Thursday, April 30, 2009

90% of self defense is YOU

There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous people.

A 17-year-old high school marching band student beat up two assailants who tried to mug her as she walked to school in this high desert community about 40 miles north of Los Angeles, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

The girl punched one of the men in the nose, kicked the other in the groin and beat both with her large baton before she ran away on Friday morning, officials said.

Firearms may be the most effective defensive weapons, but it's important to remember that they're not the only effective defensive weapons.

It's also worth remembering that criminals will attack anyone they think might be a good victim. Maintaining condition yellow whenever you might be vulnerable is the first rule of self defense.


Brigid said...

I've noticed that the women I know that carry, do carry THEMSELVES differently, even if they are someplace that they can not be armed in. There's a subtle change in behavior that says "leave me alone".

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

I've noticed my own behaviour change since I got my CHP, too. I'm generally more aware of my surroundings when I'm out, whether I'm carrying at the time or not.

On the other hand, I've also noticed that I'm catching myself in condition white more often when I'm not armed. I think, though, that I'm catching it more often than before I got my CHP, and I'm actually in condition white less than I was before.

The weight and feel of the pistol seem to be a constant reminder to stay in condition yellow, and I don't seem to be going into white very often when I am armed.