Train for the Worst
How many times do people dismiss the
probability of being the victim of a violent act by hiding behind
I'm sure you've heard (or
maybe even said), "The odds on my being the victim of a violent act
are so remote, I'd have to be paranoid to believe something bad will
happen to me. After all, bad things happen to people who
usually have it coming to them."
It's too easy for some of us
to rationalize - "They don't call it 'Sin City' for no reason.
Those people in Las Vegas should have expected what they got."
Unfortunate as it may be, there are some, who actually believe such
If the people in Las Vegas
should have expected the worst, because of where they were, what
should the people in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have been
expecting? Should they have been sitting in God's house,
peacefully waiting for the executioner to make his entrance, before
the next hymn?
It seems like life,
occasionally, tends to defy the odds. Train for those
One Saturday afternoon, a
few years ago, I was about to teach one on my shooting students the
advantage of "staying in the fight" by using her support hand for
I began, "If your primary
shooting hand were to become incapacitated, for any reason ..."
At that point, I was interrupted by her boyfriend, who finished my
sentence, "... don't bother to learn that crap. The odds of
having to know how to shoot left-handed are too remote to even worry
about. You'll never have to do it."
My next move was to kick myself, for not having made him sit
in his car, where he could not interfere. But - too late for
that. So, I pointed out, to my student that the "odds on her
ever having to use her gun, at all," were very remote.
But, I was quick to add, "However, at the moment when life starts
going into the dumpster, "odds" go out the window. From that
point, it will be training that keeps you alive, not statistics."
John Farnam reminds us: “Don’t go to stupid places with stupid
people and do stupid things.” But, even when you follow
Farnam's guide, bad thing can still happen to good people.
Train for the unforeseen random acts of violence.
Back to the range: I gave my student a quick recap of Murphy's
Law, followed by, "Train for what CAN happen. If you know the
odds are that bad things are likely to happen where you are - BE
SOMEPLACE ELSE." But, be prepared to play the hand you are