The news these days is full of this and that regarding safety...especially regarding guns. It got me thinking about taking a refresher course on handgun use. Our local shooting range has classes by women for women, which really appeals to me. I am considering signing up for the women's self-defense course.
But, that's just me. You may not like guns or want to use one...ever.
May I suggest that this discussion on assault weapons that we are bombarded with daily might have other implications. A friend who owns a gun shop recently posted a photo on facebook of assault weapons. Being a guy with a sense of humor, it included hammers, scissors, a baseball bat, a rock, etc. You get the picture. It started me thinking, which can be dangerous in itself!
I started to look at household items differently...
Have you thought of all of the "assault weapons" that are within an arm's reach in our homes? Our vacuums could scoop up two-legged pests, or at least injure them. A spray bottle could blind someone or at least make them blink, depending on what the contents are. Scissors could do harm if necessary, hair spray explodes...and on and on. Sounds vicious you say?
Consider what is happening every day in this crazy world we live in! We read about home invasions, purse snatching, burglaries, and robberies in parking lots. Can you defend yourself? I am guessing most of us would have trouble deterring an intruder in our homes. It's scary to think of someone breaking into our homes, but it happens and even the elderly have fended off their attackers with sheer courage and a weapon at hand.
Years ago I learned to use guns when my Dad took my brother and I target shooting on weekends. But I haven't practiced for years. Would I be able to defend myself in a life-threatening situation? After the birth of my third child I took a self-defense judo class, but I am pretty sure I have forgotten most of what I learned. I need to regain the confidence that a self-defense course can provide.
It doesn't matter what type of self-defense we learn ladies, but it does matter if we never learn any. We are considered the weaker sex and easy targets, especially as we get older. Being self-confident and knowledgeable about how not to be a victim could save our lives one day. I believe every woman, even our daughters and granddaughters should take some sort of course and learn to protect themselves (and their families!).
I hope you realize I am not some crazed mad woman just itching to do someone harm. I am a friend who worries that we will face a situation at sometime in our lives, if we haven't already, and I want us to be able to defend ourselves. I am an advocate of women's safety! I hope this will cause you to think about this subject and to take action. Take a class, dust off that vacuum, learn to kick box, or just tell a friend.
What self-defense plans do you have?