So what happens if someone you love is attacked, suddenly, unexpectedly, violently? Will they be able to stop, overpower or incapacitate the attacker?
You need to know why so you can make an informed decision.
You might be discarding the question with thoughts like, “We don’t need it. We have guns for personal protection.”
If you do not know what my response to that would be, you definitely should not have a firearm, but I’ll give a few quick reasons why having a gun is not the “answer all” to personal safety. This is not to disregard the usefulness of a gun in the right situation, but to address effective personal self defense from a realistic, practical point of view.
Here are just a few, quick thoughts on why you must also have a good non-lethal option.
1. Only about 1 out of 101 use of force situations merit lethal force.
So, that should be all you really need to know. That is based on FBI statistics showing how many use-of-force situations involve lethal force. The actual percentage for civilian-on-civilian use-of-force, is probably much less.
2. Many locations and venues do not allow firearms.
The firearm is not going to help if you cannot carry it with you, so this reduces the chance of it saving you from a sudden, unexpected, violent attack, even more.
3. Millions are at high risk, but not old enough to carry a firearm.
Of course, millions are also able to carry a firearm, so this is only pertinent for those who cannot.
4. In sudden, unexpected, violent attacks it is almost 100% certain that the firearm will not be in your hand at the time of attack.
People do not carry a firearm in hand while walking, jogging, hiking, biking or going to their car after work.
5. In a sudden, unexpected, physical attack, if the gun is in hand, it is highly likely it will be dropped.
6. Even if the situation allows enough time and opportunity to use against a violent attacker and the situation legally justifies lethal force, that does not mean that non-lethal, but effective force would not have been a much better option.
Obviously, there are situations in which lethal force by gun, is the best option and every law abiding citizen of legal age and sound mental health should be able to own a firearm. However, personal safety without a non-lethal option, is incredibly limited. It’s simply a very poor, incomplete strategy.
Why should you have a D.A.D., 2, in particular?
You will enjoy life more, no question about it. Fear and stress while hiking, biking, jogging, walking, camping, going to you car or being alone, anywhere, do not make life more enjoyable. That’s why we have the slogan, Never Alone.
I probably do at least one thing every day that I enjoy more because I have a D.A.D. literally on my hand, ready to fire in a split second, should that day be the one out of a thousand days, or one out of ten thousand days, that I get attacked, by an animal, a human, or a combination of the two.
This is not to mention the knowledge that all my family members have them and use them, which also decreases my worry and fear of them being in a situation in which someone is trying to hurt them and they are not able to stop, overpower or incapacitate the attacker. I know that should that situation occur, which is likely at some point in their lives, they have a good chance of escaping, unharmed. The idea some have that you will be “less free” because you have one, or that it make you appear paranoid, is a fallacy. You absolutely feel more free.
Over the next 13 weeks I will continue to post a little something about safety and the D.A.D.® 2 and/or the forthcoming M.O.M.’s role in achieving it. I will also include a total of 14 tips to making school an incredibly rewarding experience. These 14 tips were used by the valedictorians at a Grade School, Junior High and High School as well as the recipient of a $60,000 academic scholarship.
“What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour?” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It was awesome! It really made me want to learn and taught me how to do it twice as fast and still do it better.”Wes, 16
TIP 2 of 14: DIVIDE YOUR TOTAL STUDY TIME BETWEEN SUBJECTS.
Imagine I am offering you one million dollars if you get a 98 or above in every one of your classes. I’m not...just imagine.
However, if you get even a 97 in any one of them, you do not get anything...not a dime!
This is how you should approach this next step.
Think about this. If you were only allowed to study each day for the time you put down in step one and not a second more, how much time would you allocate to each class? Your answer will be a critical factor in how successfully you capitalize on this new approach to school. It is not a good idea to go home or to the library and study what you believe you need to study for as long as it takes to complete it. That is a terrible, wasteful, ineffective approach.
“If you have a difficult class, or one that is problematic for you, you will agonize over earning that 98 or above in that particular class. Therefore, you must give that class more time, and the easier classes as little time, as you need to score at least a 98. If you dedicate too little time to an easier class, it might be the class that keeps you from earning a million dollars. By doing this, you won’t squander your time on any class or subject. And, you will really learn something from every class, something that will benefit you.
I recommend that you use 5-minute increments to schedule 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25-minute study sessions according to the difficulty of each class. Nevertheless, you can divide it into three-minute, seven-minute or 23-minute intervals. Every minute matters, so plan wisely. And stick with what you decide, unless you change it, in writing, not just in your head. Do not make changes casually.
Why stick with the exact amount of time you allocate to each class? Your brain responds to what you tell it and to what you do. Your ability to achieve intense focus will greatly enhance your ability to learn things faster. Anyone who has accomplished anything great knows how important focus is.
Here are two examples of how you might allocate time between classes (your times will likely differ). Remember: divide it up to get a 98 in every class.
Change How Your Brain Processes Information:
I hope this analogy will help explain how detrimental it is to lie to yourself. If I were to ask you to dive in the pool and swim as fast as you can, using every ounce of strength you have, but did not indicate how far or for how long, you would want to know. If I said I want you to swim as fast as you possibly can for 10 seconds, you would be fine with that unless you were really out of shape or unable to swim. For this analogy, I assume you are in average physical condition and know how to swim. You are presumably fine with swimming as fast as you can for 10 seconds to win a prize. If, however, I said I wanted you to swim as fast as you can for 10 minutes, you would think I had lost my mind. You would object to the absurd request. You would explain that you would have to swim a lot slower if it were for 10 minutes rather than 10 seconds.
Therefore, we agree that if you swim all out for 10 seconds, you win the reward. Diving into the pool, you swim as fast as you can. You are looking forward with anticipation to stopping after 10 seconds. However, contrary to what we agreed, when the 10 seconds ends I say to keep going if you want the prize. I do not tell you how much longer you will have to swim at full speed. You ask how much longer but I say, “I’m not sure. Just keep going, full speed.” You would want to slow down immediately and probably would.
Then I say, “Oh, I’m sorry about that. Let’s do it again.” You might curse me, thinking, “I won’t do that again. You lied to me. You said that if I swam as hard as I could for 10 seconds, I would earn the reward.” Your brain will respond the same if you lie to it. It does not like being deceived, especially not by you!
If you set a study time with the idea that you will go as fast as you can for the entire 20-minute session and the reward is you get to stop, you’ll train your brain to do everything faster. This will save you much time. You’ll also learn the subject matter better. Remember: this is only one part of the equation, but it is, very important. However, it is not natural for you to study this way. You are more inclined to go slower, daydream, fall asleep, and get distracted by the phone, the TV, other people and other thoughts.
When I started doing this technique, I had mild headaches at the end of my study sessions. I was giving my brain an intense workout. I studied with greater intensity, but for a shorter time. If you do it right, you’ll be ready for a break after 20 minutes. If you do not do it with the proper focus and intensity, you will feel like you should continue. That will be a sign that you are not doing it right yet.
The only way to get your brain in all-out mental sprint is to convince it that if you do it, you will be rewarded with a break after 10 to 25 minutes. You will accomplish a great deal in less time, not only because you go faster but also because of what you study and how you study. Even if you don’t finish what you wrote that you would do, you should stop on time. It will be tempting to continue, but do not do it. You will want to finish it, but don’t. As you force yourself to stop, you start to improve what you do during the study period.
NOTE: If all you do is reduce your study time and study the same as before, you will do worse, not better. If you do this program properly, you will learn more in one-third the time, but only if you apply the principles and techniques properly. A superficial approach will not be nearly as effective. It is not that anything you will be asked to do is difficult, but it does require the right attitude and a correct understanding of the principles and techniques. It will require a greater effort for a shorter time.
There is more to say on this tip, but this should help a lot. See you for T!P 3 next week.
Excerpt From: Michael Hugh Teig. “Surf Your Way Through School.” Michael H. Teig, 2014. Apple Books. https://books.apple.com/us/book/surf-your-way-through-school/id867344847
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