Dianna Muller tells how a simple tourist visit turned into a national visit and rally. “Last September I was on the east coast shooting some matches. We found ourselves with some time in between events so we went to DC to tour the sites. I have a friend who advocates for service families, and she asked if I wanted to meet legislators and congress members. I did, and during the meetings I got so inspired. I asked what I could do to reach out and establish relationships.”
The idea of The D.C. Project was planted. “Women are a more powerful voice because we don’t fit the stereotype,” she explains. She started reaching to other friends who shoot, and it grew from there. It has also morphed a little from the beginning. “At first I was just thinking about including professional shooters, but then thought about other women who shoot. Then I thought, ‘If I can get one woman from every state, then I can contact everyone.’” Trying to physically get one woman from every state didn’t quite work out, but that didn’t slow Dianna down at all.
“It morphed again,” she laughs. If a woman can’t be there physically, but wants to be there “spiritually” they can send their bio and she will have one of the team members deliver it to the woman’s representative. “Our goal in the next two days [July 6-8] is to make sure we touch every state,” Dianna says.
Dianna talks about what The D.C. project is taking to the legislators – “We have two powerful stories to present. Kimberly Corban is a girl without a gun who got raped. She is a legal concealed carry holder but obeyed the law and didn’t take it on campus. In January, she attended a town hall meeting and asked President Obama why he couldn’t see that restrictions are making it harder for her to own a gun and actually make her less safe.
In contrast, Kristi McMains is a woman who was attacked and believes she would have been killed, but she did have gun and shot her attacker. “So here are two stories of legal gun owners – one had a gun and it saved her life and one didn’t have a gun and has to live with the consequences of that for the rest of her life,” Dianna explains.
Dianna explains her goals are to plant the seeds and establish relationships so that legislators have an actual face and story to go along with Second Amendment. “If we can maintain those relationships we can have a small impact when they’re talking about it. They’ll be more knowledgeable about the subject.”
Dianna is quick to credit A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League for their help with the DC Project. “I have a great support system. Robyn [Sandoval] came up with the logo and a website link to the AG & AG page. Julianna [Crowder] is fantastic. They are my organizational gurus. I couldn’t have done this without them.” She is also grateful for help from others such as Megan Boland, her communications expert, and Amanda Suffecool who is heading up the rally on Friday, July 8 at 2pm in front of the Capitol.
So how can other women help who can’t be there? “Follow us on Facebook and pray for us. If they want to submit a bio, that would be very much appreciated. The more we take in, the more powerful the message. Women should not be afraid of getting involved in the politics of being a gun owner,” Dianna advises.
Dianna also talks about future plans. “I don’t want this to be a ‘one and done’ deal. Once we get in the door, and the legislators realize we are legitimate gun owners and we’re not scary, they’ll start to trust us. We hope to inspire others to reach out in their home states and foster those relationships at home.”
To submit your bio, first go to https://www.agirlandagun.org/dc-project/ and put in your address to find your legislator. You can then message Dianna at facebook.com/Di3GunGirl for her email address to submit your bio along with your legislator’s name so her team will know who should receive your information.