This is a difficult topic as there are many ways to approach it. From a purely defensive side it is quite simple, train in that which allows you the best possible chance of survival in the long term with your family. If, however, you are of the mind that the best defense is a good offense, I am not the guy to come too.
Remember a simple phrase, that which is voluntary among all parties concerned is always right, that which is involuntary, forced or coerced as commonly defined is always immoral and wrong.
The above line is a principle to which I hold quite closely. Remembering that defense of self is defense against force, coercion and involuntary action. This is always right as well as it is the prevention of evil against oneself or ones family. To always be prepared for this is a wise thing. Especially considering the simple fact that every action of the state is one of force, coercion or is involuntary in nature. Sadly, the one thing most preppers fail to acknowledge is this simple fact. In fact many seem to believe that the military, police force and sheriffs etc., are going to save them or are in some way meant to help them. The fact is, these men and women to a very large degree are trained to follow orders and those orders originate from those in charge, eg., government or state.
Self Defense, it is first a mindset, and a question. To what lengths are you willing to go to protect your loved ones or self from physical harm? Are you prepared for the consequences of going the distance necessary to protect yourself and those you love? It is no fantasy, the results of even self defense can leave a life time of guilt as you continuously wonder if you should have done this, if the action made could have been altered. Of course, one can sleep quite well if they are capable of categorizing the necessary actions as just that, necessary under the circumstances. I am going to lay a couple of minor rules down for the average individual with little to no training in force on force action. By this I mean those with only a ccw course under their belt are in no way prepared for true force on force. Just as those with basic NRA classes under their belt are by default prepared for nothing more then causing harm to themselves or others. These are basic facts, sorry folks but without actual real training you are almost more of a threat to yourself then a benefit.
Regardless, as they say, some training is better than none. So here are the basic rules.
- Never pursue another individual alone, unless through pursuit the individual is brought to justice and the individual pursuing is doing so because an action has occurred and not simply because they are suspicious.
- When in the home, DO NOT attempt to clear the house alone, place your children in a place of protection and stay in one place with the phone on to your support network or if you believe cops can protect you to the cops.
- Train with the family, use drills similar to fire drills and the like. This is extremely necessary, very important. Without training people are quite apt to panic and panic does not by nature increase ones odds of survival.
- Within your local area there is someone who has trained or does train in force on force. Finding them is the fun part. If you live in Arizona I can help or I can guide you to someone reputable. The goal is, train, and train well.
- The last rule, a firearm is only good if it is able to be accessed immediately, if you are not confident enough to keep one by your bed, LOADED, than you need much more training and trigger time, and you need to work with your family. Always keep them loaded and available.
I understand this is a basic primer and may not have been helpful to many people. However, sometimes a basic primer is what we need.
Free the mind and the body will follow