Keeping Your Cool when the Chips are Down

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

As I’ve watched the happenings across the country, especially the cases of the McCloskeys and Kyle Rittenhouse, I’ve been extremely concerned. While the courts still need to decide both cases, we have what looks like two clear-cut cases of self-defense, in which the defenders are being treated as if they are the criminals and the aggressors are getting off scot-free.

What concerns me mostly about these cases is that it appears that prosecutors are taking sides, turning these cases (and probably a whole lot more we haven’t heard about) into political cases. Specifically, they’re taking the side of the radicalized left, who not only want to do away with our Second Amendment rights, but also the God-given right to defend ourselves.

Much of this is being driven by the rhetoric in the news media, which established their anti-gun stance long ago. The mob is labeling these people with every name they can come up with, with no regard to the truth of their claims. As with Nick Sandmann, the young man who had to tolerate an older American Indian man beating a drum in his face, an attempt is being made to “cancel them,” just because they’re “bad” according to the leftist narrative. But who made them the judges of good and bad?

With the threats of continuing and even increasing violence, none of us knows if we’ll be the next target of such a smear attack. But one thing is certain, if we find ourselves in such a situation, we’re going to have to keep our cool.

It seems as if there are those on the left who are just waiting for an opportunity to present itself, where someone who is identifiable as either a Republican or a conservative commits some act of violence against their “mostly peaceful” rioters, who have racked up and estimated two billion dollars in damages to date. They’re possibly even willing to sacrifice those people’s lives, if they can get a story out of it that makes those who own guns look bad.

If Kyle Rittenhouse is found innocent, you can be sure that the mob will have something to say about it. So will the media. It will be another case of “injustice” in their eyes; for no other reason than the courts not agreeing with their villainization of Kyle. In their eyes, it appears that they are the judge and jury and what the courts say doesn’t matter.

In one way, all of this is being driven by a lack of information. The news media is not bothering to find out the facts, before airing their stories. They take a quick look at what happened and craft a story, mostly based upon their own political ideology. Then, the individual targeted is forced to defend themselves, not only in court, but in the court of public opinion, where they’re not even given a chance to speak.

This is what could happen to us, if any of us are find ourselves in a situation where we are forced to defend ourselves. Whereas before we needed to be ready to defend ourselves legally after the battle, we now face a much harder defense; one that doesn’t believe we’re innocent until proven guilty.

With that in mind, we must take care to ensure that we don’t do anything which can be seen as an unnecessary provocation, threat or use of force. That’s not to say we don’t defend ourselves, but we certainly don’t want to be caught on video, waving our guns around, because we have been threatened.

That’s why we need to keep our cool. We need to make sure that our actions, like those of Nick Sandmann, are clearly in the right. Regardless of whatever narrative they want to create against us, we need to be able to stand upon the truth, having taken the right action.

Okay, so how do we make sure that we’ll keep our cool in those situations? Basically it boils down to training. Specifically, the shoot/no shoot decision. There are places where you can go, which use video and a dummy pistol for that sort of training. It’s harder than it seems, but it gives you a good idea of what to expect and how to react. Police use training like that and we need it too.

The other type of training we need is something that we can do on our own. That’s thinking through every scenario we can come up with, so that we can figure out how we’ll react to it. Remember, using your gun is your last line of defense, not your first. What can you do before that, so that maybe you won’t have to draw your gun?

The more prepared we are, the easier it will be to keep our cool. That’s why this sort of mental preparation is so important. It would be shame to win the battle, but end up losing the war because of the cancel culture canceling us. That’s a war we probably can’t win.

So keep yourself ready, so that you can keep your cool. That’s just one more thing to prepare, just like keeping your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.

Dr. Rich

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