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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    Self defense: How prepared are you?

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    This is a “what would you do?” scenario. You’re going about your business in your home. The time is late afternoon or early evening. Suddenly you hear the sound of your front door splintering in. You turn to see two black males, one wearing a white tank top and the other a blue polo shirt, entering your residence through the broken door.

    Do you:

    1.) Draw or grab a firearm that is immediately next to you
    2.) Grab a clubbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Golf club, baseball bat, etc)
    3.) Grab a stabbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Kitchen knife, pocket knife, etc)
    4.) Run to another room to grab a locked up or hidden firearm and confront the home invaders
    5.) Run to another room to grab a stabbing or clubbing weapon and confront the home invaders
    6.) Run to another room and attempt to hide while dialing 911
    7.) Run out the backdoor of the house and attempt to escape
    8.) Freeze like a deer in the headlights
    9.) Rush the bad guys barehanded
    10.) Other (explain)

    I’m just a little curious to see how people would react in a situation where they presume themselves to be safe, yet are confronted by a sudden threat. It’s easy to say, “It’ll never happen to me” but what do we do if it does? The above situation is actually a direct description of a string of home invasions that have been occurring in my neck of the woods.

    It always helps to have a plan in place, so vote and then explain, please. Keep in mind, this is strictly YOUR reaction, not what you expect a family member or a pet to do, but what YOU will do.
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    I snatch up the nearest throwable object, Nolan Ryan that bitch at the biggest guys head and charge him striking his throat, groin, or knees...whichever is most exposed. After that...who knows...it largely depends on if I picked the right person, if the offensive charge was effective, if I have any other weapons at my disposal, if I have sufficiently disabled the first guy to use him against the second guy. Odds are, Im probably looking at a beatdown. With a little luck there is enough of a ruckus they decide it isnt worth sticking around for and they haul ass.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    Read before answering:

    This is a “what would you do?” scenario. You’re going about your business in your home. The time is late afternoon or early evening. Suddenly you hear the sound of your front door splintering in. You turn to see two black males, one wearing a white tank top and the other a blue polo shirt, entering your residence through the broken door.

    Do you:

    1.) Draw or grab a firearm that is immediately next to you
    2.) Grab a clubbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Golf club, baseball bat, etc)
    3.) Grab a stabbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Kitchen knife, pocket knife, etc)
    4.) Run to another room to grab a locked up or hidden firearm and confront the home invaders
    5.) Run to another room to grab a stabbing or clubbing weapon and confront the home invaders
    6.) Run to another room and attempt to hide while dialing 911
    7.) Run out the backdoor of the house and attempt to escape
    8.) Freeze like a deer in the headlights
    9.) Rush the bad guys barehanded
    10.) Other (explain)

    I’m just a little curious to see how people would react in a situation where they presume themselves to be safe, yet are confronted by a sudden threat. It’s easy to say, “It’ll never happen to me” but what do we do if it does? The above situation is actually a direct description of a string of home invasions that have been occurring in my neck of the woods.

    It always helps to have a plan in place, so vote and then explain, please. Keep in mind, this is strictly YOUR reaction, not what you expect a family member or a pet to do, but what YOU will do.
    I'd freeze like a deer in the headlights. Then, I'd offer to help them load their car with valuables I'd be stacking up by the front door.

    I could be wrong, but I think that, generally, unless someone is trained, accustomed to combat situations, engaged in street fighting or otherwise somewhat "used to" violence, most people would not react violently and effectively until it was too late to do so. In her own home, a woman's best defense is a 100# dog with good hearing. Oh, that and bein' a pistol-packin' mama, which might be kinda' fun.
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Shoot to kill because I don't want a low life to do this to someone not ready and able to take them or him out.

    I learned early on to shoot to kill the first time every time.

    I thank God it has never come up since I started carrying a weapon and or keeping one at hand.
    Last edited by Councilman; 07-07-11 at 12:35 PM.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Question: Why are they black males?
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Oh, that and bein' a pistol-packin' mama, which might be kinda' fun.
    My wife happens to think it's pretty fun. I just have to get her to stop taking my favorite guns!
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    Question: Why are they black males?
    Already answered. The description was taken directly from the actual scenario that occurred.
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    I was a distinguished expert with firearms...I havent seen a martial arts or a boxer or anyone else whoop a handgun yet....Ill keep my pistol

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I'd freeze like a deer in the headlights. Then, I'd offer to help them load their car with valuables I'd be stacking up by the front door.

    I could be wrong, but I think that, generally, unless someone is trained, accustomed to combat situations, engaged in street fighting or otherwise somewhat "used to" violence, most people would not react violently and effectively until it was too late to do so. In her own home, a woman's best defense is a 100# dog with good hearing. Oh, that and bein' a pistol-packin' mama, which might be kinda' fun.
    I agree...but thats why these types of exercises are a good idea and thats why running these types of scenarios and practicing is also a good idea. My wife and I used to spend date nights 'sweeping' our home when we had children. Once the kids all moved out and it was just the two of us we changed tactics...call 911, arm, and barricade.

    As sick as it is, i used to drill my kids on these types of scenarios almost daily. As a result they never walk next to walls that open up to alleys, nonchallantly make constant 360 degree scans while they walk, paractice acquiring teargas in seconds...identifying potential weapons (sitting in church...keys...cellphone...hymn books...scriptures...shoes...how SAD is that, right?). Paranoid doesnt mean they ARENT out to get you, and second nature=prepared.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    Question: Why are they black males?
    They are black because their parents were black? Its basic genetic stuff man...come on. OH...would you feel more comfortable with the scenario if it were more politically correct? OK...two rich white bankers kick in your door. One is wearing a silk Armani, the other a strong Dior number with a red power tie...

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