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Living on the edge of America

The horrible tragedy in Newton CT has been broadcast to the world non-stop. One of the drawbacks of instant access to news all across the globe is that it can be overwhelming. I find myself wanting to turn it off. I find it disturbing that I am constantly reminded of the evil in this world. I find it disturbing that someone has once again disturbed the peace and calm of humanity by a senseless act of violence.  

This morning I had to smile as I watched a video from channel 2 in West Tennessee. One unemployed father who is a marine dusted off his uniform and decided to stand guard outside of his daughter’s school. He decided to do this because his daughter has been affected by the senseless violence in Newton. His daughter told her daddy that she was afraid to go back to school. Her sense of peace, calm and safety had been damaged.

In the wake of another senseless school shooting the Americans have become polarized in their attempt to identify the cause and affect of what has happened. I suppose we are all trying to make sense of what has happened and why. Gun control activists are asking for more gun control laws. The logic in this is that if there were no guns then people would stop using them to kill people. I understand that logic but I do not agree with it.

I believe that guns are not evil. People who use guns to hurt and kill other people are evil. I personally own several weapons and I have them for the purpose of self-defense and the defense of my family and loved ones. I have obtained these weapons legally by purchasing them and taking the appropriate concealed weapons permit class in South Carolina. I chose to not be a victim. I chose to be the sheep dog or guardian of my family. Having weapons is only one of many tools in my personal self-defense plan.

In the wake of the latest incident it appears that the young man who killed his mother and father had a history of mental illness. I wonder if the mom and dad were unaware of this or if they were why did they not have better control over their weapons? If there were danger signs present why didn’t the young man receive the proper mental health treatments he needed? While our leaders are working on more gun control laws I hope that they focus their attention on the severely lacking mental health issues that are being swept under the rug.  

I also hope that our lawmakers focus on stricter criminal control laws as well. If someone uses a firearm in the commission of a crime then the laws should be severe enough to make people think twice about doing it. I realize that other countries have laws that are nothing short of Draconian. In other words if you commit a crime the punishment for that crime is severe enough to actually lower crime statistics.   If people know that the punishment is swift and severe they will think twice about doing it.

Of course, that only applies to sane people who know the difference from right and wrong. People who have jumped off the cliff of insanity and feel that they have nothing to lose will not care about this.

I also hope that our lawmakers will focus on providing our schools with adequate security. I believe that every school should have trained security personnel that will help to prevent this type of violence from happening again. I believe that if teachers chose to get a concealed weapons permit, and carry a concealed weapon in his or her classroom, then that could be an option. I also believe that teachers should not have to be focused on providing security for their children. Teachers should be focused on educating our children and molding them into the future leaders of tomorrow.

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Personal Testimony of Mr. Tony Walker

One of the things that I am very passionate about is my faith in Jesus Christ.  I am also very passionate about protecting my family from the evils of this world.  That is the number one reason why I have chosen to get my concealed carry permit in the state of South Carolina.  I hope and pray that I am never in a position to use deadly force against another human being.  I have decided that if my family is put in danger that I will do everything in my power to protect them including using deadly force.

I am a proud member of the US Concealed Carry Organization.  I receive their magazine once per month and I love reading true stories about other men and women who use their weapon of choice to protect their loved ones from those people who chose to do them harm.  In this month’s magazine n page 18 I read a story about Mr. Tony Walker.

I would like to encourage you to read his testimony.

 

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Check out Write On Wednesday–A Writers Roundtable

One of the blogs I love to follow is Becca’s Byline

Today, Becca writes about what it means to be a writer.  I thought that it might be a good place for me to do some reflection, and to answer the 5 important questions about writing.

Write on Wednesday – A Writer’s Roundtable  talks about the following 5 W’s of writing.

Who —-> How do you identify yourself as a writer?  Is it something you do for self-fulfillment, do you have a message to impart, do you write to make a living and is that different from other writing you do?

Most of my writing is on our Christ and Family oriented blog here.  Yes, I do it for self fulfillment.  I do it to make a connection with other people who are of like mind and spirit.  In the past, I have written some articles and stories that were published and I got paid for them.  To me though, that takes most of the fun out of writing. 

What—> What is your line?  What subjects or themes do you return to again and again?  What do you  want to explore  and impart to others in your writing?

My tag line comes from a quote I read in a book on compassion by Chuck Swindol.  People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.  Most of the time I write about our faith in Christ, family living, technology and personal self defense.  I want to share my life experiences with others in the hope that they will be encouraged. 

Where—>  Nuts and bolts, here.  Do you  write at home, in an office cubicle, the library or neighborhood coffee shop?  or all of the above!

I write at home at my desk or at a local coffee shop.  I have been known to take a lunch break at the office and write about something that I am passionate about during that moment. 

When—>  Do you write on a regular schedule?   Do you find it necessary  or important to sit down  at the same time every day?  Or does your life dictate that you write whenever and wherever you can find the time and inspiration?

I write when I have the time to write.  I would love to write more but my busy schedule does not allow me to do this.  Between church, family, work and school I do not have much time for recreational writing.  I love to write when I feel inspired or passionate about a subject. 

Why—>  Why write?  The answer comes from the “who” you are as a writer, but also asks you to consider the importance of the written word in our world today and for the world tomorrow.

My writing really took off for me back when my daughter Jessica was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and two aggressive forms of cancer.  My pastor at that time told me that writing through my grief experience was good therapy.  I guess some folks talk about grief, I chose to write about it. 

I believe that the written word is powerful and has the power to either build people up or tear them down.  I believe that it has the power to encourage people and to give them hope.  I want to be the type of writer that encourages people to make it through the tough times in life.  I want to encourage people to lean on God who loves them more than they will ever know. 

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Are you a sheep or a sheep dog?

The quote “Chance favors a prepared mind” was brought home for me today, as I listened to the instructors talk, and attempted to perform some of the different drills and tasks that were presented.  I attended the Advanced Concealed Weapons permit class that was held by the B.E.L.T. instructors.

It is very evident to me that each instructor, and volunteer at B.E.L.T. are deadly serious, and passionate, about equipping people to survive a violent encounter in the real world.  Our morning was spent in the classroom where  J.T. Judy went over a lot of information.  We were reminded of S.C. statutes that speak to the use of deadly force.  We were also reminded of how important to have the mind set to be “In it to win it”.  There are no second prizes in a violent encounter and there is no such thing as a fair fight.

We were encouraged to get serious about our equipment.  The handgun you choose, and the holster you use, can make a significant difference towards the outcome of a violent encounter.  Several of us learned today that there is a distinct difference between having a comfortable concealment holster, vs. having a holster that is combat ready.  We also learned that it is important that we become intimately familiar with our hand gun of choice and to adapt our training to that weapon system.  We learned that the more complicated the weapon is, the harder it is to get the fundamentals down.

We learned the importance of carrying a dual purpose flashlight that can be used to engage a threat and the different aspects of carrying other types of non-lethal weapons.

Today we were shown several reloading methods including the V method, L method and New York method.  Each method has its own pro’s and con’s.  We were encouraged to figure out what works for us best.  We learned the difference between tactical reloading, combat reloading, and why it is important to know how to do it.  We learned how important it is to use concealment and cover and to keep moving during a violent encounter.  We learned how to identify what concealment is and is not.  We were encouraged to always be in a code yellow state of awareness, and not to allow ourselves to be oblivious of our surroundings.

We were shown that while our group was diverse in age, size and physical abilities, most of us can cover 21 ft of ground in less than 3 seconds.  That is how long you have, to clear your weapon from concealment, and get rounds on target.   We also saw how important it is to take this training and practice, practice and practice some more.  The more you practice the more competent that you become.  On several occasions today I realized just how dead I could be, unless I choose to get serious about my equipment and honing basic weapons handling skills.  Yes, being able to plink at a piece of large paper at an indoor range is a start.  You can get familiar with your weapon and how it puts rounds down range into a target.

Today I was reminded of the fact that I can either be a sheep, or a sheep dog. When I decided to be an armed citizen, and carry a concealed weapon, I decided that I was no longer going to be a victim.  I decided I did not want to see my family and friends be victims either.

What did I come away with from this training?  I came away from this training with the understanding, that I must be diligent to use the right equipment, have the right mindset, and to practice these skills on a regular basis.  I came away from this training with the desire to prepare myself mentally, physically and psychologically to be a better sheep dog.

If you find yourself reading this, and are in agreement then I would highly encourage you to register with B.E.L.T. and make yourself available to get trained right the first time.  I promise that you will be much better prepared to avoid or survive a violent encounter in the future.

 

 

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Moving on in 2012

I am happy that 2011 is behind us, and the holiday season is over.  Our family is on the mend and we are all feeling much better.  I am back to work, Justin is back to school, and spring semester for college starts up on January 9th for me.  I am not looking forward to school starting up again, but I am getting closer to my goal with regards to getting my associates degree.  I have three more semesters or 27 credits or 9 classes to complete for my degree program. 

There is a lot of talk on TV and social media about New Years resolutions.  It is a known fact that most folks who make New Years resolutions have a very difficult time keeping those resolutions during the new year.  One New Years resolution is to lose those extra pounds that we packed on as we gorged ourselves during the holidays.  Gym memberships go up and folks make an effort to work out.  I am ahead of the curve on this one folks.  I did not gorge myself during the holidays and I was sick and lost weight.  That was one positive thing about being sick.  My short term goal is to lose 1 lb per week and I am hopeful that I can meet or exceed that goal. 

In 2012 I plan on continuing my healthy living goals which are very simple.  I plan on eating meal choices that are healthier for me.  I also want to work on burning more calories than I consume.  That means that I need to continue down the path of going to Planet Fitness on a regular basis.  I would like to see myself going to Planet Fitness every day and getting a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.  Aerobic exercise is where I will begin to burn fat cells at an increased rate. 

In 2012 I plan on being less critical of myself.  I plan on living one day at a time and do the best I can with what I have.  I am my own worse critic, and boy do I love to judge myself, and remember those stupid mistakes from the past.  There is nothing I can do about the past, other than to learn from those mistakes and move on. 

In 2012 I plan on reducing my consumption of social media.  If I were honest with myself, I would have to say that I am a technology junkie (addict).  Technology to me is like mind candy, and I can not get enough of it.  I love social media, and having the ability to make personal connections with different people, via the many social media apps online.  I have an account with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google Plus, LinkedIN and many more.  My goal is to reduce how much time I spend on the different social media portals.  As I have been consumed with social media, I have gotten caught up in mindlessly wandering through multiple social media streams of endless content. 

In 2012 I want to help others, become more aware for their need for personal and family defense preparedness.  I have begun to work on a series of articles that take a no nonsense approach, to what personal and family defense preparation is and is not.  I want to find a balance between preparing for the end of the world as we know it, and the belief that crime happens to other people.  My goal is to help people to be better prepared to keep themselves and their families safe in the world we live in through common sense solutions. 

In 2012 I want to be a better husband to my wife of 21 years and father to my children.  I want to be more thoughtful, compassionate and loving.  I want to be a better Christ follower and someone that gives of myself back to the community.  I want to be a better friend that brings value to the lives of others.  I want to continue to be an encourager to those that need encouragement.   I want to be a man of integrity, courage and compassion. 

Dear readers, what are your goals for 2012?  Do you share some of my goals or are they very different than mine?  How can we help one another to be who we want to be?  I look forward to your comments. 

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Personal and Family Defense Plan–Preparation

In part 3 of this series, I made some mental assertions.  Here they are. 

·         I chose to be mentally prepared to protect myself, and my family. 

·         I chose to do whatever it takes so that we will not become victims

Remember that our goal is to be safe as individuals and as families.  We want to know that in case of an emergency, where our safety is threatened, we can act in such a way to escape the threat, or repel that threat.  

The first step towards being prepared is to prepare my mind.  I must look deep within myself and make a commitment to do whatever it takes to keep myself and my family safe should the need arise.

 I am writing this from the perspective of a husband and a father.  You may be viewing this from the perspective of a single person or a mother with young children.    No matter what angle you are coming from you need to be willing to count the cost.  

In order for me to be mentally prepared to protect myself, I must be mentally aware.   I need to be paying attention to my environment, and I must be in condition yellow at all times.  What does condition yellow mean?  It means that I am scanning my surroundings looking for threats at all times.  I am on the lookout for threats that can cause harm.   Being mentally prepared, means that I am in a state of awareness that will enable me to act in case of an emergency.  

When I am mentally aware of my environment and I have made the decision to protect myself and loved ones I am putting myself in an optimal situation.   I will be better prepared to consider all my options and make a good decision.  To be mentally aware means that I am not walking around with my head in the clouds or being distracted by my iPhone, iPod, MP3 player or some other electronic gizmo.  My head will not be down and I will not be so focused on my gadgets that I fail to see danger approaching.  

It is very important that you are confident in your ability to make the right decisions and that you equip yourself so that you can act in such a way to either escape a threat or repel the threat.   Criminals know what they are looking for in a victim.  They walk around looking for folks that are distracted and not paying attention to their surroundings.  They look for easy targets to hit.  They look for someone that they believe they can overpower easily and do what it is they plan on doing.  

Your mental awareness and body language go hand in hand.  Paying attention to those around you and giving them eye contact will let them know that you are not going to be a victim.  You are aware of their presence and you are prepared to act. This does not mean that you will never be attacked; but it does mean that your attacker will not be able to take you by surprise.  

Being mentally aware also means that you understand the different types of dangers in your environment and that you have purposely considered your ability to escape or repel a threat.  Have you ever heard of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?  Being mentally prepared means that you think about what you are going to do before you do it.  We must think about the consequences of our actions before we commit to them.  If I find myself in this situation what will happen if I do this or that? 

Personal defense scenario at home:

One evening you come home after work and you drive up in your driveway.  You start to get out of your vehicle but you notice a stranger on the sidewalk and they are approaching you.  You do not know the person and now you are nervous that they might not have the best of intentions.   What are some of the things that are going through you mind? 

·         Who is this person?

·         Could this be a sales person?

·         Why is this person on my property?

·         How is this person acting towards me? 

·         Am I expecting someone?

·         Is anyone home that can help me?

·         If this person becomes aggressive towards me what will I do?

·         Where is my cell phone? 

·         Should I yell for help?

·         Do I feel threatened or am I being overtly paranoid? 

If you are mentally prepared you will have already worked through this type of scenario in your mind before it ever happens in real life.  As you can see, when something happens you have to quickly assess your environment and all of the variables so that you can either escape or repel a threat.  That means that you have to act decisively. 

How would I process my environment in this scenario? 

·         How far is this person from me once I notice them?

·         Is the person visibly aggressive or passive in their body language?

·         Can I see their hands or are they wearing bulky clothing that could hide a weapon?

·         Are they the only unknown or are their multiple threats?

·         What is my gut instinct telling me? Do I feel threatened?

I will need to process my environment and make a decision within 60 seconds so that I can ACT one way or the other.  I may choose to get back into my vehicle, lock the doors and call the police. I may decide to back out of the driveway and go to a neighbor’s house and ask them for assistance.  If the person is threatening me and I am in fear of serious bodily injury or death, and I am carrying a concealed weapon, I can announce my intention to use deadly force to protect myself. 

The closer that the person gets to me the shorter amount of time I will have to react and my options for escape will diminish quickly.  I heard the other day that the FBI put together a 333 rule.  Most shootings happen within 30 feet within 3 seconds and 3 shots are fired.  I will leave it to you to do the research on how correct that statistic is but I can assure you that when things happen they do not happen in slow motion like in the movies. 

How many times do we do things repetitiously?  We leave, we go to our different destinations and most of the time we take the same route over and over again.  We become comfortable in our routine, and if we are not careful that routine could give us a false sense of security.  Years ago, when I was in law enforcement the number one killer of police officers was routine traffic stops.  They key word here is routine.  There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.  The moment something becomes routine, that is when you can become the victim of a crime. 

In the next article we can look closer at the environment and how to identify different threats to us as individuals and families.  How well we plan for threats to ourselves, and our families will determine whether or not we will become a victim.    

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Personal and Family defense plan–Part 3

Chance favors a prepared mind

 

If you are still reading this series I can only hope that I have brought you to the point where you are seriously thinking about the need to have a Personal and Family defense plan.  In part two of this series, I underlined the importance of recognizing that a crisis can happen to you or your family, at any given time.

I used a movie clip from the movie Under Siege Dark Territory as an example of how trained mercenaries were making a bad assumption.  They were assuming that the cook (Steven Segal) was dead and no longer a threat.  One of our readers of this series reminded me of another excellent quote from this movie. 

Chance favors a prepared mind 

I would encourage you to read that statement a couple of times and really meditate on its meaning.  In the first article, I mentioned how we plan for all sorts of life long contingencies.  We make plans for the future.  We plan for financial wellbeing, our health, retirement, children’s college funds and savings.  The list goes on.  In every one of these instances, we identify a need in our life and we set goals and put plans into action so we can meet these goals. 

Let’s say you want to lose 50 lbs.  At some point, you came to the realization that your clothes were not fitting correctly or maybe a health issue has cropped up that got your attention.  In your mind, you realized there is a problem and you decided to deal with it.  At that point, you took control of the problem and formulated a plan to deal with it.  You educated yourself to the best of your ability and you used what you have at your disposal to make the plan work. 

By now I am hopeful that you have come to the realization that if you have not formulated a Personal and Family defense plan that you have placed yourself or your family at risk.  You are assuming nothing can ever happen and if something does happen you will not be prepared and you or your family will become a victim. 

My goal is to awaken you to the fact that there are real threats to your personal safety and to that of your family.  My goal is to encourage you to consider that fact and to plan for the eventuality of it happening.  Does being prepared, mean that you will never have to worry about being threatened?  Being prepared means that if something does happen that you will be better prepared to deal with it and you have increased your ability to survive the threat.

Now that you are thinking about real threats let’s examine some of them.  Threats generally come in two categories. 

Threats against people

·         Physical assault

·         Sexual assault

·         Robbery  

·         Kidnapping

·         Bullying

·         Car jacking

·         Home invasion

·         Terroristic threat

·         Fraud

·         Identity theft

Threats against property

·         Fire

·         flood

·         Inclement weather

·         Home invasion

·         Vandalism

·         Burglary

·         Credit card fraud  

 

These lists are very general in nature and their purpose is to get you to think about how you and your family, could possibly be threatened.  If you are having a hard time imagining any of these things happening, all you need to do is turn on your local news station and the crime reports can help you fill in the blanks.

Here is another general list of crimes that I know have happened. 

·         Bank robberies

·         Robberies of all types of businesses

·         Robberies of individuals in mall parking lots

·         Robberies of individuals at ATM machines

·         Robberies of delivery drivers

·         Sexual assault in parks

·         Kidnapping

·         Automobile theft

·         Domestic violence

·         Drug deals going bad and people getting shot or stabbed

·         Aggravated robberies of individuals using a deadly weapon

If you remember in my last article, I mentioned a dear friend of mine, and a question he posed to me.  He stated that his father had never owned a firearm for as long as he could remember.  He told me that he has never owned a firearm nor has he ever had the need for one.  After all this time, why would he need to purchase a firearm now? 

My friend made this comment right after he found out that I had taken a state required course, that would allow me to carry a concealed weapon.  The context of our conversation related to my personal choice to carry a concealed weapon.  My answer to his question is simple.  Violent crime against property and individuals has been on the rise for decades. I chose to be mentally prepared to protect myself, and my family.  I chose to do whatever it takes so that we will not become victims.   

I remember a time when you could leave the keys to your vehicle in the ignition and not worry about someone stealing it from you.  I remember a time when you could go to bed at night and leave your doors and windows open and unlocked.  You did not have to worry about someone coming into your house and stealing from you or harming your wife or children.  Sadly enough those times are long gone.  We can no longer afford to do these things and if we do we are opening up ourselves to becoming victims to those people who would perpetrate those types of crimes. 

Remember that our goal is to be safe as individuals and as families.  We want to know that in case of an emergency, where our safety is threatened, we can act in such a way as to escape the threat, or repel that threat. 

In the next article I will begin to dig in to the basics of being prepared and putting together a Personal and Family defense plan. 

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Personal and Family defense plan–What to expect

As I write this series of blog posts/articles about personal and family defense plans, I want to make something crystal clear.  The intent and purpose of writing about this, is to get you, the individual or family member, to think about personal and family safety in case of an emergency. 

I need to define what an emergency is.  I am primarily focusing on the physical safety of you or a loved one.  I want you to think about what you are going to do in the event that someone places you, or a loved one, in a position where you feel that you are in threat of serious bodily injury or death. Your personal and family defense plan should include threats from natural disasters such as floods, fire, earthquakes as well.  More than likely you have already formulated a plan for that eventuality. 

This series on personal and family defense is an introductory series that will probably bore most hard-core personal defense or survivalist gurus. If you fall in that category, you are possibly looking for tactically oriented discussion.  I am creating a Google Circle in which everyone is invited to discuss these blog posts, and learn from them. No matter what group you fall under, you are welcome to read and share your thoughts and assistance to those who are new to these topics. 

As we go through this series I feel a need to repeat some things in order to keep us focused and on track.  Our goal is that we want to be safe as individuals and as families.  We want to know that in case of an emergency, where our safety is threatened, we can act in such a way as to escape the threat, or repel that threat. 

Ok, now that we have the preamble out of the way lets dive right in.  Why is it important to have a personal and family defense plan? Do you have a living will or power of attorney in case of medical emergency?  If not, you seriously need to put one in place.  Just as it is important to have a living will or power of attorney, it is important to have a personal and family defense plan.

Here is a news flash for all of us.  Emergencies happen and rarely announce themselves.  Before you know it, you or your family could be in the middle of a crisis.  Your ability to survive a crisis depends on how effective your personal and family defense plan is. Let’s flash back to the famous movie called

Apollo 13 trailer

, where Tom Hanks is starring in this movie.  The famous words were “Houston, we have a problem”.  He says this in the midst of multiple warning lamps going off in the background and audible alerts.  They were losing their oxygen supply fast and their lives were in danger. One of the command module team members cycled one of the air controls during a routine procedure. When he did this an explosion occurred and caused one of the air lines to rupture and start venting air out into space. The members of Apollo 13 were in a real crisis. They depended on their support team in the NASA control center to formulate a plan that would save their lives.

Now, let’s make this personal for us.  The chances, of us being in orbit 3 miles over the earth, with a busted air line is slim to none.

Let’s imagine we are not filthy rich and can’t afford the fanciest of alarm systems, do not have a pack of trained attack dogs, or heavily armed body guards.  We are asleep in our beds at 2:30 am and we hear the sound of your downstairs door, being forced open.  You can hear the sounds of the door jamb coming apart, and the door hitting the floor.  You hear muffled voices downstairs, and your mind starts to race, adrenaline starts to shoot through your veins causing your hands to start shaking.  What are you going to do?  How are you going to survive this crisis?  If you are a family member, how will they survive this crisis? 

If you are reading this thinking “OH CRAP” I have NO idea what I would do, then you are not alone. Most people seem to think that this will never happen to them.  This only happens to someone in a neighborhood that is not their own.  It only happens to other people, not themselves.  Because they have never experienced this sort of crisis they assume that it can never happen to them.  A dear friend of mine told me one day, that him and his family have never owned a firearm, nor have ever had the need to use one.  Why would he find the need to own one now?  I will come back to this question at a later part of this series.   

Under Siege Dark Territory

is an action thriller starring Steven Segal, where he is on a hijacked train. A mad scientist is using a satellite uplink, to control a space satellite to destroy things on the ground. In one of the scenes, the hired mercenaries assumed that the rogue cook (Steven Segal) was safely off the train and not going to kill any more of their men.

I loved this quote, that the head mercenary told his men when he asked if they found Steven Segal’s body.  Assumption is the mother of all FUC* Ups!  Yes, I could have used the word “mistakes” instead, so I will just apologize for using the original word.  I wanted to use it because it drills the point home.  If you assume something, that assumption can get you or a family member killed. Let me put it a different way. The safety of your life, or your family, should NEVER rest on the basis of an ill formed assumption.  There is always a chance that a crisis can and will occur. 

My desire at this point, is for you to consider what you would do in case of a crisis that places you or a loved one in a position of serious bodily injury or death.  I want you to contemplate the reality of that and let it sink in.  Do you feel that if you are prepared and have a personal and family defense plan in place that you will become a different person that you will not like?  Do you feel that your family, wife or friends will think you have gone off the ranch and lost your mind?  A dear friend of mine told me one day that I am “paranoid”.  I told him, no, I am not paranoid; I am prepared as I can be, for whatever crisis that might threaten my personal safety or that of my family.

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What is a personal and family defense plan?

We spend a lot of time putting together short term, and long term goals.  In order to meet these goals we have to develop a plan.  The plan identifies the goal, and what needs to happen to be successful, in meeting that goal.  What are some of the goals that we have? 

We spend a lot of time and energy in providing an income for our families.  We want to be able to provide for the needs and wants.  We develop a savings plan, in which we invest in stocks, bonds or have a 401k.  We want to make sure that as we grow older, that we will not have to be dependent on our families, others or the state to provide for us. 

We formulate goals and plans for our personal well being.  We want to live a healthy and productive life, that is filled with fond memories with loved ones.  We plan things so that our longevity and quality of life takes a high priority.  We try to eat the right things, we try to exercise, and stay way from those things that are harmful to our bodies. 

I am sure that as you have read these goals, that require some serious planning, that you can think of other things such as retirement,  children’s college funds, taking care of aging parents etc.  All of these things are important to us and require some serious thought and energy. 

How much thought have you and your family put into a personal and family defense plan?  Every single day we tune into our favorite news media portal, and we hear about people who have become victims to violent and non violent crimes of all sorts.  Most of us are so sick of listening to it, we chose to tune it out.  We do not want to get sucked into being fearful of what might happen, that we decide to assume it will not happen.  If we assume that it will not happen, then there is no need to put together a goal to be safe.  The goal to be safe and stay safe, requires a plan just like the rest of the plans I discussed earlier.  It does not happen by itself and it does require some thought. 

I am going to give you my definition of what “personal and family self defense” means.  Personal self defense, means the ability that I have, as an individual, to keep myself safe at all times.  Family self defense, means the family, as a unit, and its ability to function as a unit, with the goal of keeping other family members safe. 

As we dig into these definitions, and their purposes, we will find that both plans have some of the same needs and purposes.  The goal is that we want to be safe as individuals and as families.  We want to know that in case of an emergency, where our safety is threatened, that we can act in such a way as to escape the threat, or repel that threat.

In this series of blog posts about “personal and family self defense” I will attempt to examine several things. 

  • the importance of having a plan
  • understanding how to formulate a simple plan
  • personal defense away from home
  • personal defense at home
  • The differences between personal defense and family defense
  • how to over come the negative rhetoric of gun ownership
  • the importance of our second amendment right to have and bear arms
  • arming yourself and loved ones with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about self defense in your town, city and state

 

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