posted on Sep, 23 2008 @ 11:25 AM
reply to post by Sonya610
I realize there is a good chance that if I am attacked I may not have time to use it, but it takes a lot of the worry about various situations.
It keeps the FEAR at bay and that is a big deal. I don’t have to worry if my car breaks down at night that I will be a sitting duck at the mercy of
whatever freak happens to come along.
Nothing at all wrong with that. If carrying the gun takes the fear out of your heart, then by all means, carry it. Fear is the real enemy.
I'm not saying you shouldn't carry a gun, just that you shouldn't rely on it too much. You also shouldn't rely on a knife, or even on your own
legs (people have tripped before, and they will trip again). Rely on the one thing that will never fail you: your mind. Properly trained, it will tell
you which tool to use, and when it is appropriate to do so.
If you want to build a house, would you use a hammer to cut the lumber? Would you use a saw to drive nails? No, you would use your mind to determine
which tool you need for which task. Survival in a SitX is no different. No single tool will protect you without a mind geared toward survival. In the
OP's situation, she used her voice as a tool, talking to the assailant in a non-confrontation, humanizing manner. There was no time to use a gun;
there was no time to pull a knife; there was probably no time to pull pepper spray or mace, as there wasn't even time to trip the guy with her
I think it was a wake up call to the Op that “this time” it wasn’t a life threatening attack, but that it DOES happen and maybe next time
it will be a lot worse. People often think attacks happen to "others" and it is a shock to discover it can actually happen to "us".
I can agree with you 100% on this. The first mistake was not being aware of her neighborhood. The 2nd was walking back home the way she came, after
seeing the area. The 3rd was making eye contact, and the 4th was breaking it and turning her back on the boys. Not knowing the neighborhood is a sign
of complacency. Something couldn't happen to me, so why worry about what's around the corner? She was also not expecting to be chased after she
passed the boys; I would have been expecting it. That's what I am talking about: keeping your mind alert to any signs of danger, no matter how small
or slight. That's not the same thing as being afraid something might happen; it is simply being prepared for it so you are not afraid. That will keep
you from presenting those 'victim vibes' to anyone in the area, and lessen your chances of even having a confrontation in the first place. And
should a confrontation happen anyway, you will be prepared to use the best tool you have available.
And no problem with explaining self defense to a rookie cop excited about making his first major 'bust'...