RT: News : Young hero died protecting sister from molester This goes to underscore my points both about youth being capable of the most immense acts of heroism, and the necessity of training youth in physical self-defense techniques. Had the stab wound been a better placed one to a jugular vein or carotid artery, Tabakov would be alive and the would-be rapist would be six feet under. As I've mentioned previously, it is illustrative to consider the example of the Yequana indigenous people of Venezuela. This is what Jean Liedloff had to say about the weapon mastery of young children in this indigenous society in her book, The Continuum Concept. "The boys, from the age of about 18 months, practiced archery with sharp arrows, some enthusiasts carrying their bow and arrows about most of their waking hours, Shooting was not confined to designated places, nor were any 'safety rules' in effect. In my two and a half years there, I saw only one arrow wound." The common belief that youth are incapable of responsible weapon handling and self-defense is especially false for adolescents and even for young children. When I was a Cub Scout at the range, I could have turned and fired my .22 at one of the other Scouts or the rangemaster. But why would I do something so inexplicable and absurd? If anything, it's stories like this that indicate the critical importance of instructing youth in self-defense techniques, including weapons training.