You have the right to defend yourself, your family, and your home. There are a variety of means you can employ to accomplish this. Having multiple methods of defense is a better strategy than relying on just one. Your planning, flexibility and adaptability could determine whether you experience a successful or unsuccessful outcome.

Relying on public services such as the police department to come to your aid when you are under attack will not suffice in most cases. Why? They are not where you are; it takes time for them to get to you. And in certain locales, it has become questionable as to whether their assistance will be beneficial to you once they do arrive. Crime in general across the USA has declined over the last couple of decades; however, some areas show an uptick according to national statistics – likely due to a worsening economy for the average citizen.  As our socioeconomic conditions continue to deteriorate, your chances of becoming a victim of crime will increase.

Your first and best method of self-defense is prevention. Some basic common sense prevention methods include: being observant of your surroundings, staying in well-lit areas at night, locking your doors and windows when you are at home or away, installing an alarm system at your home, and if you have a stash of cash or other valuables, keep them well-hidden and don’t tell anyone you have them much less where you hid them. Regarding good hiding places, if you saw it in a movie, online, or read about it in a bestselling book, chances are thieves will know those places too. Think like a thief and get creative when you’re choosing how and where to stash your valuables.

Sometimes, prevention techniques fail. When this happens, you need to be able to enact a physical defense. That defense could take on the form of fight or flight. If you are unprepared mentally, you might find yourself adopting a third option which is to freeze. Freezing will likely make you a victim. First, if you have the opportunity to flee, do it. A fight, whether hand-to-hand or with object type weapons, dramatically increases your chances for injury. When you find yourself in a situation where fleeing is not an option, you want to be better prepared than your opponent. Everyone should have at least a basic ability to effectively use a martial arts technique. Additionally, object type weapons can give you an enhanced edge – if you know how to use them and are mentally prepared to use them – otherwise, they could become liabilities to you.

There are non-gun type weapons such as knives, pepper spray, and Tasers that you can consider. If you decide that a gun should be part of your arsenal, owning an array such as a handgun, rifle with scope, and shotgun would be wise as one may be more effective than the others given the particulars of a situation. Should you find yourself under attack and you, for whatever reason, do not have any of your regular weapons at hand, look around you. Many everyday objects can be used as weapons.

 

The principal of self-defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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