Meet our Newest September Influencer for Lucky Shot: Renee, also know as @lionesstactics on instagram. She's got over 20.5k followers on instagram and not only is she a badass mom of 3 daughters, she also has a black belt in Krav Maga. Learn more about her take on the Gun Industry and her newest venture into firearms training.
Tell us a bit about yourself
My day job is not only a super mom of three awesome girls, but an Executive Assistant to the CEO of a vibration analysis and testing corporation out of New York. For the past 13 years I have been heavily involved in martial arts and have a black belt in Krav Maga. Recently I have branched out into the world of Executive Protection and firearms training. I have been a firearms instructor for the past 8 years.
What inspired your love for the 2nd amendment?
As far as the Second Amendment, I have always had a great respect for the United States and its founding principles. I am a true believer that they placed such an emphasis on the right to bear arms in making it the second amendment that without the ability to defend yourself from personal attacks, as well as, and possibly more importantly from a tyrannical government, you leave yourself open to attacks on your freedom. You see the chaos in the world today and we must stand up for our rights, our country, and the principals that allow us to protect those.
What inspired you to start your Instagram and what’s one thing you wish you had known when you began?
I felt it was a good platform to reach people who otherwise would not have access to the gun community and self defense. The one thing I wish I had known is the time commitment! Its hard work to stay up on content and keep things current and relevant and I always try to respond to the comments and followers the best I can. It is a lot of work, but I enjoy it and I hope it inspires others with the same love for this community.
What challenges did you or do you face as a Women in the Guns/Pro 2nd Amendment industry, if any?
The challenges are not so much challenges as it is new territory. There are not many women in this industry and when you are trying to carve out your niche you have to be willing to get out there and expose yourself to training. You must accept critique and if you surround yourself with good people there is so much to learn. You become valued and respected.
What advice would you give someone who Is just starting off on their own route with all things guns and shooting?
Get effective training. There are a lot of people making a lot of claims and you don’t want to put you, or your family’s lives at risk by not getting properly trained. Seek out the professionals who have your best interest at heart and learn the right way. Have fun and enjoy the journey. Never forget the importance and responsibility that come with gun ownership.
What is the one common myth about your profession or field that you want to debunk?
We are not all “gun bunnies”. Everyone has their interest and if that is yours that is great. There are numerous women out there that believe, like I do in self-defense and personal strength. We really enjoy the tactical aspects of getting dirty, training hard and are not shy about getting in the fight. You do not have to be ex-military or LE to believe in your right to defend yourself, your family, or other good people in this country. Women do play a huge part in filling roles that men cannot. Whether it is in Executive Protection or teaching self-defense, we have opportunities and skills that will always be in high demand. I work hard to be an example as I move forward in this industry.
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