Trends in Self Defense, Part 1 – Guns as a Force Equalizer

November 30 2011
by Dan Cannon
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After reading over 275 self defense stories over the last two and a half months there are several trends that I am noticing.

I didn’t do any formal research on this. There is no scientific method to it. Just a guy reading news stories and noticing some things.

I’m going to break this up into a series of articles highlighting 1 trend per article.

1. Guns are an amazing force equalizer.

What does this mean? It means that guns are an amazing tool that allows a 5′ tall, 90lb person to respond with the force needed to fight off multiple 6′ 3″, 250lb men.

I run across numerous stories of the elderly, petite women, and children using firearms to fight off groups of grown men. Without guns would they have even had a chance? Would a child be able to wield pepper spray or a stun gun with the same ease as a firearm and get the same results?


The following stories represent people who may not have been able to defend themselves without a firearms due to age, the physical size/strength of their attackers, or physical disabilities.

Many people who want to ban guns or significantly limit their availability like to say that if a gun ban saves just 1 life isn’t it worth it? Well, what about these people? If guns were the only thing keeping these people safe don’t we owe it to them to make sure they have access to the means to defend themselves?

Dan Cannon

Dan Cannon

Founder & Editor at
Dan has combined his love of gun rights and technology to create one of the most read websites dedicated to Second Amendment news. Dan's writing has been featured on The Daily Caller and AmmoLand. When he's not writing, Dan enjoys saltwater kayaking, SEC football and putting way too much money into his custom 10/22.

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