Ormurinn wrote:It wasn't a symbolic you.
Yes, it was. You used "woman" in a general way, you didn't bring in a specific example like you are doing now.
Ormurinn wrote:It was an idea put to me by a friend in the library I typed the post in, when she pointed out she'd deterred a stalker (in a rural area miles from any other habitation, let alone a police station) with a rifle.
This thread started with 3D-printed handguns, not rifles. I certainly wouldn't trust a 3D-printed rifle. But, yes, a rifle is more intimidating. A shotgun even more so. However, these aren't easily carried about. I live in a city and commute. Adding more to my briefcase is not fun for my back.
Ormurinn wrote:If you'd rather carry a knife, I completely support your right to do so - though that's another right you don't have, if you live in the U.K.
...if you get searched. Middle-class, middle-aged women rarely do. Yup, revelling in my privilege here.
Ormurinn wrote:If you really are a highly enough trained martial artist or fortunate enough to be tall enough that the odds are in your favour in a physical confrontation with a criminal, then I'm happy for you.
You obviously haven't been in many fights. I am 5' 1.75" tall. I actually have a better time of it with a taller attacker. I can get in close and hit hard in sensitive spots and he can't get any distance to slug me. He is reduced to essentially hugging me trying to break my grip and he can't get the front of my neck. Someone my height requires different tactics...like handy anythings that can be turned into weapons. Bike chains are good. I once dealt with it with a mechanical pencil.
I'm not highly trained, I just have a highly developed sense of survival and have, as they say, "been around". Shit happens. When it does, best not to worry about getting dirty.
Ormurinn wrote:That doesn't make the reasoning that preventing access to effective self defense instruments disproportionally affects women and the disabled any less valid.
I question your lumping of these two groups together. I also question your definition of "disabled". There are myriad forms of 'disability' and making an assumption about what would be an appropriate weapon for self
-defense is fraught with pitfalls. In addition, most women who are victims of violence are attacked by people they know and are somehow bound to (family, spouse, lover -- or ex-one-of-those) far more often than some stranger on the street.
Ormurinn wrote: As for your second point, it really depends what you're being attacked with, if you're being pedantic.
Pedantic? The accurate range of a handgun is limited. It doesn't matter what
I'm being attacked with, but how far
away from me the attacker is.
Saying no-one is allowed a gun is not discriminating against groups that might be less able to defend themselves, Ormurinn.
Carrying a knife makes you less safe
There is no reason to believe a gun, a far more dangerous weapon, would be any different.
Well put, felltir.