“If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.” – Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC
What brought that quote to mind was the Indiana mall shooting that was stopped by a 22 year old citizen carrying a pistol. Hats off old man. Prepared and capable, its a lot harder than it sounds. The media doesn’t like to promote those types of shootings. Last month a woman with a gun shot dead a man who started to shoot at a graduation party. They happen more than we know, a “good guy” shooting a bad guy. It needs to happen a lot more.
Guys (generally young guys) like to talk about how they’d do this or that in a crime situation to thwart the bad guy. Planning is good. Like Mike Tyson said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” Ha! I know there’s another thing that comes on in a dangerous situation that you have to overcome: fear. I reckon that’s what practice and planning is for, to be able to overcome that fear. So that an autonomous response can help overcome that initial inertia.
We all like to think we’d be like the brave 22 year old in Indiana, deftly shooting the bad guy. Most of us will never have to find out. And the bad part is, only the perpetrator knows ‘when’. Most of us go through life in condition ‘green’, without a care in the world. Which as Massad Ayoub points out, when the bad thing happens (condition ‘red’), we’re not able to respond because we weren’t prepped for it by being in condition ‘yellow’.
Most of us have to have a little warning to respond. We can’t go from 0 – 60 just like that! (snaps fingers) Old people I’ve noticed start to take this subject more seriously. They know they’re not going to live forever, but they don’t want some punk taking them out prematurely. The old and the infirm is what predators go for. So I suppose we like to give ourselves an edge. Its not just with men either. I’ve noticed this phenomenon with women too.
The last 30 years have made it incredibly doable too. The right to self-protection has exploded to large areas across the United States. Handguns have become incredibly small and reliable. There’s no excuse. $300 bucks will get you a very reliable and concealable weapon. $650 will get you one with added bling. Then there’s the larger ‘range toys’ that are just fun, like the ones below. Which could conceivably be carried also, just not in the summer.