Sharon Preston CEO Ladies Of Lead Group Therapy, LLC ® is an NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor, NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor, Graduate of Massad Ayoob MAG/40 in top 10% of his all time high classes. She is a 4-H National Shooting Team Level 2 Pistol Instructor. Sheila Larson is an NRA Firearms Instructor and NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor.
Sharon Preston started LOL Group Therapy, LLC ® in November 2012 two weeks before the tragedy at Sandy Hook, in an attempt to meet and make friends with other ladies that wanted to shoot. Being new to handguns herself, she was shocked to see the huge response she received through social networking. Within a few short months it turned into a full blown business. The need for quality instruction is overwhelming given that women make up the nations largest new handgun owners in America. She immediately teamed up with the Nation Rifle Association and their wonderful educational opportunities and started looking for instructors.
Her main goal is to provide patient thorough instruction and training to women of all stages in their shooting experience. From women that are brand new to firearms and the shooting sports all the way to those that have had hunting and range time but lacked expert training.
Since beginning Ladies Of Lead® she has pursued expert training herself. She has qualified as an NRA Training Counselor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun Instructor, NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor, NRA Personal Protection In The Home and has trained with the world famous Massad Ayoob and graduated in his MAG/40 class in the top 10% of his all time classes. She is also a 4-H National Shooting Team Level 2 Pistol Instructor. Sharon is also the President of the largest gun range in Oregon located East of Bend, Oregon called Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association www.cossapark.com
Her goal is to be the best role model and Instructor she can be in order to teach and empower as many women as possible to be able to defend themselves. She takes firearm safety very seriously and the enormous responsibilities that go with it.
She is passionate about teaching reasonable and prudent gun ownership and believes that" Wolves do not fear a rabbit with a gun". She wants to make sure that women don't just get their Concealed Handgun License and think that that is the end all. She wants to make sure that you know how and when to use a firearm. That it is ingrained in your mind through training and becomes a decision that is made before you need to make it.
Sharon says, "We don't get to choose the time and place when bad things happen to us. The word is getting out through the criminal populations that more women are armed than ever before.The moral fabric of our society is unraveling. Gone are the days when most people would "duel" it out with recognizable standards and social violent communication. The "duel" where at some degree two people agree to get into a violent act with each other. The "cheaters" are on the rise. Asocial violence does not recognize the rules of the "duel". Remember, pain is subjective to the human body. Train to cause injury. The human body cannot move through injury. Trading blows will not bode well for the female victim and some males also. Tho the human body can take a lot of nonspecific injury, it cannot take real injury. In a life or death situation we must be prepared to "cheat" the "duel" moral code to live. Because our attackers don't have a moral code. NOW LET'S TRAIN!"
Sheila has lived in Bend since 1979 when she settled down to raise her kids here. She loves the outdoors and all that Bend has to offer. She enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with friends and family.
In 1999 she was the victim of a violent crime and almost died at the hands of her attacker. It took 20 min. that day for police to respond to a 911 call made by a woman who heard her cries for help. She survived the attack, but she had a choice to make. She could live in fear as a victim, or she could choose to train and have a plan to protect herself and her loved ones. She is now passionate about helping others to train to be survivors and have a plan to say "Not me, not today."