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Basic Requirements for Self Defense
By Susan Callaway, Editor
June 18, 2012
best gun skills in the world wouldn’t do you a bit of good in a
violent attack unless you had the time and mental preparation to
bring your gun into action - or take other evasive, defensive steps.
Being aware of your surroundings at all times, and paying attention
to your gut feelings and instincts, is just as important as the
ability to hit what you shoot at - and maybe more.
topic is covered in detail during the NRA Personal Protection series
classes and you are urged to read/re-read the course materials or, if
you have not taken these classes, register promptly to do so. These
exercises should be part of your self defense plans and are designed to
help you optimize
both your formal training and your skills for survival.
Only appropriate at home, doors
Sleeping (Need alarms, dog, locked
doors, etc. as protection)
In the shower
Watching TV or otherwise absorbed in
Walk or jog with stereo earphones on
(very bad idea!)
Driving, especially long distance
Can you think of other times YOU are
unaware of your surroundings?
Make a list.
You see who is near you (including
behind you) and any movements they make.
You are immediately aware of
strangers and observe their actions, what they have in their hands,
facial expression, etc.
You are aware of the source of
potential danger, such as cars in the street, loose dog, litter on the
ground or increased traffic ahead of you on the road.
You are thinking of ways to avoid
potential dangers you observe
You have a definite plan for what
you are doing, where you are going. This plan may be very simple, and
eventually will be subconscious. The important thing is not to appear
lost, confused, timid.
Look for something that could serve
as cover in an attack each place you go. Remember where your car is
parked so you don’t have to search for it. These plans are often
informal and almost unconscious, but it is very different than just
drifting along with no clear idea what you are doing.
Make a list of other things you
should be aware of, especially when out of your home.
Stranger walking toward you quickly,
hands out of sight
Loose dog who is growling and
showing teeth, coming toward you
Loud sound outside your home or car,
out of the ordinary
Think about what you would
understand to be an alert of potential danger and write them down. What
would you do to avoid the possible danger? Make a list.
Stranger coming toward you pulls a
knife or gun, making threats or demands
Dog jumps at you, obviously attacking
Sound of window or door being smashed
Someone trying to forcefully open
your car door at an intersection or parking lot
Car coming through intersection
against the light and headed for your car
Write down other situations you
would consider an immediate threat and the response you think would be
could you, WOULD you use lethal force? What is the legal criteria for
the use of deadly force where you live? (Please refer to text book or
attend class with this lecture. It is outside the scope of this article
to cover in detail.)
discussion or solo written drill - excellent part of practicing
family defensive plans
Compare lists and discuss a few
items in each category above.
Discuss the difference between an
alert and an alarm. What are the distinguishing characteristics?
How would you know? How would you
plan to meet each of these situations?
Do you have a plan for the most
common ones? What do you think you would do if you don’t have a plan?
Honestly assess your usual level of
awareness, at home and when out. Do you think you need to change that?
If not, why not?
exercise - solo drill - most important drill you can do!
Practice looking at your
surroundings at all times when out of your home, getting into or out of
your car, entering or leaving any building.
Be aware at all times of the people
around you, coming from (or around) cars or buildings.
The usual “personal space” is
between one to five feet diameter around you. This is the zone most
people are aware of, if at all. It is important to extend that aware
zone out to at least 20 feet. Measure off a 20 foot diameter circle and
practice looking out to that distance frequently. Then, when you are
out, practice being AWARE of who and what is inside that circle.
Notice HANDS as well as faces. Both
will tell you a great deal about a person's intentions and capacity to
threaten you. Do not ignore women or older children! They can be
criminals too. Listen to your guts.
Know exactly where you are going,
how you plan to get there. Learn how to use a map or GPS.
Don't pick up hitch hikers! If you
see a road hazard or people in trouble, call for help, but don't stop
if you are unarmed and/or alone.
Move your head as well as your eyes.
Scan your surroundings frequently. (Scan beyond normal area to get “the
big picture” just as you should when driving.)
Walk with a brisk stride, head up
and strong posture. Avoid looking lost or confused, even if you are!!
If you look like a victim, you may well be one. If you look like you
are aware and in control, you will probably be left alone. Remember
that criminals want HELPLESS, frightened victims.
Make a definite plan of action for
each potential danger you identify. Most will be very simple, but
without a plan you will be far less apt to react quickly enough to
Describe people and things to
yourself to build the habit of really seeing your surroundings
If you are out with children, you
will need to divide your attention. Don’t forget to be aware of what is
going on around you as well as what the kids are doing. Anticipating
danger is even MORE important when children are present, of course.
Always lock your doors and car. It’s
a small price to pay for increased security.
Always keep your strong hand free as
much as possible when out of the house – especially if you carry a gun.
[Next week I'll have another basic requirement topic.]
This article is adapted from my book, "I Am Not A Victim." It will be
available some time in June, 2012
at Amazon.com as an e-book.
*NRA Certified instructor and
certification for handguns, self defense. Thirty years teaching and
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