Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Left's Answer to Domestic Violence: Candlelight Vigils

For those of you who are unaware, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). While I am all for raising awareness, there is virtually no mention of self-defense as having a part of this month mentioned in the MSM. (Perhaps the focus should not be awareness; perhaps the month should be rechristened "Domestic Violence Response Month.")

A typical piece on DVAM discusses activities like a candlelight vigil, a workshop luncheon, and a seminar on bullying. All of these are good things, but they don't really stop domestic violence at the point of injury.

I did find one article on DVAM that speaks of self-defense. It mentions that pepper spray will be available for purchase (at what seems to be a wildly inflated price!). Don't get me wrong. I am all in favor of pepper spray. The large canisters that shoot 10 ounces in one attack (as opposed to the small 10 once containers) are wonderful things. But the fact that there is only one article covering any kind of defense is troubling.

Seminars on restraining orders are fine. Workshops are wonderful. But women (and the few men) who are faced with domestic abuse really need to have some effective self-defense.

To be fair, I am certain that as October actually arrives, more articles will be published on the subject. I don't expect self-defense to become more prominent in the left's thinking.

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