Gila then proceeds to the real world application of being prepared, including chapters about safety in the home, in the car, at school and at work. She also includes a chapter about rape prevention and survival. And yes, she does talk about guns. The selection and use of handguns, shotguns and rifles is thoroughly covered, again from the female perspective. If you don't understand how that is different from the male perspective, you will by the time you finish reading those chapters. Other chapters cover Tasers, non-lethal/less lethal tools and unarmed defensive tactics. Gila has so thoroughly covered the issues and concerns of women's safety in today's real world that I believe this book will become known as the definitive work on the subject. Massad Ayoob, in his Forward for the book, said: Read this book. Buy it for the ladies in your life, and urge them to read it too. It's not about guns so much as it is empowerment. I couldn't agree more.
And that brings me back to my original reason for presenting this in a column that is supposed to be about firearms and firearms training. When police officers, in a professional capacity at least, are asked about the important, yet sensitive and often controversial subject of citizen safety and firearms ownership, they are inclined to want a simple and safe answer. They want to avoid advocating anything that could be misinterpreted as encouraging the use of weapons when such use is not justified or introducing deadly weapons into a household where safety may be an issue. Unfortunately, nowadays an incomplete answer will not serve the public well and our job, above all, is to serve. Here is an answer that will certainly serve well: recommend this book. It is worth far more than its cover price of $21.99 and it is available at the link below or from the usual book dealers. Whether it is the women in your life or the women on your beat, encourage them to read what Gila Hayes has so masterfully presented.