Many people, me included at one time, believe that the only personal protection measures they need to take is to purchases a firearm and carry it with them all the time. Some people who conceal carry have a feeling of invincibility because they think that the gun they have strapped to their body will protect them from any bad things that may come their way. Many people who think this are in for a rude awakening.
A firearm is but one tool in an individual’s personal protection tool box. As you live your daily life and go about your business interacting with hundreds of people each day, you have the potential to be confronted by one or more of the bad elements who live among us. Not every situation will warrant a firearm being introduced and not every situation that does warrant a firearm will afford you the opportunity to deploy it. It’s for these times that you are going to need other options.
Because discussing every aspect of personal protection isn’t feasible in one article, let’s focus our attention on situations where a firearm is necessary for your protection, but can’t be deployed for one reason or another.
Badguys don’t live by the same rules that you and I do. Some are prone to extreme violence and they don’t care who, or how many people they hurt as a means to an end. If you are in a crowded theatre, or a store or a restaurant and are confronted by an armed individual, you may not have the option of shooting your gun. Doing so could result in an innocent person being injured or killed if they unfortunately find themselves as part of your backdrop. Badguys don’t care if shooting at you results in a child being killed behind you because they either missed or the bullet over penetrated the target. We are law abiding citizens who care about the consequences of such actions so we must be mindful of our backdrop and if it isn’t clear, you cannot shot, no matter what. (An active shooter changes things but that’s a subject for a different article.)
Statistics tell us that most gun fights occur at a range of 7 yards or 21 feet. At that range, an average person can close the distance to zero in 1.5 seconds. Can you draw your weapon from concealment that quickly? What if the distance between you and the badguy is only 5 feet or 3 feet or arms length? What then? Well, drawing your weapon isn’t going to be an option so you will need to either find a way to increase the time it takes the badguy to get to you or find another way to defend against an attack. You might have plenty of warning inside your home if somebody tries to break in, but out on the street, well it’s likely you won’t have any warning. You are going to have to have a backup plan.
So what to do you ask? First of all, you need to have good situational awareness. This increases the time you have to react to bad situations, or better yet avoid them all together. Next, you need to practice deploying your firearm from it’s concealed location. Don’t just strap on a gun and think everything will be okay. Lastly, you need to learn some kind of self-defense method that does not utilize a firearm, because as we have seen, your firearm isn’t always going to be available to you.
My suggestion, and if you do some research you will find many options for self-defense, is a system developed by Tim Larkin called “5 Second Survival.” It’s an easy to learn system that doesn’t get all mucked up in spirituality or complicated physical maneuvers like martial arts do. Not that there is anything wrong with martial arts, but they are more of a sport type method for fighting and not specifically design for self-defense. The methods Tim Larkin developed are easy to learn and don’t depend on a person being like Bruce Lee to master. I utilize his methods and believe they are a fantastic complement to carrying a firearm for personal protection.
So if you are like some and believe that a firearm is the be all end all in self-defense, you need to change that way of thinking because the life you save just might be your own.
Don’t just survive, thrive!
P.S. – I do not work for or receive any compensation from Tim Larkin or his company. I have looked into many self-defense systems currently being taught and I believe that what he and his team teach is superior to other systems. With that said, don’t just take my word for it, do your own research and make an educated decision.
Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.