I have been convinced that in the event of an attack (unsure of how likely or unlikely this is, but am willing to admit it happens TOO DAMN OFTEN) a woman is probably better off defending herself with a pointy object (read weapon).
Guns are bad, but luckily not readily available anyway.
Sorry if I caused offence, I really didn't mean to.
Thankyou to helen_katerina for a reasoned argument in favour of weaponry.
Here's hoping that our politicians one day take real steps towards dealing with the problem of violence toward women.