How serious do you take self-defense? Of course if you are asked, “Would you defend yourself and your family?” the answer would be a stern You betcha!!! Well, not so fast. Most people fall into one of three categories:
This individual will roll the dice and declare “it won’t happen to me”. They take their chances and rely on the fact that the odds are in their favor to never be violently attacked. However as an example, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women will be sexually assaulted in their lives. Not exactly betting odds!
This individual develops a false sense of security by carrying a weapon or self-defense tool without any training or tactical experience. For example, women who carry a gun in their purse where they cannot get to it or deploy it in time will likely fall victim if attacked.
This individual is a realist and accepts the fact that there are dangerous people in the world determined to inflict harm on others. They understand it is not a game of probability, but one of possibility. This person purchases a self-defense weapon and invests the time to learn when to deploy it, how to use it, and what the repercussions may be after an incident.
So which one are you? To help you with your assessment, answer the following questions:
1. Are interested in learning how to defend yourself and your family? Is your life or that of your loved ones worth investing some of your time and money? If you answered yes, proceed to question #2. If you answered no, quit your job, leave your family, move to Tibet and become a monk.
2. Do you have the commitment to purchase a weapon (or a force multiplier) and the discipline to carry it all of the time in a way that you could deploy it within seconds? If you answered yes, proceed to question #3. If you answered no, find an on-online course that teaches you to become a Ninja in three easy lessons for $199 complete with a certificate suitable for framing. Then hope you are never involved in a violent assault.
3. If attacked and faced with physical harm, would you use your weapon? Do you have the moxey to hit someone, cut someone, or shoot them in self-defense? After all, you hit a heavy bag, cut vegetables, and shoot targets all the time, but can you deliver when it is for real? If you answered yes, proceed to question #4. If you answered no, find a safe space, pet your comfort puppy, and pray that all the bad guys have found other jobs.
4. Have you taken the time and expense to learn how to use your weapon effectively when your life is on the line? Have you sought expert instruction and routinely trained for the worst day of your life? If you answered yes, proceed to question #5. If you answered no, make sure your health insurance is current for when you accidently stab or shoot yourself when imitating Dirty Harry in the mirror.
5. Anytime you defend yourself and inflict bodily injury on another human being, especially if it involves a weapon, there will be consequences. Even if your actions are warranted, it is important to grasp how the law defines self-defense so you know when and how to react if you are assaulted. Do you know the self-defense laws of your state? Do you understand which weapons are legal to carry and what constitutes excessive force? If you answered yes, CONGRATULATIONS! You are a warrior ready to meet the threats of the 21st century. If you answered no, take a moment and think about what you value in life.
We spend all kinds of time and money protecting replaceable assets like our cars, our houses, and our bank accounts. Why not spend some of resources protecting your most valuable assets – your life and the lives of your loved ones? What could be more important or more necessary? It only takes one incident to destroy everything that matters.
If you want to gamble, go to Las Vegas. If you want to be safe in a dangerous world, find your inner-warrior!