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Armed and Female by Paxton Quigley

I just finished reading Paxton Quigley’s Armed and Female. It is a well-written, easy to read book, written by a woman for women about firearm usage, safety, and training. I learned a great deal from this informative book and I would highly recommend it to other women who may be thinking of obtaining a firearm for self and family protection (even for women whose husbands already have firearms in the home but have never handled them), and for women interested in target shooting.

In this age where gun safety is correctly emphasized for the initiate, you will learn the rules of self-defense as well as safety from both a legal and philosophic perspective. I think this is a must-read book for all women who have made the decision to take responsibility for self and family protection with a firearm. The reality is that the police cannot be everywhere at all times to protect everyone, particularly women, the elderly, and the disabled—all of whom are viewed as easy targets by criminal predators. Contrary to conventional wisdom the police do not have a duty to protect an individual citizen, but only respond once a criminal act has been committed. Police protection, legally, is only owed to the community as a whole, but not to single individuals. The book is an eye opener and I highly recommend it.

Helen E. Faria
Managing Editor, Medical Sentinel

This book review was originally published on on May 1, 2000.

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