded magazine with their long fingernails. Then they took turns firing a Glock 19 semi-automatic 9mm at targets about 5 yards down range.

In case you have never shot a Glock 19 before, they are amazingly solid guns. My fiancé carries one, and sometimes we swap guns at the range to shoot. It is always good to be familiar with multiple firearms.

“The bad guy’s dead. He’s not getting back up,” Tigner tells one student who beams with pride as they look over a target riddled with bullet holes.

Jonava Johnson, another student, says it took her a long time to decide to get a gun. For years she was afraid of them after an ex-boyfriend from high school threatened her and shot and killed her new boyfriend in front of her. She was just 17.

Just thirty years later, Johnson and her daughter were sexually assaulted in their own home. She got a guard dog then, but then realized that she absolutely needed a gun.

She said, “I think that’s the way it’s always been in the black community: It was never OK for us” to own a gun, said Johnson, 50. But now? “I hope I never have to kill anybody, but if it comes down to me or my children, they’re out.”

Kudos to these women! Get out there. Learn how to shoot and learn how to carry properly. It could be the difference in life or death one day!

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