On October 21, just after midnight, Jackie Alexander, a registered nurse from Johnson County, Indiana, took her dog outside to use the bathroom one last time before heading to bed. While Jackie stood on her porch, a man approached the front yard. She said "excuse me," and then told him to "stop." He didn't.
As Jackie tried to close the door, the man allegedly broke through, and made his way into the house. Despite the nurse putting up a fight, the man was able to force her into a bedroom, where he attempted to tear off her clothes--but Jackie wasn't going down without a fight:
He's in my space. It was clear that he had intent...I don't know if his intent was money or rape or murder. I just knew that he had very bad intentions, and I was scared...I could not imagine laying there and letting this man control me...I kicked the hell out of him...I pulled my leg back, and I kicked him dead in his chest as hard as I could.
After kicking the man, Jackie was able to grab a nearby gun, take aim, and fire two shots. She missed, but it was enough for the man to flee the scene. She stated, "If I didn't have a gun, there was nothing but me underneath him, struggling to keep him from causing harm."
This is just one more story in which a woman was able to defend herself from someone much stronger than she was by using a firearm.
For many women, guns are the great equalizer. Despite the Left's scare tactics regarding firearms, the fact remains that Defensive Gun Use (DGU) numbers are high. According to an intensive 1993 study by Dr. Gary Kleck of Florida State University, there are approximately 2.1 to 2.5 million DGUs a year.
Despite claims to the contrary, the methodology of the study was exacting.
On the flip-side, the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), frequently cited by Democrats, puts the number of annual DGUs at 67,740.
A study published by The National Academies Press notes the differences in opinion, but places more weight on the higher figures:
"Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed (Cook and Ludwig, 1996; Kleck, 2001a). Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million (Kleck, 2001a), in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008 (BJS, 2010). On the other hand, some scholars point to a radically lower estimate of only 108,000 annual defensive uses based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (Cook et al., 1997)."
Regardless of the exact number of DGUs, it's established fact that firearms have saved the lives of many people. Women, who, barring rare aberrations, are physically weaker than men, are most reliant on firearms to level the playing field in cases of violent physical attack.
The Cato Institute published a study titled "Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens." Part of the study profiled 25 cases in which women effectively used firearms to prevent rape, sexual assault, or hold their rapist until police arrived. The study also noted the backward way in which some law enforcement agencies have suggested women handle such situations. Instead of using a gun, they say, a woman should claim she has AIDS, induce vomiting, forcibly urinate or defecate, use a nail file, rape whistle, or mace.
This line of thinking is common among Leftist anti-gun activists.
During a debate about concealed carry on college campuses in 2013, Colorado State Rep. Joe Salazar (D) made the following statement against firearms for women:
"It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles...Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop…pop a round at somebody."
In case after case, there's a prevailing sense among many Democrats that women simply can't be trusted with firearms, that they should use other--often inferior and demeaning--defense methods to protect themselves from rape or assault. They'll deny this, of course.
However, reality persists; men are stronger than women, and during instances in which women are physically attacked by men, a gun is often the only chance a woman has to prevent rape, severe injury, or death.
Jackie Alexander knows this first hand.