How to Effectively Prepare for the Unknown
Being prepared to defend yourself is a mentality of planning for the unexpected and realizing that you cannot predict the future, but you can plan ahead.
Doing any less is just going to compromise you.
Of course, you’ll never learn all there is to know about the ever-changing scene of personal defense and firearms, but it’s not that difficult to grasp the basics.
It is important to gain a solid understanding of what you can and can’t do first.
Keep in mind that anything you choose to fully incorporate into your life will potentially be subjected to scrutiny by your friends and family even if only comes in the form of curious questions. Regardless of the nature of these inquiries, you should be prepared to eloquently explain your reasons for your heavy decision.
Consider the testimony of CCW permit holder Kurt Peterson related by author Tim Schmidt in his lifestyle article “Kurt Peterson” on USConcealedcarry.com:
“Interestingly, handguns never crossed my mind until a day about 10 or more years ago when my uncle told me that he regularly carried a handgun, which rather shocked me. He said that he felt he had to protect himself and his family as he had a friend in the same sort of business that he was in, who was shot point blank in the back of his head one day while out changing a tire on his vehicle (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)”
The only certainty in your future is that it will be unpredictable. You’ll never know for sure when you might need a firearm for self-defense and that being the case, the only logical course is to ensure you are carrying whenever it is possible and legal.
By choosing to be armed and practiced, you are taking responsibility for the fact that your future remains uncertain. It also means that you might have the need to use deadly force to protect yourself and your family.
This is a sizeable responsibility and some feelings of being intimidated are normal. The solution to this uncertainty and the uncomfortable feelings is to train and educate yourself as much as possible.