Fiddletown - great post. I went to a criminology meeting where they had Oyster and Stange (wrote Gun Women) in a panel. A woman participant was appalled at gun defense. She taught martial arts and felt that even a weak woman could defend herself with piercing shrieks and hard slaps. Guns adopted a male paradigm of violence. Ms. magazine denounced SW for the new Ladysmith models when they came out.
In a sense, I understand their point. Violence is abhorrent and adopting the instrumentality of violence seems morally objectionable. It would be better to eliminate violence without more of it and training for it. Unfortunately, that isn't reality.