So, do you draw your handgun in self defense or not? Yes! No! Maybe! Well, what do you do? Suffice it to say, there are many, complex considerations and variables in each different situation we might encounter to just begin answering that seemingly innoculous question. To begin, yes we have a 2nd Amendment Constitutional right to keep and bear arms in the United States. It is certainly a euphemism to say the decision to own, carry, and use a handgun is a very serious one that comes with great responsibility. Of course, as gun owners we should know, follow, and respect the law and get proper and thorough handgun training. And that is not just a three-hour introductory course on a few handgun topics, or twenty-years-ago military training classes, or squirrel-hunting lessons from Pop when we were young. If we don’t know what we are doing, not just in terms of handling and shooting skills with a gun, but also in regards to the legal responsibilities and situational factors, there is a high probability that we m-ight be fitted with some new bracelets and mandatorily locked away in a compact cubicle. Even if we believe that our use of deadly force was bona fide and in justifiable self defense against that contemptible, despicable cretin. There is also a high probability, thankfully, that we will never have to draw our handgun to protect our lives or those of our loved ones or against great bodily injury. Still, we should be prepared with the shooting skills training, legal understanding, and know upfront the common concepts, key deadly-force principles, and responses necessary for our personal long-term survival (mentally, physically, and financially) in many self-defense situations, just in case.
So, even if we have the excellent handgun shooting skills and strongly believe that our use of deadly force was the correct response in our encounter, there is also a high probablility that we may get in trouble. People think and reason differently, have different values and priorities, define and interpret things in their own terms, have different experiences and understandings which flavor their decisions and actions, and are just unique. It is like rolling the dice, since there are so very many, different combinations and situations we might experience with various outcomes in a short amount of time. I guess the old axiom or the 3-3-3 Rule does come into play. This generic Rule means the majority of self-defense encounters involving the use of deadly force occur at 3 yards or less… with 3 rounds fired… and in only 3 seconds. Our whole future is at risk and based on the actions we take in a very short amount of time and at a very close encounter of the gun kind.