Until recently, the only advocacy group speaking for women regarding gun rights in Delaware was in favor of strict gun control. When I learned of new legislation I considered to be unconstitutional in restricting gun rights, I gathered together a group of trailblazing women, now known as the Women’s Defense Coalition. As a mom and veteran, I knew I needed to be able to protect myself and my family, and I knew how.
Along with Erin Chronister and Deborah Remer, two certified shooting instructors, and the women they recruited, the coalition took anti-gun lawmakers by storm. Many of them, mostly men, had never considered that women wanted, so strongly, their voices heard on the side of the Second Amendment.
The coalition organized rallies and walked the districts of legislators who threatened to chip away at their constituents’ access to self-protection. The women door-knocked in teams, walked the busiest streets, spoke to countless business owners and handed out literature to passing cars at intersections. They went through many areas, even crime-ridden neighborhoods they were warned to avoid. Their goal was to educate citizens about what their very own district’s senators and representatives were up to. The response from citizens in each district was clear and unmistakable — gun control was not the answer to restoring public safety.
The coalition held meetings with the Department of Justice to ask questions and educate prosecutors. The group met with representatives and senators in an effort to offer a different perspective on gun ownership, a woman’s perspective. They held roundtables with bill sponsors, explaining how guns prevent women from becoming a statistic. They gathered hundreds of Delawareans in opposition to proposed gun laws.
The coalition conducts training for women and teens, holds expos and other social and advocacy events.
John Sigler, former head of the National Rifle Association, acknowledged the impact the group has made in our state during his speech at the recent Delaware Sportsmen’s banquet. The Women’s Defense Coalition and its members are here to provide citizens the thorough education, knowledge, training and information they need to understand how important the Second Amendment is for self-protection.
If you are interested in joining our effort, donating to our passionate cause of self-protection, volunteering for educational opportunities or learning more, check out our website at wdcofdelaware.org.
Founder, Women’s Defense Coalition of Delaware
Candidate for state Senate in the 16th District