Why are you so keen that innocent people are put at risk because some fuckwit woman is paranoid about the miniscule likelihood of someone posing a credible rape risk against her.
Shit, if she's that paranoid just wear a panty-girdle. That'll kill the passion quickly enough.
Who is possibly at risk just because a person chooses to carry a weapon for self defense? Do you think that possessing such a weapon will magically alter a person's personality so as to turn them into a homicidal maniac? The only person endangered by someone carrying a weapon for self defense is anyone looking to harm that person. As I said, you clearly live in a location where no one or almost no one legally carries a firearm except possibly police. I live in a location where no matter where I go, I encounter multiple people who are armed. For them it's just another thing they bring with them before leaving the house; like a coat or wallet. They bring their phone in case they get a call or need to make one. They bring a firearm in case they are attacked or need to defend someone else who is being attacked. Police cannot and will not help you if you are attacked. They are neither required nor expected to be there to intervene when needed. It is expected of citizens that they defend themselves when attacked. It is not expected that citizens roll over and allow themselves to be killed, maimed, raped, or kidnapped in the unlikely event that such an attempt is made.
Carrying a weapon isn't about paranoia any more than buying homeowners insurance or a fire extinguisher is. The likelihood that a fire is going to burn down my house or some other disaster happening that wrecks my home is pretty darn small. Under your logic, that means buying homeowners insurance is paranoia. Yet interestingly enough, mortgage companies find it significant enough (even though the chances are far less than single digit) that they require I have that insurance before being willing to give me my loan. It's not paranoia, it covering the bases. As is carrying a firearm. It's about situational awareness and emergency preparedness. Do you have fire extinguishers in your house? Yes? Why; are you some kind of paranoid nutcase who thinks a fire is going to break out any second? Do you walk around itching to use that fire extinguisher? Do you jump anytime you smell something funny and immediately start spraying the fire extinguisher everywhere?
I think instead of continually repeating arguments that have been proven false millions of times over, you should perhaps re-evaluate your position, look at the source of that reasoning, and expose yourself to areas outside of the bubble you grew up in. You may find that reality is not what you've been taught to believe in many areas.
Tell you what. Go do the fucking research yourself.
Compare: A - instances in which people are hurt by guns or knives they own B - instances in which a woman shot or knifed a man attempting to rape her
If you find A is in fact less than B, at that point (and only at that point) come back here and ask for a citation behind for my statement.
I did my research and provided citations which are completely contrary to your claims. The total estimated number of successful defense gun uses per year is in the hundreds of thousands to millions. The number of times a gun is used against its owner each year 3 digits. We're talking about a fraction of a fraction of a percent.
Research has in fact shown that in cases of rape and attempted rape
Utterly fucking irrelevant. Most women do not get raped, and do not need to use a weapon to fight off a rapist, and do not attempt to use a weapon to fight off a rapist.
Carrying that weapon does however add an additional risk to them during those periods in their life that somebody is not attempting to rape them.
That's my point.
If I'm understanding what you're saying correctly, then you are saying that owning and carrying a gun severely increases the likelihood that you will be killed. This is simply total and utter hogwash. If I had to guess, I'd say in all likelihood you live in an area that either bans guns and other means of effective self defense entirely (e.g. most of Europe), or has such severe restrictions on self defense so as to create a defacto ban (e.g. New Jersey, NYC, etc.). I say this because, to put it bluntly, anti-gun brainwashing is rampant in such areas. I spent much of my life in New Jersey and was exposed to it extensively. I currently live in Pennsylvania. Over the past few years, my county sheriff has issued roughly 15,000 (License to Carry a Firearm). That's about 5% of the population. So one in 20 people I see is carrying a firearm. Police don't need an LTCF to carry on or off the clock so it's actually a little more. The local police tracker hasn't recorded a violent crime against an LTCF holder in years. Going further back, there hasn't been a violent crime against an LTCF holder that can in any way be linked to their weapon ever in my county. Ever. I'd say a sample size of 15,000 people who carry and a total pop of over 300,000 is fairly decent.
Also note that while 15,000 carry, MANY MANY more own guns since no license or registration of any kind is required to own a firearm in PA; only the standard background check. The only gun crimes on the police tracker are people who are prohibited from owning using guns acquired illegally. In the time I have lived here, there has not once been an instance of someone having their own gun used against them. Hundreds of thousands of people, many years, over 15,000 who carry guns legally, roughly 100,000 who own guns, and no instances of a gun being used against its owner.
A stun gun, pepper spray, or knife probably would have been a more sane approach
All more likely to be used against the woman than by her on a rapist.
The whole "your weapon is more likely to be used against you" has been trotted out countless times and never once proven or even supported by a modicum of evidence from even a remotely respectable source.
In reality, a number of studies have been done on the topic and all have shown precisely the opposite of what you claim. Research has in fact shown that in cases of rape and attempted rape, victims who resisted with weapons were less likely to be raped than victims who either did not resist or resisted without weapons. The overall injury rate in general was lower and the likelihood of receiving an injury more severe than rape was lower. There is absolutely positively no evidence whatsoever that using a gun or other weapon for self protection may lead to the attacker taking the weapon and using it against the victim. It is a rare occurrence, and in such situations, the worst case scenario was that the outcome was the same as if the victim was unarmed in the first place.
a couple citations:
-Kleck and Sayles "Rape and Resistance" Social Problems May 1990.
-Kleck, Chapter 7 in Armed, by Kleck and Don B. Kates, Jr.
The whole "your weapon will be used against you" is an insidious myth that needs to be dispelled.
Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.