Hey, Ladies … Sheriff Jim Wilson says it’s time we start carrying our own weight – either in a holster or a bag – for self-defense. In fact, he recently wrote in his March column called “Straight Talk” at Shooting Illustrated magazine,“A particularly dangerous misconception is found among women who leave the defensive tasks to the men in their lives – the head in the sand approach. … It would be nice to have a bodyguard, but most of us can’t afford that luxury!”
Nor can we afford the luxury of trying to decide the most opportune time to carry that firearm. I qualified to carry concealed shortly after Missouri passed (finally) its CCW law. Then, I started trying to think ahead and to second-guess whether I needed to take my gun to that place or not. Some days, I’d leave it home in the safe. Some days I still do, and don’t even get me started on how I hate that when I go on a military installation, that I have to a) leave my gun in the safe and b) rely on the Military Police who are just as busy as normal law enforcement and stretched just as thin and aren’t really obligated to protect me in the first place. What has the world turned into when military soldiers in this day and age of terrorism on the home front can’t carry a sidearm?
Sheriff Jim busts several other myths about personal defense in this column, such as this one: when the criminal hears the sound of a pump shotgun racking back and then forward, he’ll run away. The sheriff says some criminals don’t even know what that sound means. And, he points out that drugs distort reality. I always think that the sound of a pump shotgun is a true test for whether you’re going to have to use it in personal defense. If the criminal does not run away, you’d better be ready to the next step – regardless of whether he understands the meaning of the metal on metal contact.
But being ready is the point. As women, we need to stop sitting next to our loved ones when they fly planes or drive boats or even, shift transmissions. Get in there. Learn how to operate the equipment – even if you never have to use it! Same thing with guns. With millions of guns in our society, it only makes us safer if we understand how they work.