E.M. Burton is introduced to firearms over a two-day combative pistol course and learns a lot about weapons, self-defense and fitness.
I saw a picture on Facebook the other day of two possible responses a woman has to a violent attack. In one, the woman is cowering in terror, arms above her head in an attempt to shield herself in what we can only guess will be a losing battle.
In the adjacent image, we see the same woman with a calm demeanor, head high, eyes open and fixed at close range, her hands firmly gripped on a pistol aimed at her threat. Her finger is on the trigger.
Which woman will survive this attack?
Betting folks will go with the gun.
I’ve awoken in the middle of the night to find an intruder in my darkened home. I managed to utter one word in a firm and low voice: “Leave.” I was lucky; he did. Had he not made that choice, I likely would have had to wait out the seemingly interminable minutes it would have taken for help to arrive, if indeed I was able to make the 911 call.
What if I hadn’t been so lucky?