Tuesday, October 12, 2010

To Carry or Not To Carry? - Part 2

Today, we'll get back to where we left off in the story from yesterday. If you are finding this post randomly among others, here is your one chance to not spoil the story.
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Otherwise, things won't make much sense and you won't get the full effect.

To recap where we left off, here are the last two paragraphs from the previous post.

You quickly take your kids out of the cart and cover their mouths again. You crouch behind an aisle, catching a glimpse of a man walking towards you and your children. He has a crazed look in his eye, and is holding what looks like a large rifle. He pumps the action, and a large red casing falls to the floor... you instantly recall your grandpa's old shotgun. "He must have a 12 gauge", you think to yourself.

The figure stops as he notices you. You freeze, petrified with fear. He points the gun at you and...*click* He's out of shells. He quickly puts his hand into his pocket, with a frustrated look in his eyes. He pulls his hand out, you see a red shell in it.

You realize that he has to reload... You only have a few seconds to act.

Now here is the question, what is the one thing that you wish you had with you right now?

I'll let you think about this one for a moment. It is good to always think about your options, when faced with a difficult situation, and this situation is about as difficult as they come. Here are a few of your options, along with the specific scenarios surrounding them.

Scenario #1:
You have your kids crouch behind you as you peek halfway into the aisle. Realizing that you have to act, you consider your options. The only items you have on you are your wallet, keys and cell phone. You can try and run, and it might work, if only you were by yourself. But your children are with you, and your obligation as a parent is to protect them, first and foremost. The only remaining option that you can think of is to charge the attacker and attempt to wrestle the gun out of his hands.

You decide to charge him, closing the 10 yard gap at what seemed to take half a minute. With about 2 yards left, you leap towards him, trying to take him down. The attacker, however, saw your move. He braced himself, using his shotgun as a shield, and deflected your body with a sidestep, causing you to fall to the ground. You are now looking up at him. He looks down at you with a sinister grin and quickly inserts the shell into the chamber. Racking the action forward, he chambers the shell. "Boom!"

After the shot, the last sound you hear is that of your crying children. You say goodbye to this world, wishing you could have done more.

Scenario #2:
You have your kids crouch behind you as you peek halfway into the aisle. Realizing that you have to act, you thank God that you had the sense of mind to grab your CZ P-01 handgun on the way out of the house. You consider your options. You can try and run, but having two young children to defend rules that out. The only option that remains is to shoot the attacker.

Using the precious seconds that you have left, you quickly draw the handgun from its holster concealed under your shirt, while he tries to reload. It's a race to the death. Luckily your firearm is already loaded...

CZ P-01 - The handgun that you chose to take - Review Coming!
As you grab the gun and bring it up to fire, you remember your training. "Front sight, front sight, front sight", you repeat to yourself. As soon as you see his blurry form covered by the front sight of the pistol, you squeeze the trigger, taking a shot. "Bang!" 

Your kids begin to scream and cry, but you don't even hear them. All of your concentration is on the front sight. Nothing else matters at this moment.

The attacker is shot in the left arm. He stumbles back, shocked that you have a gun. Seemingly undeterred, he continues trying to load his shotgun.

Seeing this, you take another three shots. "Bang! Bang! Bang!" Two of the shots hit him in the chest, and one flies just past his right shoulder, getting lodged in a case of water bottles on the shelf behind him. The second round of shots has a heavier impact upon him than the first, and he stumbles back, falling to the ground. It doesn't look like he can fight any longer.

Realizing that the threat has probably been diminished, you slowly back up, while having your handgun still aimed at the attacker's body.

Not turning your back to him, you move your kids to the next aisle with your offhand, still maintaining a firm grip on the handgun. You grab your kids and rush toward the front of the store, leaving the milk, which is now the last thing on your mind. You move to check on the body of the attacker. He's still laying there, motionless. You then holster your handgun and leave the store, finding a safe location to call the police.

The whole ordeal only lasts about two minutes, but those were the longest two minutes of your life.

As the police arrive five minutes later, you count your blessings. You will never go anywhere without legally carrying a firearm again.

So, which do you choose? The obvious choice is Scenario #2. In that scenario, there really was only one option for you in that situation if you wanted to survive. Actually, in this situation the only tool that could have saved you was a firearm. Through previous training, awareness, concentration, and action, you were able to save your life and the lives of your children.

As I continue to write about self defense in this blog, remember that self defense is not about taking lives, it is about protecting the innocent. It is about protecting your life and the lives that you are responsible for. It is a sacred right and one that should never be taken away, or given away freely.

Self defense can only be truly actualized through the use of effective tools. Today, the most effective defensive tool is a firearm. Just like computers and the media are critical to the right to free speech, the right to own firearms is critical to the right to self defense. Without them, you are at a severe disadvantage against someone who has one.

The right to self defense follows very closely after the right to life.

Never forget that.

1 comment:

  1. Very good points. I support right to carry but the bottom line is, even if it were illegal for me to carry a firearm...I feel so strongly in the right to defend myself and my family that I would carry anyway and risk arrest. The second amendment states "The Congress shall make no law" and I feel that all firearms laws are unconstitutional.