by LaDonna Lowe

I recently took another instructors training course called Refuse to Be A Victim. I am sure that many of you have heard about the course being offered across the country. This is a wonderful course that makes you aware of things you can learn to do to prevent becoming a victim of crime.

One of the many things that I learned from this class was that we are more likely now than ever before of becoming a victim of a violent crime.

Some of the things it brought to my attention were having your windows rolled up and your doors locked as soon as you enter your car. It should become second nature, just like putting on a seat belt to lock your doors every time you get into your car.

Another thing to be aware of is your surroundings while sitting at a red light. You need to leave enough room between you and the car in front of you to be able to pull away if someone is approaching your vehicle and you feel threatened.

As you are pulling into your garage when you go home are there bushes and shrubs near the garage door that someone could hide in and slip into the garage with you. Now if you close the garage door you are trapped in a closed room with someone you don’t want to be with. Make a habit of watching in your rear view mirror to make sure no one comes in with you. Do not unlock your doors until your garage door is completely closed and you are sure no one has entered with you.

The class includes many different aspects of personal safety, including, physical, automobile, travel, and home security. While a handgun is a wonderful choice for personal protection it is not the only thing that can be used . Not everyone is comfortable with carrying a handgun. There are many things like personal alarms, hand to hand gadgets, pepper spray and many other things. Make sure to check your states laws for use of pepper spray and any personal protection tool that you choose.

But there is one aspect of personal safety that I want to discuss with you. And this to me is the most important aspect of the entire class or any situation. Unfortunately, statistics say that many of us reading this will become a victim of a violent crime. Rape, battery, car jacking and robbery. Our personal safety is our own responsibility and we must choose to make it a priority. And a priority to learn how to reduce the chances that you will become a victim. The aspect I want to discuss with you is the fact that you must consciously decide now that if I do become a victim. I WILL SURVIVE! I may come out beaten and bruised but I will live to fight another day. I will do whatever it takes to live through this crime and I will be stronger on the other side because of it. That is something you must keep in your mind and fight and kick and scream and do whatever it takes to live. But you have to do that now. Don’t wait until it is too late. Mental attitude can make the difference between life and death.

To find a class on Refuse To Be a Victim, go the NRA webpage and look for classes in your area. LaDonna Lowe ladlowe@yahoo. com NRA Certified Pistol Instructor Personal Protection Inside the Home Personal Protection Outside the Home Refuse to Be A Victim Range Safety Offi cer Georgia Carry Pistol Instructor State Leader Armed Lady Chapter Leader Armed Lady


My name is LaDonna Lowe . I am 57 years old; I am originally from Arkansas, now living in Georgia. I am a wife of 40 years and a mother of 2 daughters. I am a grandmother to the most precious little 6 year old girl ever born. I guess you could sa1234y I am a born and bred Southern redneck girl and I love to shoot guns. I am an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Certified Range Safety Officer and a Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor and Personal Protection Outside the Home, Refuse To Be a Victim and Georgia Carry certified Pistol Instructor. I have always dreamed of becoming a police officer but chose family instead and have never regretted one minute of it, but I would still like to be a police officer so this is as close as I can come. I have worked in public schools for years. So giving lessons in pistol use and safety is like going home. I look forward to being able to share my passion and knowledge of firearms with you oft en.