posted on Apr, 5 2014 @ 02:26 AM
Surprised this thread hasn't gotten more action.
After all, this kind of SHTF situation is much more probable for most of us.
I carry concealed, more and more every day. I originally got my license for the few times a year I have to go into downtown Metrolpolis. But
lately I've felt vulnerable in the nice suburbs. High schoolers, drunk, skipping class and just raising hell at the walmart, smashing merchandice,
etc. Who knows what they'll think of next. So I am starting to carry once a week or so.
My car plan involves locking the driver's door with my elbow when I pull the door shot. My suv doesn't have auto locks when it is put in gear (an
older model), but if the drivers door is locked manually, it locks all car doors.
In the front doors of all our vehicles, there's a little tray or pocket down low. I keep a can of pepper spray in the front of the pocket, and a
flashlight in the back. The flashlight is back there as a sort of kubotan. You can reach both of them easily while sitting in the seat, but can't
really see them without sticking your head down toward the bottom of the door's panel.
When we travel, I always carry something light in the glove box or the box between the seats. Spouse's SUV is so big that a 357 actually fits snugly
in that console between the bucket seats!
My kids do survivor drills, and we practice "How to tell if mom & dad are scared," which is important. Kids tend to trust anyone their mom or dad
talks to, and they have to be trained that I may be fending off a scammer or strong-arm artist.
If you watch that video carefully, I think you'll see that the woman in the silver grand am(?) thought the male was coming to share insurance
information since he had just struck her car. She doesn't get out, but she didn't have the door locked when he approached.
I've told my family that if you are middle class white, you've been raised to never be rude. But it's ok to be rude in order to be safe, and most
bad guys depend on your desire to not be rude. Examples include:
-You feel too embarrased to audibly lock your car when a panhandler approaches you. Yet he may be sizing your up for car-jacking
-You feel obligated to open the door when someone knocks on it. When you ask who it is, and they say something like "I'm from the gas company,"
you feel like its wrong to just shout through the door at them--which is what your gas company says to do!
-When a cop approaches the vehicle, you feel obligated to roll your window all the way down. I don't do this until I am sure they real are police.
-When a person in dirty clothes speaks to you, you feel obligated to reply or get out your wallet. Seriously? Show them the money? What a great way
to grab wallets for a living...
I have taught my kids that they are not allowed to feel threatened or in danger at all. And they are SUPPOSED to be rude if they feel in danger.
From a friend's mom or dad, from a guy claiming to be a policeman, anything.