It seems that many of the “I’m a Gun owner But…” gun control types are mostly machismo-spewing blowhards.
While on the surface most of his tips have a grain of truth, but they quickly fall apart from there:
Common sense. Common sense is your best day to day option for protection. Not being in bad neighborhoods at night, avoiding unlit sidewalks, and keeping your situational awareness helps. Some shady looking dude seems to be walking towards you, maybe you should cross the street or leave the area. A gang of hoodlums are hanging out under that broken street light, maybe we should avoid that. Hey I can cut through this back alley to save 5 minutes on my trip, wait thats a dumb idea.
Grain of truth, we’ll get back to this later, but really in the end isn’t he just blaming the victim? He’s from Baltimore which is a crime-filled shithole. Is he claiming that residents of his city are the dumbest people ever? People live in Dangerous places for reasons they can’t reasonably control. Hell I moved from the rather safe Portland Maine, to a neighborhood in Medford Massachusetts where a pair of cops got their teeth kicked in by a gang of teens. I moved here for employment and love, while maintaining proximity to my family. It couldn’t be helped, but I guess I’m an idiot.
Run the fuck away. Yes good self defense is knowing when to run the fuck away. This falls in line with my common sense point too. Shady looking guy heading your way, you change direction and he does too? Time to beat feet.
Ok now let’s look at the “Common Sense” bit again. technically I’m CONSTANTLY “Running away”, if I think things might go south, I leave, but this is all before a threat presents itself.
When you’re being engaged running is one of the WORST things you can do. Unless you’re an Olympic sprinter, there’s no way you know you can outrun a deadly threat. If your attacker is faster than you…or has a gun, you’re simply turning your back to a known threat. So I personally will run from a POTENTIAL threat, but when I KNOW I’m being attacked I’ll back away and do my best to de-escalate, but as soon as that fails, its time to stand your ground and let violence beget worse violence.
I carry a gun because I want to be the winner if that ever happens.
Comply. So you chose to ignore that shady looking guy walking your way and you didnt see him until he has you at knifepoint. Welp your best bet is to comply. James fucking Bond can draw and shoot faster than a guy can stab you with a knife at 5 feet, but you sure as shit cant.
First up, Bullshit! Second, you are NOT entering into a binding contract with a mugger. If you give an armed attacker your wallet, you now have an armed attacker with your wallet. You are in a WORSE situation, not a better one. Complying is simply stupid! You’re taking an anti-social monster at their word. Next up is he going to tell me I should let a child molester babysit my daughter if he says he’s not interesting in raping her?
Self defense. Next off is some sort of martial arts training. MMA has gotten big recently and stuff like that can really help you defend yourself in case points 1, 2, and 3 fail, or if the bad guy(s) really got the jump on you. The best option here is to defend yourself, create distance, and then yup you guessed it, run the fuck away.
Not horrible advice, really. Still it takes YEARS to master a martial art, and even then it really only goes so far. If you are unarmed, and they have a weapon, the odds are against you, if your an average Joe, or a 57th Dan Black belt in Badass-fu. Further one just needs to look at martial arts competitions, they always divide the bouts by sex and by weight. So if you are female, and your attacker is male, you’re at a disadvantage, and if you’re smaller than your attack you are at a disadvantage.
Training is good, but packing a gun is better.
Finally we get to weapons. Weapons are a force multiplier. If some people are really trying to hurt you, a weapon of some sort is your last line of defense…. Point 5 is really really only when for when points 1, 2, and 3 (and depending on circumstances, point 4) have failed.
His points are sound, but his reasoning is bullshit. If 1, 2, and 3 have failed, and somebody is trying to kill you, they likely already have, and if you have a gun or knife they might take it as a trophy or to kill their next victim.
And of course some chest-thumping bravado, with a healthy dose of strawman!
Just because youre walking around with a Colt .45 on your hip it doesnt mean youre Billy Badass all of a sudden.
Who thinks this besides gun banners? I walk around with a .45 under my coat because I want to go home that night and sleep in my bed! I’m the furthest thing from a badass, hence why I’m not advocating distance sprinting and kung-fu to save my life when a .45 Hollow point is at hand! A badass action-star can out-run a villain or knock him out with a perfectly placed punch…that ain’t me, and it ain’t you. I’ll avoid danger however I can, and I’ll take the slings and arrows of insults for being a “Pussy”…I don’t NEED to be a badass! But if danger comes looking for me, I’m not going to fight back, I’m going to kill them and call the cops.
Hollywood might make you think that’s “Badass”, but it really isn’t. Just look at what George Zimmerman is going through, it ain’t fun, and it won’t make you a national hero…but you WILL still be alive.
And last a little anti-gun Irony:
Yeah im a Bad Ass State TrooperTM but im still not gonna walk around the freaking bad parts Baltimore or DC or NYC at night.
Three HUGE gun control capitals of the United states and this chest-thumping guy won’t go there after dark. Meanwhile in less restrictive jurisdictions I’ll walk around at night unmolested…probably because the predators know I might have a gun…and with me, I do!