Some practice martial arts because 'it is fun' [the biggest crock of shite you will hear] think of the word martial and then the 'real why' people are drawn to it.
These same people will tell you that any concern of 'self protection' is paranoia. Then the very same people will take people's money while assuring them self defense is 'automatic' in what they are teaching.
The same misguided individuals will argue that there is no 'force continuum'_
that a person won't have a chance to 'continue' any force in an assault.
These very same people don't realize that kowledge about force escalation is critical to sharper awareness of what might be about to happen, and how the type and timing of response action will help to keep them safe.
If I had not been born on the land or if I had not served I would have still be drawn to training with firearms it's part of the force continuum, a natural progression for a martial artist.. If your not comfortable escalating force then your just the next victim in waiting.The police won't save your bacon you are responsible for you.
Lots to think about.
I think that the mindset of many martial arts students still is that watever they are practicing is the ultimate in self defense/protection...against any threat...and it all happens 'automatically'...
I'd like to hear from someone who embraces this view...maybe it is me who is missing something.