ALWAYS BE PREPARED

With the level of crime against persons and property in our society today, self-defense makes common sense. Not every person wants to use a firearm for self-defense, but, many do.

Obtaining a permit to carry a handgun concealed does not prepare you to survive a self-defense situation. So, what are the practical steps in training for use of a firearm in self-defense.

Your mindset is the first practical step in training for a self-defense situation. The technical skills of drawing from concealment, bringing your gun on target, exercising breathing control, correct trigger control, and handling recoil are critical. However, when confronted by a person with a gun, a knife, a baseball bat, or any other weapon, if you take even one second to overcome the natural tendency to think “This can’t be happening!” you could easily become the loser in that confrontation. The first practical step in training for self-defense is to develop the attitude to “Always be ready.”

The next step in developing a self-defense mindset is to fully and unequivocally decide you have the right to live. Why does it have to be unequivocal? Most of us don’t want to hurt anybody. But someone who confronts you with a weapon is fully prepared to hurt you even if it means you die. If you have any question about your right to live, your response in a self-defense situation could result in your injury or death. Any guilt you might feel about hurting someone, anyone, even in a self-defense situation could result in your injury or death because your guilt will probably cause hesitation.

The next step in developing a self-defense mindset is to decide that you will counter attack as soon as the perpetrator begins his attack. This is the same principle used in football, “The best defense is a good offense.” There are times when retreating is not only appropriate but wise. But if someone is slashing at you with a knife or swinging a bat at your head, running away probably won’t be the answer.

The formula for unarmed citizens in an active shooter situation is to Run. If that doesn’t work, then Hide. If that doesn’t work, then Fight. In an active shooter event, sometimes unarmed people have no option of running or hiding because the perpetrator has appeared suddenly. They have to fight.

At work, at church, at the grocery store, or on the street, the first practical step in learning self-defense is your mindset.  Always Be Ready.

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