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Armed and Female: Twelve Million American Women Own Guns, Should You? Mass Market Paperback – November, 1990

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From Publishers Weekly

Relating her own and others' experiences as victims of crime, the former anti-gun lobbyist argues that Mace and karate are ineffective protection and discusses the ethics of using weapons, how children can be kept safe from guns owned in the home, which gun to buy and the gun laws of each state. PW called this a "disturbing, controversial book."
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Very readable...Responsibly teaches women how an when to use these weapons."--Cybill Shepard

"In the women's gun movement, Paxton Quigley is the great persuader."--Morely Safer, "60 minutes"

"Directly addresses an all-American concern."--Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (November 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312951507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312951504
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading Paxton Quigley's Armed and Female. It is a well-written, easy to read book, written by a woman for women about firearm usage, safety, and training. I learned a great deal from this informative book and I would highly recommend it to other women who may be thinking of obtaining a firearm for self and family protection (even for women whose husbands already have firearms in the home but have never handled them), and for women interested in target shooting.
In this age where gun safety is correctly emphasized for the initiate. You will learn the rules of self-defense as well as safety from both a legal and philosophic perspective. I think this is a must read for all women who have made the decision to take responsibility for their and/or their family's protection with a firearm. The reality is that the police cannot be everywhere at all times to protect everyone, particularly women, the elderly, and the disabled---all of whom are viewed as special targets by criminal predators. Contrary to conventional wisdom the police do not have a duty to protect an individual citizen, but only respond once a criminal act has been committed. Police protection, legally, is only owed to the community as a whole, but not to single individuals. The book is an eye opener and I highly recommend it.
Helen E. Faria Managing Editor, Medical Sentinel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
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I, too, bought this book for my wife, who has at times mentioned getting a gun. I decided to read it before I gave it to her. I learned a lot. Every man with a wife and/or daughters should read this book. It makes a powerful case for women to carry guns. As a relative beginner, I also learned a great deal about shooting for accuracy and self-defense. I am even going to have my 13 year old daughter read it. I debated that, because there is a brutal section on rape, but I decide that it is better to have her know what really can happen out there, and how to prevent it (even without a gun), than to leave her ignorant and increase the chance that it will happen to her.
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I bought this book originally for my wife. We are both taking firearm classes and I thought it might ease her mind a little bit about carrying a firearm. However, I got the book and read the whole thing in about 3 days. I could not put it down. If you are a man or woman considering purchasing a handgun for the 1st time, this book is a "must read". It walks you thru calibers, holsters,and types of handguns, and includes many statistics that would encourage a person to want to stay armed on the street and in their house.Whether you are a man or woman, this book is great reading!
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Excellent introduction to firearms, self-defense concepts, and attitude. Instruction on what kind of weapons are suitable for a woman, how they function, and how to practice with then.
I frankly skipped the chapters on the dangers of rape, the inefficacy of fingernail files against a determined assailant, and a few others because I was more interested in the practical material, not in deciding whether self-defense is appropriate.
My one caveat is that there is no indication that any information has been revised since the paperback was published in 1990. Consequently, information about specific products and possibly some laws is outdated. The pistol the author prefers, for example, was replaced in its manufacturer's lineup with a new model in 1997.
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By A Customer on August 14, 1999
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Every person, man and woman, who wishes to live as an honest, peaceful citizen, has a right to do just that...to go about their business and live their lives in freedom. Paxton, and many other people, thankfully, has refused to be a victim. In an age when the criminal justice system is little more than a laughing stock, and atrocious criminal behavior results in the victimization of the innocent, Paxton has recognized and exercized her right to live as a free citizen with the means to defend herself. This book could, and should, make many converts of many who have an aversion to firearms. The simple fact is that firearms in the hands of good people is the best means of defense against would be evil-doers in society.
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I was so impressed with this book that I ordered multiple copies to give/loan to friends and family. This is a must read for everyone! Male, female, pro or anti gun control. Not readily available from my local library. Purchase an extra copy to loan!
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This book is a great introduction to guns, regardless, if you are an expirenced shooter or do not have idea how to use a gun. It points all the different types of self-defense that you can use - with their pro's and con's. This book helps women realize the dangers and how to deal with them (with a use of a gun). I am always aware of the dangers if I am biking, hiking,kayaking, or walking to my car. I am in control of my safety and I refuse to be a victim! This book, though, does leave beginners with a lot of questions but the book wasn't written to give you a quiz with what type of gun is good for you - that is were you pick up at a gun range and/or a gun store. There is a lot of support for beginners - you just have to ask for it.
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