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Stayin' Alive: Armed and Female in an Unsafe World Paperback – August 30, 2005
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In the Women's gun movement, Paxton Quigley is the great persuader. -- Morley Safer, 60 Minutes
Paxton Quigley - an expert on women on home intrusion and rape. -- Oprah Winfrey
Paxton Quigley directly addrsses an all-American concern. -- Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Coming from a liberal, mid-western, anti-gun background, Paxton Quigley made an about-face when her best friend was raped. She vowed not to let it happen to her. She bought a gun and became an expert on self-defense. Her first book Armed & Female was a best seller. She became a spokesperson for Smith & Wesson and a firearms instructor.
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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. There is even a chapter on "Sport Shooting and Hunting," which most women probably won't find interesting-despite feminist rhetoric about access to the "boys' tree house," guns and hunting are still regarded as a "guy thing." This may be the only exposure to hunting for many women-I recommend everyone get a hunting license even if they don't hunt because the hunter safety course by your state's wildlife management department will introduce you to gun safety, you'll learn about your state's wild animals, and you'll have a better idea of what is going on in "public lands." Plus, your license fee will care for public lands and the creatures living on them. You need not hunt simply because you got a license! I find it funny that so many know nothing about a subject, yet have their own "expert opinion" on it. Guns are not for everyone. Being informed about guns, even if you cannot or will not own any, is important for any adult who can vote. "Stayin' Alive" isn't the last word in gun knowledge, but you could do worse.
I am fairly knowledgeable about firearms-23 years in the military, two decades of security officer experience (with anti-terrorist work), and a library of gun books. I don't know everything about guns, so I keep adding to my library. "Stayin' Alive: Armed and Female in an Unsafe World" is a worthwhile addition to my library. Paxton Quigley taught me new things in her book. This book is more about WHY having a gun may be good than how to use a gun-and gives the reader a tool to find qualified instructors. It is finally sinking in that adults need to provide their own bottom-line security because nobody else will.
100 years ago it may have been the men's job to keep their 'womenfolk' safe but certainly no longer today. Today a woman has to prepare herself to encounter violent predators - mentally, physically and with hardware - because she will. It's not 'paranoia' if they are really after you - and they are. If you read only one book on the subject it should be this one.
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.
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Good advice for male and female firearms users.