Female firearm instructor aims to train 1 million women
By Jennifer Cruz
Firearms instructor Marchelle Tigner, left, provides instruction to another woman at a class in Lawrenceville, Georgia. (Photo: Lisa Marie Pane/Associated Press)
As the number of female and minority gun owners continues to grow, one Georgia-based firearm instructor aims to teach black women how to shoot.
Marchell Tigner, owner of Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction, is a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor whose personal mission is to provide training to 1 million women.
“It’s important, especially for black women, to learn how to shoot. We need to learn how to defend ourselves,” Tigner told the Associated Press, noting that black women are more likely to become victims of domestic violence.
According to her website, Tigner, whose love of firearms stemmed from spending seven years in the National Guard and later working at a firing range, started her company last year after she noticed a lack of representation for black women in the gun community. Tigner said she worked at a firing range and would often see women trying to learn how to use a firearm at the instruction of their significant others, something which, she said, made her uncomfortable.
“Sometimes it’s hard to believe you can do something until you see someone who looks like