[March 22, 2021] In life, I believe one must be prepared for all situations. This idea means being able to handle firearms of all kinds properly. My dad was the first to put a gun in my hand (a 410 shotgun that belonged to my grandfather) and told me to be safe when using it and respect the fact that guns can kill. I also learned about the rules of a gunfight.
Here are some rules of a gunfight with comments. The most basic of all rules, an idea that underlies all of life’s values and purpose, is never to get caught unprepared. If you do, you’re dead, or your family is dead, or a friend. You get the picture. Be prepared, and maybe, if you are good enough, you might survive to tell about the adventure where death stalked you, and you won.
- Forget about knives, bats, and fists. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all your friends who have guns. Bring four times the ammo you think you could ever need. Comment: There is no such thing as being over-prepared when it comes to protecting life. And others must see you as prepared. In an emergency, you will need a gun. Whether in a natural or manmade disaster, having the right tools handy makes all the difference. Folks might make fun of you but will gravitate to you in times of crisis. They will see you as a leader.
- Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Comment: Never assume anything. My wife and I watch cowboy movies (the older ones are our favorites). Invariably, a good guy (or gal) will knock the bad guy down only to have him jump back up and surprise the good guy. If you have to protect yourself or others from bad people or wild animals and it comes to the point of using a gun, shoot at least twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
- If you choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a semi or fully automatic long gun and a friend with a long gun. Comment: Use the right tools for the job. You would not want to build a house without a hammer. Neither should you walk through life without the right tools. Have the best, most reliable gun available. Practice with it. Sleep with it. Get to know everything about that gun and respect what it can and, likewise, what it cannot do.
- Have a plan. Have a back-up plan because the first one won’t work. Comment: No battle plan ever survives the first minute of contact with bad people. Think ahead while relaxing in your living room, what you would do in the most common emergencies. Do you call the cops first, or do you retrieve your gun when someone is breaking into your house? Get your gun! Then call the cops. The point is that people stop thinking when under stress. If you have figured out what you want to do and practiced it, instinct will take over, and you will do the right thing.
- Be polite. Be professional. Be prepared to kill everyone you meet if necessary because they may want to kill you. Comment: Be courteous to everyone, overly friendly to no one. Your number one option for personal security and that of others is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
Remember, the objective is to win every time. If you are put into a situation where you must get into a gunfight to protect yourself and others, be ready. Otherwise, you will have failed the most crucial test of being a human.
Note: Rules were selected from “30 Rules of a Gunfight” by Shannon McGurk on his blog titled You Matter As a Man: https://authenticmasculinity.com/rules-of-a-gunfight/