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 Carying while carrying       Advice for pregnant women.

There are two primary considerations to carrying while carrying: comfort and access. Either one without the other is an unacceptable solution.  We explore some options, and remind "NO live fire practice due to lead poisoning danger." ...

 

Why Learn About Guns If You Aren't Sure You Couold Kill Someone?        Women and men differ on this point.

In my experience, men tend to answer this "Yes," buy a gun and then get training. Women tend to get firearms training first, and buy a gun and only then have a firm "Yes" to that willingness question.  It is not a bad question, but is often asked of women way too early, like asking someone in the process of applying to medical school if she is really certain that she could do open heart surgery. Expecting anyone, particularly a woman, to commit to the idea of using lethal force before she has learned a lot about guns and the use of lethal force, is preposterous!  Don't let your desire to never hurt anyone keep you from taking firearms lessons. ...

 

Your First Time (Carrying a Gun)       Advice for those reluctant to take this step.

You've had the safety training, and some range practice. You have the license. You have a gun. The gun sits safely at home except when you take it to the range to practice. The thought of carrying it with you on a daily basis is daunting, and somewhat uncomfortable. Whenever the subject is raised, you have one of those "good reasons not to" handy. Maybe you'll get around to trying it. Someday. ...

 

Murder and the Reasonable Woman      What should a battered woman who kills her spouse be guilty of?

We've all heard the stories, or seen them on the news. Battered women who, after years and years and years of horrible abuse escape death at the hands of their tormentors by killing them, only to end up in prison, convicted of murder or manslaughter.  A law professor suggests some changes to the interpretation of self-defense in these cases. ...

 

 Serial Rapist on the Loose     A wake-up call for women in my safe suburban neighborhood.

 As I write this, there is a serial rapist in my neighborhood. In the last few weeks, he attacked 4 women within a few miles of my home, and succeeded in raping 2 of them. He says he has a gun, and he definitely uses a knife. The police haven't caught him yet, and everyone knows he will probably keep attacking more and more women until they do. Two victims were in their 20's, the one, in her late 50's, and one was about 40. ...

 

Differences Between Men and Women Regarding Concealed Carry      Aren't you curious about this?

I'm aware that I'm sticking my neck out here. Differences in behavior linked to gender aren't PC to talk about these days. This is one area where I am definitely not an expert. But over the years I've talked with hundreds of women who range from novices with the gun to consummate professionals, and to plenty of men, about how they made the decision to carry a gun for self protection. Cautiously, very cautiously, I'd like to suggest that there are differences between men and women in this regard. ...


Guns in Purses - Yes or No?       Pros and cons of a very common practice.

The one issue that comes up faster than any other, as far as concealed carry for women is concerned, is "Is it OK to carry my gun in my purse?"  It is a legitimate question, and one that deserves a careful answer. Any method of concealed carry that is going to work, day in and day out, must satisfy three criteria: It must conceal the gun, it must be accessible, and it must be comfortable. Any method of carry is a compromise among these three requirements; personal circumstances dictate the priorities, so they will vary from person to person, and from time to time. ...

 If You Are Being Stalked ...      Lots of info about stalkers and their targets.

 It started with an invitation to dinner. Or perhaps it started with a gift of flowers from an anonymous admirer. Or perhaps it started with the threat, "You can't leave me, bitch!" However it started, you now feel uncomfortable every time the phone rings, every time you have to be out alone at night, every time you reach for your mail. He's out there, somewhere, and his continual unwanted attentions make your skin crawl and your hands clammy. You never thought it would happen to you, but you are being stalked. ...

Stalking and Guns       Surprising information from a government report about what stalking victims do.

When Bonnie Campbell was the director of the Violence Against Women Office, some really stellar work was performed to collect information about crimes in which women are disproportionately targeted, and to make recommendations based on those findings. The legislation that established this office, the Violence Against Women Act, has resulted in a number of reports that make fascinating reading, and they are all available online. One of their most influential reports was Stalking in America.  ...

Defending Ourselves as We Mature      Especially for senior citizens

It is one of the unchanging truths of the world that we change as we mature. Of course, not everyone matures at the same rate, or has the same issues along the way. Most of us expect that as a result of better nutrition, better medical care, and a better lifestyle, we will "age better" than our parents or grandparents did. Even if that is true, and I hope it is for you, there are some issues and concerns that are common to many mature people,  and may affect one's ability to protect oneself, with or without a gun. Let's look at a few...