USC Offers First Ever Gun Class by Female Instructor

Instructor also first in South Carolina


By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- A Midlands woman says she'll soon be in charge of teaching University of South Carolina students how to protect themselves and making statewide history at the same time.

Don't let Jody Lynch's blonde hair, manicured nails and high heeled boots fool you. The licensed gun dealer and owner of Southern Safety, LLC means business.

"I want people in general to not be victims," said Lynch. "If they've ever been a victim, I don't want them to be one again."

The former law enforcement officer and Air Force veteran is so serious about people, particularly young people, protecting themselves, she will teach a semester-long basic riflery course at the University beginning in August. It's a first for USC, and it makes Lynch says she is the first female collegiate rifle instructor in the state.

She says the 20 class spots for the basic riflery course, under the physical education umbrella at the University, are almost gone.

"I want them to know how to properly use a gun and be safe with it. The biggest part of this class is safety."

The concealed weapons permit instructor allowed us a behind-the-barrel view of what students, most of whom she expects will be first-timers, can expect this August.

"If they're not doing what they're supposed to to be safe they won't be in the class at all."

That's the kind no-nonsense approach she hopes carries USC students to the top of the school's first basic riflery class.

"With this program, the sky is the limit."

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