Terms like EDC, CCW, "mindset", and "sheepdog" are frequently tossed around in the defensive firearm community. Less so are "physical conditioning", "mental conditioning", and "good judgment".
If you have purchased or carry a gun for self-defense, you must consider all of these factors if you want to improve your chances of truly winning a fight that requires lethal force. The fight is not just physical, it’s also social, legal, and psychological. Include all of these considerations in your mission statement, your family plans, and your training, and you will greatly improve your chances of coming out of such an event with you and your family life in one piece.
In part one I covered some important preparations for using a firearm in self-defense, such as having performance standards, defining our mission, and developing a confident mindset. In the second installment of our three-part series, I am going to talk about some of the possible legal consequences of lethal force.
So you’ve purchased your gun. You may have even attended a local class and obtained your carry permit. But are you ready to use that gun to defend yourself? Have you deeply considered the ways that a lethal force event could impact your life? In this article, we’ll take a look at a few important considerations and how to prepare yourself for them.