Paxton Quigley, the New York City-based authority on women’s self-defense, will be speaking about the importance of women owning guns at the 25th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference taking place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel this weekend.
Why is it important for women to know how to shoot? Women unfortunately are victims, and we’re targeted because in many cases we don’t know how to fight well or we are unprepared to fight. A gun can be a great deterrent and a mighty ally for a woman.
What do you hope will come out of this conference? I hope activists in the gun-rights movement will start realizing that they need to focus more on women in their 20s or 30s because many of them don’t have a negative attitude toward guns, and want to learn how to shoot.
Your new book, “Armed and Female: Taking Control,” will be released in October. What is it about? It includes stories about women who have successfully used a handgun to defend themselves. I also talk about the ethics of defense, children and guns, which guns women should choose, and how to defend your home if someone breaks in.