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Female Pro-Gun Initiative Gains Traction
16 Mar 2016


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"Women should no longer be victims."� This is the philosophy of the Girls on Fire initiative from Gun Owners of South Africa (GOSA).
 
The Girls on Fire campaign was created in 2015 to coincide with the 16 days of Activism from the UN. GOSA changed this to "16 Days of ACTION for no Violence against Women and Children"�.

GOSA believes that women should be empowered and enabled to protect themselves and their families rather than to merely protest at the current state of affairs.

"We don't see women as victims. Skilled, determined and equipped with the appropriate tools to protect themselves and their families, we are #?VictimsNoLonger,"� says Lynette Oxley of Girls on Fire.
 
The Girls on Fire initiative involved women who produced cameos of why they feel empowered. The message from these inserts was quite clear - firearms are the answer...they can never be the problem.

"Since the launch of the campaign, it is obvious that hundreds of women agree.  And our membership keeps growing,"� Oxley says.
 
"From women in their 70s to youngsters that take part in shooting sports at 12 and 13, the response to our initiative has been from avid female sport shooters to single mothers wanting to protect their children; from grannies wanting to protect themselves to those that want to protect their grandchildren."�
 
"We have a common goal. Use the appropriate tool to accomplish a task. Carrying a firearm changes your outlook in a dangerous world. Like driving "defensively", one considers different scenarios including being attacked and one makes appropriate plans accordingly. A firearm allows weaker members of society to level the playing field."�
 
In many disciplines of sport shooting, men and women compete on an equal basis, as such Girls on Fire believes that firearms really are the great equaliser.
 
"We will be embarking on several programmes to promote responsible female firearms ownership in South Africa and further afield. Last Sunday we created a Steering Committee to take the Girls on Fire programme further and we are making a large push for membership and awareness at the upcoming HuntEx. One of the programmes will again be the 16 Days of ACTION for no Violence against Women and Children for 2016,"� commented Oxley.
 
To end the 16 days of ACTION campaign last year, an inaugural 34 women signed the first pledge poster to be a "#VictimNoLonger"�. At Cape Huntex another 150 women signed the Pledge poster and according to Oxley she is sure that there will be a substantial number of women signing the pledge poster at the upcoming HuntEx in April this year.

The first order of business for the Girls on Fire Steering Committee was to complete an actual "Pledge"� for their Pledge Posters which entails the following:
 
"I am a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a friend, your colleague, your fellow teammate.
I am a woman who can defend myself and my family by using my firearm.
I can stand strong and protect my loved ones.
I have a voice and a choice, I will not be subjugated.
I am your equal.
I am a #VictimNoLonger"�
 
 
Girls on Fire have also taken to various social media platforms to promote their campaign and are now represented on the following forums:
Gunsite
Twitter - @GirlsOnFireSA & @VictimNoLonger
Instagram - @ girlsonfiresa
Facebook - GOSA Girls on Fire
 
Oxley says that the Girls on Fire initiative is increasingly gaining momentum and "we have already had interest from the overseas gun community like GunGoddess.com, God, Guns and Girls, and the ladies from Firearms United in Europe."�

"Big things are happening for women firearm ownership in South Africa and worldwide!"� 

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