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Pointing a gun at someone who is intending on taking your life is a serious matter. Being a civilized person, a lot of guilt and second guessing will cross your mind. However, this is not the time to wonder if they are going to have second thoughts and let you go.

For whatever reason, you have been put into a "you or them" situation and one person isn't going to make it.

You'll hear people say the phrase, most people are generally good. This may be true for most people, but it's not true for ALL people. For this reason, we carry a concealed weapon.

So what do you need to do when you're faced with a you or them situation? Dehumanizing the assailant is a good first step.

What will dehumanizing do exactly?


Well, if you see them as an individual person who may have a family, friends and who jokes around with the person in front of them in line at the grocery store, you are not going to want to pull the trigger. Even if it means they could take your life. People freeze and some pay the ultimate price.


You’ve probably watched a modern police show or movie with the military in it. Have you noticed the terminology they use?

Words like “the perp” or ”target acquired’ or “threat neutralized”. These words are intentionally used so the officers or soldiers don’t think of them as actual people.

When placed in a scenario where you are drawing your weapon, you should be more concerned about your life and the lives of the people in the immediate vicinity you are protecting. The assailant is going to do anything possible to get what they came for and escape. No one wants to go to prison.


When training with a concealed carry gun, we draw and shoot on targets. When confronted with a life and death scenario, you are drawing and shooting a target. No different. Your muscle memory and training will take over. That is why it's important to hone your skills on the range. We tackled that topic in our previous post, take a look here:  Best way to train on the gun range

Training with bullseye targets doesn’t seem the same as pulling the trigger on a person. However, if you are serious in your training, and have the mindset that you are drawing your weapon because your life depends on it, when the time comes your training will take over.

No two scenarios are alike and no bit of tactical advice will help through every situation. You will see some common themes throughout discussions about drawing your weapon in self defense. One of those commonalities is coming out alive. No matter the scenario, you are drawing your weapon because you are fearing for your life. This is not the time to second guess all of the practice you put in and training you've received.


Taking your training seriously is very important because in the heat of the moment, you will have a split second to analyze and react. We know that it can be hard to fit handgun training into your bussy schedule, here are a few tips that may help, take a look:   Making Time for Handgun Training

Coming out on the breathing end of the situation means the threat to your life was neutralized and you can begin to deal with the aftermath of the shooting.

The end result is up to us. We have the choice to draw and shoot the person attempting to take your life. We also have the choice to hesitate and do nothing.


About The Author

Trevor Dobrygoski has been a freelance copywriter since 2009. He has written about many different topics over the years. His 9-5 is outfitting police and other public safety vehicles with all of the equipment the law enforcement and other first responders need to save lives. When not working and writing, he is coaching, refereeing and playing soccer.