NRA Women Attend the 2013 Safari Club International

The 41st Safari Club International Convention was held this year in Reno, Nevada last month drawing over 23,000 attendees from across the nation. Among them were many NRA Women who went to book hunts, rendezvous with old friends and shop for the latest guns and hunting equipment.

View pictures from the convention here.

Our own Women’s Leadership Forum Executive Committee Member Melanie Pepper was there as well, and she was awarded the 2013 Diana Award following her hunts around the world. Though she did not begin shooting until she was 40, she has had quite a hunting career, spanning countries in all six hunting continents and taking more than 100 SCI big-game animals.

Here she is with the award:


And here she is with other NRA Women at the pinning ceremony:

Congratulations, Melanie, on such a prestigious achievement. It’s very well deserved.

Special Promotion From Pretty Dangerous Accessories

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Ladies: Gun Rights is Our Fight, Too

Right now, anti-gun politicians such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Chuck Schumer and President Barack Obama are seeking out ways to limit everyone’s access to guns, and they are counting on the misconception that women in general will either not be interested in this ‘great gun debate,’ or they’ll take an emotionally charged ANTI-gun position.

But thousands of women are taking up firearms these days for a whole host of reasons — whether it’s for hunting, shooting sports, self-defense or just plain fun. Owning a gun and having a good time shooting it is not, as author Joyce Carol Oates recently tweeted, “a guy thing.”

Plenty of strong, gun-owning women are already jumping right into the debates over high-capacity magazine bans, semi-auto bans and other restrictions. Read some of the articles already out there:

Women Should Fight Attempts to Ban High Capacity Magazines

Girls With Guns

Obama Seeks to Limit Women’s Capability to Fight Attackers

And check out these videos from NRA News featuring female guests sharing their opinions:

Author Joyce Carol Oates Tweets “Maybe Guns are a Guy Thing”

Mom of Six Says Schools Need Armed Protection

Women: Stick to Your Guns

Karen Bartuch Responds to Anti-Gun Comments in the Media

Maybe some of us ARE emotionally charged, but perhaps that is because of stories like this one in which a mother in Georgia was home alone with her nine-year-old twins, defenseless from an intruder if not for her gun. She shot the man 5 times with a revolver, and he was still able to crawl from the house. What if she had missed a few times? Who is to say how many bullets she might have needed to stop that man?

Whether we as women want our guns or need our guns, the Second Amendment gives us the right to have our guns. This is not a “guy thing,” this is an “American thing,” and we as NRA Women need to be a strong voice in this fight for freedom.

Coming Soon on NRA Women’s Network: “A Life in Balance: The Laura Bachenberg Story”

Today, Laura Bachenberg is a happy wife and a mother of two energetic boys in Wescosville, Pennsylvania. Her life might look ordinary in present days, but her domestic bliss follows an extraordinary military history.

Laura served as Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Weapons Director Instructor for the United States Air Force. Her pressure-filled, 21-year career took her around the world and into the Gulf and Iraqi wars where she flew support missions.

Laura has been awarded 22 personal, unit and service medals and ribbons, among which are the Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Achievement Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and two Kuwait Liberation Medals. Today though, she is mostly just “mom.”

Don’t miss her heart-pounding, heart-warming story on the NRA Women’s Network this month.

Watch a preview of “A Life in Balance: The Laura Bachenberg Story” here.

NRA Women’s Network Announces Presenting Sponsor

We are proud to announce that Smith & Wesson is now the presenting sponsor of the NRA Women’s Network. This partnership will enhance our resources, tools and community at with new and ongoing features for female gun enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

Smith & Wesson is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the global military, law enforcement and consumer markets. The company’s brands include Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson/Center Arms.

“Smith & Wesson is proud to be partnered with the NRA Women’s Network,” said Smith & Wesson CEO James Debney. “We believe that women who have been shooting their whole lives and women who are new to firearms will want to get involved with this community. What a great opportunity to learn more about the shooting sports and meet likeminded women.”

The NRA Women’s Network includes channels for hunting, shooting, firearms education, community profiles, resources and social networking, each equipped with tools to help you locate clubs and competitions in your area, learn about hunting and shooting courses, view community videos and photo galleries, connect with other women and so much more. New content is consistentaly being added as the network continues to grow.

“It’s no secret that women are now engaging in hunting and the shooting sports in record numbers. My wife Susan and I are especially excited about the immediate success of the NRA Women’s Network,” commented NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. “With Smith & Wesson’s sponsorship and continued involvement we will continue to grow this community and provide this valuable resource to women across the country.”

You can visit today and see “What’s New” featured right there on the home channel. Take a look around and see how your network is expanding every day!

Alabama Burglar Picks Wrong Woman

It’s one of our worst nightmares: waking up to find a burglar standing over your bed in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, this exact horror happened to a 63-year-old woman in Bessemer, Alabama. Fortunately, she was ready to defend herself.


The woman told investigators the gunman demanded that she give him her money and jewelry. She refused, and a struggle followed.

The intruder put the rifle down, and then pulled a small keyhole saw. He cut the woman on the arm and the stomach. A family friend staying at the home heard the commotion and intervened. While the friend distracted the suspect, the victim grabbed a handgun and fired on the gunman. He fled out the back door.

Police later caught up with the intruder when he checked into a hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound. So not only did his victim defend herself, her actions took one more bad guy off the street.

We all hope nothing like this every happens to us of course, but if it does, let’s be ready to handle it just like this lady from Bessemer.

Get Out and Vote This Tuesday!

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are more than 156 million women living in the United States — that’s 5 million more ladies than men. That is why you have been hearing the liberal media shouting empty “war on women” threats from every platform. The left is desperately trying to get the strongest demographic out to the polls this November, banking on the idea that we will sign our fate over to Barack Obama if we feel personally threatened enough.

Well, the joke’s on them.

For all the left’s insisting that women are smart, strong and should be treated as equals, they sure don’t give us much credit. We know that there are high stakes and that there is plenty to fear in this election, but most of us are not so easily convinced that it’s all about whether or not the government will fund gender-specific programs or pass flimsy legislation in our favor.

We see the big picture. We see that our freedom is at stake and that the freedom of our children and grandchildren is at stake. We see a president who has expressed consistent hostility to our constitution, our personal values and our God-given rights. And when we say “our freedom,” we mean not just women’s, we mean all Americans’ freedom … from sea to shining sea.

Barack Obama’s hostility toward the the Second Amendment is smack in the center of this big picture. We’re not talking about simply having a few more hoops to jump through to get a gun for the next four years. If he is re-elected, Obama will have the opportunity to begin a domino effect that will change the entire face of America as we know it — starting with your guns.

Consider these facts:

  • Barack Obama has supported a number of anti-gun policies throughout his political career including microstamping, stricter background checks, laws allowing frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers, and increased taxes on firearms businesses that could put the thriving gun industry, and plenty of workers, out of commission. This massive hit to the economy and the availability of affordable arms will affect generations.
  • In the second round of presidential debates between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, Obama clearly stated that he would support renewing an assault weapons ban. While this was no surprise to gun owners who were aware he had said it before, the media almost had the people convinced that Obama wasn’t interested in such a policy that would outlaw common rifles long after his time in office.
  • Though the clock may have run out on the United Nations Global Arms Trade Treaty talks last year, the U.N. Programme of Action has already been revived in New York. Obama has supported negotiations that would allow countries such as Iran and Russia to have a say in your right to private gun ownership and self defense.
  • Perhaps most critically, right now the Supreme Court of the United States holds a razor-thin 5-4 pro-Second Amendment majority. In the last four-year term, Obama nominated hard-line anti-gunners Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the court who promptly voted against the Second Amendment in McDonald v. City of Chicago. Over the next four years, Obama may appoint 1-3 more justices, overturning our majority. When that happens, our rights hang by a thread, and that thread cannot hold for the potential decades before the next opportunity to swing the majority vote.

For more information on the threat to your Second Amendment, visit

Ladies, we know there is much more on the line than the left wants us to think, and that is why we are all going out to the polls on November 6 to go ALL IN for the Second Amendment. You have the power to decide whether or not the next generation recognizes the country that we now hold dear.