The Women of Dallas Are Armed and Dangerous, Thanks to Mama Jeanie

Her own shooting career derailed, Jeanie Almond has become Dallas' go-to teacher for shooting's fastest-growing market: women.

"She's kind of starting a movement," son Scott says. And the novelty of lady instructors has been good for his business: His male customers see the female instructors and think, "She smells better and she's a lot cuter than a male instructor."


Two hours after the hockey players left, the Lipstick and Lead ladies dragged the tables in the clubhouse to one side of the room, clearing a space for self-defense class. Along with her shooting glasses, Jeanie is working on a curriculum of physical and tactical training. For several weeks, about seven or eight instructors on any given night show up to learn conflict-avoidance and self-defense tactics, which they will eventually teach to other women. The group includes a geologist, an IRS executive and a motorcycle store manager; the women couldn't be more different, but somehow they're as close as sisters.

Jeanie has a straightforward ethos on women and safety: "You can be pink and fluffy and frilly, or you can be the outdoor girl. You can be whoever you want to. I just want you safe. ... If you have to fight, you have to fight, but if you don't have to fight, get the heck out of there."

Jeanie (left) and the Lipstick and Lead instruction team. Yes, that's her pink truck.
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Jeanie (left) and the Lipstick and Lead instruction team. Yes, that's her pink truck.
Jeannie's granddaughter is a competitive shooter, too.
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Jeannie's granddaughter is a competitive shooter, too.

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Jim Balthazar, a Department of Justice Special Agent, starts the day's class with pointers on how to prevent oneself from becoming a victim. (Three of the Lipstick and Lead instructors have been attacked, Jeanie says, including two rape victims.) When the day's Powerpoint lesson wraps up, Balthazar and the two other trainers take out pads to practice punches, blocks, elbow-strikes and kicks. The women whale on the trainers, taking the situation seriously but periodically breaking out in laughter.

At another lesson days later, Balthazar instructs, "... when you strike, I want you to say the word 'no.'"

Shellee jokes that if she were actually being attacked, she would have stronger words to offer than "no."

"You're not going to be able to speak in long sentences," Balthazar explains, "'StopdoingthisIdon'tlikewhatyou'redoingtome!' wouldn't work. 'No' is short, concise, and to the point."

Shellee punches the pads he holds over his hands, expressing the simple word in strong and forceful bursts. Jeanie does the same, punching in quick succession, her "no" as forceful as Shellee's.

Some of the others are more like pronounced screams, while a few are a bit quieter but still assertive. None are demure or shy, especially not when it comes to this.

Afterward, they all go for Mexican food. Jeanie sits across from Lipstick and Lead instructor A.J. O'Neal, a tiny blonde who runs a Kawasaki dealership. O'Neal's father worked in law enforcement, and she's always been comfortable with firearms. At 16, she had a handgun, but a series of fluke near-tragedies would lead her to teach.

When she was a teenager, she went to a July 4 party at Lake Texoma. A drunken show-off was making smoke with the tires of his truck and she asked him to stop. At that point, he pointed a gun at her face at close range.

"I just looked at him and I said, 'You're not gonna shoot a pretty little girl like me, are you?'" He backed down.

A year or two later, a boyfriend snapped and began acting violent. She moved to a new town, but he showed up one day and beat her up. When she talks about this story, all lightness drains from her voice, and the details remain vague.

"I know that God puts things in your path for a reason, and that reason shaped me to be a stronger woman," O'Neal says. "It really changed who I am, and how I think, and how vulnerable I can be."

About seven years ago, she had another incident. She was running along a path in Plano in broad daylight when she passed a stocky man who was dressed as though on his way to work at a restaurant. Moments later, she says, "He came up behind me and literally grabbed me in my private areas, and said something in Spanish that I didn't understand."

She fought like hell.

"He was probably going to drag me off in the woods," she says. She punched, kicked and screamed until he relented, finally running off.

O'Neal took each of these experiences as a sign that she needed to help women protect themselves. She was raised with confidence and an instinct to fight, but she knew others needed that instilled in them.

"It's not that I'm a gun nut," she says. "I'm a protection person."

So last year, she became a handgun instructor and independently gave private lessons. Around that time, she heard about Jeanie.

"I left her a message, and I said, 'I just really feel like you and I need to know each other,'" O'Neal says.

Jeanie returned the call asking her to meet, and they met, and now here they are.

"It was like an instant, 'We are gonna be great,'" O'Neal says. "I can say that teaching women basic pistol ... it's a bonding experience for women," all anchored by Mama Jeanie and her mantra: If you're not prepared, you're a victim.

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A Ft. Worth-O-Plex Music Page

hmmm, preparing to fight back in the war on women, like, "you can have my birth control pills when you pry them from my cold dead hands?"

loxas1
loxas1

myrna - so if guns kill people, then was it a spoon that made you a fat-ass??? maybe we should have an anti-spoon rally and ban all the spoons in the country to solve the obesity problem.... typical leftist libtarded hypocrite....

gdruzek
gdruzek

I hope that people realize that Jeanie Almond isn't the only lady instructor. The NRA's "Women On Target" teaches classes at various gunranges. The Second Amendment Sisters started right here in Texas. On the West coast are the Liberty Belles. All of these organizations teach responsible, safe gun ownership which is sadly lacking due to the media and hollywood.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Nothing sexier than a woman with a gun.  Unless "she BIG". Then you just have her load the rifle. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Another mass gun murder.  This time in New Jersey.  Guns kill people.

JM64
JM64

Leslie, I don't know if you selected the headline, or the editor who did so, but it is quite misleading. The women who are being taught to shoot by "Mama Jeanie" are NOT ARMED AND DANGEROUS in the classic, criminal sense. These women, and any others who learn to properly handle firearms are dangerous ONLY to those people they intend to shoot, if/when necessary.

 

The implication of the headline is that women with guns are a danger to anyone/everyone around them simply because they have guns. I respect the article's overall neutrality concerning guns, but the headline is poorly written.

JM64
JM64

Myrna, obviously you have never seen a gun that didn't terrify you, except for those in the hands of 'trustworthy, well-trained' LEOs, such as the NYPD, who wounded NINE innocent bystanders in shooting one armed criminal. Of course, such twits as you would call that 'collateral damage'...

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

This is clearly a paranoid man-wannabe with a gun fetish and an Annie Oakley complex.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Just what we need.  More guns killing more people.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

Thank you for this article. I have taught several people to shoot pistol and rifle. I've been looking for professional instructors for those who I do not have the skill to teach. This has given me an instructor to recommend to them.

azlefty
azlefty

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz   So the gun fired itself you idiot?

You do realize  the  largest non-terrorist related mass-murder in the  US did not involve any guns? 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @jmelton6414 I was on here bashing the cops for doing that after it happened, and I was invidiously excoriated for doing so by the gun fetishistas.

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Empower women, but only if they are women who behave in a proper, progressive-approved, liberal fashion?

 

How very Republican of you.

BANE
BANE

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

 So a strong, independent, empowered woman is now a man-wannabe in the eyes of the tolerant left?

gdruzek
gdruzek

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

 What we don't need is so-called liberals empowering more and more criminals to prey on law abiding citizens. Typical liberal "crime" control: 1. create gun laws that only effect law abiding citizens. 2. Do away with the death penalty and harsh penalties for criminals. 3. create victim disamament zones that only effect law abiding citizens. 4. Give guns and hand grenades to Mexican drug cartels. 5. Disband police forces due to "budget cuts". 6. Supply police forces with military hardware and at the same time reduce training hours to due "budget cuts". 7. Jail law abiding citizens without trial due to "national security". 8. Allow the media to hero worship any gunbanger who's stopped from robbing, murdering and raping. 9. Create no questions asked "gun buybacks" that allow gangbangers to dispose of their murder weapons witihout ballistic tests. 10. Encourage the media to publish statements from anti-gun organizations.[Asking the antigun brady bunch to comment on guns is like listening to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers comment on a NASCAR ruling.]

oboudet27
oboudet27

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Do we have to go there again? Is it not getting old already?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @BANE An independent, empowered woman would not need to run around shooting guns in order to be independent and empowered.

dmd-123
dmd-123

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  @BANEAnd why not? You are clearly threatened by this, as you put it man-wannbe. There is nothing wrong with sport shooting and certainly nothing wrong with personal defense.

 

oboudet27
oboudet27

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Its funny how "guns" kill people. But yet Chicago who has one of the most restrictive gun laws is on the edge of declaring marshal law due to so many killings.

 
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