Last night, I was reading my ‘Concealed Carry’ magazine that I get every 45 days or so from the U.S.C.C.A. (United States Concealed Carry Assn.) I came across an interesting article which brought up some excellent points. Here’s a few excerpts:
In such an instance, “Most of us have likely said something to the effect of, “You know what I would do in that situation?” “I would . . .” But whatever you say is largely conjecture. “You are really talking about what you would hope you would do.” “We all hope we will react properly when the time comes to act in self-defense.” But ‘HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY.’ “Unless you have been tested in such a manner, you really don’t know what you will do.”
“YOUR BODY CANNOT GO WHERE YOUR MIND HAS NEVER BEEN.” You must imagine different scenarios and then plan for your response. “While the chance of you being involved in a deadly force encounter might be incredibly low, the stakes of such an encounter are incredibly high. ”
The next time you and your spouse are out for an evening, having dinner in a restaurant, imagine two armed men entering. What would you do? Is your back to the wall? Are you monitoring who is entering? Is anything in their hands? What is their demeanor? Where are the exits?
When someone is kicking in your front door at 2 A.M., or trying to car-jack you, or trying to mug you, or trying to rob you, or pulls a knife on you, or confronts you when you are putting your young children in their car seats, or is following you in a dark parking garage is NOT the time to start thinking about what you should do. You should have already rehearsed in your mind how you will (or should) react.
Think about it. It could be a life or death decision.