Editor’s Notebook

GHayesI was so proud of Jennie Van Tuyl last month that I just have to share her news with our members who may very well know her voice from calling the Network office. Check out the photo below showing Jennie shooting at the IDPA Nationals in Tulsa, OK last month!

In addition to providing membership services for the Network, Jennie is very active as a facilitator for the national women’s shooting organization, A Girl and A Gun (http://www.agirlandagun.org).

Jennie competed in the Enhanced Service Pistol division in Sharpshooter class. She came back with a big grin on her face, reporting that in addition to having a lot of fun, she learned a wealth of competitive shooting strategies.

Now, I know there are those who look down on competitive shooting as a “game,” but here’s the deal: performing skills under pressure is vital to being able to employ those very skills under conditions of tremendous stress. Being a relatively new shooter of less than a decade’s experience and competing at a national championship, is the very definition of pressure! I’m very proud of Jennie for the recognition she received from the A Girl and A Gun organization, and for shooting with the big boys and girls at a national match.

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Sometimes when you call a gun owner support organization, you ask your questions of a call-center employee or a receptionist who, while they may be skilled in taking telephone orders, know absolutely nothing about shooting and self-defense skills. When you call the Network, you are talking to a fellow firearms enthusiast, a gun owner with hundreds of hours of training by the leading self-defense instructors, and someone who shares many of the concerns under which you labor.

Linked to good performance

“The ACLDN cap was ‘promoted’ to my main range cap position,” writes a member who wears it when he’s at New York City’s Westside Rifle and Pistol Range. From the target in the photo he sent, we’re in good company. Thanks for this example of good use of the Network logo cap, sir.IMG 0128

Sometimes members get the cap in their member package and express concern that it isn’t wise to publicly advertise being involved with guns and self-defense preparation. We couldn’t agree more! As our member above demonstrates, it is, however, fun to fly the colors once you’re at the range, and if your shooting buddies ask what the ball cap with the scales of justice is all about, tell ‘em to go online to http://www.armedcitizensnetwork.org and see why you’ve become part of our member support organization. Tell ‘em you’re proud that over the past six years your organization has been there to help eight members who defended themselves. Don’t forget–we are all in this together!

[End of October 2014 eJournal.
Please return for our November 2014 edition.]