An Iowa mom is attracting some national attention for her workshop on how to safely carry an infant while equipped with a firearm.
Melody Lauer — a firearm enthusiast, mother and instructor at Crossroads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa (with a strong social media following, to boot) — started reaching out to parents in December 2014 about a potential babywearing and carrying workshop, which subsequently took place on Feb. 26 at Crossroads Shooting Sports.
A flyer for the course opens with the following:
Have you been trying to figure out how to carry a firearm and a baby but can’t seem to get it to work? Have you been afriaad you can’t do both safely? Frustrated by a limited holster selection? Then this workshop is for you!
It wasn’t until the area’s ABC affiliate, WOI-DT, featured Lauer in an “Iowans to Know” segment earlier this week, however, that those from outside the firearm enthusiast community began to take notice. Media outlets from across the country soon picked up the story.
Lauer told CNN that she created the workshop because few instructors touch on the subject, despite a high level of interest.
According to CNN:
“We have seen a huge insurgence in young mothers – mothers of young children, wanting to get into firearms. And what’s happening is we don’t have instructors that are addressing their needs. So they just do it. They don’t do it right and then they end up having an accident,” Lauer said.
So as a firearm instructor and parenting expert, she’s going where no one has gone before.
“If you have baby on one side, it’s best to have gun on the other side,” Lauer said.
At the workshop itself, participants learned about safe gun-handling and storage around children, discussed various holster options, and practiced “reality-based scenarios.”
So, are young parents rushing out to buy firearms to carry alongside their infants? The question is raising some eyebrows, to say the least. A headline from HLN questions the need for such a course in the first place, asking, “Should moms pack heat and babies at the same time?”
Lauder, meanwhile, says that interest in the course was so high during the sign-up period, she had to shut down registration early to avoid having too many participants.