View Poll Results: What would you do?

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  • Draw or grab a firearm that is immediately next to you

    28 28.57%
  • Grab a clubbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Golf club, baseball bat, etc)

    7 7.14%
  • Grab a stabbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Kitchen knife, pocket knife, etc)

    6 6.12%
  • Run to another room to grab a locked up or hidden firearm and confront the home invaders

    11 11.22%
  • Run to another room to grab a stabbing or clubbing weapon and confront the home invaders

    3 3.06%
  • Run to another room and attempt to hide while dialing 911

    2 2.04%
  • Run out the backdoor of the house and attempt to escape

    6 6.12%
  • Freeze like a deer in the headlights

    6 6.12%
  • Rush the bad guys barehanded

    6 6.12%
  • Other (explain)

    23 23.47%
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Thread: Self defense: How prepared are you?

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Hard to say.

    Is it just me at home or is my wife there too? How close am I to and exit? How close am I to her? How close is she to the exit? Do I see any weapons on the individuals? Have I heard about a string of robberies lately? If I have, where the men reported to be armed. Where am I in the house?

    Scenarios like these on a board such as this are problematic because there are dozens of factors that are just missing. If I'm going to grab a weapon it'd depend on where I was in the house. I don't keep a gun hidden in every room, nor do I walk around my house with one at all times, so if I'm in my bedroom I may grab a gun where as in the kitchen perhaps something sharp where as in the living room something blunt. Or hell, if I'm near the door when they kick it in I may not have the chance to grab anything and have to use my hands.

    Depending how close I am to a police station or how often I know a cop comes around the neighborhood, I may attempt to escape and value my potential life over my possession while hoping a cop can get there in time, making sure to take down their liscense number if they flee in a vehicle before cops arrive. However if my wife is home that may change this. Is she upstairs in a place that she's unable to escape? Then yeah, I'm definitely fighting. Is she out back on the porch and can get away quick? Then I may go with her.

    Do I know these guys are armed with guns? Then I'm likely to grab a firearm if its close and get out of there, or just get out of there, rather than risking our lives...again, unless she's at a place she can't get out.
    Pardon my interuption, but if you stop to think of all that nonsense your dead my friend. Aim for the large center of mass and fire, thats really all this scenario calls for. Do some of you think you can reason with any one of any race that has just brazenly kicked in your door in broad daylight?
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigkat80 View Post
    Pardon my interuption, but if you stop to think of all that nonsense your dead my friend.
    Most of that doesn't need to be thought about. I always know if my wife is at home, how close I am to an exit, whether or not I've heard about a string of robberies lately (and if the men reported in these robberies were armed), etc.

    Do you need to think about these things? If so, I can see why you would believe that basing your actions on the particular situation you find yourself in would automatically lead to death.
    Last edited by Tucker Case; 07-09-11 at 01:19 AM.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    My US home sits on 2 acres of land with exterior IR trip beams and cameras. It would take a ninja to “sneak” up on it lol. At any rate, I have a number of auto-sidearms and a short-barrel shotgun at my disposal. In a worse case scenario, I have been a kickboxing participant for many years and acquainted myself with Krav Maga in the military.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    For those that have weapons right next to them all the time


    Are you really that scared all the time because you live in a really bad area (say Camden New Jersery) or just somewhat paranoid?
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    For those that have weapons right next to them all the time
    I have a clubbing type weapon near me at all times because so many things can be used aqs a clubbing weapon.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Someone breaks into my house, they better be trying to kill me because Ima be trying to kill them without regard for my health. They better be real serious, and they better be a badass - or they dead. I tell my friends, don't play - there will not be time to correct anything and I will not feel bad.
    Last edited by ecofarm; 07-09-11 at 09:49 AM.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    For those that have weapons right next to them all the time. Are you really that scared all the time because you live in a really bad area (say Camden New Jersery) or just somewhat paranoid?
    Neither. All of us kids were/are military. It’s just something that I’m used to.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    For those that have weapons right next to them all the time


    Are you really that scared all the time because you live in a really bad area (say Camden New Jersery) or just somewhat paranoid?


    Neither. You don't have to be fearful or paranoid to recognize the need to be armed. Merely aware.

    I live in a semi-rural area. Crime is relatively uncommon.... but not unknown. The second "anniversary" of a local serial killer is just past... he would approach people at their home or biz about buying something, then use a pretext to reach into his car and come out with a shotgun. SOB killed five good people in as many days before being shot dead. I was already a pistol-packer, but this incident caused a lot of people in this area to change their security habits; many more now carry all the time than was previously the case.

    Another factor I have to be aware of is the Interstate Highway that runs nearby. Everyone and everything, of every sort, goes up and down that highway... including big city criminals, gangbangers, and drug smugglers. Just yesterday the Sheriff busted a drugrunner on the highway not far from my home. A year ago a meth lab was busted a mile from my house. The convenience store near the highway has been subject to armed robbery at times. I know my neighbors and they are mostly good folks, but that doesn't mean that my area is entirely safe.

    "Hot burglaries" (resident at home) are relatively rare in my state, because most households are armed and we have extended Castle Law. On the rare occasions that they do happen, they are often of the home invasion variety, where 2-5 thugs break in with guns and take the family hostage, threatening them to reveal the location of any valuables. Rape is frequently involved, and sometimes the vics are killed afterward. While the odds that my home will be targeted are very slim, the severity of the outcome of such an event argues in favor of preparedness.

    So what are the odds that I'll ever actually need a gun? Technically they might be slim, but I've already been in a couple of near-miss situations where I was glad to be armed. Furthermore I consider it my duty, as a patriotic and law-abiding American, to resist crime whenever and wherever feasible, and to protect my fellow citizens at need.

    So no, neither fear nor paranoia is necessary. Just a certain level of awareness and understanding.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    My US home sits on 2 acres of land with exterior IR trip beams and cameras. It would take a ninja to “sneak” up on it lol. At any rate, I have a number of auto-sidearms and a short-barrel shotgun at my disposal. In a worse case scenario, I have been a kickboxing participant for many years and acquainted myself with Krav Maga in the military.
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    I just want to add to what I have said before because so many people have answered with things that make no sense to me, and that is: Only a fool takes a knife to a gunfight.

    Make no mistake the bad guys will always have and use guns and some times just to keep you quiet.
    Last edited by Goshin; 07-09-11 at 10:35 AM. Reason: fix typo

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