Adrienne Logue’s day job is a public school teacher and mother to three now-teenage daughters.
Way back when, she didn’t like guns. Her husband had guns but she didn’t like them one bit and preferred them well locked up.
She came to us not quite ten years ago. She had three daughters and lived in the country. She had a “come to Jesus” moment with a registered sex offender one day and decided it was time to learn how to use her husband’s handguns because the cavalry could be fifteen minutes away in an emergency – and that’s on a good day.
Here’s a photo of her at that class. She was literally trembling with anxiety and some fear as she held that pistol.
We all fondly recall how she went from meek and mild coming into that class to Mama Grizzly on the second day. All it took was one of our instructors to say “I’m coming for your daughters,” while she was communicating with the bad guys and it flipped a switch in her psyche. I don’t have the picture handy, but you could see the muscles in her forearm as she employed a crush grip on that pistol – along with stellar technique to shoot the bad guy coming through the window rapidly and promiscuously from beside a barricade.
Since then, she’s embraced the gun and become involved in gun rights advocacy. She and her three daughters marched at the front of the Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day rally parade to the Illinois State Capitol building year after year. They volunteered to help out at Guns Save Life meetings and events. In 2014, she became Guns Save Life’s first female Vice-President.
She took classes too – handgun and rifle classes. She’s not afraid of the gun anymore. In fact, she carries one everyday now.
She helped out as staff at our GSL Defense Training classes for a number of years, and saw how much our instructors loved helping people empower themselves. She experienced that transformation herself and liked seeing others doing the same as they progressed through our classes.
One night, after another successful class, she asked if we would entertain the idea of her wearing a red shirt. (Our instructors wear red shirts – the universal color of range officers worldwide, while our staff members wear blue shirts.) We already knew she was a fit with our family. We knew if she became an instructor, she would attack that role with the same vigor she’d gone after learning how to handle her firearms and her love of gun rights advocacy. We helped her get certified and she’s with us today, helping to soften some of our rough edges and keep us somewhat civilized as we can get rowdy.
She’s a good instructor already and with more experience and training, she’s destined to be a great one and we’re glad to have her.