January 24, 2013

Vol. 7   No. 1

Don't teach women "Guy Fighting, Lite."

Who is Col. Jeannie Flynn Leavitt?

Col. Leavitt, 46, is a decorated pilot, who has logged more than 2,700 hours, 300 in combat over Iraq and Afghanistan, dropping bombs on enemy targets and avoiding enemy fire (ABC News - Oct. 10, 2012).

Combat threats to Col, Leavitt were just as real as the threats to her wingman.  I think it's safe to assume that the enemy did not consider Col. Leavitt's gender, when trying to kill her.  For that reason, I'm sure she did not train for less of a fight than did her male counterparts.

Why then do some shooting instructors insist that gender based classes should be the norm for women?  Why do they feel that women need less training to protect themselves in the Wal-Mart parking lot (apologies to Wal-Mart)?  The motivation for gender based training matters less than the realization of the fact that such training is often inadequate.

I'll grant that gender enters into the equation, but only at the level at which the bad guy selects his victim.  A 2009 report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that of 652,660 violent crimes analyzed, more than 551,500 had been committed against women.

If she is to have a chance of winning a fight, how violently a woman fights, and her ability to employ effective fighting techniques must measure up to, or exceed, the level of methods utilized by her male counterpart.  Training should prepare women to fight at a 100% level.  Women should learn to fight at a level that ensures a win - nothing less.  No part of a  woman's training should receive less emphasis because of her gender.

And, what about equipment?  I can't count the times I've heard the Kimber toting husband at the range tell me all about the "... neat, new .32 caliber 'pocket-rocket' that I just bought my wife."  I guess, if we can accept less than effective training, it's not a big leap to think women don't need real guns either.

I'll bet Col, Leavitt's F15 Strike Eagle was fully equipped.

One Rule:  WIN

How do you win?  Train like your life depends on it; it might.

Practice, Practice, Practice


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