In this article two armed men knocked at a door, then burst into the home, demanding money and drugs. After they shot the husband, the wife grabbed a .357 magnum and
Chiappa Arms Rhino Revolver in .357 Magnum. Interesting in that the barrel is aligned with the lowest cylinder, not the top cylinder like most revolvers.
shot one of the intruders, killing him.
This story could have ended very tragically, but for three factors:
1) They had a gun in the home
2) Everyone in the home knew where it was
3) Everyone in the home could use it.
When I moved into my last home, I chose places in the house where I kept weapons. This included two machetes, three knives, a spear, several cocobolo sticks, a push dagger, and a firearm. I pointed these places out to my children and warned them not to touch them unless a stranger was in the house. I also promised a near-death experience if they touched these weapons out of curiosity. Only the teenagers knew about the firearm, but even my 9 year old was taught about the locations of my blades and all were taught to attack the hands and throat of the stranger. All members of my family were taught Eskrima, and my wife and I sparred almost weekly. She is a law enforcement officer and I would be livid when she came home from work with injuries, so I insisted on her studying my arts. She trained for the “Battle of the Badges”, and within a few months of our wedding I was confident that she was safe with her hands alone. The home, in my opinion, is not safe unless every member is a soldier. My children trained weekly, and they sparred every Wednesday. On top of that, they boxed and fenced with a fencing club. The warrior must arm his family as well as himself, or he is wasting his knowledge.
Understand that there is no safe haven from violence, and even when you are home, there is vulnerability. If you are attacked in your sleep, you should have a defensive tool available within an arm’s reach. If you are in your car, you should have a weapon available as easily as a feigned dropped set of keys or wallet. If you are fumbling in your back pocket for cash, some sharp object needs to be a quick grab away. Your family will never be completely safe 100% of the time, so if anyone needs access to a weapon, even your children needs to be able to find a blade. I have a 10 year old boy who is crafty enough to be able to plunge a blade into the neck or bladder of even skilled Eskrimador. My daughter’s specialty in fencing is the foil, and because of her fast footwork, has even managed to thrust me a few times in playful combat. Prepare your family for defense, because you are their protector and the best way for you to protect them is to teach them to protect themselves.
And never, ever, forget your role as warrior–because this role does not end at 5 p.m. every day. It does not occur only on weekends, or 5 or 6 days a week. When you leave your blade at home, or your firearm in the cabinet, or your plastic knife in the glove compartment of your car (HARD plastic, that is; it gets past metal detectors), you are basically convincing yourself that you know for a fact that no violence will occur today. And you really don’t know that, do you? I didn’t think so. If you ask me, I’d say that you were in denial, hoping that “today isn’t the day”… but we don’t carry weapons because most attacks occur on weekends, and certainly not at 6 in the afternoon when you’re going to the mall, right? Are you sure?
Arm yourself. Arm your family. And always have a weapon available, because you can “always” be attacked–at home, in the car, while you sleep, when you shop. This is the life of a warrior… We are the armed among a sea of the unarmed. Like the guard dog in my previous article, you are not one of the prey, unless you choose to be.
Chiappa Rhino .357 --The .357 in 4 inch barrel is a good home choice. It can also shoot 38 Special, and +P rounds.
In reading this excerpt, we see several key ideas:
1) Weapons are secreted throughout the house and the car. You should have weapons prepared in every environment you are in, –home, car, workplace. I teach at school, so I can’t have a gun or a knife, but I can have a heavy metal stapler, or solid steel scissors, or a heavy flashlight “in case the power goes out.”
2) Every member of the family is trained. They know where the weapons are, and know how to use them. Like in the news story, what if you as the defender of the home are incapacitated or killed? Can the other members of the family step up to defend themselves?
3) Prepare your family for various scenarios. You will NOT get in the car. You will NOT let then tie you up. You will NOT surrender your weapon, no matter who they threaten to kill.