"Pull!" Clays Beware, the Ladies Are Coming
Numerous studies show that women are taking up guns for a lot of reasons -- many for self-defense. But there's another group who see it more as a sport, CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford reports.
It starts with a simple but decisive command: "pull."
The voices calling the shots, like the shooters, all are women. Just don't mistake their support and encouragement for a lack of competition.
Annette Mueller first picked up a gun at age 55.
"Shooting sports is my passion," Mueller said. "You're outdoors. You blow up clays. Whenever you see a target explode like fireworks, there's nothing better.
On this day, Mueller is shooting with nearly two dozen women, split up in groups of four. On her team: Rebecca Peters, whose family legacy is expert marksmanship. She's a fourth generation competitive shooter.
"You just think really hard about what you're doing, execute," Peters said. "You see results really quickly, I think, which is instantly gratifying and you're taking someone new and they see that. That's when it happens and you get really hooked."
Today's event is organized by the magazine Garden and Gun, now hosting two shooting events a year.
Rebecca Darwin is CEO. She's also a shooter.
"Our readers want more and more and more. And women were clamoring for us to do these kind of events," Darwin said.
In the last decade, the number of women who target shoot has shot up nearly 70 percent (67.4 percent from 2003 to 2012) to more than 6 million. The number of women who hunt has increased 43 percent (43.5 percent from 2003 to 2012) to 3 million.
Jim Arnold has witnessed the growth. He's a shooting coach at Brays Island in South Carolina.
"We're playing golf basically, only with a shotgun," Arnold said.
Everyone at the event agrees the sport can be intimidating, especially for a woman who's never held a gun, much less shot one.
"I've taken them out and they're so afraid to shoot that gun, for fear, and it's just lack of education and understanding," Arnold said. "I've had them literally almost in tears until they shot it. And then they shot it and you can see their face light up."
Of course anything involving guns sparks heated debate. These women argue that education is critical for responsible ownership. They also want to share their positive experience with guns.
Conley Crimmins has been shooting with her mother since she was a little girl.
Both women received guns from their fathers; Conley, several years ago for Christmas.
"I think I started crying. I started crying when I opened it up," Crimmins said. "It was kind of like my dad giving me a permanent present or permanent invitation to come join him hunting. And that has been true since I got that gun."
Conley's mother Boofie wants people to change their views on recreational gun use, or at least widen their scope.
"I would like more of that image [Crimmins and her father] to be what takes the place of the images people have when they think guns," Boofie said. "It's just enjoyable and it might be out of some people's comfort zone but I would just encourage them to try it."
These women see their sport as a great American tradition that they hope their daughters and granddaughters will continue, and others will pick it up as well.
By: CBS News
Body Scanner's Problem: Fails to Detect Guns
The Rapiscan scanner can see your private parts, but it can't see your gun.
That was the finding from a joint study conducted by three universities, who were able to slip guns through a Rapiscan body scanner without being detected.
By: Aaron Smith, CNN
"Frankly, we were shocked by what we found," said J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan, in a statement. "A clever attacker can smuggle contraband past the machines using surprisingly low-tech techniques."
The research team -- from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of California in San Diego -- said they managed to conceal guns and "plastic explosive stimulants" from a Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner.
This is the type of full-body X-ray scanner used in U.S. airports from 2009 until last year, when they were removed because of privacy concerns, the study said. They are now being used in jails and courthouses.
Another researcher, Hovav Shacham, blamed the security weaknesses on the Rapiscan company's assumption that the "attackers" would not be able to test the scanner. But he said they were able to buy a government surplus machine on eBay (EBAY, Tech30).
The scanners cost from $150,000 to $180,000 when they were distributed by the Department of Homeland Security to airports throughout the United States. The government installed 150 just in 2010, but many passengers objected to the scanners' ability to see their private parts.
Rapiscan, a subsidiary of OSI Systems (OSIS) in Hawthorne, Calif., was not immediately available for comment.
HunterEdCourse.com Approved for Michigan Hunter Education
By: The Outdoor Wire
Hunter Ed Course has been approved as an official Michigan online hunter education course. Offered at only $17.99 it provides a low cost alternative for Michigan hunters compared to the higher priced alternatives.
Taking an online hunter safety course provides a new user with the convenience of learning about safe, ethical hunting when and where the student wants to learn.
As with all of Michigan's online hunter safety course options, after taking the online course, students are required to attend the skills/field day portion of a traditional class and take the student examination in order to receive their hunter safety certificate.
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Michigan HunterEdCourse.com features lessons on safe, legal and responsible hunting practices. Unique to Hunter Ed Course is the use of photos that replicate what a hunter will actually see in the field, creating a safer hunter.
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Michigan hunter education is required for all hunters born after January 1, 1960. A hunter safety certificate is required to purchase a Michigan hunting license.
Once students complete the online hunter safety course, they simply print the course completion voucher and schedule their Michigan DNR-required field day.
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Hunter Ed Course not only meets the requirements of the Michigan DNR, but it exceeds the standards set by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA). Upon meeting Michigan's hunter education requirements - including the online course, field day and exam - and earning a hunter safety certificate, a new hunter will have met the hunter education requirements that are recognized by all states and Canadian provinces.