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Jessica Gatlin

STAY-AT-HOME MOTHER


Louisiana

Who or what got you into shooting?
I've been blessed to have been raised around guns and shooting them. I've been a single mother for 7 years now and after being a victim to a 140mph head on impact car accident over six years ago, I realize now more than ever how much I TRULY need a gun as I'm basically defenseless without one and no one is going hurt me, let alone my son!

Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?
Due to injury I'm limited to a pistol.

Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.
S&W M&P 9mm.

What's your current go-to gun?
My S&W 9mm.

I own a gun because:
I'm a disabled mother and an American citizen.

Your ideal shopping trip: the mall or an outdoor outfitter?
Both!

What do you think is the best home defense ‹ firing or fleeing?
Stand your ground.