Nothing changes a woman's mind faster than pure fear.
A few years ago, there was a conversation about guns at my workplace. Of course, everyone thought that guns are uncouth. I said that self-defense is basically impossible in Ontario. Carrying a handgun is illegal. Worse, tasers and pepper sprays are also banned. I asked the women, "How will you defend yourself when a bad guy breaks into your home?"
"Call the police!"
"Yeah, make sure you have some chalk ready for them."
"It'll be easier for them to draw an outline around your body."
A few weeks later, one of the women told me about her weekend. A guy in a hoodie was going around the neighborhood and checking cars and front doors. She called the police. Her mind started racing. "Is he a thief? Is he going to break into my home? Is he going to hurt my children? How can I ... defend my family!?"
In that moment, she understood.