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Stayin' Alive: Armed and Female in an Unsafe World Paperback – August 30, 2005
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Paxton Quigley - an expert on women on home intrusion and rape. -- Oprah Winfrey
Paxton Quigley directly addrsses an all-American concern. -- Wall Street Journal
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WHAT should a woman do when attacked by a criminal? Should she behave passively? Use pepper spray? A gun?
Most people hope they'll get lucky and never be attacked. For those who want to think ahead, there is Paxton Quigley's new book, "Stayin' Alive."
It turns out that pepper spray may not do you a lot of good when it is raining or snowing. A woman is just as likely to disable herself as the attacker when it's windy or when using the spray indoors.
Knives and baseball bats are particularly problematic, because women have to get very close to their attackers to use them, and male criminals - that is, most criminals - tend to be much stronger physically than their female victims. When it comes to physical contact, women generally lose those fights.
The advantage of a gun is that it is ideal for keeping the criminal far away from the victim. And the victim isn't responsible for restraining the criminal, as police officers are when arresting suspects. A woman simply wants to keep the criminal away from her.
There have been a lot of good books lately exploding the myth that guns endanger people's safety. (And at least one very notable movie, Larry Elder's "Michael & Me," devastatingly tackles many of the false claims in Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine.") Quigley's book covers a lot of ground, such as the myths about personal defense, when it is appropriate to use lethal force, whether there are any risks to firing a gun while pregnant (apparently not), how often children are killed by accidental gun shots (very rarely) and how one goes about choosing the best gun for a particular individual's needs. The book answers these questions from a woman's perspective.Read more ›
A far deadlier device is the automobile. People who object to women driving and riding automobiles are shunned in our society. The real reason is that driving is a sign of maturity, responsibility, and independence in our culture. Yet the automobile is a bigger killer than guns, and guns are intended to be dangerous-it makes guns useful as a deterrent and useful for shutting off an attack. My personal opinion is that if someone isn't responsible enough to own a gun, they shouldn't be licensed to drive automobiles either. The automobile is harder to use safely-guns are really simple mechanical devices.
In "Stayin' Alive: Armed and Female in an Unsafe World," Paxton Quigley provides success stories of women saving their own lives and the lives of their children with handguns. She discusses the issues of child safety-and "CAP laws" (Child Access Prevention). Quigley taught me a few things in her book: warnings about how your VIN compromises your automobile's anti-theft devices and security measures for your checks and your stolen wallet are useful information for anybody. In addition to providing evidence against the modern media-driven urban myths about firearms, Quigley covers tactics, formal schools, buying guns, choosing ammunition and equipment, and recommending non-gun alternative weapons.Read more ›
Unfortunately, what I received was a much more expensive "pamphlet" (only 160 pages for over ten dollars) that abounds with typographical errors, to the point that the errors change the meaning of the sentence in several places. As if that weren't enough, much of the content appears to have been cribbed from various blogs and Web pages that can be read for free after a simple Google search.
To sum up: The 1993 version of Armed and Female is a well-written and interesting resource, albeit slightly dated in technical recommendations on ammunition, calibers, and of course the makes and models of available handguns.
THIS book is unfortunately only an overpriced, badly printed rehash of information available elsewhere.
Give a copy of this to every woman friend you have. After reading this, you'll be wondering why you and everyone else in this society has been so convinced for so long that it is a bad thing to have a gun around. This book explodes many of the lies and myths that have been packed around the image of the gun and the notion of gun-ownership, as well as the image of gun owners (read "gun nuts"). The biggest myth, of course, is "911". People infer almost magical powers to dialing 911. Read this book and find out why only doing that is suicidal.
The Second Amendment is needed now more than ever, because now not only the Second but the First and Fourth Amendments are slipping away; and this is happening at the most critical time in our history. If you don't know why, read While America Sleeps: How Islam, Immigration and Indoctrination Are Destroying America From Within. Things are going to get worse, much worse. People living near the border already have guns: they need them every day. But illegals and jihadists are being bussed throughout the country. They blend in with the peaceful and moderate and are "invisible" until they strike. Then, everyone says, "why didn't we see them?" Read Michelle Malkin's book and its stories about crimes committed by these people. We don't have much time. Learn why, then act to protect yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Product arrived on time and as advertised.
Good advice for male and female firearms users.
If you have a women in your life not sure about owning or keeping firearms, this book speaks to women with truth, fact and reality.
Bit old, bit....light-weight. Did learn some good stuff -- but there are newer better books out there now.Published 19 months ago by Elenor
For those just discovering Paxton, this is great. For people who read her first book, this is nothing new. It is a good read, but repeats so much from her first one. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Earl Cadle
I got this book for my niece, so she could get familiar with guns and ways to protect herself from the two-legged sick animals out there. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Rick
Satisfied with the book itself and arrival time and condition..She says what a lot of people don't realize about keeping yourself safe. A good read especially for women.Published on November 14, 2013 by j2ponies
I chose this book because I was so impressed by Paxton Quigley, who I had the pleasure of meeting when she was in Chicago to speak with the Illinois Libertarians. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Andrew
Both my husband and I are impressed by Paxton Quigley's background and by the information she shares that helps women be empowered when the culture we live in has worked so hard... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Pat B.
This book gets right to the point. If you want inside thinking, this is the book for you. Do not miss this read.Published on January 3, 2013 by Shari J Wells