Know When to Stop Talking and Start ShootingNovember 13, 2012 by Melanie Swick | 4 Comments
It’s easy to fall into a feedback loop during a self-defense situation. No one in their right mind wants to take a human life if it can be avoided, but unfortunately, there is a line, that once crossed, makes it clear a hostile situation can not be deescalated. At that point you must take immediate action to end the situation by any means necessary. Failure to do so can result in the harm or death of you and your family.
Only you know what your conscience can handle and what you’re willing to do to protect yourself and your family, so you’ll have to determine exactly where to draw that line for yourself. I can only share my own perspective as it applies to me and my family; while I won’t say where my lines are drawn, I will tell you that there is no grey area. I can talk to someone who poses a threat all day long, provided that they don’t cross that line, but the second that they do, there will be no further talking; the threat will be eliminated.
This isn’t the sort of thing you can ponder when the situation arises, like deciding what to have for lunch. Instead, you must make a conscious decision ahead of time, and come to terms with the ramifications of that decision.