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“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.

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  1. One must have the sack to do what is required. And that includes walking/running away and making the decision to give up the Rolex, car keys and wallet.

  2. They will also hurt or kill your family for little or no reason. This is hard to explain to some women who say that they could never hurt someone, much less shoot them (yes, they grew up in a bubble). I have asked some of these women if they would shoot someone who was seriously harming to their child. At that point they agree that they would shoot the dirtbag. Put it in perspective for family and friends who don’t understand this.

  3. From the linked website:
    “If he isn’t trying to kill you right now, you aren’t justified to use lethal force.”

    “It doesn’t matter if he is standing there screaming and threatening to kill you…”

    “Because he isn’t trying to kill you at that exact moment.”

    “In theory, someone standing across the room waving a knife threatening to kill you isn’t offering you an immediate threat. Which means that you cannot legally shoot him. On the other hand, when he starts charging across the room, then you are in immediate and immanent danger of death or previous bodily harm. The reason being is that a knife is a close range weapon and by rushing at you, he is now capable of harming you.”

    Mr. MacYoung is apparently unfamiliar with Stand Your Ground laws and Castle Doctrine. According to him “immenent”, in regards to immenent threat, means after the guy has buried his knife in your neck but not while he’s ten feet away.

    • Given how quickly the average able-bodied person can close, this kind of thinking is dangerous. Unless it’s a really, really large room, if he’s armed and threatening to kill you while you’re both in it, shoot him. You’re probably already too close for comfort.

  4. I’d recommend his book “Violence Blunders and Fractured Jaws” before you decide to carry, it is a tool to make you think and avoid “condition-white”.

  5. Yes. Xavier Thoughts ( (scroll down to “Recognizing Threats” presents what I consider an excellent tutorial on street mugger psychology. I agree with the analysis which says “You need to signal that you are a superior predatory, willing to go on your way but also capable of a fierce response.” The site is fairly static, but what he has left up is quite good, and accords with my experience walking through mean streets to go to college and much later to get to get to some meetings. Too bad that in our world Hornady has to call it Zombie Defense Ammo instead of Mugger Defense Ammo. Such is life.

    • I think you’re right that the bgesigt problem isn’t ownership, but responsibility and accountability. I would never want to take a rifle out of the hands of a hunter or someone who may have good reason to protect their home, however I do not see a problem in a comprehensive registration program that includes a yearly review and renewal of the registration. The extension of the Brady Bill, which ties the “gun show” loophole for waiting periods, background checks, and registering gun sales is only a start. Unfortunately for the Democrats in Congress, they don’t want to rock the boat right now and pass needed gun control measures. Barbara Boxer has gone as far as saying that their gun-control efforts are dead. This is a sad tradeoff that the party has made: They’re sacrificing a very progressive stance on gun control in order to placate moderate voters who would be convinced that they were trying to “takeaway their guns” otherwise.

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