As people who carry weapons for self-defense, it would seem a logical leap to say we are also interested in survival. While watching an episode of "Self-Defense TV" a while back, I was struck by what Massad Ayoob considered his normal, daily "survival/carry" gear. Aside from his favorite gun, he carried a flashlight, knife, cell phone, decoy wallet and a few other items. As if that weren't enough, he then pointed out the he frequently carried (and recommended others do the same) TWO of all the above! He carries not just his primary weapons and other "survival" equipment, but backups as well.
Don't get me wrong, I will not even attempt to say that I know more about self-defense and concealed carry than MA, but to me it seems like a bit of overkill. I have enough trouble - especially here in Texas during the heat of summer - trying to carry one gun, a wallet, keys, a pocket knife, phone and the other odd this or that, much less two of each. I can see the possible need if I were an LEO on patrol during a period of civil unrest or knew I was about to enter a definite "bad" zone (NOLA during the floods of '05), but he implied this was his normal, daily carry equipment.
To me this seems even more strange since MA is as well known for his preaching non-confrontation and the perils of using a weapon for self-defense - we've all read his horror stories of what's happened to both LEO's and private citizens in our courts after a supposed "good" shooting - and his view that anyone who carries should only use PC equipment like LEO approved ammo (reloads are a NO-NO) to avoid even the appearance you were looking for trouble. Still, can you imagine talking to the local DA after a self-defense shooting and explaining you were NOT out for trouble when the police found you carrying a gun with spare magazines, pepper spray or a stun gun, a knife, a "dummy" wallet with a fake ID and other "survival" equipment... much less TWO of each!
Am I missing something, or is this how we need to become to survive in our brave new world!
My question is, how do all of you feel about his recommendation and what do you carry as your personal, daily, survival gear.