“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Latimer said that Cedric Barnes would sometimes hold classes with one or two students; on some weekends, he didn’t teach the course at all. Now, Latimer said, calls are constantly coming in for both the pistol fundamentals and concealed carry training courses.”
Something good to come out of the reactions to the Covid. Not sure if this was anticipated…
The sounds of gunfire ringing through her Southeast D.C. neighborhood had always kept Neta Vaught away from firearms. To her, guns symbolized the violence that the mother of three worked so hard to shield her family from — the violence that has Vaught regularly coming across dead bodies and kept her from giving her two teenagers the childhood she wanted.
But after witnessing the national temperature rise over the past few months, between the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing protests against police brutality, Vaught felt she needed to reconsider her self-defense options. She decided it was time to beat her fear of firearms, get training and purchase her first gun.
“As a single mom, I don’t feel as protected anymore, and I want to be able to protect my children,” Vaught said.
By Matthew Delaney