A Girl & A Gun teaches, ‘empowers’ women shooters

 

Adrienne Nicotera shoots her favorite gun, an AR-15. Credit: Provided
Adrienne Nicotera shoots her favorite gun, an AR-15. Credit: Provided

Montgomery County’s A Girl & A Gun women’s shooting league tries to keep politics out of its activities.

But league director Adrienne Nicotera said the bigger picture is certainly on her mind.

“You have bad apples who spoil the bunch,” the Abington pediatric nurse said.

A Girl & A Gun, a nationwide organization with roots in Texas, gives women a controlled environment to shoot in what Nicotera calls a “male-driven sport.”

Prior to her involvement with the group, Nicotera didn’t even want to touch a gun let alone have one in the house like her Army husband wanted. He convinced her to take a basic pistol course. Now, she owns her own guns and is an NRA-certified pistol instructor.

“It’s just very empowering,” Nicotera said. “I could have the worst day ever and go shooting and come out with a smile on my face.”

She’s admitted a few of the women in her suburban Philadelphia league weren’t too pleased with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s recent request that customers no longer bring guns into his stores. But Nicotera said that’s his right.

“I can understand that with everything that’s been going on lately,” she said. “It makes people uncomfortable and that’s all right.”

Nicotera said better background checks should be in place, but she doesn’t want it too difficult to get a gun.

“The harder they make it for an honest person to get a gun,” she explains, “it’s just going to make it even harder for us to defend ourselves. No matter what there are always going to be illegal gun sales, and it just makes it difficult for anybody who is responsible and uses guns in a controlled environment. The bad guys will always find a way to get a gun. I don’t know how they can stop it.”

For the time being, Nicotera is just trying to hone her own controlled-environment shooting skills to maybe even start competing.

“I feel accomplished. I feel like I can do this,” she said. “If you would have told me a year ago that I would be where I am today, I would say no way.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Rapper affiliate of Wu-Tang Clan 'cuts off own…

Rapper Andre Johnson, who has performed with New York outfit the Wu-Tang Clan, is in a critical condition after reportedly cutting off his own penis…

National

Cleavage complaint: Disneyland staffer orders curvy mom to…

A curvy mom-of-three says she filed a formal complaint after staff at Disneyland Resort in California ordered her to cover up her boobs. Melissa Behnken,…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox beat White Sox…

Red Sox walk 15 times in extra innings win

NBA

Kris Humphries on free agency, future with Celtics:…

Kris Humphries on free agency, future with Celtics: 'I hope to be back'

NBA

Celtics turn attention to NBA Draft, improve lottery…

Celtics turn attention to NBA Draft, improve lottery odds with loss

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.