VI – Self-Defense

Biblical Lessons to Learn De-Escalating Skills

You’ll always prevail against a threat if you’re able to avoid the threat. Proper execution of situational awareness positions you to be aware of warning signs in advance of perilous occurrences, which in turn allows you to maintain enough physical distance as much as possible to stay in control of the outcomes. In his ancient book, The Art of War, late 6th century BC Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher Sun Tzu wrote, “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

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Practicing situational awareness applies to the verbal confrontations you might face as much as to the physical surroundings you encounter every day. The oral skill-set required to keep a heated argument from becoming a deadly altercation is known as de-escalation. It involves knowing what to say and not say, when to say it, and how to say it. That means the coordinated use of our brains and tongues can be just as important in our self-defense strategy as performing defensive shooting drills at the range. An excellent article on the subject is “The Truth About De-Escalation” by John Bostain, president of Command Presence Training, published in Michigan Police Chiefs.

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The world’s most influential book, the Bible, has plenty to say about the words that come out of our mouths. Consider the following Scripture verses as a framework to help you in building your de-escalation mindset.

  ▶  Death and life are in the power of the tongue…. Proverbs 18:21

  ▶  Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. James 1:19

  ▶  Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20

  ▶  Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:27

  ▶  Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. Proverbs 13:3

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Live Life Left of Bang

Buy the book Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life through this affiliate link with AmazonThe principle of situational awareness is taken to a deeper level in the book Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life. Written for the US Marine Corps, the concept is just as applicable for everyone to apply for civilian self-defense against personal threats.

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We encourage you to read the entire book and visit its website. In the meantime, here are a few lessons from it:

20 Reasons to Concealed Carry a Defensive Firearm

You may want to copy into your cell phone the following list of reasons why you feel it’s important to legally and responsibly concealed carry a defensive firearm and refer to the list often so you’re ready with an answer the next time a friend or family member asks. You may even want to read the list out loud every time before you holster your gun.

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  1. It’s my civil right as acknowledged by the Second Amendment.
  2. I support the right to life.
  3. No one has the right to take my life.
  4. Guns save lives.
  5. I love my family.
  6. My family needs me.
  7. I am committed to protect myself and my family.
  8. I am prepared.
  9. I am a realist.
  10. I choose to not be a victim.
  11. Evil is real and life-ending threats abound.
  12. All that’s required for evil to prevail is for me to do nothing.
  13. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
  14. Criminals and terrorists don’t schedule appointments.
  15. Criminals and terrorists employ heartless and brutal tactics.
  16. Criminals and terrorists act without conscience in the ferocious harm they cause.
  17. When seconds count, rescue personnel are minutes away.
  18. Guns are productive tools in my hands because I’m a responsible law-abiding citizen.
  19. Guns are normal and normal people use guns.
  20. It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need one and not have it.

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7.6% of USA Adults Are Licensed to Concealed Carry Handguns

The total number of permits to concealed carry firearms in the USA is at least 19.48 million, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center report, Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2020. Add in people who legally carry in the 17 Constitutional Carry states that do not require permits in all or almost all of their state (AK, AR, AZ, ID, KS, KY, ME, MO, MS, MT, ND, NH, OK, SD, VT, WV, WY) and the number clearly becomes much larger. The CPRC report also shows that the growth rate for permits by women continues to be much greater than for men; Florida is the state that has issued the most concealed carry permits at 2.14 million; and that permit holders are supremely law-abiding. All states now allow concealed carry, although permit rules vary widely between states.

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Map showing how different states of America regulate concealed carry as of 2020

Click to enlarge this map showing how different states of America regulate concealed carry as of 2020

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