A great many gun owners suffer from what I call totemgunopia (totem + gun + myopia). OK, I just made that up. But I’ve met plenty of gun guys and gals who’ve come to believe that their gun is the centerpiece, the be-all, end-all of self-defense strategies. Setting aside the legal requirements needed to even display the possibility of lethal force, it’s an extremely dangerous mindset. Most violent confrontations are swift n’ nasty sneak attacks (why wouldn’t they be?). Acknowledging a threat, bringing your weapon to bear and using it effectively is a three-part process in a one-part world. Chances are you’ll need to counter an attack and gain space before your firearm becomes a factor. You need to think outside the holster. Like this guy . . .
“He showed me a gun. He said, ‘I’m not playing, give me everything,'” said [Maryland pizza] store owner Choudhry Younis.
He said he attacked Ensinger with a pizza spatula, hitting him several times until the gun fell, and chased him out the door. The surveillance video showed that Younis grabbed him and, with the help of an employee, wrestled him to the ground and held him until police arrived.
“I had a spatula and thought, ‘Let me do something.’ This was the second time in the past couple of weeks we’ve been robbed, so I just took my chances,” Younis said.
There’s your self-defense mantra [via wbaltv.com]: let me do something. Something. Anything. Throw the money at the robber and run/attack. Hit him or her with whatever falls to hand. Although pizza dough is not ideal, a big ass professional pizza spatula (a.k.a. a “peel”) is, at least potentially, a plenty powerful weapon.
That said, if you have a child or other friendly nearby, you may need to comply (the subject of a separate post). But you can make that calculation more efficiently and effectively if you don’t fixate on your firearm as your only self-defense option. Truth be told, it shouldn’t even be your first.