There are bad people in this world. On any day, in almost any community, you can open up your local newspaper’s website and see just how many bad people there are.
Additionally, you may be a bad mofo walking around, but unless you’re the internet version of Chuck Norris, there’s alway someone badder than you are…and that doesn’t even touch on the possibility of there being more of them than you.
So what do you do?
The answer is simple. Arm yourself.
There’s a saying that God created all men, but Sam Colt made all men equal. It’s true, too. Old West gunfighter Doc Holliday was frail, suffering from tuberculosis, and didn’t have overly long to live when he took part in the shootout at the O.K. Corral. He was already an established gunfighter by then.
While I talk a lot about the need to be physically strong, it’s also important to remember that we live in a world where strength can be overcome. This is great if it’s the bad guy’s strength being overcome. It’s not so great if it’s yours.
A firearm negates the gamble. Let’s say you’re just starting on your personal journey and you’re not all that strong yet, but you’re with your wife for an evening out.
While you two walk down the sidewalk, you’re approached by a group of ruffians, one of whom produces a knife and demands your wallet and your wife’s jewelry…and indicates he’ll take a lot more from your wife after he gets the valuables.
What do you do?
If he just wanted the valuables, that would be one thing, but he wants more. He wants to do despicable things to your wife. As the family’s protector, this cannot be allowed.
The firearm is the equalizer in such circumstances. This is why you need one.
Of course, this is also only one hypothetical, but it’s the kind of thing that happens far too often. Additionally, there are dozens more hypothetical situations that will point out the same thing.
If you want to protect your family, as is your obligation, then you need the right tools.
Ogg and Ugg defended their caves, and the families within, using strength-based weapons like spears and clubs, but today have tools better suited for any frame.
So, let’s say you intend to defend your family, but you’re not sure where to start. What do you do?
There are a lot of schools of thought on what kind of gun to get, and they vary widely. What matters is what exactly you want to do with one.
For example, a shotgun is great for home defense, but it kind of sucks if you need something to carry around town.
As the protector of your family, you’ll need something you can have with you for a bump in the night, or a night on the town. In my mind, that means some kind of pistol.
Pistols come in two types: Revolver and semi-auto.
For years, I’ve been a big believer in semi-auto pistols, but I’m starting to also appreciate revolvers as defensive handguns in this modern world. Either will work just fine.
What’s more important is the caliber of the weapon. For a revolver, you want at least a .38 special. This was the standard for law enforcement for ages and it still works.
For a semi-auto, I personally recommend nothing smaller than 9 mm. That’s what I carry in my weapon, but some people prefer .40 or .45 instead. All are serviceable choices.
I’m not going to get into everything about guns for one simple reason. There’s a LOT to talk about. Brands, models, etc. There are hundreds of blogs dedicated to just this topic, so I won’t get too into the weeds on this one. I will advise you to take your time and make your choice.
If possible, I advise you to visit a rental range. These are gun ranges that will let you rent various weapons to try out and see what feels right for your hands.
Before you do any of that, however, you need to do something first. Get trained in how to safely handle a firearm. They’re weapons, and they’re dangerous if not handled properly. Ogg and Ugg could have hurt themselves or someone else with their spears if they weren’t careful, and a gun is no different. Don’t be a bonehead and learn how to safely handle a firearm.
Additionally, you need to get some training on when it’s alright to shoot and when it’s not. While researching something on defensive firearms use, I came across a website that sought to “debunk” the “myth” of defensive firearm use. They started with multiple stories of people shooting in no-shoot scenarios and presented this as evidence. It’s not. It’s people being scared and stupid. Don’t be like that.
Now, it’s unfortunate that I need to say this, but I do.
Do not, under any circumstances, break the laws of your location in an effort to arm yourself according to this blog post. If you do, that’s on your dumb ass, not me, because I’m telling you here and now to follow all the laws regarding firearms. Period.
Yes, some of them may be moronic. Some of them might even keep you from being able to defend your family. However, moronic laws need to be changed, not broken.
Do yourself a favor and do things right. While it may be difficult to protect your family without a gun, it’s impossible to protect them if you’re in prison for doing something stupid.
By following the laws–and you can legally get a firearm in most places in the U.S. so long as you’re not a convicted felon–you’ll be there for your family. Most places have some way for you to get a permit to carry a firearm. Do it right, and you’ll not just be able to protect your family that day, but for years afterward.