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10 Self Defense Weapons You Can Carry in Your Purse

by Scotsman Shield
Self Defense Weapons for Your Purse

35% of women in the world have experienced violence in their lifetime. 16% of women fear for their lives because they believed they would be a victim of violence by a close relative or friend.

While violence against women has many facets, one thing that is key is educating and arming women with self-defense weapons so they can defend themselves should the possibility of violence arise.

But what are the best self defense weapons for women? We've compiled a list of 10 best self-defense weapons to carry so you can feel calm and confident should you be met with violence.

7 Reasons Why It Is Important to Teach Self Defense for Kids

by Scotsman Shield
Self Defense for Children

When it comes to our children, we as parents are very protective. We want to keep them safe from every danger!

The reality is that there are times when they are alone out there and we have to trust their ability to take care of themselves.

Knowing how to protect oneself is not exclusively an adult activity. It is actually a useful skill for the growing child. Learning self-defense for kids helps them know how to take life on fearlessly on a number of levels.

When most people think of self-defense, they think of hitting back.

On the contrary, a large part of self-defense has nothing to do with hitting or striking another person. It is being aware of your surroundings.

It is carrying yourself with an air of confidence so attackers won't even bother. It is listening to your gut and leaving before a problem arises. It is using an assertive voice once there is a problem. And it is knowing when to get out of a situation.

Read on for seven reasons why all children should learn self-defense.

Digital Self Defense: Protect Yourself from Doxxing and Stalking

by Scotsman Shield
Protect Yourself from Doxxing and Stalking

While it remains a crime and a form of harassment that can lead to jail time, doxxing and cyberstalking are on the rise, especially motivated by politics. Doxxing someone because you disagree with their politics causes them to be open to being harassed and could hurt their family. It's a dirty trick that you need to prepare for if you think you're a potential victim.

Here are four ways to protect yourself online with some digital self-defense actions.

Freedom Thru Guns

by Scotsman Shield
Freedom Through Guns

For those who have not thoroughly thought through their innate hatred of guns, which is certainly based upon thoughtless nonsense, I offer the following for the purpose hopefully disposing of this erroneous thinking.

First of all, how can a piece of metal object be the basis for the blame of the Homo sapiens' violence?

Since the beginning of time man has enjoyed taking each other lives. Whatever object was available: a club, knife, sword or whatever was eagerly used. History is full of these sordid occurrences. I don’t believe historically any group of people singled out the foregoing objects, with blame. Who then was to blame?

Since these objects needed someone to act with them, as they could not act on their own accord, would it not be logical then that person or persons would be the culprit? Let’s argue that if you deprived those someone’s with these objects, do you think this would prevent their basic primordial desires to destroy life? If you do, you live in another world…not this one.

What Creeps in the Darkness: How to Stay Safe When Walking Alone at Night

by Scotsman Shield
How to Stay Safe When Walking Alone at Night

Even the streets we walk every day can feel unfamiliar and scary at night.

The shops are closed, the sidewalks are empty, and every shadow feels like a potential threat. As a result, late night walks can leave many of us feeling a little uneasy. In fact, 37 percent of Americans report not feeling safe when walking at night, which includes 45 percent of women and 27 percent of men.

But most of us have been in that situation many times. It could be a common occurrence for those of you who work unsociable hours. While for others it might have been unplanned, and due to missing the last bus or your car breaking down.

To make sure you're prepared for the next time you find yourself solo on a dark street, here's how to stay safe when walking alone at night.

To Snoop or Not to Snoop

by Scotsman Shield

To snoop or not to snoop? That is the question.

I remember the day the school district said they were going to put cameras in our classrooms and my fellow teachers became outraged at the invasion of privacy. I also remember turning to them and saying that I have trained every one of my student teachers with the notion that they will teach as if they are constantly being filmed because there should be nothing they do in our classrooms, you wouldn’t want the whole world to see.

Yes, we have security cameras!

Now fast forward to my home which has an array of cameras outside and inside. My husband probably likes them way too much but I love him and so I let him play with all his angles and security because it makes him happy and safe. We have a backyard camera, a front yard camera, a camera pointing in the alley, a camera in the grandkids room, and a camera inside the house pointing at the front door. Extreme I know, but I deal with it.

The Magic of Gold

by Scotsman Shield
Gold Standard

Since the beginning of time, mankind has had a love affair with gold and it’s cousin Silver. Ancient history shows it was worn as adornments, as it is today and throughout history as money. We used it in the United States as currency in our early history.

Not too many years ago, our Treasury issued gold and silver certificates, which looked similar to our federal reserve notes we use today, which are backed up by nothing, but back then you could take these gold and silver certificates and exchange them for the actual gold or silver relative to the denomination on the Treasury note.

The Mystery of Hat Pins

by Scotsman Shield
hat pins

Several generations ago the ladies wore hat pins in their hair, how this worked was always a mystery to me. These were long sharp like needles that hooked into something in their hair.

I was raised by a single Mother who was well educated and very beautiful. She had long auburn hair and a perfect complexion, naturally the male of the species always took notice. She was an outstanding businesswoman and rose to become the editor of a local newspaper and a syndicated writer.

I will get back to the hat pins later, but for now let me say that today's problems that ladies have with the ungentlemanly, probably have existed since the beginning of time with rare exception.

The Pee Pot

by Scotsman Shield
Chamber Pot

We are driving back from vacation and dealing with the 'dreaded traffic.' Of course, my definition of horrible traffic is vastly different than my husband’s.

If he gets to stay in the fast lane for more than five minutes without pressing on the brake and keeps his beloved cruise control intact, he is a happy camper. If I CAN read the license plates on the cars in front of me, and I have 60-year-old eyes, my personal space has been invaded, I quit singing, and I go into the 10 and 2 death-grip on the steering wheel.

I don’t really know when my fear of traffic began because I actually have vivid memories of loving to go for a drive. My radio would play a favorite song and I would instantly be one of the Mamas and the Papas. Think you know the era I come from now.

But somewhere, around the time of 'having babies' all that changed. I’m going to blame it on the Pee Pot.

Christmas With 4 Generations

by Scotsman Shield
Mountain Christmas

The family that ‘Plagues Together Stays Together,’ my son-in-law said as he shoved the last 31 Bag filled to the roof of the car and kissed me good-bye. I almost felt guilty until I remembered that it was his youngest twin daughter that was the carrier monkey whom infected us all on Christmas 2018.

You probably think it was a terrible Christmas as, one by one, we started sniffling and carrying around tissue boxes. A common shout of, “Cover your mouth!” was constant for five days to young and old. Speaking of old, the oldest generation in the group didn’t get the plague.

Why you ask? Well, maybe he, at 88, was too busy sitting back and enjoying the constant chaos four other generations caused the minute they enter the mountain retreat. Each family showed up in SUV’s stacked to the hilt with food, alcohol, presents, snow clothes, electronic devices and dogs.

Our Bill of Rights and Its Relationship to our Constitution

by Scotsman Shield
Bill of Rights

To the discerning person, our founding documents were clearly inspired by God who in turn conveyed these wonderful words to our founding fathers. Any doubt of divine providence in the creation of our Republic, historically flies in the face of man’s selfishness. No nation has ever come forth offering such absolute freedom to their people as these documents have provided.

8 Tips to Help You Travel Safe Overseas

by Scotsman Shield
Travel Safe

No matter where you travel, there are always risks. But rather than allow these risks, no matter how big or small, to deter you from traveling altogether, you can do your research so that you can be prepared.

Learning about the risks and taking the right precautions will allow you to have a safe, enjoyable trip, no matter where you are going.

We've put together this list of eight tips you can use to be prepared for the risks of travel so that you can travel safe and have a great experience overseas.

What Are the Best Self Defense Weapons to Carry While Traveling?

by Scotsman Shield
Self Defense Weapons for Traveling

A vacation is a time for fun and relaxation. But safety should never be too far from your thoughts. Especially if you're going someplace unfamiliar or a little dodgier than you're used to.

That's why it's always important to carry a self defense weapon. But when you're traveling, it can be tricky to know what you can and cannot bring with you.

To cut the confusion, let's look at the best self defense weapons to carry while traveling.

Do You Live in a Safe Neighborhood?

by Scotsman Shield
Safe Neighborhood

In 2016, the District of Columbia had the highest violent crime rate with about 1206 violent crimes per 100, 000 residents.

Alaska had the second-highest figure with around 804 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. Shocking, right?

But how can you know if your neighborhood is safe? Is it possible to find out the rate of violent crimes in your location?

Well, there are a ton of free crime-tracking tools that you can use to check neighborhood crime rates. The downside is that some of these tools and websites are junk.

In this piece, we'll look at the top 5 crime-tracking websites that can help you figure out if you're living in a safe neighborhood. Here they are:

Personal Safety Phone Apps: 3 Options to Download Now

by Scotsman Shield
Personal Safety Phone Apps

More than 95% of 18-29-year-olds have cell phones in the United States. This means that if you're ever in a scary situation, there's a high chance you'll have your phone on you.

While your phone is handy for keeping in touch with friends and family, it can also be crucial for your personal safety. Read on to learn how.


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