Women like Wendy Cukier are dangerous.
Wendy Cukier of Canada's Coalition for Gun Control is one of those individuals who believe the entire world should be run to fit her personal desire, and that’s a very dangerous thing. Yes, to guys like me who happen to like guns, to be sure, but she is far more dangerous to woman than she will ever be to me or any other man and our guns.
While I don’t agree with Susan B. Anthony on a number of subjects, on the subject of self-defense she is definitely right on target.
I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.
A person is not protected by rendering them defenseless.
The paradox of Cukier’s position on “gun control” is that she actually achieves the exact opposite of what she claims she wants: women to be protected from violence.
In saying that self-defense is not a legitimate use of firearms, Wendy Cukier disempowers women the world over.
Instead of hating inanimate objects (firearms) perhaps Ms. Cukier ought to instead hate the human behavior that would subjugate women. Instead of hating “violence against women” no matter how worthy that may appear on the surface, perhaps she ought to work on actually empowering women to defend themselves appropriately in the face of an abusive man.
Instead of stripping women of the very firearms they can handle effectively, short-barreled handguns that are now effectively banned in Canada thanks to Cukier’s efforts, she ought to be leading gun safety classes at the local shooting range.
The fallacy that we will ever disarm violent criminals and other evildoers is just that: a fallacy… a pipe dream… a false hope that can never, ever be realized.
Bad people will ALWAYS get guns if that’s what they want. And who do the good people call when they’re confronted with some violent person with a gun?
Another person with a gun. We call these people “police”.
True to the words of Susan B. Anthony above, Alice Macpherson and the Women Educating in Self-Defense Training Society of BC have developed a program for empowering women and teaching them the skills to defend themselves.
From their booklet “Reduce the Risk: Practical Strategies for Enhancing Personal Safety and Avoiding Assault” Alice Macpherson opens the booklet with the following:
While this booklet is specifically directed towards adult women and their children, it contains advice that is useful for anyone. We believe “Safer for Women” means “Safer for Everyone”.
As women, we have been told what not to do since we were babies. Even if it were possible to follow all this advice, these “Don’ts” will not stop a determined assaulter. In addition, if you feel that you are not doing the “right thing” and are somehow “wrong” this may inhibit or stop you from trying to escape or doing anything active to defend yourself. If you want to know what you are doing wrong, most people will be glad to share their opinion and tell you.
What is critical for each of us is to identify what we do RIGHT. If we are alive, we know that we are doing lots of things right. It is genuinely important to discover the things that you CAN DO, and to apply them to your own life in a positive way. The following tips give a brief look at some areas of concern, and at how we can reduce our risks and enhance our personal safety.
Your own strengths and abilities
The assault is really happening to you
learn and apply
Who the attacker really is, Why they attack, & What really happens in attacks
Your decision about what you will say and do
Ways to make your environment as safe as possible
Act and speak positively to state what you want
What you CAN do to release holds & fend off physical attacks
You choose to change and act as you believe is necessary
TO DEAL WITH ASSAULTS
The reality, whether the likes of Wendy Cukier like it or not, is that the only real defense against a person with a gun is another gun. We must meet force with force, for that is the only language violent criminals understand.
Despite the protestations of Wendy Cukier and her ilk to the contrary, the vast majority of men do not want to hurt women or see them hurt. Our natural inclination is to protect the women in our lives. It’s simply how we’re built. But the reality is that we cannot be with the women in our lives every minute of every day, which is why responsible husbands and fathers teach their wives and daughters how to defend themselves.
At the end of the day, violent assaults don’t happen when a woman is with someone else. They happen when a predator can corner his or her victim alone and preferably defenseless.
And when a woman is alone and cornered by someone wishing to do her harm, she better know how to get herself out of that predicament and have the tools necessary to help her accomplish that task, don’t you think?