Prepared, Not Paranoid

We have received many, many comments on AmericanRifleman.org since implementing comments on article, blogs and videos. Some have been stimulating, some have been questionable and some have made us rethink ideas that we believed were clear.

A recent comment made me believe that the purpose of my blog is not completely clear to all, even though I think the commenter realized what I am trying to do.

I’m not really paranoid, at least as far as you know. Rather, I consider myself to be prepared like a Boy Scout, which is acceptable since I was a Boy Scout many years ago.

No, I’m not paranoid and I’m not trying to make people see bogeymen behind every street corner. The RackAttack blog is about getting you to think about your safety, along with the safety of your family. I can’t tell you how to defend yourself or your home because every home and every person is different with different skills. I carry a Kimber Ultra Carry in .45 ACP in a Milt Sparks VersaMax II holster with a spare magazine everywhere it is legal to do so, but that might be more that you can, or want, to handle. You might prefer a Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special in .38 Spl. or one of the new .380s, and there is nothing wrong with that. How I would handle a situation, might not work for you, but if I can get you to thinking about a situation to develop a plan, then I’ve done my job.

Thanks to John for putting me onto this topic. And as far as your question, Utah is the only state that currently allows concealed carry on all public colleges and universities with a permit. There are, however, some states that leave the concealed-carry decision up to each college or university, though, of course, most states outright ban concealed carry on all public schools.

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3 Responses to Prepared, Not Paranoid

TomW wrote:
August 19, 2011

Situational awareness is the key to self-preservation. Knowledge of a plan in a given situation is another key. Realistically, hardware is not the key, but a survival tool and should be adjusted to the situation you are in. Although Mas Ayoob is fond of the saying "Friends don't let friends carry mouseguns.", my Kel-Tec P32 is about the biggest handgun I can daily carry without a lot of trouble. (New York ain't too gun friendly, but the conditions of my license mean I must carry concealed. Concealed means CONCEALED.) Prior to that, my CCW was a Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless in 32 ACP. Since I learned to run that gun (very reliable and accurate), I did not feel inadequately equipped. I cannot carry my beloved 1911's or Hi-Power everywhere as there are clothing issues as well. The usual kit is my Kel-Tec, Benchmade mini-Griptilian, SureFire G2 and a charged cell phone. With situational awareness, it should be good enough for those times when I am fairly certain trouble is not readily at hand. If I suspect it so, then we adjust the hardware accordingly.

Dean (MGySGT USMC Retired) wrote:
August 19, 2011

Very well stated Paul. Like yourself, I do not consider myself paranoid, but rather prepared for the worse case scenario. On a daily basis I conceal carry a primary and a BUG, along with a SOG pocket knife and Surefire flashlight. Unfortunately in this day of age, planning on the worse case scenario and pray it never happens is infinately better than not planning and hoping for the best case scenario and in a moments notice, having your world turned upside down by very violent individuals. I am responsible for my safety and the safety of my family. Whether at home or when "out and about" the need for situational awareness and mental preparedness never ceases. How we react is dependent on each unique situation. From RackAttack to a single armed robber, we might have the ability to execise a variety of options ranging form "getting out of Dodge" to the extreme of being forced to use deadly force. But then again, due to the situation, we MAY NOT have options and are forced to extreme measures immediately upon recognition of the threat. How a person decides to protect themselves and their families is a personal matter and requires mental preparation. Individual decisions have consequences beyond the individual. All it takes is an evening of internet searches for individuals to understand that extreme, unfathomable violence can happen anywhere at anytime. How we decide react to that reality is a condition of understanding situation awareness and mental preparedness.

John wrote:
August 16, 2011

Thank you for the response. And yes I know you're not walking around with your hand hovered abouve your holster anticipating danger. My words just came out slightly wrong. What I meant to say was You are good at putting situations in your blogs that people may otherwise not think of untill it is too late. Such as the mentioning of Flip flops limited mobility and lack of awareness when jogging with headphones on. Keep up the good work!