“We can either live in a paranoid politically correct world frantically trying not to offend the Hitlers and Mohammeds, and blaming their victims when they kill, or we can be free men and women who have chosen to take the power to defend our rights into our own hands.
While a thousand organizations use the Holocaust as a platform for speeches about tolerance, Children Of Jewish Holocaust Survivors [Jews Can Shoot] is conducting firearms training… Freedom is not defended with empty idealism easily perverted into appeasement of evil, but with the force of arms.”
All too many of the other great tragedies of history - Stalin's atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few - were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece... If a few hundred Jewish fighter in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.
Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Silveira v. Lockyer, 2003
Habah l'hargecha hashkem l'hargo -- "If someone is coming to kill you, rise against him and kill him first."
This combination means you are well prepared both mentally and physically to deal with a violent encounter. This combination makes you a dangerous person for others to target. You are capable and prepared to defend yourself and others.
Strong Mindset- Low Skills
This combination means you are still a formidable person for protecting yourself and others. This is the most interesting combination in my opinion and shows the absolute need and validity of having a strong mindset. The reality is that most people who survive and prevail in violent encounters are NOT trained. But their mindset and sheer determination to survive allows them to take the necessary action to survive despite not having a high level of physical self-defense skills. Their discontent and indignation at the situation allows them to use anger to their advantage and prevail in a violent encounter. Mindset is critical!