I'm a little disappointed to hear all the 'don't help' positions. Don't take it as personal criticism, it isn't. Each of us must make that decision for themselves.
We have all seen & heard the stories about something happening to a victim & NOBODY stops to help. Society has gone from a friendly 'how do you do' place, to the ostrich's.... 'stick your head in the sand' mentality.
I'm not advocating going out & looking for a fight or confrontation. I don't go out looking for trouble, but if it comes to me....Doom on You....I'm not running from it either.
If someone asks for help, I'm going to give it.....I'll be aware of what's going on, but I will assist.
I treat everybody I meet with respect, until it's time not to.........Ask yourself how you would feel, if you avoided a situation & those same BGs, caused mayhem on another unprepared victim. I've been there & not a day goes by that I don't feel some responsibility for my lack of action, which would have avoided a bad situation from occurring later.from Rules for a Gun Fight:
21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
Again, I'm not advocating looking for trouble! Don't put yourself in a situation where you are at the disadvantage. Know your limits.
This is why I decided to carry & TRAIN. I train often on my own & seek professional training at least twice a year. Know your limits & prepare as best you can.
Some take the stand that they will only 'protect themselves & family'.....that's fine if that's your feeling & intent. As for me, that is NOT enough. For me, deciding to carry for defense isn't JUST for my own safety, I feel some responsibility to those around where ever I am.
We carry a large responsibility when you holster a firearm & take it into public. You should treat it that way!
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