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Some good advice mixed with odd political opinions, 6. November 1999
Practically from birth, children are told to look for police when they are in danger. de Becker suggests that frightened kids in public places instead seek help from the nearest woman: women are naturally nurturing, protective and a lot easier to find than cops, he explains.
This nugget is typical of de Becker's advice, which though sometimes offbeat or unexpected, nevertheless makes sense.
Many examples illustrate situations when ignoring intuition or abandoning common sense can lead to disaster. Leaving curious teenage boys at home with unlocked guns ranks high on the list.
Despite the good advice the book has two shaky assumptions. The author states that "nearly 100 percent of sexual predators are heterosexuals". Who then is assaulting the 30% of child victims that are boys? Soccer moms? This conclusion appears to be biased to ignore reality.
The author presents a tilted view of defense using firearms. He finds no reason to use firearms to stop a violent intruder. Odd.