The Need For Self Defense Preparedness.
In today’s society one can be bombarded with images of violence. Video games, movies, music etc. Some would argue it’s art imitating life, some would beg to differ. In my humble opinion, I would explore the hypothesis; that all human beings sub-consciously like violence in some sort of way. Which brings me to the subject matter of this article.
I feel it is imperative for people especially Black/Afrikan people to train in preparation for self defense. Even in the allegorical Pseudo- Christian story of Cain and Abel. The story goes of the narrative of Cain killing his brother Abel. What I took from this fictional story is many lessons. The most important lesson I took from it is that people can be evil. Have evil thoughts and wish to act out evil thoughts; for whatever reason that is oddly logical to that specific person.
If you look at the current times we live in one can find murder, war, people getting persecuted for the color of their skin etc. Training for self defense is imperative and can more than likely save your life. Growing up in a poor urban community, I’ve been a witness to violence or often heard about it. What is more surprising is that the innocent victims who were injured or caught in between the acts of violence; were often defenseless.
Most people in these areas or anywhere else, who exert violence; are typically criminals looking to prey upon the weak.
Black/Afrikan communities would be safer if people took training in self defense; as serious as putting money in the collection plate. As serious as praying five times a day, to deities who cannot help you. Self defense training should be a rites of passage like in some cultures in past times. Women especially should be subject to learning hand to hand combats & martial arts. Firearms training is also imperative in the 21st century.
The common stigma why some people are scared of firearms is because they’re un-educated about firearms. First principle of firearms training is to learn about the components of a firearm. Then how to properly load, unload and handling of a firearm before anything else. Don’t just go purchase a firearm, go to a certified instructor and get the proper knowledge; knowledge is power right?
For home defense anything from a shotgun to handgun, down to a rifle will be sufficient. The object is to stop the threat immediately. So typically people go with larger caliber firearms in these scenerios. For personal carry, one always should go with a handgun, because naturally it’ll be more concealable. An enemy or attacker wont notice it util it’s too late.
There are many types of brands of firearms, it really comes down to personal experience. Also field testing, one can find many reviews on youtube.com on almost every firearm available. People will often tell you what you need to know in these reviews.
Myself personally when it comes to handguns specifically, I always had a like for Glock brand.
Yeah I’m pretty sure you seen it in a movie or heard a million lyrics about the brand. But the Glock brand has definitely lived up to the hype, it has been field tested in the most extreme weather conditions. You name it and the gun has still manage to fire off rounds without failure to feed, or stove pipe jamming.
Hand to hand combat / martial arts, I always favored Jiu Jitsu , my second favorite is Win Chun. Jiu Jitsu is my favorite because it is centered around grappling, on the ground maneuvers and combat. Win Chun is more dealing with more offensive striking. Both are equally effective in everyday real life scenarios. I have no training in either of these, but I plan to begin training early next year in either one.
Training should begin early in life when it comes to firearms training, and hand to hand combat. I believe one should start their children, as young as five years old. Start preparing them, and teaching the basic training and knowledge. Start them off using lowest caliber firearms. Get them into martial arts; teach them how to defend themselves with discipline.
I know/known people who were murdered; who were robbed while their children were present, females who were stalked by others etc. None of these people were equipped to defend themselves if necessary. All have become victimized is some way, at the will of another person.
That way of thinking has to change, the world is not one hundred percent safe. It never was, if you think about the fictional story of Cain and Abel. Even if you get harmed in the process, do so with the intent to put an end to the victimizer.
Take your training to the max, master your craft when training self defense. If you are basic firearm training then start to shoot tactical firing courses. If you’re training in martial arts, aim for that black belt. Then train in another form of martial arts to compliment the one you’re a master in. Get a conceal to carry permit if needed in your particular state (check state laws). Many states one can purchase a firearm you just need a conceal to carry permit, if you wish to carry outside of your home residence.
In conclusion to this article I’ll leave you with these words:
Every time you train, train with the purpose that you’ll be the hardest person someone ever tries to kill. Train Accordingly.
Having a gun and thinking you are armed is like having a piano and thinking you are a musician. Train Accordingly.
Until next time, these are my thoughts and I hope you enjoyed reading them.