No, I don't actually own a Hello Kitty Glock. I *do* own a regular Glock .26, though. (Among many other firearms, but I keep the Glock for concealed carry purposes.)
I actually wouldn't ever keep a pink gun in the house with the kids. Even though we keep them well locked up, anything that looks that much like a toy is bound to be trouble somewhere down the road, and truthfully, the only real purpose of a personal firearm is to kill someone.
And don't get me started on the concept of self-defense. A gun may be the great equalizer, but it's not for self-defense. Not really. The moment you pull it out of the holster and aim it at someone, you have to be one hundred percent mentally prepared to fire it. And kill someone.Stories of guns being used against their owners are almost always because the owner hesitated. And no, you *don't* aim for the leg. You're lucky your brain is rational enough to aim for the chest, let along a skinny limb when your hands are shaking because the adrenaline has set in and you've got tunnel vision. Rule Number One? If you don't think you can actually kill someone with a gun, don't carry one.
Rule Number Two: Double Tap.
Not really. Just that guns in real life are very different than what you see in the movies. Recoil plays a very large factor (something you rarely see on TV. Notice how the actor's hands don't move up as they fire? That's crap. Your hands are going to jerk a bit, particularly if you're not used to firing it. It's going to screw up your aim. Anticipating the recoil is *also* going to screw up your aim.).
Rule Number Three: Know Your Gun
Semi-automatic vs revolver, for example. They work differently. So many people think it's just a simple equation of point and shoot, but there are so many factors involved, particularly when you're in a stressful situation. Does your gun have a safety? Will you remember to take it off in a moment of panic? Do you carry a round in the chamber? Will you remember to rack the slide if you don't? (In the case of pistols, anyway.) Can you change the magazine? What do you do if a round gets stuck in the chamber?
Guns can be heavy. Small fingers, particularly women's, may have a harder time with some firearms when it comes to loading bullets into a magazine. (The coils can be pretty stiff, particularly if it's new.) Larger guns can be harder to fire if your fingers are short, as well. What I'm getting at is to make sure the gun fits your hand.
And of course, Rule Number Four is safety. However you choose to enforce that in your home, make sure you keep your firearms out of the reach of children, above all else.
Clearly there is more to gun ownership than those four things, but that 's a pretty good start if you're new to the world of firearms. (But go do your research, please.)
I like this knife because it was specifically designed by a woman for women who don't know how to fight with knives. It's small enough to palm, it folds out with a simple press of my thumb over a nub. Even if I flail randomly at you with it, I'm going to probably cut you pretty bad. If you grab my wrist, the curved edge of the blade allows me to gouge you anyway.
<-- This was my kickboxing instructor by the way. :)
And thus endeth the lecture.