I have begun to get away from the idea of ‘defensive’ fighting or the use of ‘defensive’ weapons because we don’t defend ourselves with firearms, we counter-attack someone who is attacking us. Furthermore, thinking about “defense-defensive-defending” all the time can get you conditioned not to counter-attack as soon and as intently as you need to in order to prevail in a fight. Defense alone does not win fights and does not preserve life. Counter-attacking does. Begin, therefore, to think less of defending and more of counter-attacking if you want to increase your chances of winning.
This reinforces my thinking about the danger and insidiousness of the “defensive meme” that has been a staple part of gun-world-thinking for a very long time. It’s not that it’s flat wrong to think in these terms. There was and still is good reason to use the terms “defensive, defend, defending”. My concern is that it is so pervasive, so common, so often repeated, that it has conditioned entirely too many people to think and believe that they have to wait longer than they have to before they begin to actually fight back.
I believe, in fact, that the hesitation this long-espoused concept has hammered into some has been enough to get them killed. I think that too many people, even some who are serious about training and studying and preparing to protect themselves and loved ones, have been conditioned to wait until it is absolutely, positively, unquestionably clear that they can legally start a counterattack. Or they are still so uncomfortable with the thought of hurting or killing another, even an attacker, that they grasp the ‘defending/defensive’ idea as a salve to their souls and try and wait until they see that there is absolutely no choice but to fight back.