This article in the local paper outlines just ONE of the problems.
Our crime rate is ridiculous. I felt safer walking down the street at 2am in Queens, NY than I do walking across my campus in the evening. I've been harassed so many times by thugs in this city that it's become a game of tug-of-war with myself to get out and actually do anything. Beale Street? Hah. Only if I'm with a group that includes at least one guy. Midtown? Same thing. Even certain parts of Collierville and Germantown are pretty scary after dark. They only come out at night, y'all. The days are much too bright.
For those of you who didn't read that article, or don't feel like reading it, let me outline something for you: 11 rapes in Memphis over Mother's Day weekend. Memphis is a pretty large area, but compared to someplace like Atlanta, it's small. While 11 rapes in a larger city would be considered a good day, in a place like Memphis, IN TWO DAYS' TIME, 11 rapes is horrendous.
I'm very much looking forward to my gun purchase now.
Speaking of which, I don't know if I've asked anyone here: How do you guys feel about a Ruger SP101 .357? That's the gun I've got my eye on. I'm going to shoot it first to get a feel for it (yay, gun range!), but I like the size and the heft, and I want something that's not just going to make someone pissy if I shoot them with it...I want it to get results. I have larger hands, but a weak right shoulder (nerve damage), so I need something that doesn't have TOO much kick, but that I can hang onto easily. Suggestions are welcome.