In Louisiana, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s department, “which has an overwhelming number of applications from women wanting to take the self-defense courses being offered without charge, announced there will be other classes in the fall,” The Advocate reported.
These new fall offerings were in addition to the four courses the St. Tammany parish department held in July in Covington, and another four in Slidell.
Demand for female self-defense instruction in Louisiana is not limited to St. Tammany Parish, which lies just northeast of New Orleans. The Baton Rouge Police Department offers the “Equalizer Women’s Self-Defense” class, specifically designed for women.
“The course covers facts about violence against women, reducing the risk of becoming a victim, defenses striking, common grab defenses, head-lock defenses, bear hug defenses, along with striking and knife defenses,” WBRZ.com reported earlier this year.
This move toward female self-defense in Louisiana also includes concealed carry. John Lott, of the Crime Prevention Research Center, published new data recently that revealed a “general upward trend in the percentage of people with permits to carry a concealed firearm are women in seven states— including Arizona, Florida, Indiana and Louisiana,” Fox News reported.
Lott’s findings were presented in a report, “The changing gender and Race of Permit Holders.” It says that in 14 states that have issued approximately 4 million concealed carry permits among them, Lott found that women now represent about 36 percent of all those with carry permits, indicating a clear upward trend. In Louisiana specifically, women held 18.3-percent of the carry permits in 2008. By 2016, that had risen to an impressive 24.1 percent.
Lott also reported that eight states saw a 326 percent faster increase in permits among women permit holders than among men from 2012 to 2016.
And, contrary to what the mainstream media often tries to portray, “Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at one-sixth of the rate at which police officers are convicted,” according to the report.
Obviously, women in Louisiana and many other states are not going to allow themselves to be victimized by violence, and are taking the appropriate steps to make themselves as prepared as possible for worst-case scenarios. And that’s a great thing!
—By Brian McCombie, U.S. Law Shield Contributor