The title of today's blog post comes from the emergency warning issued by the U.S. consulate in Sydney, Australia, after an Islamist terrorist took hostages in a Sydney cafe yesterday. American citizens were urged to "maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance [their] personal security". I would like to suggest that it is a good idea for ALL Americans, EVERYWHERE, to follow that directive ALL THE TIME. And since the Supreme Court of the United States has decided that our Second Amendment rights are vested in Individuals, I exercised that right this past weekend, and took definitive steps to secure my personal safety.
It has been awhile since I've written anything about my decision over the last few years to add firearms training to my set of skills. I've especially encouraged women to think about stepping outside their comfort zone and being responsible for learning how to defend themselves.
That is the reason why I signed up for my first Defensive Carbine class. Now, you might think that women have no place in a Carbine class; nor could they possibly be as proficient with an automatic rifle as a man. But, I'm here to tell you that me and my three women teammates held our own with the other 9 men in the class. We covered the gamut in platforms -- from AK to AR to Sig 522, and we handled them well. We matched the men when it came to learning basic skills, such as trigger reset, clearing malfunctions, tactical and combat reloads. And we definitely kept pace when it came to shooting on the move and the various reactive drills and relays. We learned to be effective shooters while reacting to a threat, as well as how to work under pressure as part of a team. At the end of the two-day course, we could hold our heads high when it came to speed, stamina, and accuracy; and we can now be more confident that we can increase our chances of winning a gunfight, should we ever find ourselves in that situation.
Yes, my handgun training is beneficial and highly important, but living within a couple hundred miles of the Texas/Mexico border, I can tell you that a handgun may not be enough to stop the potential threats we face. More often than not, the unknown enemies will use carbines in their attacks; and in that instance, my pistol is not going to be as effective. As several of our excellent trainers have taught us, "Your pistol is used to fight your way to your carbine." In order to rise to that occasion and be skilled in defending myself, it only makes sense to learn this weapons platform as well; and learn it to the best of my ability.
I am very lucky in that I am married to a man that is not only willing to teach me and train me, but he encourages me to know how to defend myself. I don't want to sound like "Chicken Little", but the instability of the world, and the rise of Evil, demands that we all take the notion of "securing our personal safety" in a very serious manner -- men and women, alike! Oftentimes law enforcement will only be reactive, and they arrive on the scene after the damage has been done. It should be obvious that we cannot rely on someone else to come to the rescue; we must prepare and train in order to be proactive when it comes to our personal defense and safety.
I am also extremely fortunate to have easy access to one of the best firearms training groups in the nation. They are especially responsive to women wanting to learn defensive firearms training, and they help us develop the necessary mindset to learn these important skills. It is important to note that these skills are not intuitive; one must train until they become second nature -- and then train some more.
Unlike the women at the founding of our nation, or those that survived Indian raids on the frontier, Society has taught us that we should lay down and wait for someone to save us; instead, we must learn to save ourselves. And me and my Sisters-in-Arms have just taken another important step down that road, just as the women throughout our history have done. Thank God for self-reliant women and the Second Amendment!
Proverbs 31:25 "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come."