January 15th, 2010 06:56 PM
Granddaughters' Self Defense "attitude" ....
My 13 yr old granddaughter has been pushing me alot more to move to shooting semi-autos (10/22) and a semi-auto pistol. I asked why, just to see what she said. Her answer, well.... if someone came into the house and were going to attack me, I want to be able to shoot more than once if I need to in order to stop them.
Did I ever say, I love that girl .... she does not have a victim mentality.
Before she ever shot, an example of her mentality ; A 5th grade boy, known by all to be the top bully of the school, picked on one her friends when she was in 2nd grade. She is a petite girl and he was 2 1/2 times her size.
I got stopped by the teacher when I picked her up from school that day , saying "we need to talk". Then the teacher proceeds to tell me (while laughing) that "we are just not sure what to do " . ..... then goes on to tell me that my granddaughter was so ticked by this guy pushing her friend around and bullying her, that she went over and gave him a talking to, threatened to beat his tail-end, and the 5th grade bully was so scared , he went to the teachers and wanted protection. The teacher said, this boy is totally afraid of her now.
The teacher could not quit laughing. You have to understand the "size difference" between these two. They decided to punish the bully for the bullying, and to warn my granddaughter to not pick on him anymore.
My real point, they learn NOT to be a victim at an early age, dont' wait to teach them. Secondly, self-defense rarely has anything to do with size, and everything to do with attitude.
January 15th, 2010 07:25 PM
Good for her!
And good for you too!
Looks like you brought yours up to bring their up right!
January 15th, 2010 07:42 PM
Love that story. Good for granddaughter. Good for the teachers.
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January 15th, 2010 07:50 PM
Your Granddaughter is rare kid, good on you, mom and dad.
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January 15th, 2010 08:03 PM
Great story!! Thanks for sharing.
January 15th, 2010 09:57 PM
Sounds like the school's staff have good heads on their shoulders. Had that been here your granddaughter probably would have been suspended and the bully would have been given in-school detention.
January 15th, 2010 10:02 PM
Your granddaughter is awesome! Clearly, she has parents who are raising her right...obviously because THEIR parents did the same! WTG on your entire family!
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January 16th, 2010 12:25 AM
Good for her!
January 16th, 2010 12:40 AM
Congratulations...that is great to hear. You definitely have a winner there sir!
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January 16th, 2010 01:07 AM
"My real point, they learn NOT to be a victim at an early age, dont' wait to teach them. Secondly, self-defense rarely has anything to do with size, and everything to do with attitude"
isn't that the truth....!
January 16th, 2010 04:28 AM
I would love to have been a fly on the wall when she braced the bully. Good for her and good for you as a role model.
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January 16th, 2010 04:30 AM
It's that simple. Good to see, in a kid. She's obviously using that big lump on her shoulders. Kudos!
Originally Posted by Eagleks
Attitude and mindset. Obviously her experience with the schoolyard bully showed how powerful it can be. It often won't be sufficient, but it is a critical element.
Had a similar experience myself, in 6th grade and then again in 7th. Wouldn't stand for a friend being pounded, so I compelled the attacker to go elsewhere. And in the 7th grade I wouldn't stand for a friend to attack me, so I turned his aggressions back on him and showed him what the meaning of defending against attack really meant. In neither case did either bully come anywhere near me or anyone else the remainder of those years.
Most DO indeed learn from their environment, and learn it too well. Just listen to the humming of the message all around us, spread daily by the media and "entertainment" messages in the culture. Everyone and everything around promotes one basic message: to be a victim, think like a victim, to NOT lift a finger if threatened since this will only aggravate the situation, and to not even think of defending since fighting is baaaaaad.
My real point, they learn NOT to be a victim at an early age, dont' wait to teach them.
Reality is, failure to defend gets you hurt in the short run, and it simply spurns the attacker to worse things later. It most certainly does not help the victim not be one.
Which begs the simple question: what's the goal, here? Is it to avoid being a victim, or not? If so, then there really are precious few steps to take. But they must be taken, else you're not going to have much chance.
Secondly, self-defense rarely has anything to do with size, and everything to do with attitude.
Mindset can play a large part in one's ability to withstand attack and turn it on the attacker.
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January 16th, 2010 02:08 PM
Originally Posted by Xader
What he said^^^^^^^
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January 16th, 2010 09:24 PM
Good deal! Learning to shoot should be a rite of passage for all people.
January 17th, 2010 01:08 AM
Your Granddaughter has a great attitude and you should be very proud of her.
Now, get her shooting semi autos and train her up!
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