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Self-Defense Firearm Training Classes A Growing Trend Among Black Women

April 28, 2017

Classes that include using guns for self-defense are on the rise and black females are filling the spots very quickly, especially in cities like Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Savannah. The response has been to better market these classes for women. Classes have been named, “Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction,” “Brown Girls Project,” and “Black Woman’s Defense League.”

These classes are targeted toward black women and are aimed at teaching black women how to correctly use a firearm and to carry it in a way that it is accessible and ready if needed for self-defense. The primary reason for women to join is to combat domestic violence and protect themselves against violence. The NRA is elated to see this movement develop among black women.

“From the NRA’s perspective, it’s an awesome trend. The NRA is not an old white guy’s party,” NRA media relations manager Jason Brown said.

Marchelle Tigner, founder of “Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction” is a domestic violence survivor and started offering classes via social media. She had hoped for just 20 students but within just two days she doubled that number and from there her classes have been sold out. She now has classes scheduled all the way through May, and that includes classes she will teach in Florida.

“The growth of these classes – I never expected it. It shows me how unsafe these women feel in their communities,” Tigner said.

On Friday, April 28, Antonia Okafor–a black female Second Amendment advocate will speak to the same forum to which President Donald Trump will speak, the  NRA’s Leadership Forum. Okafor said that “black women” have been among her “biggest critics” in her fight for gun rights.

People don’t know me, or how I came to my beliefs,” she said. “My experience comes more from being a woman and being empowered through my gun.”