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Be a Victim or Fight Back?

  • October 20th, 2006

Youngsters in a suburban Texan school district are being taught not to sit there like good boys and girls with their hands folded if a gunman invades the classroom, but to rush him and hit him with everything they’ve got – books, pencils, legs and arms.. …

      This  is a good story.  Women’s self defence classes have been teaching for decades that the best defence is to fight back and yell if you can’t run out of the situation.  Many opportunistic attackers are bullies/cowards and there is a chance the unexpected opposition will frighten them off.   Being prepared to use self defence empowers people in any situation, and they should be supported when they have to defend themselves. I think it would be great to teach children here what to do in a classroom invasion, and equally hope none in New Zealand ever have to use it.

In New Zealand, it is rural people who are in the most danger and must be supported when they have to defend themselves or their property.  If someone comes onto your land with evil intent and does not respond to a challenge to leave, they have made the choice to put themselves in jeopardy. They should be fair game.  Most farming people are sensible and will respond with the right amount of force.  They should have confidence the community, the police and the law are behind them.  Maybe then the criminals plaguing rural areas will get the message. 

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