Every time I speak about what I do, close-quarter combatives for self-defense, I always get one person in the crowd who comes up to me afterwards and says the following, "I don't need to study self-defense, I have a license to carry."
This is great in that they have taken steps to learn how to use a firearm, legally. This is also totally absurd. Self-defense is about using every tool available to you when you need it. It's not about limiting yourself to only one tool - even if it is a firearm.
Why? Here's a list:
guns jam and can fail
they are dependent on ammo - you have to reload or may also run out
carrying is only 25% of the battle, you also have to be able to draw and fire under pressure
more and more public places do not allow ANY weapon to be on the premises
I am not against learning the proper way to use a firearm.
I AM against thinking that that is the only thing you need to learn and do to protect yourself.
No one way is perfect. No one tool is the end-all-be-all.
Train yourself to excel with everything and anything. I was taught how to turn anything into a weapon. To me, that is more foolproof then just having a license to carry.
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