.WOW! Just WOW! I know that doesn’t sound very sophisticated, but it’s all that could come out of my mouth as I watched hundreds if not thousands of women all across this country participate in #NotMe Day on Saturday, June 1st.
Photos and stories flooded social media. As women came together to show, no, it was more than that, it was more like DECLARE that they refuse to be victims. On #NotMe Day, each woman fired 3 rounds to symbolize: I am empowered, I am prepared, and I refuse to be a victim.
Some joined local TWAW Shooting Chapter #NotMe Day events around the country. Some went to their local ranges on their own and some shot their rounds on their private property. You can see all of the inspiring photos here.
Many women shouted each declaration as they fired their rounds. Some cried as they pulled the trigger. Some wrote personal statements on their targets, and some shared their powerful testimonies of surviving violence in the past. To say it was a powerful experience is an understatement!
Nothing is more empowering for a woman than to take personal responsibility for her protection.
Nothing is more empowering for a woman who has had to personally endure violence to be able to declare with confidence #NeverAgain!!!
We all see the unprecedented assaults on our Second Amendment rights. Women who are undoubtedly more vulnerable to and the prey of violent criminals speaking out in solidarity from every corner of this country sends a powerful message. These women are truly free, and these women refuse to be bound to fear. Women are and will be a powerful force against the restriction or loss of our rights.
I am so incredibly honored to stand alongside these women and very proud of their strength and courage. They indeed are my heroes!
Thank you to Susan LaPierre of NRA Women for the inspiration for this event, TWAW Shooting Chapter Leaders for creating wonderful local events, the ranges across the country that welcomed women, Nine Line Apparel for the beautiful #NotMe shirts and to Action Target for our #NotMe Targets.