We are The People of the Gun. We pack heat and train ourselves how, when, where and why to use it. And yet we can easily find ourselves in a life-or-death situation where our gun and gun training do us no good. The bad guy attacks so quickly we can’t draw our gun. The bad guy injures us so badly we can’t get to our gun. We’re attacked somewhere where we don’t have access to our gun. We lose our gun in a fight. We shoot the bad guy, disable or kill him and then find ourselves with an entirely different challenge (like being upside down in a helicopter under water). Enough with the gun already! It’s not all about the gun . . .
Stunt coordinator Steve Wolf recently walked me through his most excellent PowerPoint presentation for people looking to get their Texas Concealed Handgun License. One of the slides points out that self-defense is not self-defense. Assuming your can’t escape or evade, a defensive gun use is an attack to stop an attack. A counter-attack. Whoever launches the more effective attack wins.
Make no mistake: you have to use everything you can to win. You may have to shoot your attacker and knee him in the testicles and gouge his eye(s) out. Sure, most attackers aren’t Rasputin. But you’ve got to be prepared to use anything and everything to attack your attacker or attackers and keep attacking until they stop attacking. As Lenny Kravitz will tell you, gun or no gun, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.