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The Cat's Meow

by Kathy Jackson

  Women Making a Difference  

Hello There!

As always, there's a lot going on at Cornered Cat. What with one thing and another, I've been on the road quite a bit over the past few weeks, and it looks like there's more travel ahead. I love meeting new people and seeing new places!

Women making a difference!

One of the exciting things that happened for me at the SHOT Show this year was the opportunity to meet some terrific people and learn about what they are doing to improve the world for all of us. Let me tell you about some of the women I met: Susan Rexrode of Shooting for Women Alliance has been working to bring people into the "Softer Side of Shooting" and help women enter the firearms world. So has Julianna Crowder of Women's Safety Academy in Texas, who created the popular A Girl and A Gun Women's Shooting League.  I had the opportunity to touch bases again with Cerisse Wilson of Soteria Leather, who makes amazing, well-constructed leather holsters, and with Claudia Chisholm, the woman behind the brilliantly designed Gun Tote'n Mamas line of concealed carry purses. I met with Kate Woolstenhulme of Designer Concealed Carry (wait 'til you see their fashionable and functional new lineup), and briefly visited with Lisa Munsen—who is a championship shooter and one of the driving forces behind Babes with Bullets action shooting camps. Since there were more than 61,000 attendees at the show, believe me when I say this: I ran into lots of other wonderful people doing good things, far too many for me to list them all!

While it's fun to meet up with friends old and new, the serious purpose of the show is to give us all an opportunity to stay well-informed with what products and services are available in this field. For me it means, among other things, that I will be examining new holster styles and ways to carry, and writing about them in days to come. When it comes down to it, it's all about helping people find ways to stay safe in a sometimes-dangerous world.

And that brings us to a more serious discussion:

Shoot to Kill?

"Should I shoot to kill?" Although the question seems very simple at first, when students ask this, they might be asking one of two things. First, they might be asking, "Where should I aim?" Second, they might wonder, "What's the purpose of shooting someone?" These are two very distinct questions, but they both help people internalize their self defense plans in some very important ways.

For those who wonder where to aim, the short answer is that you aim at the upper center of the chest whenever possible. This area—above the base of the sternum, below the throat, and between the nipples—contains several vital structures. It encompasses the heart, lungs, aorta, and pulmonary arteries, and sits atop the liver and spleen. While sending a bullet into the upper center of the chest may very likely kill the person, that's not why we aim for this area. We aim for this area because it is the most reliable way to stop an attacker quickly without endangering others. We want to stop the attacker quickly because we want to save innocent lives.

And that brings us to the second reason people ask this question: what's the purpose of your defense gun? Why do you carry it? When you shoot it, what's your goal? Legally, citizens may shoot other people only to save innocent human life, only when there are no reasonable alternatives, and only when the danger of death or permanent crippling injury to innocent people is clear, immediate, and acute. All other potential reasons—to protect property, to punish an attacker, to prevent undefined future harm—are illegal to one degree or another.

To learn more about this very important subject, including a longer explanation of why we aim where we do, please read the following articles on the Cornered Cat website:

Cornered Cat Classes

Over the past few weeks, I've added several new classes to the schedule, and more are on the way. If you don't see a class in your area below, consider teaming up with friends to bring one of these classes to a range in your area. Send an email to me—pax at Cornered Cat dot com—to discuss details.

  • April 21-22 in Tucson, AZ. Two full days of training for $400. For complete details and to register for the class, contact Ladies First Safety Training at (520) 609-3679.
  • May 19-20 in Arlington, WA. Two full days of training for $400. For complete details and to register for the class, contact Norpoint Shooting Center at (360) 386-8832.
  • June 23-24 in Onalaska, WA. Two full days of training for $400. For complete details and to register for the class, send an email to
  • August 10-12 in Anchorage, AK. Two full days of training, plus a Friday night seminar. Details to be announced soon! Contact
  • September 8-9 in Culpeper, VA. Two full days of training for $400. Details coming soon!
  • September 14, 15 and 16 in Richmond, VA. Friday night seminar plus one-day classes on Saturday and Sunday. Details coming soon!
  • September 29-30 in Broward County, FL. Details coming soon!
  • October 13-14 in Bentonville, AR. Two full days of training for $400. For complete details and to register for the class, contact Jon Hodoway at (479) 631-1321.

Gun Care Tip

You can clean your guns using store-bought patches created for the purpose. But why? It is simple and inexpensive make your own by cutting similarly-sized squares from old cotton tee shirts. If my kids haven't outgrown or otherwise destroyed enough old tee shirts when I need new patches, I pick up "new" old tee shirts from local garage sales. In fact, you can often get garage-sale leftovers free at the end of the weekend. Yes, I am a cheapskate.

Stay safe,


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February 14, 2014—Cornered Cat Valentine's Day Sale

February 29, 2012—Shooting Practice -- In Your Home?

February 17, 2012—Women Making a Difference

January 14, 2012—Preparing For 2012

December 19, 2011—What Do YOU Carry?

November 3, 2011—Best Gun for a Beginner

October 27, 2011—The Elephant In the Room

October 13, 2011—Blame the Victim

October 5, 2011—Life is a Daring Adventure

September 29, 2011—We're Winning The Battle!

September 15, 2011—6 Must-read books

September 7, 2011—Protecting Yourself IS Protecting Your Family

August 31, 2011—Purse Tactics

August 15, 2011—The Cat's Meow