Dear Fellow Survivalist;
In case you haven’t noticed it, the world around us is full of brats. I’m sure you’ve seen them, even if that’s not the name you use in our own head. There are many different names that are applied to these brats, especially as they grow older, but I’ll stick with brats. The only difference between these brats and the little kids who are brats is age; they just grew up to be bigger brats.
Brats come from poor parenting. Just because people have kids, doesn’t mean they know how to be parents. There’s no “owner’s manual” issued at the hospital when you have a baby. Some parents figure it out, mostly through asking a lot of questions, reading a few good books, the example of their own parents and a lot of trial and error. But sadly, there are a lot of people who should be parents, who never put in that kind of work. Their kids are brats and they grow up to be trouble.
This is why I advocate being slow to draw. We never really know what that person is and what they intend to do, until they do it. Drawing too soon puts the onus on us as being the provoker. When the police come to investigate, the truth will be that whatever has happened, we started it. There is no legal defense for that.
I don’t’ care how sure you are that someone is going to cause trouble, until they start, it’s just so much hot air. It isn’t legal to defend ourselves from a threat that hasn’t manifested itself yet. When the police arrive, they’re going to be trying to figure out who was the first to move. If that’s you, they might reward you with a free trip to jail, do not pass go, do not collect two-hundred dollars.
I realize this puts us in a huge quandary. On one hand, if we don’t take action fast enough, we could get rewarded with a trip to the morgue, or at least to the hospital. But if we act too soon, we could be rewarded with a trip to jail. Neither option sounds attractive and it could all be because of nothing more than we’re dealing with a brat. So what do we do?
First, practice your draw. If you’re going to have to wait to draw, then you want to be sure that you can draw quickly when the time comes. The fast draw may not have been real in the Old West, but it certainly needs to be real today. We just need to modify it, so that we’re not shooting instinctively if we don’t need to. Drawing fast doesn’t have to mean shooting fast. The Old West advice was supposed to be to draw fast, then take that moment to pause and make sure you’ve got your target, before pulling the trigger. Pulling the trigger too fast just means missing the target.
Of course, there’s another part of that today; that is that 70% of all times when a concealed carry holder finds themselves needing to draw their gun, just the fact that they are armed cause the criminal to flee. I’ve had to draw my gun twice in my life and both times I was able to restrain from pulling the trigger. Other times I was able to just let them know I was armed and ready. That was enough.
But there’s another part of practicing your draw I want to mention; that’s the ability to draw your gun inconspicuously. There are times when those brats are just making noise and being a nuisance. You might want to draw, just in case; but you don’t want to draw prematurely. Okay, so find a way that you can draw, so that your gun is in your hand, but it is not raised and visible. One such way is to draw it under the table and keep it there. You can shoot through the table, if you have to or you can pull the gun out where it is visible, when the threat becomes real.
Secondly, work on developing alternative responses. We were faced with a difficult situation just a few days ago and I got out of it by driving away. Other times I was able to put an end to the situation by using bravado, acting like I had the confidence to deal with whatever the brats might deal out. Remember, most bullies are actually afraid and you can use that to your advantage. Just don’t push them so hard, that you push them into taking action.
Finally, learn how to read people. You can usually tell when someone is about to let loose, rather than just making a pain of themselves. Let them be a pain; you don’t have to react to it. You don’t have to prove that you’re bigger, tougher or better; you know who you are and you know who they are too.
All the preparation in the world won’t help if we take the wrong action at the wrong time. Yeah, keep your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand; but make sure you know when it’s time to put it to use.