Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Illinois State Police : Because You Suck, and They Hate You.

With apologies to Larry Correia, seriously, folks, who could make this stuff up?

I was reading some commentary on IGOLD on the excellent IllinoisCarry Forum when someone linked to a letter from last year, which mentioned the Illinois State Police and their famous advice to women to use combs, keys, vomit, but NEVER anything as nasty as a gun to defend themselves when "confronted with sexual assault." Wait, I thought to myself, was that really a year ago?

Well, it was--but that's not the weird part. The weird part is that the ISP has not changed that page at all. Not one word.

Before you fight

Fighting for your safety may be necessary. However, if you start out fighting you cancel any other options that might be open to you. Since many attacks on women are not sexually motivated, and are designed to degrade and humiliate, talking your way out of it may be easier.

* There is documentation of assailants that left a would-be-victim alone after she told him that she was pregnant and it would kill her baby. (Some case were women that were too old to even have a baby.)
* Telling an attacker that you have VD or AIDS can discourage him.
* It may sound disgusting, but putting your fingers into you throat and making yourself vomit usually gets results. (This method is not often used except as a last resort.)
* Use your imagination and you can think of others.

The above methods are particularly important if your assailant has a gun or knife, or there is more than one attacker. (Fighting would probably be futile.)

Oh, yes, I can see how it would be really important to tell the guy you have AIDS and then puke on him. That will quell his sexual desire and not make him angry. Of course, the ISP says sexual assault is often not sexually motivated. But they do say such attacks are designed to humiliate women, so humiliating themselves pre-emptively should totally work except when it doesn't.

Articles common to your handbag that make useful defense weapons.

* nail file
* rat tail comb
* teasing brush
* pens and pencils
* keys
* anything rigid

Don't get me wrong. I can f%#& you up with a nail file or an ink pen if that's what it takes to survive. But if you're a hundred pounds lighter and on the defensive, your odds of pulling off pen-fu just dropped precipitously. Either way, if you have the option of carrying a real weapon and you choose to hope your comb will work in a pinch, I accuse you of wishful thinking.
If you lobby against the right of a woman to carry a handgun, and then tell her that her comb is really a better way to fight off a rapist, I accuse you of cowardly collaboration in whatever happens to any woman dumb enough to take your advice. Thanks for nothing, Illinois State Police.

(I wrote to the ISP and called them when this page first came to light. They didn't answer either communication. But just in case, here's the phone number for the Public Information Office: (217)782-6637)


Anonymous said...

Interesting. Too bad they'd have a large-caliber hole in them if they touched me-degrading or not. I'm gonna spam them. Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

In case you forgot, carrying a handgun is illegal in the state of Illinois; therefore, the Illinois State Police PROBABLY should not suggest that people carry them. If you want to make a change, contact your lawmakers. The Illinois State Police don't make the rules, they enforce them.

Don Gwinn said...

That is absolutely true as far as it goes. There are two reasons why I castigate them anyway.

First, the Illinois State Police DO have a huge amount of influence on the state legislature--and they constantly use their influence to lobby against concealed carry and, for that matter, all gun rights in general. I'm not talking about individual troopers here, I'm talking about the organization itself--the leadership and the public lobbying they do as an organization.

Second, they don't say anything about using firearms where they're legal but being limited to other choices when you're out and about because of Illinois carry laws. They simply state that guns are no good.
Did you see any mention of pepper spray at that link? It's perfectly legal to carry in Illinois as long as you're 18 years of age, and it works a lot better than a ridiculous lie and a set of keys.
How about actual training in how to fight? Nope. Just go in with no training, grab a nail file and hope you'll rise to the occasion when the time comes to defeat a bigger, stronger opponent in a fight to the death.

So, you see, I understand your point, but the ISP doesn't get off that easily.