I have to agree with MaryJane, we should all know some way to defend ourselves and our kids. Us women aren’t as big and strong as a lot of guys either. I also believe that women have a stronger instinct to fight to the death for our kids. Guns are good defense when you have some distance, my dad gave me a large heavy flashlight when I went to college, and taught me how to use it. It wasn’t really for seeing in the dark. So, something is better than nothing at all. Knowing exits where you spend a lot of time is also a good idea. Whatever we can do to empower our kids and ourselves is always best.
We’re all really angry about all this non-sense violence going around. Our kids are going to school, not joining the mafia, they shouldn’t have these worries at all. I saw an exercise where school kids were trying different methods to deal with a lock-down. I think the best one was when the pretend attacker opened the door and they all started throwing things as a distraction… but there really is no good solution for the kids. We were all scared when Columbine happened. My school started locking the doors. Until that happened, we didn’t even realize how vulnerable we were all the time. This is how I grew up, as kids I think we all realized right then that the world wasn’t what we had been told it was. I still talk to my old classmates about this stuff now, and a whole lot of them are teachers! One of them works in a prison… I’m just glad that adults are starting to talk, but we need to do it on a local level first. The kids might have good ideas too, so we should listen to them as well. What works for one community isn’t likely to work in another.
Oh, and I just remembered a thing… when my son was younger, and he was upset about something, we would play the ‘I wish’ game… and you just go back and forth with wishes that you would want to happen and that always seemed to calm him down. Maybe that will calm your grand daughter too?