“You know, there really are Zombies. Not zombies, really, but more like those creatures in the Will Smith movie. People who look human, but are controlled by an evil force and just want to steal, kill and destroy.” This observation came from my wife after we listened to a radio program on the horrors of human trafficking, forced rape and the multitude of evil things occurring in war torn Sudan. And it was hard to argue. I know the Zombie thing has been taken way too far by the gun community, but there’s a lot of commonality between the Zombie, er, uh, “mind,” and the criminal mind. . .
The primary similarity between the two being a complete lack of empathy. Zombies and criminals want what they want and care not what is in between them and their goal (same applies to Honey Badgers apparently). They certainly don’t care about your well-being, your feelings, or your social status, in fact they care nothing about you. They are highly committed to their goal and will use any violent measures necessary to gain it.
This quote in regard to muggers lays it out nicely:
To say that these people lack empathy is like saying that Genghis Khan dabbled in real estate — a massive understatement. They don’t care if they hurt you. Let’s start out with the idea that this person is willing to use violence to get what he wants. Take a look in your wallet right now and see how much money is there. If you don’t give it to him, he is willing to kill you for that amount.
Muggers are the most pathological, sociopathic and dysfunctional morons(3) of the criminal world and they can be the most violent and unpredictable. These are the guys who are so stupid and lazy that they only pry themselves up “to work” to engage in the least well paying and most violent of crimes.”
What is true of our interactions with Zombies is true of our interactions with criminals. The first and best defense is just to avoid them. Stay away from places where there are zombies. If you run into them, and you have time and ability, run away from them.
If you are forced into an interaction and a criminal has the drop on you, give them what they want, and do it quickly. Don’t try to reason with a criminal. They don’t care about you, your family, your grand kids, or your dogs. The criminal doesn’t care who or what you are. If you can give them what they want and get away with your life, do so immediately. However, Zombies and some sociopathic criminals just want to kill you, in which case you better be ready to resist.
If it comes to armed resistance, be prepared to act with sudden, unexpected and extreme violence and to continue until the threat is neturalized. The violence required must do bodily harm to the extent that the attacker either runs away, or is unable to act against you, giving you time to escape (note: actual Zombies will not run away, and must be destroyed).
Effectively dealing with the zombie hordes will by necessity be nasty, messy business. The unfortunate truth is that same messiness can be a real unstated dark side of self defense with a firearm. One must come to terms with the reality of that violence, especially when all options are removed by the criminal other than a choice between violent resistance or violent victimization.
Judging by the popular culture, plenty of people have given a lot of thought to dealing with zombies, something that’s less likely than, say, getting mugged. I would encourage everyone to take some time to consider and study criminal mindset. I found this site very educational.