None of us ever know when we might be faced with a situation where we have to defend ourselves from danger. The world we live in has always been a dangerous place, and as time goes on, it’s not getting any safer. While some expect “civilization” to equal safety, not all people are civilized. Those who are not are a danger to those who are. They are even more of a danger, when they attack those who think they are safe.
But civilized society is unable to protect us. Even though the police exist for that purpose, it is an impossible task. The limitations that the police operate under only allow them to be reactive, trying to catch criminals after they commit their horrendous acts.
If we want to be safe in this life, then we must be ready to defend ourselves from danger. It doesn’t matter if that danger is a drunk driver weaving down the highway or a mad shooter, bent on racking up a body count. Of the two, the latter is more dangerous, although the former is more common.
That means having the right sorts of personal defense equipment to protect ourselves with. This falls into two basic categories: defensive equipment and offensive equipment. If you look at the typical police officer, you see that they are armed with both types of personal defense equipment. That’s a good example for the rest of us to follow.
Since the greatest danger we face is that of an active shooter, defensive equipment means ballistic body armor. Ballistic armor uses a variety of materials, of which Kevlar is the most commonly known. This armor is designed to stop bullets and spread the momentum of the bullet out, so as to prevent penetration and reduce the possibility of broken bones or damage to internal organs from blunt-force trauma.
Unfortunately, ballistic body armor is a bit heavy and uncomfortable to wear, as well as making your body appear bulkier (who wants to look fat?). For this reason, most people don’t bother, unless they find themselves in a situation where they think there’s a strong chance of someone shooting at them. Police, some politicians and even some performers wear ballistic armor for protection. In the case of politicians and performers, “designer” clothing, with ballistic material built into it is often what is used.
However, no ballistic armor is perfect. Most will only stop pistol bullets, and some won’t even stop all pistol bullets. To do that, you need Class III-A body armor, not a lower numbered one (like II or III). However, even the best body armor can’t protect you from a shooter that keeps on shooting. Nor can that armor protect you, if the shooter hits you somewhere that the armor doesn’t cover.
Ultimately, the only way you can have any assurance of being able to survive an active shooting situation is to depend on the offensive part of your personal defense equipment. This means guns. While there are those who believe in giving teachers a bucket of rocks or a baseball bat to protect their students against an active shooter, that puts the teacher at a severe disadvantage in firepower.
There’s a saying, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” That’s because in most cases, the gun is a much more effective weapon to use in defending yourself, as well as for killing others, than the knife is. Considering that criminals today are much more likely to be armed with pistols than any other sort of weapon, it only makes sense to arm ourselves as effectively, so that we have a fighting chance.
Don’t get me wrong here, if all you have is a bucket of rocks or a baseball bat, then by all means, use it. That’s better than just standing there, waiting to be shot. But those are not the best possible pieces of personal defense equipment you can have; a gun is.
This means getting a license and carrying concealed, everywhere and every place the law allows you to. But it means more than that; it means becoming proficient with the use of that gun, so that you hit what you’re shooting at and don’t hit something else by accident. If you are going to use a gun as part of your personal defense equipment, you will be responsible for every bullet that comes out of that gun. If you hit an innocent bystander, you will be charged for it, just as if you shot them intentionally.