...and no I am not kidding. If you can legally carry a deadly weapon upon your person, you should do so whenever at all practical, and sometimes when it seems impractical. If not, then if you can legally carry a less lethal weapon, do so. Why - well because you are the potential target of predators at all times whether you know it or not. Should you ever appear weak to someone who is out to do evil, you may be that person's next victim - and armed or unarmed you may wind up the victim even if you fight back with all you have. The thing is though, if you are armed you stand a better chance, it is plain and simple truth as I see it. It is a plain and simple truth that could have made all the difference in the world to Meredith Emerson.
Now if for some reason you think you may never become a victim, you are wrong. People of all sizes, shapes, colors, creeds and genders are accosted each day by evil doers who thought that for some reason they, at a particular moment, seemed like easy prey. Meredith Emerson was one of those people, one of those who looked like easy prey, like easy pickings waiting to become a victim. She was recently in national headlines when she went missing, and when her killer was caught. Something we have only heard though is this: She was not easy prey, she fought like a true champion. Sadly though, even champions fall, and she fell victim to a heinous killer. Go here to Breda's Fallacy and read another blogger's outlook on this, and make sure while at that other site to click on the 2 different links to 2 different news accounts. Then read the one sentence in Breda's blog that says it all: "I wish she'd had a gun."
Me too. I wish she'd had a gun; but I will spell it out a bit more. I wish not only that she had had a gun, but that she had unloaded it into her tormentor, and that she was alive today. She can not be with us any longer, but you can remain among the living by preventing yourself from becoming a victim. Think about that. Then arm yourself in a responsible way, and remain vigilant and ready to fight for your life. If you don't value your own life enough to fight for it, you may as well be dead already. It is a shame this young lady lost her battle, she did not deserve to die, she deserved to kick ass and live, because she valued life enough to fight like there was no tomorrow. The thing is, deserving something is not always enough, fighting back is not always enough. You need superiority to win, and a gun or other weapon may have tipped the scales in her favor. Too bad she did not have a gun; but all the wishing in the world will not change the fact that she did not have one or another weapon, that she fell to her assailant, and that she will never again walk this earth. What about you? Are you feeling like this could not happen to you? Are you feeling lucky; or are you arming yourself and preparing to fight back.
All the best,