My wife pointed out recently that I’m not always right.
An old “Happy Days” episode showed Fonzie admitting he was wrong. Here’s the link: The Wrong Fonz
I’ve said before, if all you’ve done is firearms training, and you used a firearm to hurt a bad guy, it might be used against you. Consider the bad guy’s defense attorney saying to a jury, “At this Church they could pray for you or shoot you; nothing between.”
In my defense, I always acknowledged I didn’t come up with that; another trainer did. A spin of the old, “if all you have is a hammer, everything’s a nail.” Nonetheless, I’ve repeated it.
Here is a deeper truth; don’t build around things that rarely (if ever) happen. That’s like building on sand. Pray for you or shoot you? It sounds nice; but is there any legal action against a civilian defender where that was the case?
The problem with gun debates as a whole is that they center on unrealistic what-ifs. A reporter asked me, “isn’t there danger of innocent people getting hurt if civilian defenders use guns?” While training includes that scenario, I asked her to name me one time that happened. She couldn’t.
I could name her hundreds of times where someone died with nobody defending them.
Don’t get wrapped around the axle of unrealistic what-ifs.
Think About it
Some train only for high-impact incidents. The idea being that volunteer teams are there only to intervene if something truly life-threatening erupts. Lesser issues are just life experiences; not things volunteers should be involved in.
Others train for an environment where no insult or injury goes unmet by the team; band-aids to bullets.
If you train 100 hours a year, how are those hours spent? Training on band-aids, hoping to be ready for bullets? Or, training on bullets, assuming band-aids can be put on by parents?
Before our attack at New Life, we trained only for the more common small things, but functioned as a team when the gun shots erupted. It’s true that because we were great at finding lost children in a crowd of thousands, we were better prepared to meet a killer.
But two innocent girls died. Had we done everything right, that would not be part of our story.
Nobody says they had enough training following an incident where innocent lives were taken.