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Dana Carroll


Indianapolis, IN

Who or what got you into shooting?

My father was a hunter and gun collector when I was growing up. After high school, I joined the Navy, went to boot camp, learned to disassemble then reassemble a Colt 45 with my eyes closed! Inspired by my newly developed skills, I joined the NRA.

NRA member since:

Since boot camp in 1976, I've held some type of membership in the NRA.

Why are you involved with the NRA or how do you support their efforts?

I'm involved with the NRA to help fight the slippery slope of gun control!

What's your current go-to gun?:

I love my semi-automatic Benelli Legend 12 gauge shotgun. It is a 28 inch barrel, nice and light, and very little kick. 

What's your favorite shooting range or place to hunt?:

I usually can be found at the Indiana Gun Club shooting clay targets. My favorite place to hunt? NRA board member JD and Carol Jo Williams' Rocky Ranch in Pearsall, Texas, where I recently attended the Dove Opener with many other successful women leaders of the NRA. The pigeon shoot is the most fun I've ever had with a gun!!

What's your best or most memorable moment as it relates to firearms?

The live pigeon shoot at JD and Carol Jo Williams Rocky Ranch is simply the most fun you can have with a gun!! Watching the dogs retrieve the pigeons is a joy to behold. It's great fun to spend time with like-minded women who love the NRA!

I own a gun because:

It is my right as a citizen of the US, thanks to our Second Amendment. The unfettered right to protect my home and loved ones on my own, without reliance on law enforcement or governmental authority is what makes our country so challenging to overthrow. The founding fathers planned it that way.

What do you think is the best home defense — firing or fleeing?

When it comes to defense of ones' home and family, one must assess the situation. Sometimes it is better to flee, for instance when you are out numbered. Other times, it is better to stand one's ground and fire (taking out the intruder) if you fear for your life.

Who or what inspires you?

Wayne LaPierre inspires me every time I hear him speak about his passion, the Second Amendment. After 20 plus years of listening to Wayne during his appearances during our national conventions and his interviews in the media, I am reminded that each new generation must understand how our Second Amendment has molded the country since inception and why we must maintain the right to keep and bare arms.

Your greatest accomplishment?

My partners and I founded Lifeline Data Centers in 2001. From a tiny 3,000 square foot space in the basement of an old factory, our successful business has grown into the largest wholesale colocation data center in Indiana.