Donna Broome and Candace Ivy of Columbia, S.C., have founded an initiative called Guns ‘N Lipstik to teach women self-defense skills. The mother and daughter share a traumatic history with domestic abuse, and their primary intention is to empower women to avoid such situations when possible—and to extricate themselves when needed. They offer a gun safety course for women, known as Purses and Pistols, which aims to give beginners confidence in handling a firearm.
The safety course uses NRA training materials and in the future may enlist the help of local law enforcement; it culminates in a trip to the gun range, after which participants are encouraged to continue their training. This summer, they will also debut a class for teens, meant to teach warning signs that can stop abuse before it starts.