UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- With more and more reports of violent crime in Central Texas, a group of women is taking a stand to protect themselves, and they're doing it with guns. You might not peg Becky Lloyd, a confident shooter on the range, to be woman with having a steady hand. However, she wasn't always so comfortable with a firearm.
"I had no idea how to use it. I just knew to squeeze, but that was it," says Lloyd.
When she was sixteen, two men broke into her home. She pointed a gun at one of the men until police came, terrified of the gun itself and knowing she couldn't use it.
"Complete fear, almost paralyzing fear," says Lloyd. "Not knowing what someone in your home would do to you, but knowing that you need to protect your loved ones."
Now Lloyd and hundreds of other women in Central Texas are no longer vulnerable prey for criminals.
It's fear that brings the ladies to the gun range, but once they get out there and start shooting, they say they walk away feeling empowered.
That's because at the range, shooting 22's, instructor Deborah Davidson teaches them to be comfortable with guns.
"This class is teaching them safety on how to handle a firearm but at the same time, now that they know how, now they have the confidence they need to use it," says Davidson.
Davidson relates to these women because she was once afraid of guns after shooting a 44 magnum.
"Not knowing anything about it, I shot it. It came up, it flew out of my hands, I hit the floor, started crying and before i knew it, I looked over and that gun was sitting right there, pointed at me, loaded. It was horrifying," says Davidson.
After that she never wanted to touch a gun again until she got the courage to learn the proper way to shoot.
Which is why she decided to help more women. Davidson says a safe environment to gain confidence can change a woman's life in an unsafe world.
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