bagpiper wrote:A common coping mechanism is to convince ourselves that bad things won't happen to us because our situation is somehow very different than the situation of victims of various bad things. We don't do illegal drugs, we live in a "good" neighborhood, our kids go to a "good" school, we don't work graveyard shift, etc, etc, etc. I think one reason cases like the Smart kidnapping so captivate the public is because so much of the public has a hard time convincing themselves that something similar couldn't happen to them.
I think a better, but sadly less common coping mechanism is to instead take prudent precautions so as to be prepared when bad things do happen. Hence, rather than convincing ourselves that we won't ever be the victim of a violent crime for whatever reason we can dream up, most here have taken some measures to be able to respond to and survive a violent crime, perhaps even to discourage the criminal just prior to a crime actually being committed. Owning, training with, and carrying a gun (perhaps even openly) are the things this site is most concerned with. Reasonable situation awareness, coupled with prudent decision making (for a lot of reasons, but certainly including personal safety, I simply don't hang out at bars especially near closing time), are closely related components.
For many, the realization that bad things can happen to them is the catalyst toward valuing RKBA.
B Cart wrote:
Unfortunately for us, our world and even our very wonderful city and state, is becoming more and more filled with evil and crime.
redtree wrote:The "Nothing bad is going to happen to me" syndrome is a horrible attitude, but it's even worse when a CCW permit holder says it! I had a former boss that had that attitude! He quit his second job as a convenience store clerk. His attitude was, I don't work in that environment anymore so I don't need to carry! Two of us in the Dept were permit holders and another guy in our Dept was a retired LEO. All of tried to talk some sense into him but nothing doing. "I don't go anywhere dangerous, I don't need to carry" was all he kept saying!
UtahJarhead wrote:It's not about the odds, it's about the stakes.
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