Conditioned Victim? Your Choice by Richard Wesson

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Richard Wesson
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Conditioned Victim? Your Choice

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Having waded through a plethora of manuals and articles by self-professed security experts, many of them spouting utter rubbish, it will be with relief and appreciation that you'll read and then reread, the excellent offering by Richard Wesson and Martin Hedington on practical ways in which ordinary law abiding citizens can protect themselves in our violent crime ridden society.

The book “Conditioned Victim? Your Choice! “ is published by CCI (Community Driven Crime Prevention Initiative) and is a laudable fundraiser for projects aimed at protecting individuals and communities from the crime wave that threatens to swamp us.

Although not specifically written for rural protection it is as vitally relevant to the isolated farmer as it is to the urban flat dweller. The very valid principles espoused in the book are based on the “ADD” Concept – “Avoid- Discourage - Defend”, with avoidance of trouble taking pride of place, as well it should.

A number of features distinguish this book from the myriad offerings of the genre. Firstly, it is written by a scientist from a scientific perspective and it therefore largely avoids the pitfalls of emotionalism. Whilst reading scientific papers can be as exciting as watching paint dry or grass grow, in this case the author has managed, -through close collaboration with his co-author Martin Hedington- by the use of down to earth homespun wisdom, wit and a generous dose of Pragmatism, to produce a highly useful and very readable manual of self-preservation.

Secondly it does not glorify it’s author as some gung-ho special forces type who would have us spend sixteen hours a day preparing for Armageddon but instead portrays the reader as an average Joe or Jane who refuses to submit to the tyranny of crime.

Thirdly it reinforces the reality that self-defence, including the legal use of firearms, is an inalienable right and one that should be exercised if Avoidance and Discouragement fail you. A delightful word that has been coined for use in this book is that of “protectist” whom the authors describe as a person who refuses to be a victim and is more prepared and equipped to protect themselves and their family.

This book had always deserved a wider audience and the publisher agreed to make it available online in eBook format to ensure that a potentially life-saving tool finds a place on the various reading devices available worldwide.

A great effort and a worthwhile cause. Contact CCI at [email protected] Buy one for yourself, buy one for your wife and then buy a few others for friends and neighbours that you would like to continue growing older with you. Be prepared.

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