For years now people have been asking me questions about shooting grips, stances, gun selection and situational tactics. Rarely, however, do people ask about the before or after mindset of a violent encounter. Nor do they show interest in the training required to be successful in those situations. Both mindset and training are as important as the grips, the gun, and the tactics.
I try, in every case, to give my elevator speech about the “why” as it applies to the “do” portion of their question. With many people I encounter there tends to be a hint of ADHD that pokes its ugly head up during these conversations because the answer being offered to them is not so
much a matter of fact as it is a matter of context.
I can answer your “do” questions, telling you “Do be sure you get this type of grip” or “Do make sure you use this type of holster and not that one”, and call it a day. But, as with others, I would do you a great disservice by not sharing my elevator speech laying out the “why” and the “how” of an encounter. Some couldn’t care less about this, the context of the encounter, because they envision the perfect scenario and train for it in the same predictable manner. Of course, their scenario always ends with the bad guy dying and the good guy (them) basking in victory. Others don’t bask, they blink like deer in the headlights. They have that blank stare that lets me know they haven’t a clue
about the real world scenarios
I find it so interesting
that some gun owners are
content with conversation
topics about tactics and gear.
These are the same people
that give no thought as to
whom they might fight with
their tactics and gear, nor do
they give any thought as to
the attacker’s motives or the
extremes to which the attacker will go to ensure their anticipated outcome actually happens.
In this book is my elevator speech—everything I want to say to those people and you! This is me telling you who you are up against so that you can practice, train, and prepare just in case you should find yourself in a deadly encounter one day. I lay out for you what evil is, how it drives the violent criminal, what can make you an easy target, and so much more. I also describe how you are going to feel emotionally should you take a life. I help you deal with it even before it happens. These are topics that are not the hot topics at work or at parties, but, nonetheless, they need to be discussed whether you carry a weapon or not. One violent encounter will change your world or end it...forever.
It would not be possible to share insight into the violent criminal or feelings that will likely arise after an encounter without sharing a piece of me. In this book, I define for you what I stand for and what I will die for. There will be no question in your mind about me. You will need to do the same. If I were sitting right there with you, our conversation would flow pretty much like this book. So as you read it, hear me, talk back to me, argue with me, learn from me. With this book in your hands it is as though I was there with you.
I wrote the chapter titled A Hero’s Death just for you. I can’t express how emotional this chapter was for me as it sets forth who I am and whom I continually strive to be. To see these words on a page sharing my deepest heart-felt feelings and mind-based commitments is truly emotional. So, if when you read this, you happen to shed a few tears like I did when I wrote it, you’re fine! Just quickly dry them before someone sees you.
I hope that after you finish this book you will pass it on to your friends and encourage them to read it as well. Then, compare notes and see how it made them feel. Let me know about it. You can email me at email@example.com. I, personally, will respond to you.
Let me close with this: What is in this book is what I share with all my students. I have even more that I discuss with my friends. I hope that we will meet one day soon and continue this conversation in person.
Until then, Stay Alert and Practice Often!