You Can’t Give Away the Right of Self-Defense

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U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- It is neither moral nor practical for you to give away the right of self-defense. It isn’t our right of self-defense; it is yours, as in one to a customer. Most of us couldn’t give it away we tried. The idea of outsourcing our defense is so foreign that we hardly know what it looks like.

The best bodyguards don't wear a suit and tie.

Most of us don’t arrive at work with a group of guys paid to surround us as we take public transportation. You probably drive yourself to work. That means you’re not being driven by a chauffeur and an armed security team. You protect yourself on the way to work and also as you stop for gas.  You don’t have paid bodyguards (plural) with you at all times.

You provide your own security. You may do an effective job of it or an ineffective one, but your safety is your problem when you’re in public or at home.

When you’re at home, you don’t have someone standing guard outside your bedroom door as you sleep. I don’t blame you. I can’t afford to pay a team to protect me, a team to protect my wife, and teams to protect each of my children. I can’t afford that, and neither can most of us. We do the best we can.

Only a few billionaires can buy that level of security. Only a few politicians have security teams like that, and those teams are paid for with other peoples’ money.

The police don’t provide that level of security. They can’t. The cops I know wish they could, but they are not there in time to stop an assault. Instead of purchased security, millions of us protect ourselves every day with no days off.

There is an upside to that. Self-reliance follows us wherever we go. It does no harm and can do a great deal of good.

The virtue of self-defense seems shockingly obvious to me given the people I’ve met, but some folks disagree. They say that protecting yourself might confuse the police. I’ve never met a cop who said that, but I have met a few people who wanted an excuse to say their safety is someone else’s problem. They say we should do everything possible to save one life, but then they won't save their own.

They’re saying that the police might be confused if I resist a robbery? They’re saying that the police won't know what to do if my wife stops an intruder from entering our home at night? They’re saying my daughter shouldn’t stop a sexual assault because it might confuse law enforcement? Maybe I shouldn’t treat the injured in an emergency because it might confuse EMTs and doctors? Really?

I don’t believe it. Neither do you.

We learned trauma care so we can keep people alive until EMTs arrive. There is no moral ambiguity in this. Of all the problems an EMT has to sort out, an unfamiliar tourniquet is one of his smallest concerns. We have fire extinguishers so we can escape a fire before the fire department gets there. We learn self-defense so we can protect the people we love until the police arrive. The cops sort the good guys from the bad guys every hour. They’re good at it.

There is a theoretical concern that someone might seek greater risks now that they know first-aid or self-defense. That is possible, but it doesn’t match with my experience.

Force-on-force training shows us that self-defense is imperfect and that we remain vulnerable. A trauma-care class shows us how people have been hurt and that we can’t fix every injury. Rather than feeling invincible after a class, I walk away filled with caution. I think I have a lot of company. Lots of us seek out training.

We’re told that we should take every effort even if it might only save one life. Armed defense saves thousands every day. Trauma care saves more.

There is a psychological benefit that goes beyond any measure of health and safety. These courses in self-reliance teach us that we are effective. We walk away with a library of practiced responses that replace panic. We can’t stop every assault and save every life, but we sure change the odds. That knowledge, that feeling, is priceless.

It is worth it for the peace of mind it brings..and worth it if it only saves one life.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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Captain Witold Pilecki
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“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.” Translation: “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787

JPM
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JPM

The American “Justice” system is a joke and a farce. If you want justice, you have to seek it out on your own, which according to the “Justice” system is the job of the police, prosecutors and judges, who usually fail miserably. If you do seek out real justice for you and or your friends or loved ones, and manage to obtain it, then you will be arrested and prosecuted by that system if you do so and labeled a vigilante. I’m reminded of the mother in California a few years back whose son was raped by a pedophile. The… Read more »

Darkman
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Darkman

@Wild Bill We lost that option 50 years ago. When the left took over the education system. They have been making the rules and indoctrinating children since then. Some are just now seeing the fruits of their labor. It would take at least 2-3 generations of constant reversal in the education system to get the nation turned around. In all they time they will continue to attack the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I fear it’s to late in the fight to win on the score card. What is required to win is a knockout. Keep Your Powder Dry.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Dark, The role of grandparents to tell their grandchildren the truth, and teach them the “regurgitate and ignore technique” is more important than ever.
We could easily retake control of the local school boards because we all feel the same about current education.
Restore the Republic.

gregs
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gregs

can’t, won’t and you ain’t taking it either.

tomcat
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tomcat

If it’s to be, it’s up to me holds true in personal protection as well as other aspects of life. Personal protection could mean you are alive to carry on or not.

Uncle Lar
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Uncle Lar

Sadly, I must disagree. We need only took to the formerly Great Britain to see how easy it is for the inhabitants of a nation to willingly surrender their natural right to self defense. Deceived by the false promise of greater safety they gave up all but a pitiful few of their firearms only to discover that the criminals and terrorists had no problem finding suitable weapons to inflict harm on the now defenseless honest citizens. Having gotten rid of most firearms the Brits now find themselves seriously considering restrictions on such things as kitchen knives and household chemicals. And… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Uncle Lars, The Brits should have been careful to write something like our Second Amendment into their constitution.

Will
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Will

@UL,them Brits have always been screwed up ! They drive on the wrong side of the street,and really talk funny too !

Capn Dad
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Capn Dad

You are always the first responder. Cops, over 90% of the time, arrive after the crime has been committed making them then second responders. As the first responder, shouldn’t you be at the very least as well armed as the second responders? Of course you should. Anyone who says differently is an idiot or wishes you disarmed in order to accomplish their agenda. Wake up America.

Vern
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Vern

Those on the left today are those who have never lived under the tyranny they want to impose on the American people. They have been taught about the utopia they imagine by people who have never lived in the utopia they imagine that they teach about. The left today have absolutely no example on the face of this planet to use for what they say they can bring about with their ideology. Nothing, no where. Yet they want people to surrender their lives to the left for “safety sake.” What they ‘will’ bring is in full view for everyone to… Read more »

DMack54
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DMack54

I’m so tired of the liars and hypocritical anti-gunner b.s. “if it saves just one life.” We don’t give up our guns for something so stupid. They don’t care about facts and will lie about everything. They should stop murdering millions of babies, stop the opioid crisis, stop illegal drugs, stop the medical malpractice deaths, car accident deaths etc. Gun deaths are way down the list of causes of death They want to blame everything on an inanimate object on their road to confiscation and tyranny. The American public are sheep and we need to fight to wake them up.… Read more »

Huapakechi
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Huapakechi

But once we’re disarmed they can do as they please with us. History is rife with examples of this fact.

Darkman
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Darkman

There are only 2 ways you can loose your 2A Rights. Willingly giving them up. Having them pried from your cold dead fingers. Yes it is that simple. If you truly believe you have the Right in the first place. If Our generation refuses to meet and defeat the onslaught on 2A Rights. We will have turned OUR backs on the very Rights. Our ancestors fought to Protect and Preserve. Along with leaving Our children and grandchildren. A life never knowing what True Freedom means. History will see Us for what We truly were. Cowards in the face of Tyranny.… Read more »

StreetSweeper
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StreetSweeper

Well, let it be in our time so our children can live in peace.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Street, We have to prepare out children and grandchildren to continue the intellectual, and maybe physical, fight for all of our civil rights.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Dark, or the elitists can just convince you that you have no such civil right. We can not merely rely on the Jim Bowie defense. We have to be smarter and more educated than that. We have to get control of the schools back, and teach the next generation what a right is and that they can use their civil rights to stop government in its tracks.