Now, for those who tell themselves, “Oh, that could never happen to me. I live in a GOOD neighborhood!’ or “That sort of thing doesn’t happen around here!”, let me tell you about my neighborhood. Most of my neighbors are retirees, many are veterans. Everybody is fairly close-knit, we all look out for each other. This is not a “poor” neighborhood, and while not quite a “rich” neighborhood, crime is all but non-existent here. Defense situations can (and do) happen to almost anyone, anywhere.
The Redneck Engineer – Defensive mindsets can prevent defensive shootings.
June 27th, 2012
[First let me say, go read the whole thing. Seriously, click over there and read it. It is every man’s worst nightmare come to pass. This nightmare had a happy ending though in that not even a shot was fired. Even if it had turned south, it was obvious who had the deck stacked in their favor.
Evil doesn’t call ahead, it doesn’t give advanced notice, and it doesn’t have set boundaries. While some places may have more frequent incidents no place is exempt from a visit by goblins. There is a reason I carry a gun, even with how quite it is where I live.
There is only one person I can absolutely guarantee will always be present when the SHTF. Myself. A cop may or not be present, friends may or may not be with me, but one thing is for certain, I am in that situation and the conditions will not magically change. I have to depend on myself to get out of the situation, just the same ultimately my wife has to be able to depend on herself. There is no question if danger comes around while I am present, I will be in the middle of that incident. That however is of no benefit when I am not present. She must be capable of defending herself from anyone who would wish to do her harm.
I don’t want my wife to have to depend on me. Far from it actually. I want my wife to be able to think and act independently so that when the SHTF she knows how to react. Not only can she react, but I know she’ll be able to have my back without my asking or instruction.
Why would I want that? See The Redneck Engineer’s story. He didn’t need to be there and she rocked that situation like a boss. Yeah, it could have been a horrible nightmare, but in the end it had a happy ending.
This however also skips over what he said in his post title, that type of awareness and level headed thinking can mean that there won’t even be a shot fired. So remember, be careful out there and carry your guns. There’s goblins in them thar hills, remember it. -B]
h/t Bob S.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.