I don't need self defense...."I HAVE A GUN"
I am teaching a women's self defense class at my martial arts school. Last night was class number 2. This may be a long post so bare with me.
The first night of class we covered basic techniques of breaking wrist grabs and frontal chokes. This is not the issue of thread.
There was a participant who excused herself because she was overcome by the agression of the class. ( we teach as realisticly as possible) She said she had a panic attack. I approached and explained that in order to preform under real pressure you need to be able to train under pressure. ( She was doing very well while in class) She did not rejoin that night. Last night she cam back but was late. We were covering a collar grab or shoulder grab defense. I was making my way thru the class and noticed that she was not doing the technique.
I questioned her and her response was (paraphrased)
"We don't want to fall down and go thru all this" (they were not required to fall down)
I asked her what she would do in a real life situation. And here it comes....
"I don't need this, I have a gun"
The fuse was lit. I asked her if she could put her gun in someones face and pull the trigger, she said "no i'll put it in their stomach"
Me: "Could you pull the trigger"
Her: " Yes"
Me: "multiple times?" (she carries a ruger lcr...which she just bought)
Her: "If i had to"
Now mind you I am a very involved instructor, I want everyone to do their very best. At this point she is not doing anything close to her best. To save the length, I will not narrate.
She said she carried in her purse, and also that when she walked she kept her hand on the gun(cross body) she then stated that to get to her keys she needed to reach in her pocket. (which takes her hand off of her gun) She said that if someone snatched her purse that would assist her in her draw. I demonstrated that she was totally wrong and not to mention not justified in using her firearm in my opinion.
From there I showed some other scenarios about purse snatching, and spoke about the fact that buying a gun and shooting well at a target is not the only thing involved in carrying safely.
My point is not to bash women, but to say that anyone who feels that merely buying and carrying a firearm does NOT mean that you are prepared to defend yourself. If you buy a gun and carry it you need to focus on malfunction clearing, reloading, weapon retention, weapon disarm, and supplemtary weapons(knife, oc, kubaton, etc) If you are carrying a firearm you need to be able to defend yourself with and without that weapon. Hand to hand is more than likely what you need to rely on to save you.
I thought maybe some people would enjoy this story and maybe relate to it and give their opinion. Hopefully some people man or woman will get their eyes opened to this and seek more training.
***************NO OFFENSE TO ANYONE *****************