Under a new partnership, the River Oaks Firearms Training Center in Sacramento will “provide monthly firearms training” to 18,000 girls. Liberals from coast-to-coast are screaming at the television in horror. Standing up for the Second Amendment is a great way for Girl Scouts to put those nasty Planned Parenthood false rumors to rest. They really rub salt into the wounds of progressives by doing it in Nancy Pelosi’s back yard.
Partnership a first for California Girls
River Oaks is run by the Safety First Shooting Association, a nonprofit organization that “trains more people about firearms that any other range in the state combined.” They’ve been working with 4-H and other youth groups for years but this will be the beginning of their partnership with the Girl Scouts. “This is a first for our council,” Debbie Avila relates. She is the “Heart of Central California” community engagement manager. “Marksmanship has always been apart of the our council, but we never had a partnership like this. The hope is to have our parents get involved and make it sustainable.”
It’s a first for the girls too. “Most of these girls have never handled or fired a rifle before, let alone participate in shooting sports.” The first group of 7 to 17 year-old students gathered at the range late last month for the first-ever session. About 110 kids participated.
“I was a little nervous, but at the same time I wanted to know more about rifles and guns,” 17-year-old Juniper Neff declares. “They are fascinating machines. The kickback was stronger than I expected, but I’m better at shooting than I thought I would be. I think it’s a good experience, and it’s something good to be exposed to. It gives you confidence by just doing it. I’m not sure I will ever own one, but if I ever need to use one, I know I will do so safely.” Progressive gun grabbers scream in pain.
There’s also opportunities to learn archery and survival skills along the Merced River. “I learned how to make a shelter out of everyday things like a garbage bag, and where to build a fire, and how to survive without bottled water or food,” an excited Beatrix Z’berg reports. Her mother, Sarah, was just as psyched. “I think it’s great to have all these volunteers who take time to teach these lessons. And we are very fortunate to have these spaces and environments. We are visiting from a very urban environment in the center of Sacramento. I think this will be an experience my daughter will never forget.”
Well trained experts
The gun experts are well trained. They donate their time, as well as all the equipment and safety materials. All the girls learn the basics of firearm history and safety. The older kids “have a chance to participate at the rifle range and the trap shooting range, along with trying out black powder rifle shooting and Western action shooting.”
River Oaks has been around since 1997. According to Michael Bettencourt who owns the land, “we wanted to make sure the kids knew about gun safety, and we wanted everybody to know that kids shoot for free at the range — and that’s still true today.” About 11,000 people of all ages use the facility each year. They point out, “that number is down slightly in part because of new gun legislation that limits or restricts the sale of ammunition to law-abiding gun owners.”
That isn’t stopping them. “The volunteers are moving forward with the help of grants and community donations.” They plan to roll out a new self-defense course “for members of the faith-based community in light of recent gun violence at churches across the nation.”