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Dr. Bruce Eimer's Girl Security | Expert Commentary on Personal Defense Solutions for Women

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground“A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked (3) in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. declared in Brown v. United States on May 16th, 1921 in a case that upheld the “no duty to retreat” maxim that “detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of an uplifted knife.” In this spirit, in recent years, a growing number of states have passed so-called Castle Doctrine laws protecting a home owner’s right to use deadly force in self defense, without mandating a duty to attempt to retreat first, when the home owner’s life is being imminently threatened by an intruder or home invader. Read more »

A Clear View Of Your Defensive And Security Needs

Do you have a clear view of your defensive and security needs? Your personal safety depends on it. If you are too paranoid, you may become overly focused on perceived threats to the exclusion of all else. If you are not paranoid enough, you may walk into an ambush. The world is a dangerous place, and you don’t want to become some scum bag’s lunch, but you do want to be able to enjoy your own lunch. What is the solution?

The solution is to develop a realistic and clear view of your defensive and security needs. Begin by becoming intimately familiar with your surroundings and the environment within which you travel. Don’t permit yourself to develop “gun muscles” or “armed courage.” This is a false and misleading view of things. Carrying a concealed handgun is no reason to venture into areas that you wouldn’t venture into if you were not armed. The first rule of thumb in your personal security hierarchy is to avoid trouble. Carrying concealed weapons does not make you a police officer or a femme fatale! Read more »

Six Defensive, Emergency Rescue Tools That Could Save Your Live

Spare keys, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, electronic security systems, flood lights, cellular phones, first aid kits, flashlights, safety matches, butane lighters, candles, knives, hammers, and axes are emergency rescue equipment. All these tools go together as part of an emergency rescue system, and no well equipped home should be without any of them. Defensive firearms are also emergency rescue equipment. However, many folks who choose to own a defensive firearm do not realize the necessity of coupling it with other essential defensive tools as part of their defensive, emergency rescue system. Read more »

Individualized Handgun Training Makes A Difference

Individualized Handgun TrainingWhen I teach concealed carry permit classes, I seldom fail to be surprised by the numbers of students who demonstrate inadequate, faulty, and even dangerous gun handling skills. People with varying levels of firearms experience register for our classes. We instruct people who have never touched a firearm before as well as people who have been around guns since childhood and who have been shooting for years. Students run the gamut from those who do not even own a firearm to those who own numerous firearms. Many of our students have never taken a handgun safety class, while others have taken defensive handgun courses taught by big name instructors at big name schools. Read more »

Less Lethal Options

Have a plan, old man. Follow through on that plan if attacked.

less lethal optionsAs we all know, the elderly are considered easy prey by violent criminal predators. This is because typically in a fight there will be a notable disparity of force between a younger, stronger person and an older, weaker one. So, if an elderly and physically challenged person is attacked by a younger, stronger person and the older person believes they are in imminent deadly peril, this disparity of force may justify them deploying a deadly weapon-such as a handgun-in self-defense. Read more »

Entering and Exiting Your Motor Vehicle Safely Everyday

“It is better, by noble boldness, to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to sit in cowardly inaction, for fear of what audacity might bring forth.”
– Herodotus

Be aware of your surroundings. One of the places where we need to be especially aware of our surroundings is whenever we are entering and exiting our motor vehicle. In Florida, at least, where there are a lot of senior citizens, crime around vehicles and in parking lots is rampant. Vehicles can be like Venus Fly Traps. Don’t be a fly! Be prepared. Every day, senior citizens are attacked (i.e., “mugged”) as they go about their business of entering and exiting their motor vehicles in an unaware state of mind. Criminals are aware of, and take advantage of, this glut of scared and unaware elderly citizens. Opportunistic criminals lie in wait in parking lots, and stake out people’s driveways. This means that you need to think about the act of entering and exiting your vehicle as a potential danger situation. Don’t allow yourself to get car jacked; the results are not pretty. Carjack victims have a greater than one in two chance of ending up dead or missing! Read more »

Pocket Carry of Small Caliber Concealed Handguns

Pocket CarryConcealing a substantial handgun on your person is not easy. It requires forethought and commitment. While concealed means out of sight, if your piece prints through your clothing, it is not out of sight, but instead is a clue that you are carrying. You may not be breaking any laws when your firearm prints through your clothing, but you have just given up the element of surprise which is the reason to carry concealed. So, what do you do if it is difficult at best to effectively conceal a handgun on your hip or inside your waist band?

To carry or not to carry?
Not a question! One answer is to not carry. There are many folks who make this choice to avoid the hassle. However, for me and for many of you who are reading this piece, that is not a viable option. Carrying all the time, that is, always being armed makes the most sense and is the only answer. There has to be a better solution! Read more »

12 Concealed Carry Guns 12 Ounces Or Less

concealed carry handgunThe question is often asked, “what is the best handgun for concealed carry?” There are many valid answers to this question and they usually begin with, “well, it depends on a number of factors.” However, in my humble opinion, there is one universally valid answer, and that is, “it is the gun that you have on you when you need it.” With that said, the purpose of this brief article is to make you aware of twelve handguns that are so easy to carry, that there is no excuse to ever go unarmed–never ever. This list of handguns spans a range of calibers: .22 Long Rifle, .22 Magnum, .32 ACP, .380 ACP, .38 Special, and .357 Magnum, and includes revolvers (single action and double action) as well as double action semi-automatic pistols. They range in size from small to palm size, and they all come in under 12 ounces in empty weight. Thus, every one of the guns on this list is easy to carry in a jacket or pant pocket. In addition, every gun I have selected has proven ease of handling in reasonably trained hands, reliability, accuracy for the distance within which the gun is designed to be used, and ease of maintenance (i.e., field stripping and cleaning). There is a gun here for just about everyone. Read more »

Pepper Spray: A Non-Lethal Personal Defense Option That’s Nothing to Sneeze At

Pepper sprayPersonal defense is a lifestyle. If you haven’t thought about what you’re going to do when the bad guys come for you, you will most likely be going with them. So, now is the time to think about what you will do if you are selected to be part of someone else’s food chain. What skills and tools will you need? The answer is that it depends on the situation.

If all you have is a hammer, everything will look like a nail
If all you carry is a gun, then what will you do when less than lethal force is required to defend yourself? You cannot afford to think that, because you carry a gun, you don’t need to be prepared to respond with less than lethal force. Guns are weapons of last resort; as noted firearms trainer and writer, Massad Ayoob, points out, for the “gravest extremes”. The law requires that we respond to unjustified force with equal, or just a little more force. If someone just pushes you aggressively, in most situations, you are not justified in presenting a gun. Law abiding people reserve deadly force as their final option—when confronted with an unavoidable and imminent threat of death or grave bodily harm. Read more »

Defensive Handgun Training For The Non-Martial Artist

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
– The Second Amendment (ratified 1791)

Defensive handgun trainingThere is a famous old saying that brought up to date goes something like this: “God made man and woman, but Colonel Sam Colt made them equal.” In other words, a violent world without the legal individual ownership of firearms simply favors the physically big and strong over the physically small and weak. The right to keep and bear defensive firearms makes it possible for the small and weak to equalize the playing field. The purpose of this article is to discuss the implications of this well established fact in light of current training trends. Read more »