That’s Why

A boy was walking along the beach after a particularly strong tide had washed hundreds of starfish up and stranded them. The starfish were dying. A man watched the boy as he walked along the beach. The boy would walk a little, reach down, pick up a starfish and throw it back into the ocean. The man called out, “Why are you doing that? It can’t possibly make a difference.” The boy reached down, picked up a starfish and threw it back into the ocean. “Made a difference to that one,” he called out.

Violent crime was at its hight in the 1990s and has since been on a downward slope. Your chances of being the victim of a violent crime are very low. If you mitigate a few risk factors, such as not using/selling drugs, not living in or going to bad parts of town, not walking alone through vampire infested parks at night, then your chances of being a victim are vanishingly small. I get that. Yet, still I carry a firearm almost all of the time. I trained long enough and hard enough in martial arts to earn a first degree black belt. I go to seminars to either learn how to shoot better or learn how to fight better at least once a year.

Airplane pilots have a saying: There is nothing more useless than sky above you. If a pilot is in an emergency, the first thing he wants is lots of sky below him to give him time to respond. This is why I train. Not because I expect trouble. But because when trouble comes there will be no time to train. No time to arm. No time even to pray. When trouble comes you’ll have nothing but what you brought into that moment.

Prepare. Carry your tools. You may be one of the unlucky few. If so, I guarantee that preparation will make a difference to you.

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  • Marty  On March 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Absolutely correct. The danger of having a house fire is down too, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have insurance in case I am one of the unlucky few.

    Learn how to carry concealed, and always practice. Getting the permit is not enough. We must be physically and mentally prepared should we find ourselves in the position of needing to draw our weapon. That is not the time to stop and think.

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