Line in the sand
Everyone who lawfully and responsibly carries a concealed firearm must ask themselves, “at what point do I draw my firearm and engage a threat?” This is a valid and very important question that each individual must determine; where is your line in the sand, so to speak. Those that are hesitant or uncertain if they could pull the trigger in a life threatening situation should also question if carrying concealed is a responsible decision. However the other side of the coin also applies; what about the individual that states they would draw their firearm over the smallest infraction against them?
Deciding to carry a concealed firearm daily brings with it great responsibility, both in a moral and legal sense. Just the decision to draw your firearm brings with it legal consequences, if you do so outside the scope of the law. Obviously, using your firearm against someone brings severe moral and legal ramifications should your actions be deemed inappropriate or “a bad shoot” by the authorities.
This begs the question, why not avoid the fight altogether and live to see another day instead of engaging in a firefight? If you have“situational awareness” and can see the problem coming your way, you should have time and distance on your side to avoid the problem. Do you really want to test how good of a gunfighter you are? Will your ability be enough to defend yourself or your loved one(s)? Do you really want to see how fast your draw is or how accurately you can place rounds on someone when your life is on the line? Has your training been enough to overcome whatever obstacle(s) that has been placed in your way?
There are situations where the fight is coming no matter what you do. It’s not enough to just be prepared, you have to know where your line in the sand is without any hesitation. This means you have to know exactly when to avoid the fight and when you have no other choice but to engage the threat. There are a million possibilities that you can face; the better prepared you are both mentally and physically gives you the best chances to survive or avoid the situation.