Welcome to the Bug-in With Romance Blog Hop and everything you need to know about self-defense. Okay that may be a bit of an exaggeration but I do know a thing or two that may help. I write vampire/werewolf fantasy but I also write the Bad Luck Detective Blog chronicling my mid-life adventures as a police officer.
I’m female, 5’3”, not giving my weight, and 51-years-old. Though I now own several guns, including a shotgun and rifle, before becoming an officer at the age of 45, I had never owned a gun in my life. I honestly believe anyone can learn to shoot and be comfortable handling guns. With that said, I’ll admit the truth; I still dislike them intensely.
If you have your firearms primed and ready for the End Of The World As We Know It, then this blog post will probably not help you. I have strong faith in your ability to defend yourself, family, and friends; your hours of target shooting, and your resolve to take a human life if this is the only course of action left to you. It also makes you good to have around if the shit hits the fan. But, what about everyone else? This post is for you.
There are many items that can be turned into weapons at a time of need but the best defense you have is surprise. Women make a key mistake when attacked; we fight to get away. Your perspective needs to change and you must start thinking this new philosophy now.
*Fight to kill – you have about 5-seconds to do serious damage before the surprise wears off. Go for the nose, Adam’s apple, knee, and ankle joints. It’s natural for men to protect their balls and unless it’s a wide open target, it’s best to go for what they least expect. Your head, fist, knee, and elbow can cause serious damage.
Women are smaller and we carry less muscle mass then men but we have better instincts when it comes to sensing danger.
*Be aware of your surroundings at all times – travel in pairs whenever possible. Make sure you have a whistle in your bug-in pack but carry it on a chain that can be easily broken. You don’t want anything around your neck that can be used to choke you. Screaming and using your vocal cords to attract attention for possible help are a must.
Start building scenarios in your mind now. Cops do it all the time.
*Be prepared – I pull up to the ATM late at night and immediately start thinking about what I would do in different situations. An old-timer cop taught me this and I still use the practice technique today. It will help keep you from freezing up if the shit does hit the fan.
Yes, knives, bats, and even metal pipes make good weapons but we have weaker upper body strength and these items can easily be taken away. Keep this in mind and be prepared to strike hard and fast.
*Frying pan – As women we can wield this one to perfection and it does make a good weapon but so do many items around you. Think outside the box but start thinking in advance; your life could depend on it.
Could this be the Zombie apocalypse?
*Big hunky male – Yep, this is a must, just in case. If he’s a vampire or werewolf so much the better
I’m giving away one paperback copy each of The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker and Bad Luck Cadet and Officer by Suzie Ivy. Gavin’s book is a must have for all women. My first police chief recommended it, and my copy suffers from tattered page syndrome. Bad Luck is the first two stories combined in one paperback edition of my true-life humorous adventures. Please leave a comment as simple as “Count me in” and you’ll be included in the drawing.
The Bug-in With Romance Blog Hop continues tomorrow (11/30/2012) with Anna Kathryn Lanier — Cooking with canned/dried food