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Linda M Hasselstrom made a very convincing argument in her essay Why One Peaceful Woman Carries a Pistol She says that criminal activity has become a growing concern for most people According to the Department of Justice several hundreds of people will be robbed assaulted kidnapped or murdered this year alone While handgun possession is a highly controversial issue in todays society it should not be quickly dismissed as a means to self-defense Because of the vulnerability of women I strongly agree with Ms Hasselstroms decision to carry a pistol for self-protection Ms Hasselstroms free-lance writing career required her to frequently travel alone She practiced taking safe precautions such as avoiding bars approaching her car like an Indian scout and by locking doors and windows However Hasselstroms life style choices increased her risk for being a victim to crimes of assault rape robbery and murder During a ten-year period Hasselstrom experienced several close call perpetrator attacks that prompted her to examine various methods of self-defense Hasselstrom even entertained the idea of a CB radio purchase which would enable her to call for help However she quickly eliminated that option because of an incident that happened on the same road she frequently traveled in which a woman was raped and beaten 758 Hasselstoms first line of positive defense was enrollment in a kung fu class While she did learn to assess danger and techniques for avoiding it without combat she still felt vulnerable Hasselstrom wanted a more aggressive approach to self-defense She did not feel the above mentioned methods of self-defense were sufficient Ms Hasselstrom explored various self-defense options before she reluctantly made a decision to carry a pistol The threat of violence surrounds women everyday Violence permeates our society in the home at work and on the highways However we can help protect ourselves by watching for signs of danger and acting accordingly Although many young women were murdered by serial killer
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