Don’t fear the tool

I wrote the following on a facebook page today:  “I was talking to a woman recently about firearms training, when she said, “Oh, I’m afraid of guns.”  Now, I’ve had women tell me that before, and I haven’t said what I would like to, but this time I said, “You know, I’m more afraid of a bad guy than I am of a gun that is in my control.”

I was hoping she would realize that the only reason to carry a firearm is because there are bad guys out there, that might be planning to harm us.  I have zero control over what someone is out there plotting to do, and when the opportunity might arise for him to do it to me, but I do have control over the level of my preparedness to handle that threat in the best possible manner.  We (women) need to stop seeing the tool as the threat, and realize that learning to use the tool properly will enable us to defend ourselves better against the true threat – the bad guy.”

It does seem that many women fear the tool, rather than understanding that the tool is what you use against the actual threat, but a firearm should not be the only tool in the toolbox.  If we believe that using a firearm is the option of last resort when faced with a threat, then we need to also learn other skills that we might employ first, such as situational awareness, self-defense, even knife fighting skills, all of which might prevent us from having to employ the firearm tool.

I would love for some of the women I come across to stop thinking they will never be in a life or death situation and to plan for the day that they might.  If we are trained and prepared, but are never placed in that situation, that’s awesome; however, if we are untrained and unprepared, but our life is threatened at some point, then we are basically helpless.  I’d much rather prepare for the worst but hope for the best.

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4 responses to “Don’t fear the tool

  1. You are absolutely spot on. Guns are not to be feared but respected. Bad guys come in all shapes, sizes and genders and we never know when they will appear, if we did…we wouldn’t be there. I prefer to be ready, be trained, have my pepper spray and gun and wits. Great Post

  2. I second that, spot on! I work for Next Level Training, a company that manufactures the SIRT (Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) Pistol. It is a training device used to teach new shooters, and further better the skills set of experienced shooters. Being a young woman, I encourage my friends to acquire basic self defense skills. They have trained with my SIRT Pistol/live fire and have all agreed with the proper education and Training devices, shooting isn’t as intimidating. I enjoyed reading your post, and look forward to more!

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