In a just and sane world, Meredith Emerson would have been told from early girl-hood that she was expected to defend herself from unlawful force.But then we don't live in a just and sane world. We live in a world where the media parrots the propaganda of the Brady Bunch, and Girl Scouts won't let you mention guns anywhere near their fragile charges, and governments would rather a woman be raped and murdered than that she have access to firearms for her own defense.
In a just and sane world, Meredith Emerson would have been taught not to fear firearms, but to accept them as tools for her defence.
In a just and sane world, Meredith Emerson would have grown up in a culture that supported her right to self-defence and a culture that promoted such.
To be fair, she did defend herself, and disarmed her attacker, but she did not disable him and he was eventually able to subdue her.