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One Year Proud and Strong


The new club poster is hanging up in the Woodland Park Range where we have a monthly port meet up.

The Second Amendment Women Shooting Club is getting ready to celebrate our first wildly successful year with our Anniversary Port Meet up on March 29th. A year ago when we broke out with our first event, the Concealed Carry Holster Show, we could not have anticipated that only twelve months later we would have the fantastic group of active and engaged women we have today!

When I started shooting over five years ago, I still remember being in awe of the lack of women’s events and activity in the shooting community in this area.  Even as the media continues to report that there is a rise in female firearms owners in the last few years, clearly women have been actively participating in hunting and other shooting sports throughout history.

When we started the club, the goal was to not only create a place to train and introduce new female shooters to the sport, but to gather together a group of confident, self-aware and responsible women who would stand up for our families, our freedom and our right to self-protect.  I believe we have been successful thus far in our goals.  We have introduced over 100 women to shooting in a safe, responsible and fun atmosphere.  Some have joined to further their shooting skills and knowledge, some have joined for the social aspect of having a like-minded group of women to both go to the range with and spend time with outside the shooting environment.   Our club has become a warm and welcoming place for women of all ages and demographics, and with the introduction of our children’s firearms and safety events, we have become a family place as well.

This past week I attended a local event, a discussion on Guns, Safety and Solutions.  I sat there and listened to one of the panelists, Mandi Perlmutter from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, parade alleged statistics that would have one believe that women neither want to or should be “burdened” with the responsibility to protect themselves from becoming victims of crime. As I listened, I reflected on all the women who have come to our events and joined our club.  Intelligent, independent, brave, responsible;  these women are not victims.  These women are proud and strong!

When I leave my house every morning, I have many goals for the day, but only one is really important.  When I walk out the door of my house each morning, my one goal is to make darn sure I return through it to my children each evening.  When a group of “Moms” say that the “onus” of my protection should not lie with me – I question who does it lie with?  When the response time for police officers is upwards to thirty minutes in our area, what words will be used to comfort my children if God Forbid something happens to me?  Your mother was not responsible for her own protection?  That she did all should could to make sure she was here for you by calling for help?  That is pure nonsense and inexcusable!  I teach my children to be responsible and productive members of our society, of course, at their age appropriate ability, but we have no excuses and no participation awards in our house.   My children expect me to stand up for my own life, not to rely on anyone else and that is why my ten year old looks up to me and in his own words and description,  told me he doesn’t need any further protection as I am his “bodyguard”.

Whether its self-defense classes on situational awareness and ways to protect yourself inside and outside the home, or classes on how to become proficient and confident with your firearm (for use within the laws of your state), the SAW Shooting Club will continue to provide the means for women to become educated in how to protect themselves.  We are fortunate to have many police officers and first responders who work tirelessly to protect our communities.  But there are only so many of them, and at the end of the day, if I am not ready to defend myself and my children how can I ask anyone else to do so for me?

As we expand our events throughout NJ and PA in the coming year, we hope we will double, if not triple, our club membership.  We are listening to our members and will continue to provide everything from basic firearms and self-defense training to advanced tactical classes.  We also will continue to add opportunities to learn new skills, such as hunting and becoming involved in competitions like IDPA which are both educational and entertaining.

For the coming year we have added some new sponsors and supporters.  We appreciate everyone who becomes involved with supporting our goals, however I cannot close without expressing our gratitude for the incredible support we get from the Woodland Park Range staff and most importantly, Anthony Colandro. We could not have done it without you and we hope to continue to work together in the coming years!


Upcoming Events:

March 29th Anniversary Port Meet Up

April 6th Monthly Meet Up

April 14th Shotgun Refresher

April 28th – SAW Self Defense in Garfield Location



The New Jersey State Senate is set to vote on Monday on the Magazine/Gun Ban which, if it passes and is signed by the Governor, will reduce the magazine capacity in New Jersey to ten rounds.  New Jersey already has a magazine capacity reduction law in effect at fifteen rounds.  This further reduction will do nothing to address the “reason” the bill was introduced which is stated as in response to the shooting in Arizona which injured Cathy Giffords.  Magazines can be changed by even the most inexperienced shooter in as few as eight seconds (Chasing NJ video).  This feel good legislation is again, simply another form of a gun ban on New Jersey’s legal gun owners, because as we all know, criminals do not follow laws.  If this magazine limit passes, it will automatically turn law abiding New Jersey gun owners into felons.  How will the police manage enforcing this new law if it passes?  How will gun owners be compensated for the loss of their property and is the probable expense worth it to the state when balanced against the imagined “benefit”?  And in the words of Anthony Colandro owner of Gun for Hire and the Woodland Park Shooting Range, will I get three ten round magazines back if I turn in two fifteen round ones? Anthony says it best in his testimony last week to the New Jersey Law and Public Safety Committee.  Watch below and share it!  The “I Will Not Comply” movement is strong in New Jersey!


Teach Your Daughters to Shoot…


Because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.

In response to his recent statement on gun control laws,  “You’ve got to wear them down until they finally say, ‘Enough’.“  I have this to say –  Mr. Bloomberg, I will never say ‘Enough’!

You are one hundred percent correct however, when it comes to issues of public health and safety, I too, will not back down.  I will continue to fight to be able to protect my children, in the manner I choose, one afforded to me by the Constitution of the country I pledge allegiance to.

As a woman, a mother, a social worker and a gun owner I understand the importance of safeguarding the right to own firearms for self-defense.  As a firearms instructor, I know that those who legally own guns, comprise some of the safest guardians of public health and safety in the country.  Gun owners do not seek gun battles, in fact it is unlikely someone would ever have cause to randomly draw their gun.  Gun owners are more aware of their surroundings and the responsibility that goes along with carrying a gun, but they are also ready to protect the lives of others, including those they do not know.  I would rather see guns protecting my children in school than a posted sign declaring it’s a “gun free” zone, because I am keenly aware of how well criminals follow laws, even ones posted on a nicely worded sign.

If the goal is to create a safer environment for our children to grow up in, a safer place for women to stand on equal footing with a domestic aggressor, than look no further than the population of law abiding gun owners in the US.

We all know that evil cannot be “banned”, you cannot remove all risk, but you will remove all means for me to successfully counter that risk – leaving my children vulnerable.  The women you will enlist to be the face of your gun control initiatives do not represent the large and growing population of women and mothers, like me, who will stand up and fight for the Second Amendment. That is, if you allow us to be heard.

I abhor the suggestion that taking guns out of the hands of legal gun owners will somehow make domestic violence deaths disappear.  The psychology of a domestic aggressor does not change based on the tools available to him. Taking the gun out of the hands of the potential victim, does not mean the aggressor will no longer have a means to abuse or kill the victim.  You have only guaranteed that the victim will never be able to equalize the disparity of strength and power between herself and her tormentor, and it will be abundantly clear, in fact, it will wipe away all doubt in the mind of the abuser, who enjoys seeing his victim as powerless and completely under his control.

This woman can easily die the same death being thrown down a flight of stairs as she would have if she had been shot.  But what if she had the means at her disposal to defend herself effectively? A 100 pound woman cannot likely throw a 200 pound male down a flight of stairs, or into a wall, but she can pull the trigger of a gun – her gun.  We should empower those who wish to help themselves instead of removing their ability to feel confident.

Instead of stripping the people of any means of self-defense, choose to maintain and strengthen the balance of power.  Abolish the absurdity of “gun free” zones, and allow citizens across the country to walk confidently.

Mr. Bloomberg, do not hide behind the protection of the women and mothers you will send door to door peddling the misnomer that “safety” only comes when all guns are be taken out of the hands of law abiding Americans.  They are smarter than that, you, Mr. Bloomberg are smarter than that too.  And gun owners, we are certainly smarter than that and we will never say ‘Enough’.

As a social worker and certified firearms instructor, I pledge to continue to educate men, women and children with the proper knowledge, skills and attitude to be responsible gun owners.   As part of my commitment to do my part for gun safe “everytowns” across the United States, and to empower and foster confident and safe women and mothers, I will pledge to always teach victims of domestic violence to shoot free of charge. – SS