According to the D.C. police, 12 persons are now confirmed dead in the Navy yard shooting, during which a perpetrator(s) gained entrance into a secured building and began killing personnel, including civilians.
The shooting highlights the need for individuals to train for self-defense in the face of such real and present dangers. It goes without saying that most individual citizens need to be armed and trained to use firearms. But it goes much further than that.
When confronted by a criminal intent on doing you harm, have you resigned yourself to be killed or to place yourself totally at the mercy of an individual who will likely maim, disable, or kill you? Or have you come to terms in your mind with the fact that you will do anything to survive? Do you know the most effective means of survival?
You are driving in your city on Martin Luther King Boulevard, lost at night, and the light turns red. You stop for the light like a good little motorist. A twelve year old boy appears at your window and points a gun at you. The barrel of the gun is about twelve inches away from your face with only glass between. You have a pistol lying on your lap. You’ve thought about what you would do in a car hijacking scenario. But will you shoot a twelve-year-old without warning? I would recommend that you shoot the boy through the car door, then shoot him some more, then drive away from the scene directly while you are phoning your attorney with your cell phone.
Same scenario, but you don’t have a firearm. The boy wants your car. Going to give it to him? Is your choice different if you are a man or a woman?
That very moment, faced with your own potential death, is no time for a moment of inward reflection. You will do EXACTLY what you have settled in your mind LONG BEFORE this moment.
The author presents several other potential scenarios in which your life is directly threatened. What are you going to do if confronted with any of these scenarios?
You will do what you have been conditioned to do in your mind. Most will submit with the hope that in doing so their lives will be spared. That is a dangerous assumption to make. You must train your mind in another way of thinking. You must train yourself in the most effective means of stopping a perpetrator, and then if confronted by one, do whatever you must do to survive, even if it means the death of the criminal.
Real life fights are very different from those seen on television. For example, a human face cannot withstand multiple hits by a fist without the breaking of bones, dislocating jaws, or severely hampering one's eyesight. Thus, if you allow a perpetrator to hit you in this fashion, you are facing serious, costly, and even deadly injury. Your only alternative is to hit him first, and often. But be aware that you will do a great deal of damage. Can you live with that? If you hesitate in any way, you may be killed on the spot.
The same can be said about a firearm. You cannot hesitate to stop a criminal who is intent on killing you with a firearm. In that one moment of hesitation you are giving the perpetrator a window to shoot you in the head or right through the heart.
The DumpDC piece on self-defense, therefore, is essential reading. It is vital that citizens consume the information and follow the links to more information. Your life depends on it.
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