If you need a gun, don't go?
Hey, I've heard a lot of people say stuff like "If you need a gun where you're going, you shouldn't go there." I disagree. I don't think you should let criminals change your routine either way, ie you shouldn't go looking for a fight, but you also shouldn't let them intimidate you into not going certain places if you are going there for legitimate purposes.
Am I wrong? I would like y'all's opinion on this since, as I've said many times, I do not have my CCW yet and want to make sure that I am a smart and responsible sheepdog once I get my permit.
Let me give you an example. I was on an extended vacation in Canada last year living with my sister who is studying art up there. I've always been interested in martial arts but haven't ever had the opportunity to train as there was never a dojo near by, and we moved around a lot. As you can probably imagine, there were plenty in Toronto where my sister and I were living.
So, I decided to start training in Aikido. The dojo I chose to attend was in a shady part of town. FTR, I never actually got into a confrontation or even heard about one, thank god, but the neighborhood had a vibe about it that gave me the heebie geebies. I decided to keep going though because I tried other dojos and didn't like the instructors as much as the ones at this school.
Should I have found another place to study?