Best Defense

by Georgia Concealed Carry on July 20, 2013 · 0 comments

They say the best defense is a good offense, but I challenge you to avoid being in any situation that calls for offensive measures to begin with.

Tim Schmidt, founder of USCCA (United States Conceal Carry Association) recently wrote an article discussing “How to Win a Fight and Stay Out of Jail.”  In this article he describes how winning the fight is avoiding the fight altogether.  This makes sense, of course not all battles can be avoided and there is still a strong need to prepare, practice and train.

How Can You Avoid A Fight?

Common sense dictates that not putting yourself in a situation where a fight may begin is the best offensive measure available to us all.  While this isn’t always possible to avoid, Tom from Weapons Education makes a good point in one of his videos (I posted it earlier this year here).  He’s main point, or at least the one I got from it, is when you carry a gun you aren’t the same person.  He says “there is no such thing as road-rage, there is no such thing as getting into an argument with anybody for that matter… there is no such thing as getting upset.”  This is true, and if you add a degree of caution and some intelligence, most situations can be avoided.

A Perfect Example

Yesterday I was driving back from The Georgia Aquarium with my family when I gentlemen (being nice… he wasn’t one at all) in a white Lexus raced past us, nearly clipping our rear bumper, rolled down his window and flipped us off.

Why?  I have no idea!  Traffic was relatively heavy and we were in the passing lane behind a large tow truck going approximately 8 mph over the limit (passing slower vehicles to the right of us).

One of the kids in our vehicle said “Why don’t you catch up to him and flip him off!?!  Give him a taste of his own medicine!”  My response was simple, “I am not doing that because I have a higher level of responsibility.”

Why?  Well, for one thing I had my wife and three children in the vehicle with me.  While revenge would have been sweet, what am I teaching them?  Secondly, I was carrying a firearm.

Possible outcome.. had I flipped him back, there could have been an altercation.  In my younger years I was somewhat of a hot-head and did something similar.  I ended up stuck at a red light when the (punk) guy and his friends surrounded my vehicle.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Zimmerman case as another prime example of how avoiding a fight is sometimes the best decision you can make.  Had Zimmerman exercised a little more caution and discernment, he could have avoided such a deadly confrontation.

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