Tuesday, November 27, 2012
With rates of criminal victimization on the rise across the nation — from 2010-2011 the rate of violent victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) increased by 17 percent and the rate of property crime (burglary, motor vehicle theft and property theft) went up 11 percent, according to Bureau of Justice statistics — more people are thinking about how to keep from becoming a victim.
Women, especially those who live alone, can feel especially vulnerable, and many consider purchasing a handgun for protection.
“If they’re thinking about owning a gun or their husband bought them a gun, I’m a firm believer that they need training,” said former Red Bank Police chief Ronnie Dodd, whose Sale Creek Mountain business Dodd Training and Associates offers a gun handling and safety course especially for women. “We have a right under the Constitution to own a gun, but people need to know how to be safe with them. In the hands of someone unskilled it could be more of a danger to themselves than the bad guy.”
The class is typically held every other month, with the next set for Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“A lot of ladies will feel intimidated with males in class,” said Dodd, adding that he also has a female assistant for the class to further increase students’ comfort level.
Students can bring their own guns or rent one at the range. Designed for those who have no prior experience with guns, the class covers gun handling skills, safety, the legal aspects of carrying a gun, the different types of guns available and how to use them.
“We’ll do some range work as well,” said Dodd, including providing instruction on how to use the sights and handle the triggers of .22 pistols and revolvers.
The cost of the class is $150 per person, and Dodd requests that those wishing to participate call to reserve a spot.