Every day, when I read the news, there are stories about young women disappearing. Or, having disappeared 20 or 30 years ago, being found buried in some field. It almost never seems to happen to men. Even in our rural county, we have had women who were out jogging on the back roads simply disappear into thin air. Some years back, a young lady walking on one of our state park trails was kidnapped and murdered by a psychopath. That was so horrific the state changed the law against carrying in state parks. She'd had a concealed carry permit, but being a good citizen she obeyed the law and left her gun at home. The guy who killed her, being a psychopath, did not obey the law .
I have a wife and daughter. My wife works away from the home county and my daughter lives up North. They both had concealed carry permits, but let them lapse. My wife teaches, so she couldn't carry her gun in her car. My daughter moved to a state where it was difficult if not impossible to get a concealed carry permit.
I bought them the best mace units I could find. I got them cell phones with GPS locators. Still, I worry. Especially about my daughter. She is a hostess at a restaurant and works nights. She is also very independent, and very pretty. I always nag her about parking close to the doors at work, because she works late some nights. When the manager wanted her to park around back in a poorly lit employee parking lot, I called the guy and we had a frank and open exchange of views. He had a daughter so he eventually agreed she could park out front. I made her promise me that when she got off work, if it was late she would get one of the men to walk her out. They don't mind. I also give her the big "situational awareness" spiel periodically. Don't walk to your car talking on a cell phone. Keep your head swiveling between the door and your car , no matter what time of day or where you are. Never let some guy you don't know get close to you. Never go near a car that pulls up near you, if they need directions they can ask a cop. When in doubt, scream and run. Yell "rape!" That should bring some help, there have to be a few men in the crowd of sheeple.
I taught my wife and my daughter firearms use, but that's of little help if you don't have a gun. I hauled my daughter to Karate lessons, 72 miles round trip, two days a week, for ten years. But the girl who was killed up on the trail had a black belt in karate. The guy who killed her had a gun. I don't take so much comfort in the karate thing anymore.
It really bothers me that some mincing pimp of a politician puts my wife and daughter at risk because the egotistical "we know how you should live" SOB makes laws that prevent my family from carrying a weapon to protect themselves. I do what I can, but I guess I will worry about my wife and my daughter until I die. And maybe after.