No one can deny that a gun can be an effective means of self defense (no kidding) but the reality is the opportunity to use a firearm in self defense is EXTREMELY limited. You’re going to discover that you still need a well rounded approach to protecting yourself and your loved ones if you’re going to actually go out of your home and interact with the public in a normal capacity.
God bless my social media team…day in and day out they deal with intelligent people like James…
“Dont rely on weapons? A .45cal will make sure he dont get close enough.” – James Dunn Facebook Message to the SDC.
If you really are the type of person to take a life in ANY self defense situation and you post about it on social media for all the world to see…YOU’RE A MORON.
Now before I continue, you should know…
- I own guns
- I had a conceal carry permit in the state I call the Republic of New Jersey
- My family and I shoot on a regular basis.
That being said…when it comes to self defense, I only speak the truth based on my training, experience, the overwhelming amount of research and statistics along with good old COMMON SENSE.
When I worked while carrying a firearm, it was always a CONCERN since there’s the possibility of losing control of the weapon. THERE ARE NO 100% guarantees on how good your holster is or even how good your training is and more times than most, the weapon stayed in it’s holster.
There is also no 100% foolproof way to defend yourself…however there are DEFINITELY ways to protect yourself that dramatically increase your chances of survival and I would MUCH rather die trying that, instead of something something stupid.
When I see posts like this from guys (and gals) like James crowing about how “all they need is a gun” it only illustrates how naive they are when it comes to real interpersonal violence.
Seriously…when do you pull your weapon James…
When you argue with a store clerk over a bill?
When someone approaches you and asks you for directions or spare change?
When someone stands behind you at the ATM?
When someone pushes you?
When someone punches you in the face?
At what point do you use deadly force and END SOMEONE’S LIFE?
Oh, provided that you actually hit them with every shot and they go down….
Remember this video…
Officer Mitchell hit him with everything and he had and he still kept coming. You can talk all you want about caliber of weapon, but there is ALWAYS A CHANCE that the guy will keep coming…and then what?
THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES and unlike the movies, people get shot and stabbed and survive EVERYDAY.
How do most people die from GSW? They bleed out. And depending on where you hit ’em it could be minutes to hours.
So there’s still a great chance of this happening even if you…
- Draw your weapon
- Get him lined up
- Empty your magazine into him
Oh, and that’s not easy to do, even for seasoned vets.
But that’s not even my point yet (yes, I got more).
Let’s look at what actually happens in your run of the mill, garden variety simple assault. Put yourself in the “seasoned” gentleman’s shoes.
If you’re a “ALL I NEED IS A GUN” kind of person…what would you have done in this situation?
At what point in this fight do you draw your weapon and kill this guy?
There’s an old saying…
If ll you had was a hammer then everything in the world would look like a nail.
So if all you depend on is a gun for self defense, you’re going to be more likely to use it at the WRONG TIME than if you had other appropriate alternatives.
Now I know there are some people who will say this old man was “lucky”.
These people are also morons because statistically, this man was in MODERATE danger.
First, no one should put their hands on you…EVER. And everytime they do you risk injury or death. Even if they push you and you trip and crack your skull open on the concrete – they may not have MEANT to kill you, but you’re still dead.
That being said, most people’s intentions are not to KILL. People usually stop attacking when you fight back. After that first initial 5-30 seconds, it’s over and there’s no need to KILL anyone.
However, you still don’t want to be a human punching bag. If this kid connected with a few good shots, that could have changed the old man’s life. Any damage to his vision or brain would have seriously affected his quality of life…some sore knuckles won’t :)
Imagine if you pulled your weapon and killed or seriously injured this poor (stupid) kid.
Forget the court and the legal fees…HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?
This isn’t an attempted rape, or murder, or combat…this is a simple assault and it was handled appropriately.
But our buddy James would have just SHOT HIM WITH HIS TRUSTED .45!
As a gun owner and an advocate of responsible gun ownership I find these statements detrimental to the cause. It’s no wonder the liberal left goes nuts because at least 10 times a day one of you morons posts how you will just shoot yourself out of any situation.
Yes, grown men and women freely admitting to killing other humans over the SLIGHTEST altercation.
Not only does this attitude reflect an intelligence level usually found in kelp – it demonstrates a SEVERE lack of understanding as to what violence is and how it actually happens.
Not everything is BLACK OR WHITE, in fact it’s mostly gray and charcoal. Some things might not appear to be a problem can quickly escalate while others may look dangerous are actually nothing at all.
And knowing the difference comes from proper training, common sense and experience. Nothing more.
How often would you REALLY be justified in using a firearm to protect yourself?
It’s hard to say for sure, but we can get a good idea based on report from the US Department of Justice.
Report here: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv15.pdf
First a few definitions (YAY).
Simple assault – Attack without a weapon resulting either in no injury, minor injury (for example, bruises, black eyes, cuts, scratches or swelling) or in undetermined injury requiring less than 2 days of hospitalization. Also includes attempted assault without a weapon.
Aggravated assault – Attack or attempted attack with a weapon, regardless of whether or not an injury occurred and attack without a weapon when serious injury results
- With injury – An attack without a weapon when serious injury results or an attack with a weapon involving any injury. Serious injury includes broken bones, lost teeth, internal injuries, loss of consciousness, and any unspecified injury requiring two or more days of hospitalization
- Threatened with a weapon – Threat or attempted attack by an offender armed with a gun, knife, or other object used as a weapon, not resulting in victim injury.
Out of all reported violent street crime in 2015:
Note: they don’t add up to 100% (it’s 98%) because the numbers are rounded.
62% is simple assualt
16% is aggravated assault
11% is robbery
9% is Rape or Sexual Assault
What you don’t see is how those aggravated assaults evolved. It’s been my experience that if the act is NOT premeditated the aggravated assault ESCALATED from a simple assault. But there’s no data on that, so I really can’t comment any further.
As it sits, 3 out of 5 times you will have to defend yourself without a weapon…3 out of 5!!!
Add to that the reality of your situation starting as a disagreement and that number goes up. So while you think your gun will solve everything it only solves a few things.
Oh and did you notice that if even you threaten with your firearm YOU could be charged with aggravated assault. So even pointing your weapon opens you up for litigation.
At the end of the day, if you pull your weapon you better be DEAD SURE that you can justify it in court. And that typically happens if the target has a firearm or you’ve already been severely beaten.
Hey, you can live your life off the grid, never go out, piss in plastic jugs and never let anyone within 20 feet of you. But for the rest of us who have actual lives that include going to the occasional game, concert or grocery store – we plan and prepare accordingly.
Self defense isn’t martial arts, it’s a tactical and practical response to violence. It encompasses awareness, avoidance, empty hand and the use of weapons. You don’t need to be a super ninja to protect yourself but you do need a plan with the ability to adapt your current physical state to defending yourself.
Think of self defense as a highway – exit 1 is awareness and avoidance, exit 50 is escape and evasion and exit 100 is domination and control. You can get off at SDTS Module 4 or Module 12, the choice is yours as to how far you want to take it.
Self defense secret – you’re not really defending yourself against the attacker…you’re competing against everyone else in the world. For every person like you there are hundreds who walk around clueless. THOSE are the people who will be chosen first.
When you prepare you have confidence and you carry yourself differently. The bad guy makes a split second decision and looks past you. It’s as simple as that.
Don’t ever rely on weapons – YOU ARE THE WEAPON.
What you have in your hand at the time is just a tool.
P.S. If the title insulted you – well, now you know what rational people are thinking about you.