HOUSTON - A group of mothers from some of Houston's most upscale neighborhoods are learning how to shoot guns to protect their families.
So far in 2015 there have been nearly 50 residential break-ins in Bellaire and West University.
"It's terrifying. I have two children and if anyone were to break in we would have no protection," said Lisa Fleishman, of Bellaire.
"They're knocking on the front door and if we don't answer they go and kick in the back door," said a mother named Meghan, also of Bellaire.
That is why Meghan recently decided to get a group of mothers together to learn more about how to use a gun and gun safety. The group of moms gathered at Athena Gun Club along the Katy Freeway, where they also had a chance to do some practice shooting.
"It was real empowering, it was cool," Fleishman said.
"It feels really empowering and everyone is cheering each other on," Meghan said.
Most of the women said they had never fired a gun before, but they wanted to learn in case they run into a situation where they have to protect their families.
"I didn't expect to feel so much emotion doing it," said Chanelle Sayers, of Bellaire.
According to the National Rifle Association, between 12 million and 17 million women across the country own guns. In Texas, there are about 220,000 women who have a concealed carry license.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, between 2001-2013 there was a 60 percent increase in the amount of women participating in target shooting.
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