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When I was growing up, my dad taught my brothers, sister and myself how to shoot and how to hunt. It was an integral part of our lives growing up. We not only knew how to shoot, but we were taught to respect guns and never touch them without permission or in the case of an emergency. We all knew where the loaded guns were in the house, but we also knew not to touch or play with them.

Laurie Rogers of Ellisville, MS has a similar story. She wanted to go hunting with her dad, but had to learn to shoot a shotgun first, so she did. She grew up shooting and hunting and taught her kids who to shoot and hunt, but she wanted to do more for women in general, so she decided to become an NRA instructor.

(The Meridian Star) – Laurie Rogers held the heavy shotgun tight to her shoulder and squeezed the trigger with all her might.

“Ka-Boom” roared the shotgun as it knocked her to the ground.

Rogers, only 5 years old at the time, knew that she wanted to go hunting with her father more than anything, and he’d told her that she had to shoot that shotgun before she could go.

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“With tears running down my eyes and cheeks, I picked myself up and asked if I could do it again,” Rogers recalled. “And guess who got to go hunting.”

That was the start of her passion for the outdoors, hunting and firearms.

“I grew up shooting guns and hunting and enjoyed it very much, so I taught my own kids,” Rogers said. “The one passion I had was for firearms and I liked helping others…

Rogers also shares that twice in her life, she was forced to pull her gun on someone else to protect herself. In both instances, just having her gun with her and pulling it out was enough to reduce the situation from going any further. Now, she is teaching others, from age 10 to 80, how to shoot and how to use their gun to defend themselves.

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