With 5 things about self defense women should know.
- Pretending you're Wolverine with your keys is a bad idea
- Groin kicks may not always work
- Planning on your attacker getting closer is not always a good plan
- Don't avoid eye contact
- Guns should be carried in a way that is accessible and training is very useful.
People like the sense of security that comes with a gun, but a false sense of security is your enemy when we're talking about self-defense. Carrying a gun doesn't save you the trouble of learning this other stuff; it brings with it the responsibility to learn a whole other round of lessons, lest you wind up shooting yourself, a stranger, or just gifting a mugger a free gun. The more dangerous the weapon, the more responsibility you have to learn how to use it right.
And earlier are mentions that knives and other weapons are handy but can have similar limitations. The Tueller drill is also mentioned. As is the need for observation (the point about eye contact).
There is a bit of a disconnect with the mention of the weakness of self defense weapons that aren't ranged and that guns have a risk because a bad guy can still close in before you can draw. But... that's honestly the truth given how quickly a person can close the gap.
So all in all, a pretty good article.
Course that's what happened when you have a sober self-defense trainer writing a piece instead of a chest-thumping misogynist like their previous articles on self-defense training.