We talk a lot about guns on this page (it called Prepared Gun Owners for a reason, after all), and we absolutely believe in the right to bear arms and the importance of doing so.
But, having said that, you need to understand that a firearm is a tool. It is probably the single most effective tool in your efforts to protect yourself and your family, but you need to take it in context, too.
For example, while we think it’s smart to train regularly and to carry concealed whenever possible, you need to also keep in mind how to make use of your weapon in that rare situation when it is needed (not just shooting accuracy), and you need to be aware of the basics of self-protection that are applicable whether you currently have a firearm on your person or not.
And what is the most important principle of self-protection? If I had to pick just one, it would be situational awareness. I can’t overemphasize how important this one concept is. Think about it this way: it’s better to avoid the violent situation before it even gets to you (or, at least, to have as much forewarning as possible before it gets to you) so that you have the best chance of surviving to see another day.
And in our day and age, there is one specific item that you may very well have in your hand right now that may be the single biggest thing that makes you a target on the streets. Self-protection expert Tim Larkin talks about it in the video below.
Now, maybe you’re the person who says, “But there was nothing in that video about using my gun!” And if that’s you, you missed the entire point.
Let’s be clear: if you aren’t aware of your situation, you radically decrease your chances of being able to use your firearm or any other self-protection method.
So, to put it simply, put your phone in your pocket until you can look at it safely, and pay attention to the people and situations around you. Just being aware may save your life and enable you to save others, too.