OPD at the Gun Shows
We had a great time participating in the gun shows in Norman and Shawnee. These were the first runs of Super Dave's Gun Shows and Dave did a fabulous job! Some of the things we appreciated about Dave's gun show: low admission cost, only gun related products and services represented, a friendly family type atmosphere. Most of the OPD team have been to the giant shows at the fairgrounds, which seem like a great big flea market that sells guns. Dave's show was more like the county fair where you can go and enjoy yourself, meet some nice people, and find some terrific guns and related products (we all came home with something!) Super Dave's Guns Shows are highly recommended by the OPD team!
The Myth of Wasp Spray
Thankfully it's been awhile since I've received the forward about wasp spray for self-defense, but the topic did come up twice in the last few days. Once at the Shawnee gun show when a woman told me what a great option it was and I told her in response that 1. it's a felony to use it for self-defense and 2. it has absolutely no effect on a human. The second was in an Email from the EPA in response to a letter I wrote them in February. I had asked for confirmation of what I state in my internationally published article on the subject that it is in deed a felony to use it against a human. This is what the EPA said:
"EPA’s official stance is stated prominently on the label of every EPA-registered pesticide: IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW TO USE THIS PRODUCT IN A MANNER INCONSISTENT WITH ITS LABELING. That statement is legally enforceable for any misuse of a pesticide.
While it is rare that anyone is criminally charged with misusing a pesticide, it is quite possible that the person sprayed could bring a civil suit for damages against the sprayer and would have the law in his or her favor."
So please, before you believe or perpetuate this horrible lie, read my article which will dispel every myth about using wasp spray for self-defense...you can find it at the top of the More page of the OPD website, or go directly to it here.
No Classes for Summer Break:
I just finished a marathon run in which I taught one ore more classes nearly every week since January so I'm taking a summer break for June and July. I need to get some things done around the house like rebuild my deck that finally started to collapse, get my spring cleaning done (several months late), get in some quality pool time in the back yard, and give all the dogs a bath! I probably won't start scheduling classes again until August, but watch for the July newsletter to stay informed in the meantime.
OPD at Norman and Shawnee Gun Shows
Policy for All Live Fire Classes
It is a pre-requisite that in order to attend ANY OPD live fire class, including SDA (conceal carry), all students must take Girls Day Out or a private lesson from an OPD instructor. This is for the safety and comfort of students, range safety officers, and instructors. This policy is posted on the SDA page as well as the classes page of the website.
Financial Aid for Classes
No one will be turned away from Oklahoma Personal Defense training because they cannot afford a class. If you need assistance, please contact me.
If you'd like to help women who may not be able to afford a class, please go to the Payment page, look for the Donate button under Financial Aid near the bottom of the page. Click that button, simply input the amount of your choice and complete the transaction either through PayPal or with a credit card. Funds are kept in a separate account and used when help is needed. Contact me for more information.
Oklahoma Personal Defense (OPD) is a personal defense academy committed to the empowerment of women through their own personal defense education. OPD protects the dignity and comfort of women by providing a safe, secure environment in which they can learn without the stress of intimidation. Classes are developed specifically with the needs of average women in mind. Focusing on firearms training, OPD tactics and techniques are practical and doable for all women. Class helpers are women who have been students of OPD, learned the techniques, and expressed a desire to help other women learn. OPD was formed in response to the tremendous volume of women seeking their own personal defense training.
Glossary of Acronyms
Below are a few terms you may encounter in these newsletters and other publications regarding firearms self-defense
|BOLO – Be On the Lookout
LEO – Law Enforcement Officer
VCA – Violent Criminal Actor
DRT – Dead Right There
ND – Negligent Discharge
FMJ – Full Metal Jacket (practice ammo)
JHP – Jacketed Hollow Point (defense ammo)
NQR – Not Quite Right
|RSO – Range Safety Officer
SDA – Self-Defense Act
CCL– Conceal Carry License
CCW – Conceal Carry Weapon
BUG – Back Up Gun
GDO – Girls Day Out (class)
BTB – Between the Threat and the Bang (class)
OPD – Oklahoma Personal Defense
Seen an abbreviation you don't know? Send it to me and I'll post it here.
This Mother's Day my husband took me to pick out my first conceal carry gun. I learned to shoot recently with a .22 Mark I Ruger given to me by my Dad 35 years ago. I named her "Molly" in memory of my mother. When I told my Dad, he laughed and said, "remember Kim, I named the old red dump truck 'Big Molly'?" Oh yeah; we drove around in Big Molly delivering dirt and firewood in the 60's. My mom pretended to be perturbed by having a dump truck named after her. Well, I sure miss my mom. But how cool is it, that on this Mother's Day, I received a Smith & Wesson M&P full size 9mm that I affectionately called "Big Molly." She would have pretended to be perturbed, but smile and be pleased that her memory lives on.
If you have a story of how you named your gun, send to me and I'll post them in the next newsletter.
There's no Mom's Corner article this month, but did you know you can read all the previous articles on the Safe Kids U website here? Be sure to check it out as there are a variety of topics. And let me hear from you if you have a topic you'd like to see addressed in Mom's corner.
Throw away your four-leafed clover!
Situation: Memorial Day 2012, 0830 hours, Logan County, Oklahoma, just north of the city of Guthrie, an Oklahoma State Trooper runs the license plate on an abandoned vehicle south bound on Interstate 35. The vehicle comes back to a homicide suspect from Renton, Washington who had fled that state after killing his 17-year-old girlfriend. Before abandoning his vehicle, the suspect writes a note and leaves it on the windshield stating that he was going to get gas. After receiving a call from our communications center about the situation, I quickly posted the Washington state wanted poster on our Oklahoma Highway Patrol Facebook page. Within minutes, people were calling to inform us that they had already given the suspect a ride to gas stations in Logan County and Oklahoma City. As nervous minutes ticked away, we waited to see where the suspect would surface next. Ground units searched the area where the suspect was last seen, while OHP Aircraft flew overhead. The suspected killer had traveled halfway across the US in an attempt to elude his captors; there was no way of telling what lengths he would go to, to stay free.
While law enforcement searched for the suspect, reporter Adam Mertz with KFOR, news channel 4, telephoned me to inquire about doing a story regarding our search for the suspect. Adam had seen our OHP Facebook page and was following a journalistic hunch that the murder suspect was still in the area. I agreed to meet with Adam and give him a sound bite concerning our efforts. As Adam Mertz and his photojournalist, Mark Paris, drove from Oklahoma City to Guthrie to meet me, they passed an individual on the Interstate service road at Wilshire walking northbound. Adam noticed as they passed that the person walking, matched the description of the murder suspect. Just to be safe, Adam asked Mark (who was driving), to turn around and go back. When the men circled back around, Adam could clearly see that the suspect was wearing the exact clothes that were shown on the wanted poster, to include a green Seattle baseball cap.
Adam called for help and the suspect was quickly arrested. Now, the newsman was part of the story. Adam and I began to record our interview that would play later that night to thousands of people across the state. Smiling, he said with a nervous laugh, “I guess that I was just lucky.”
I’m not sure why I said the exact words next that I did, but I wouldn’t take them back even if I could.
There are defining moments in life when we are outright, no question about it, presented with a situation where we can choose to acknowledge our belief in God and His ever present presence in our lives or we can remain silent. No one forced fancy theological words out of my mouth that day. I could not then, nor can I now, buy into some pre-scripted “company” line about how we just did our jobs. I refused to say how coincidental it was that Adam Mertz just happened to see our Facebook page and download the wanted poster, or how he just happened to desire to do a story, or how he just happened to be on the same interstate at the same time and just happen to see the homicide suspect from a moving vehicle traveling at highway speeds (70 mph or better) or how he just happened to recognize the suspect from the poster. I didn’t believe that to be true, so I didn’t say that.
What I did say was this, “I do not believe in luck. I believe it was Divine Providence that made everything work the way that it did today. We are so grateful that we could capture this dangerous person before he harmed or killed someone in his desperate attempt to escape.”
On camera and off, my interview with Adam lasted for over an hour as we stood in the sun, sweating from the heat and humidity. I would learn later that night which direct quote Adam had chosen to use in his story.
You guessed it, he used, “Divine Providence.” But I’m sure that was just dumb luck as well.
Tactical – of or pertaining to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage; showing adroit planning; aiming at an end beyond the immediate action. From the Greek word taktikós.
Police On The Lookout For Man Who Shot Up OKC Restaurant
Posted: June 06, 2012 6:26 PM CDT
By Adrianna Iwasinski, News 9
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City police are asking for help tracking down a man who assaulted a woman inside a Denny's restaurant and then shot up the store after he was forced to leave. Police have released the surveillance video from inside the Denny's in Midwest City, hoping it will help identify the man they are looking for.
The video is a little grainy, but you can see the man and woman walking out. She then sits down, and he then lunges at her, knocks off her glasses, and pushes her down.
While she's struggling a worker and customer step in and pull him off of her. He fights back, but is finally forced to leave. Witnesses say he then went to his car, grabbed a gun and started shooting.
"Obviously there is a crowd of people sitting near the window at the side of the restaurant where he is actually shooting. They get up and run away very quickly. Fortunately, nobody was injured in this incident, but again this is a very dangerous man and we want to get him identified and get him taken off the streets," said Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow.
Police say they did question the woman in the video, but they say she would not give them the man's real name. If you recognize the man, call Crime Stoppers at (405) 235-7300.
One of my close friends told me about this shortly after it happened – a friend of hers was there and she and her husband ran for their lives after the shooting began.
I have mentioned several times before in the newsletter that many violent crimes that happen in the metro are not reported until days, sometimes weeks, after the event. MSgt. Gary Knight addressed this in the October, 2011 newsletter.
This is one such incident. Though first reported to the public on June 6th, it actually happened on May 23rd as you can see in this report by KOCO. If you watch the video, the anchor starts by saying good Samaritans stepped in, but ended up putting everyone at risk. This is something I address in each conceal carry class in the legal section under the heading, "Coming to the aid of another." The Oklahoma Self-Defense Act (SDA) states that, "A citizen’s use of deadly force to protect another is strictly limited under Oklahoma law. You can only legally defend a spouse, parent, child, employer or employee." I simply use the term "loved one" to explain to students whom they may legally defend.
I often have women say they'd have a hard time not coming to the aid of a woman being beaten by a man...I always have this comment by a man in the mixed classes, as was the case in my mixed SDA class of May 19th. As I always do when the comment comes up, I explained that in domestic violence (DV) situations, there are two main factors. First, this is a pattern in which the woman being beaten has most likely been beaten for years, the police have been called out for years, and for years she has not pressed charges. So if you shoot and kill the man beating her, do you really think she's going to thank you? No, she's going to tell the police that you shot her poor husband/boyfriend and you're probably going to prison. In all the reports on the above incident, it is stated that the woman being beaten at Denny's is not cooperating and refuses to give law enforcement her boyfriend's real name. Case in point.
Secondly, a man who would beat a woman in public will not stop his violence with her, so if you attempt to stop him, he will turn his actions upon you. In the May 19th class the gentleman who made the comment said that he would probably just honk his horn, or yell at the man, and maintain a distance. I replied that the attacking man would very likely just turn in his direction and begin firing, thus putting his wife and family sitting in the car in the direct line of fire. You cannot outrun – nor outdrive – a bullet!
This is exactly what happened on May 23rd at Denny's. My friend told me her friend said the man slipped out of the grip of those who were trying to restrain him, went to his car, retrieved a gun, and began firing into the restaurant. Her friend told her that many customers and employees ran into the freezer to hide. My first thought was the Sirloin Stockade murders which happened in South OKC (74th & 240) in 1978 – going into the freezer is the worst thing you can do! The best option, and what I constantly tell my students (I specifically cover this in Defensive Awareness) is go AWAY from the attack! If you're in a restaurant and the shooter comes in the front door (very likely), get up and go out the back door. Most restaurants have a back door off the kitchen, just get up, go through the kitchen, and out the back door. This is what my friend said her friends did. They were still terrified and had virtually no place to go, but at least they had gotten away from the gunfire...and they bought themselves enough time for police to arrive.
I have found that those of us who train will automatically go away from the raucous whereas those who don't train will go toward it. Going toward it will get you killed. You may think while you're sitting safely in your house that you wouldn't go toward danger, but in every SDA class when I get to the section, "Coming to the aid of another," I have intelligent, caring, thoughtful people (both men and women) who comment that they would in deed go toward the danger to help a woman being attacked. Do you see what I'm saying? Unless you train otherwise, going toward the danger is instinctive!
And again, that's why
I've written the classes I have, the things I teach do not come naturally to any of us, but with training you can instinctively protect both yourself and your loved ones. Below you'll see this principle in action in a true life account by Dara Doak.
Contact me if there's a specific topic you'd like to see addressed in this section.
What would you do if a helicopter starts circling over the neighborhood?
It’s about 10:30 p.m. and you are at home alone, relaxing in your recliner watching your favorite late-night show, thinking about going to bed. A helicopter goes over, which isn’t unusual that time of night. They frequently fly over, presumably on the way to the nearby airport to land for the evening. Then you notice that this one seems to be circling and it’s pretty loud, indicating that it’s lower than usual. Seconds later a search light flashes through your back yard. What do you do?
Here is what I did a couple of weeks ago when this happened in my neighborhood.
Step One: Go on high alert. Pay attention to every sound and sight.
Step Two: Assess – Am I armed and prepared to defend myself if someone breaks in? Is the house secured? This was my condition at that moment:
My carry gun was on my belt, and backup magazine was on the table next to my chair.
The back patio door was latched, but not completely secured, and the drapes were open.
The dog hears everything and would also alert me. (The silly dog wanted to go outside to investigate the lights and noise.)
The front of the house was in its normal secured state: Front door dead bolted. Garage door closed. Door between house and garage was closed and locked.
Step Three: Secure and arm
I put the backup magazine back on my belt on the way to the patio door, keeping my eyes focused on the door and my ears open.
I turned the back patio light on so I could see anyone within 10 feet of the door, finished securing the door, and left the drapes open, so I could see if anyone approached it.
Next, I turned off the sound on the TV so it was easier to hear any signs breaking glass or splintering wood.
Finally, I went to get the shotgun. On the way, I turned on all the outside lights at the front of the house.
The first three steps happened very quickly. It probably took less than 90 seconds.
Step Four: Wait. Stay alert.
I sat for the next half hour with the shotgun within reach while the helicopter circled, watched the back yard from my chair in the living room, and listened for sounds of a break-in anywhere in the house.
At this point, I texted my daughter, who was out with friends and missed the whole thing, and told her to call me. I was most concerned about her coming home during the incident and getting caught in the middle of it. If this thing went on too long, she could stay with her friend instead of coming home.
Do NOT go outside!
I could hear people outside laughing and talking between helicopter passes. It sounded like a block party. Going outside, even opening your door, during a helicopter search is a bad idea.
One of the primary civilian safety rules is avoid dangerous situations. If a helicopter is circling the neighborhood and running a search light through back yards, you can be certain that law enforcement is looking for someone they REALLY want to catch. That person is very likely quite desperate, which means they are willing to do just about anything to avoid capture. This all adds up to a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION!
You could run into the subject(s) of the search. Desperate people do desperate things. You could be injured, killed or taken hostage, and endanger your loved ones.
You WILL get in the way of law enforcement. They do not need the complication of determining whether you are the bad guy OR having to rescue you from the bad guy OR navigating around the crowd of people standing in the street to do their job.
What was really going on?
The helicopter finally went away, so I figured the incident was over and looked out the front window. A deputy with a local county sheriff’s department lives on my block, and he was sitting in his cruiser talking to the ‘block party’, which turned out to be neighbors from two households standing out in the street. I opened my door and called out to him. He said everything was clear so I went to ask him what happened.
He said some drugged up kid driving a stolen car ran from LEOs on a traffic stop. He ditched the car a block east and a block north of us and ran on foot. They got a canine unit out and tracked him down hiding behind a trash bin two blocks over and the equivalent of two houses down from us. I’m glad he ran north! If he had run south instead, he could just as easily have ended up in a back yard close by -- or even in ours. He was jumping fences.
The difference between being prepared and being unprepared
A similar incident happened about 15 years ago when we lived in a different neighborhood. I was home alone with a sleeping child and no real way to defend us if someone broke in. I did many of the same things, but was scared.
I felt a lot better about the situation this time. I had a loaded pistol on my belt and quickly put a shotgun within immediate reach. I have trained with both of them enough to be confident in their use. Even with that confidence, I did have a pretty good adrenaline rush – my stomach was still a bit queasy two hours later. The difference was that I knew I could defend myself, if necessary. I was concerned, but not really what I would call scared.
If there’s one lesson I’ve learned while shopping for concealing outfits it’s this.
“Keep an open mind.”
We all are creatures of habit and understandably so. Habit means regularity, normalcy, the kind of stability we all want in life. And the way we dress is one of the most easily controlled components of our daily routine! But if I went into this whole search for the concealment factor in clothes all the while refusing to change my style then I would have gotten nowhere.
My personal preferences include well-tailored button-up blouses made of sturdy material and plain cotton tees that ride at the waistline. I like wearing camisoles or tank tops that hug my body and then layering a button-up that I can tie a little shorter than the waist. I shop for my size and nowhere else. The junior section isn’t my forte because, frankly, their stuff just doesn’t ‘look like me’ enough, even though I may like it on someone else.
You may be the same way or the exact opposite, but you likely have developed a sense for what you like and dislike. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be starting out without any preconceived ideas about what you want...I am jealous. But regardless of what you think you’re going to want, it’s time to throw it all out now. Because if your goal is to find concealment, variety, and ease of wear, you may have to do a little thinking outside the box.
I want to show you a couple of outfits I have put together with components I found at various thrift stores and, my favorite, Ross. Unless noted otherwise, I am wearing Bruce in the right side appendix position which is my regular carry spot.
1. Plaid top w/white jacket
When I first saw this spaghetti strap top at Goodwill I thought, “Well.. that would certainly conceal... it’s definitely poofy enough!” Accentuate with a grimace. But it went to the try-on room just because I was trying for the open mind approach as well as prioritizing concealment over the ‘cute’ factor. Much to my surprise, I actually liked it when I got it on. The concealment factors in this top are the extra material in the front (the poof) and the length. The cute factors are the gathers across the chest that keep it from looking like I’m wearing a pillowcase and it ties in the back so I can modify the fit according to my needs.
2. Blue top w/black cami
This top came from the oft-avoided juniors’ section. I jumped on the color... but hesitated at the waistband. It’s a classic example of a fad I had turned up my nose at ever since it came into existence; the whole “Big ‘N’ baggy but w/a Waistband” shirt thing. A waistband on a shirt? Tell me why? But that wide waistband has become one of my best friends. It hugs my waist (and Bruce) but gathers enough to break up his form, while the extra material above it drapes nicely to further smother him. And the black lace peeking out of the neckline? That’s my extra-long camisole that so kindly rides between my holster and skin.
3. Spaghetti strap top
Here’s yet another classically shunned piece. The long, flowy tank top. Now, admittedly, long tops will never be an ideal fashion choice for my short frame. But it’s a much better choice than going short and revealing Bruce to the world. So while I may shorten this top just a tad, keeping it longer is important for such lightweight material. And since it is lightweight and tends to flow, grabbing hips, belt buckles, and guns, the little bit of gathering at the bust is key. That is what allows there to be a break-up of pattern. Anything that breaks up the pattern of an imprint is good! In the left top, that would be the pockets. In the right top it’s the pattern printed on the material. On another top it could be an extra layer, such as a lacy shrug worn over a top that doesn’t conceal well enough by itself. This top is a great summer option and can be paired with shorts for a cute look!
4. White tee w/grey shrug
I’m starting to see a pattern here... every single one of these outfits have had at least one element in them that I once despised but have now come to appreciate and, at least for some, love. In this case it’s that ‘shrug’ that stormed the fashion scene not that long ago. And while this one really doesn’t do me much good, since it tends to fall open too far and gets caught behind Bruce, I wanted to use it to demonstrate what it could do for someone who carries on the hip. In these pictures I have slid Bruce around to help display a perfect option for hip-carriers. It also works beautifully for small of back.
5. Ruffled blouse w/belt buckle
Here’s the dreaded “Too-Big-Top” outfit. I almost put this back on the rack when I saw that it was tagged two sizes too big for me. But tying it in the front, like I normally do with my fitted shirts, resulted in a just-right size to hug both me and Bruce perfectly. It is now one of my favorite outfits to carry in, but a word of caution... The length of this top makes it useful only for those occasions and places where physical activity is not going to happen. It’s too easy for it to ride up and show my gun (which Tammy can testify too, since she spotted it when I walked into one of her classes!), so I only wear it when I know I can be conscious of its position. The big belt buckle helps draw attention just a little bit off of Bruce, as well as keeping me true to my country roots.
When all is said and done there’s really only one step to finding your CCF (conceal carry fashion). Grab your gun and go try stuff on.
Remember to look for ruffles, gathers, and ‘poof’. Learn strategic layering. Grab that shirt you despise and give it a whirl.
Who knows... this journey towards CCF may end with you looking cuter than ever before.
Q&A with Tammy
Q: I have been putting a lot of effort into building my perfect CCF... and then I turned on the news and saw that the Governor signed the Open Carry bill into law! Now I feel like it was all a waste... are there any good reasons to maintain concealment now that it’s ‘okay’ for my gun to be showing?
A: Absolutely! In fact, under most circumstances I will continue to carry concealed, and I will recommend this for my students.
Openly carrying a gun is not necessarily a deterrent, but it can be. For example, if a man walks into a restaurant bent on killing his soon to be ex-wife (one of the waitresses) and two out of thirty people sitting in the restaurant are openly wearing a gun, he's going to shoot them first. On the other hand, if the same man walks into the restaurant and twenty out of thirty people are openly wearing a gun, he's going to leave.
The circumstance under which I plan to openly carry is when I'm with a group of other trained individuals who are also openly carrying....I actually look forward to going out to eat with the OPD helpers when we're all openly carrying!
Ask an old timer and you're bound to hear about his or her "dress gun." This is a quite functional gun that's extra purty! In times and places where open carry was the norm, I've heard about men wearing their shiny silver cowboy revolver with the pearl handled grips in the ornate leather holster to church. That's a "dress gun." In today's terms, this will most likely be the gorgeous gun that's way too expensive to mess up by wearing it every day...for me that'll be the 1911 Wilson Combat Tactical Supergrade .45 in a Mitch Rosen 5G belt slide holster. The Wilson is my "dream gun" since it costs more than my car is currently worth!
The problem is, bad guys don't legally acquire their guns. This is why gun control is a total joke because only the law abiding citizen obeys the laws! So making laws to prohibit gun ownership (as the current leader of the USA wants to do and will accomplish if re-elected) only punishes the law abiding citizen. So where do criminals get their guns? One place is outdoor gun ranges. In November 2011, a 73 year old man was shot in the head at an outdoor range just north of Muskogee. As per usual, the article talks about how nice the 73 year old was and that family members can't imagine why anyone would shoot him....this is a mindset I attempt to correct in the Defensive Awareness class, it doesn't matter how nice you are, CRIMINALS ARE NOT NICE!! The article also says it's an unusual crime. No it's not, it happens all over the country on an ongoing basis. This is why I don't use outdoor gun ranges.
Well, now the bad guy will have another opportunity to steal guns from law abiding citizens...picture a woman walking alone through the mall, oblivious as she so often is and unaware that she's being followed, now feeling a false sense of security because she's wearing a gun openly. Bad guy will simply kill her in the parking lot and take her gun. I sincerely hope this doesn't become the next crime wave in Oklahoma when open carry takes effect. We MUST not let our guard down, nor substitute true preparation (training) with false security (wearing a gun openly)!
Therein lies the key
– training. I've written OPD classes in order to advance women level by level in their skill. For example, Girls Day Out gives them the foundation of safety and technique. Between the Threat and the Bang furthers her skill by teaching her alertness, aggressive posturing & commanding, and finally drawing her gun from a holster (safely and properly!). Airsoft puts it all together with scenario drills in which she spots the potential threat and attempts to stop it with the aggressive posture & command. If the threat stops, it's all over. If not, she must draw her gun (safely), come on target, and shoot the attacker – all of this must be done as the threat escalates to an attack and with absolute safe handling (RSOs enforce safety in Airsoft class). This all happens in mere seconds, and students who have been through this class can tell you it's not as easy as it sounds in your head.
Unfortunately most people (men and women alike) get their conceal carry license and stop there. They don't prepare for an attack which may suddenly appear, giving them only seconds to get their gun safely out and on target before bad guy gets to them. Those are the people with false security who think that simply wearing a gun openly makes them safe.
And this is what we work at OPD to correct through all the training available. So those who have been through GDO and BTB and Airsoft may fare quite well carrying openly as they will be alert and aggressive, plus having a gun in plain view...that puts some actuality into the picture.
Potential (all can learn these skills) + Capacity (actually learning the skills) = Reality (you can do it!)
However, the best thing open carry does for women is it eliminates the potential of accidentally brandishing, and it solves the problem so many women have of being able to conceal yet still having a bulge which can be detected as a gun upon close examination. The bulge isn't typically obvious enough because bad guy isn't going to take that kind of time...and if bad guy is staring at you closely enough, and watching you long enough, to figure out what the bulge is, you better notice it!
So yes, keep working on your CCF, concealing a gun is still a tactical advantage.
Finally, a well dressed Walmart shopper!
(she's wearing my dress gun!)