The D.C. Project: Women on a mission to protect 2nd Amendment

Published: Jun. 18, 2018 at 10:44 PM CDT
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Fifty women from fifty states are on their way to Washington, D.C. with a mission.

They come from all different walks of life, different political parties, but they share a common bond about 2nd Amendment rights.

Mary Yungeberg will represent South Dakota in Washington for the 3rd annual D.C. Project.

"The idea is to present a friendly face of women who support the second amendment and want to make sure it's preserved," Mary Yungeberg said.

She's going with a very diverse group.

"Liberal, conservative, republican, democrat, independent. Wide range of women and experiences. The goal is to meet with and establish relationships with our legislators," Yungeberg said.

A group that considers this a constitutional issue, not a political one.

"We want to engage in a friendly way, positive, not confrontational."

She says a key component of this project is education.

"We'd like to take some of the legislators to the range, let them learn the firearm safety techniques, learn how to shoot, maybe try something they haven't tried before. It Sometimes that can give you a whole different point of view," Yungeberg said.

Her passion for the 2nd Amendment only dates back 8 years when she shot her first gun as an author writing her first thriller.

"Wanted to know how it sounded, smelled, felt and what the noise was like. That was my beginning and it grew from there," Yungeberg said. "The training I took emphasis situational awareness. Who or what is around you. You want to avoid at all costs, if at all possible, ever having to use the firearm. That is the goal."

Yungeberg said the D.C. project is growing and she looks forward to this opportunity.

"I've heard they've been willing to sit down, take the time, meet with people," she said.

The D.C. Project takes place June 20-22 with a rally to conclude the event on the final day.