We fight because,
sometimes, we believe we have run out of any other options that will
keep us alive.
If you intend to
carry a gun, learn to use it well. But, before you spend a lot of
time learning how to shoot, make sure you know that:
What you are learning to do is fight.
Your gun is nothing more than a tool
(not always the best one) to help you
win the fight.
There is probably a
prize for winning the fight - your life or the life of a loved one.
But, there is also a cost.
The prize for winning
the fight should be
worth more than the cost of the fight, itself; monetary as well as physical
The best action might be to walk away from a fight.
Some emotions are
justification for fighting, and some is not.
Know the difference.
be justification, Anger can not. - Know the difference.
You must be prepared to
Stay in the Fight until you win. Be totally committed to
winning. Second place should
never be considered an option.
Fighting is the option that is best reserved for
the last resort.
Remember: Don't wait too long to use
the last resort. Options have expiration dates - even the last one.
Before you are faced with having to make the decision to fight, have a mental list of things or principles you
consider worth fighting
for. List the ones that you consider important enough to cause
you to take another person's life. Be specific. List them in order
of certainty. Start with Number 1, yourself. Never lose sight of the fact that
you have you be Number 1:
Willing to take another's life?
Me (my life)
etc ... (it's your
list, not mine)
Know what options you have
available. Consider all of your options, before the fight
Know also that your personal security depends
less on a gun than it does on a lifelong commitment to options, such as:
Avoidance - Avoid the fight
by staying out of harmís way. - He will win who knows when to
fight and when not to fight.
[The best way to win is not to have to
fight, at all. - The Art of War - Sun Tzu]
Deterrence - Prevent the fight
by realizing the advantages of communication, or even retreat over a
less desirable act of violence, and
De-escalation - Reduce the
level of a dispute by looking for non-violent options before a fight
options by paying attention to your surroundings (situational
that open more options, such as seeking cover.
Avoid training that
teaches shooting as the only option in a situation.
Knowing how to fight
is good. Knowing how to win is better.