Being a responsible gun owner is not about the gun. It’s about why you own it. And it’s about why you have it in your home or carry it on your person.
This article from the USCCA does a great job of putting the firearm in its place. A gun is simply a tool used among many tactics and strategies to protect yourself or your home.
Mindset is such a critical thing. How we think about firearms and how we feel about their potential use shape every decision we make regarding personal protection or home defense.
The mature and responsible gun owner thinks about things like making your home uninteresting. Or you’ll think about where the safe (Defensible) spaces are strategically in your home.
I happen to be in the process of hiring a security consultant to inspect my daughter’s home so that we can develop a plan for safety and defense. I hope sharing this article will encourage and help you think through how you’re going to protect yourself and your loved ones.
I wish you the best at the start of this new year.
Stay sharp and stay safe.
Jim Anthony – Founder
Indiana Responsible Gun Owners
Source: USCCA | Repost IRGO 1/5/2022 –
If you interpret “home defense” in the broadest sense, the objective is to protect your people and your home from threats of any kind. That would include not just home invasions but also simple burglary and even fire. While the concepts overlap a bit, we’re going to focus on the intruder scenario here. When thinking about a home-defense plan to deal with a possible break-in, don’t forget to consider your strategy for more likely “home safety” events like fire. Many of the same planning principles apply.
Make Your Home Uninteresting
Like most people, criminals will choose the path of least resistance. When deciding whether to mug an alert 220-pound man obviously keen to his surroundings or another who has a fat wallet in the back pocket and his face buried in a smartphone, guess who will get bypassed in the victim-selection process? It’s the same with homes. If your house has motion-activated lights, low shrubbery, a solid door and a Ring-style video doorbell or motion camera on all doors, your home will be lower on the ideal target list.
Your Safe Space
Defending your family from a band of night-vision-wearing commandos is only a realistic scenario in the movies. Keep your planning practical based on real scenarios and crime statistics. If your strategy is to go forth and play Ninja hide-and-seek with home invaders, you’ve just improved their odds. Sure, you know the floor plan, but you’re moving into an unknown situation just like they are.
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