by Kathleen Fox
Ageism creates awareness of the need to defend oneself.
They become more aware that some age-related weakness, whether physical or mental, can make them more of a target for criminals.
Many seniors are choosing to protect themselves with pepper spray, tasers, baseball bats and, of course, firearms.
John Thomas, 85, a resident of Memphis for 60, years, says, "It's a wonderful feeling to know we have this weapon, but the last thing I ever want to do is to shoot someone."