A firearm is a tool of last resort, and this guard is a good reminder of why we say not to bring a firearm out unless it is imminently necessary.
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What does this video teach us about defending ourselves with a firearm?
- Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up!
- Using your verbal judo to de-escalate and redirect a conflict is always the best choice if it is available, so make sure that your verbal game is strong. Knowing how to redirect, how to persuade, how to empathize, and how to talk someone down from a confrontation is critical to avoiding some fights. That said, we must also know that some people will not be dissuaded from a fight, so knowing when to talk and when to act is critical as well.
- One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “imminence,” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ). Imminence means the threat is happening RIGHT NOW, that it’s neither too late nor too early for you to defend yourself! The standard of imminence is seen as a triad of ability, opportunity, and jeopardy (also known as the AOJ triad, which is explained here: http://get-asp.com/pm3k in some detail).
- One of the pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “reasonableness.” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ) In every defensive incident we ask whether the actions of the defender were reasonable from an objective standpoint. Would an objective, reasonable person do what you did in the moment? A good test of whether your actions are reasonable is whether you did them to stop the threat or to punish someone (Charles Humes calls it “The Punisher Test”: https://get-asp.com/nybt it’s a good comparison) The reasonableness standard can feel vague, but think of it this way: would a sane, sober, good, moral person do what you did in the moment? Would Ned Flanders from “The Simpsons” do what you did?
- I think it’s valuable for every self-defender to carry OC Spray (pepper spray) as a defensive tool for non-lethal threats. I have used mine on dogs more than once effectively. Like any tool, OC spray is not 100% effective at stopping a threat; that said, against most people, it is a fight stopper! If you take a quality class you will be exposed to the spray so that you know how it affects you and affects others. That is NOT a fun time, but it is an important one. As the adage goes, the chief ingredient in OC spray is fear, so if you’re trained and prepared you CAN fight through it to still defend yourself. (I carry this one: http://amzn.to/2en1PEh)
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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