The foundation of my self defense philosophy.in the interest of self preservation.
I have responsibilities to others. I strive to stay alive to fulfill those responsibilities. No hero fantasies here.and the best fight is the one you never got into.
Do you remember the former Marine/Crossfit gym owner who was killed trying to stop a guy who had just shot his wife in the foot? Happened in Texas, I believe, and is a perfect example of how trying to be a hero can get you killed.The foundation of my self defense philosophy.
I have responsibilities to others. I strive to stay alive to fulfill those responsibilities. No hero fantasies here.
My guess is that, based on your awareness of your specific situation, you're going to make decisions that don't put you in harms way, and in the unlikely event you're unlucky, well, let's hope you get lucky! ?Situational awareness is key but a truck barreling toward you at 45 mph is traveling 66 feet per second .. are you nimble enough to get out of the way ..
If you froze or didn't recognize the hazard the truck would have gone 120-180 feet in those 2-3 seconds .. could you get out of the way ?? Would you draw and fire if it was coming directly at you ?? What if you were pinned one side to a wall or building .. would you leave a loved one ?? would you run or fight ??
What options do you have ?? are you in good enough health to run 50 to 100 feet flat out .. what if you had a child with you ?? your wife or a elderly mother or father ..
Myself with the bad back ailments I have that limit my movement I have often wondered these and other thoughts .. I may be more aware of my surroundings then most because of my physical disabilities .. wondering how I would react or even for me to be able to .. quick physical movement would be out for me .. I could/can not run !!
Yes a hand gun would be well under manned against an AR type weapon able to fire up to full auto ..
One reason I have started practicing shooting more head and groin shots during practice .. for any instance where someone might be wearing body armor .. body shots in that instance wouldn't be productive .. and you would need to go to head or groin shots if its not covered .. carrying an additional high volume magazine is also necessary with availability of others perhaps warranted also !!
Making up your mind is critical to survival. one of the things we do today is make serial decisions in our mindset. We ask ourselves as a decision point "Do I reach for my weapon". Then we make the decision to Shoot/don't shoot.Situational awareness / awareness of your surroundings and being alert are all part of personal readiness.
Another thing I would add to personal readiness is determination. Be determined to survive even when it looks like all is lost.
Don't let yourself panic. (I know, easy to say, harder to do).
Of course I'm not saying run out to be a hero, far from it. Run away if at all possible.
It's just that if you have already decided to survive (ahead of time) and you're determined to do so, I would think your chances are better.
You would think so wouldn't you .. but being retired and traveling to places we would like to see we are more vulnerable because we don't know our surroundings ..My guess is that, based on your awareness of your specific situation, you're going to make decisions that don't put you in harms way, and in the unlikely event you're unlucky, well, let's hope you get lucky! ?