Buying a weapon
The holidays are around the corner and many folks may be buying knives, guns, tasers, etc. for their loved ones to keep them safe. The choices are endless and many people will tell you to carry a weapon such as gun, knife, stick, baseball bat, etc. for protection.
What you may not realize is that the weapon you choose is not as important as knowing how to use the tool. Important things you should consider when carrying a weapon are:
1. Are you going to use it if it comes to defending yourself or others?
2. Do you know how to use it?
3. Do you know the laws that will protect you if you have to use it?
4. Will you be able to handle emotional and psychological burdens arising from having to use the weapon?
Believe it or not, I know many people whose everyday carry (EDC) is gun, knife or other self-protection tool.
But, many of them may not know how to use it properly.
What makes sense for your EDC
It is very important to choose something that you are comfortable with and fits your day-to-day life style. For example, where you work, your everyday dress code, what you do for a living and who you work with are important to consider. It might be difficult, based on what you wear everyday, to carry a gun, or to have a knife where you work. Consider what the right fit is for you.
Train, train and train some more
When you decide what weapon will work for you, you must train with that weapon. Many people carry knives because in most places it is legal to carry. Also, knives are easy to hide. But many people do not know how to use it or how to carry it. They carry a knife base on the look of the knife, not functionality of the knife.
Every weapon has a purpose; some may say that purpose is to kill. But they are also designed to give you time to get away or delay your attacker until you get help. What happens when your plan A does not go the way you expected? You need practice plan B and plan C. You MUST know how it works and train with the weapon if you intend to use it. Your weapon should be an extension of you. Something that if you had to use, you could without hesitation. Fumbling with the weapon, dropping it or freezing could put you in a much worse spot in an incident.
Know the laws in your area
Probably the most important thing about carrying a weapon is to know when to use it and what the laws are if you have to. Carrying a weapon does not mean you can take it out in every fight or situation. Look up knife laws, gun laws, etc. in your state AND city.
To summarize, weapons are great protection purposes. But remember, it is not about the weapon! It is about choosing the right one for you, learning how to use and carry it, and most importantly, knowing when you can use it.
So do your research before you buy and happy shopping!