25 October 2012
Reader Response Essay
“A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun”
In the essay “A Peaceful Woman Explains Why She Carries a Gun”, Hasselstrom talks about the events that led her to carry a gun for protection. The author starts off by giving the reader a brief background of her lifestyle. She is a freelance writer that lives by herself in a secluded area in South Dakota and does a lot of traveling. Considers herself as a peace-loving person and followed all the precautions of traveling alone as a woman; nevertheless, Hasselstrom experienced events over the lasts 10 years that changed her mindset of carrying a gun. She relives certain events that put her in a position of inequality toward the opposite sex. A woman who travels alone is advised, usually by men, to protect herself by avoiding bars and other “dangerous situations,” by approaching her car like an Indian scout, by locking doors and windows. (Hasselstrom 355) By being a cautionary person and a trained martial arts artist didn’t prove valuable when faced against an ill willed men. I agree with Hasselstrom decision on carrying a licensed gun because no matter how cautious women try to be in most situations they can’t predict what men will do or say. Hasselstrom lived her life by being a peaceful and cautious person to ward of any danger; nonetheless, she experienced situations in the past years that caused learn martial arts, get a gun, and made her aware that men and women are not equal on a physical level.
She learned martial arts. Hasselstrom didn’t like the vulnerability she felt when she was at home. Everything that would have seemed minor to most was a big ordeal to her. One night she came home to tire tracks in her yard plus her lights were on and she was spooked to remember if she left them on or not. My first step was to take a kung fu class, which teaches evasive or protective action when someone enters your space without...