My Stand With Firearms

Sooo… I know with all the hype on the gun bans and crap and everyone flipping out over the ARs and every other firearm for whatever dumb reason, which just a side note, but those ARs are freaking AMAZING! Anyway, this may or may not be the best time to write on this but honestly my decision in writing this was made solely on my own with nothing to do with the current or past issues…

I was checking in on a Concealed Handgun Class at a local gun range and the guy that I spoke with was explaining to me the importance of getting my license and keeping up with my skills so that I was able to use them confidently at any given moment. He proceeded to explain to me that they average out at 3 people a year who are involved in shootings and that it was again, important to stay up with a Carry license.

Which, I totally agree. I had the opportunity to get my handgun and license last year and I opted not to because… In my mind, if I can’t protect my weapon it would be about the equivalent of me shooting myself. I say that because my reaction times were slow, I didn’t know how I would handle close attacks and even if I managed to draw my weapon, could I do it before it got taken from me? Would I have the capability of handling multiple attackers?

So instead I chose to take MMA and Jiu-Jitsu, since, my confidence has improved, my awareness has improved, my reaction times have improved and heaven forbid I don’t have a firearm accessible to me, I can still defend myself AND if it comes to a situation that doesn’t necessarily need lethal force, but needs a good choke sunken in to de-escalate the situation I have that ability. I think one of my biggest concerns with relying on lethal force to protect me was wondering, what if it came to a “friend?” I’ve been in that situation and I can tell you now, knowing me, I wouldn’t be able to shoot them. Even in that situation. I wouldn’t have been able to do it. So I wanted alternative ways in handling things.

Now, that being said. In my opinion, firearms self-defense and Martial Arts go hand in hand, you need them both. But the more I’m being exposed to the crazy of this world and some of the crazy even just in my new line of work with Swedish Massage the more I’m finding that we need to have something that makes an impact, that will stop someone before things go beyond bad. The more people we have who are RESPONSIBLY carrying the better off we will be. It takes one, one to make the first move and the others will follow and when crap hits the fan the unarmed are going to be looking for the ones who can protect them and more often than not, they are going to try to get with someone who is armed. Someone made the point after the shooting in Dallas that people ran to the ones who had guns to protect them…

Personally myself, I’ve always felt more comfortable around people who are willing to use lethal force if the situation called for it and there’s a kind of comfort when I’m around people I know are carrying. For myself, I think that it is an advantage that my clients will have as I go deeper into the massage industry because should anything happen, when I am carrying to protect myself, I’m going to protect my clients as well and honestly, I’ll probably have a big fat sign on my office window saying “Concealed Carriers Welcome” or something to that effect…

I really don’t see what all the hype is about people carrying, I challenge you to go look at the statistics on concealed carrying and ask yourself, Do you trust police, law enforcement, military, whoever you want to refer too? What makes someone who wants to protect their family and friends any different? Even if they only want to protect themselves? Sure, maybe they’ve not had decent training and aren’t all that good of a shot, from what I hear, that could be one thing that Texas might improve on is requiring a certain level of training to ensure safety. But I think the biggest thing that separates your RESPONSIBLE concealed carrier and your police officer is that one is doing it as a job and lifestyle, and the other is simply doing it as a lifestyle to protect themselves and their family and friends. So with that being said ask yourself this… What makes your responsible concealed carrier any more dangerous than your average police officer? They are both people, they both have feelings, they both make mistakes, it boils down to responsibility and how much they care.

We all know that gun-free zones mean nothing to someone who is going to cause trouble, we all know police though may respond as fast as they can, may not respond fast enough. Why throw a tantrum over needing gun bans and removing the people who would be willing to protect you whether intentional or not, because if they are protecting themselves, family or friends inadvertently they are going to protect you. Or maybe you’ll get lucky and they’ll happen to notice your children and they’ll do what they can to get your children or you and your children out of harm’s way if they have the ability… You never know. But people don’t consider this stuff till crap hits the fan and it’s too late.

Anyway… All that to say in a roundabout way, get informed, be responsible, be safe, not paranoid, but ready. Carry a handgun, learn martial arts and lets quit accusing the weapons of being something they aren’t. Because the weapons themselves aren’t dangerous… Seriously, a horse or a dog is more dangerous than that weapon… Shoot, your freaking house cat is more dangerous than that weapon… Your cat alone could be a weapon with a mind of its own… Just throw it at whoever is breaking into your house and they’ll run screaming like a little girl after that cat is done with them…

Ok, I think I’m done now… I feel like I haven’t gotten to my point… But it’s sounding good in my head… So I’ll go with it…

God Bless,

Jessica

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