January is Self-Defense Awareness Month

From Tahlequah Daily Press but not the New York Times or any other mainstream media outlook I could find.  I wonder why?  Maybe it’s because:

Experts say for self-defense, nothing beats a gun

By Eddie Glenn Press Staff Writer

This is one, hopefully, no one will have to observe. But January is
(along with Quality of Life Month, Wealth Mentality Month, Be
On-Purpose Month, and Get Organized Month) Self-Defense Awareness Month.

The event is sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute to
promote their SAFE (Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization
Exchange) program. The program has a two-fold purpose: To prevent
crimes of sexual violence through programs of education and training,
focusing primarily on awareness and prevention; and to educate women
about realistic options that will help them avoid, escape, and survive
assaults if they do occur.

Lawrence is also a black belt in Okinawan Karate, Kempo, Jeet Kune Do,
Ju Ji Tsu, and Aiki Jitsu (that’s five black belts under his belt).
Still, when it comes to self-defense – especially for women – he
suggests a firearm, and the knowledge of how to use it, is the most
effective weapon.

“A woman is at an obvious size and strength
disadvantage, and for her to protect herself against a man – who may be
carrying a weapon himself – would take years of practicing any martial
art,” said Lawrence. “Someone who is strong and athletic can probably
study any martial arts technique and make it effective, but if you
don’t meet those criteria, you need to consider what the best equalizer
is going to be.”

Still, his advise for the most practical and effective self-defense:
“Get a concealed carry permit, and know how to shoot your gun.”