A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

An American expat living in Italy for the last 20 years decided to blog a bit about my last post. Mike said:
"Does that sound a little paranoid to you? It certainly does to me. Where is the line between reasonable precaution which constitute preparedness and over-the-top paranoid delusion? Can planning for every contingency to this degree become a trap for some people which itself diminishes freedom? Or, does it make sense to plan meticulously for the extremely rare event of armed home invasion and the even rarer event of home invasion by a team of commandos?"
I typed up a response for Mike, and thought better of it. Chances are, since he did not have the courage to post a comment on my blog, he would simply delete my comment on his. So, I preserved it here prior to posting it. To wit:

Mike, we all form our opinion of the world around us based on our personal experiences. I do not "prepare for violent contingencies as if a squad of commandos is liable to attack at any moment" as you put it. I prepare for a violent and quick moving encounter that has me behind in the OODA loop. That is much more likely to be one or two criminals than a squad of crack commandos. Regardless, if I am behind on the OODA loop, chances are I will be impaired for life or dead unless I have the means of rapidly reversing the unfolding events.

Mike, the reason why a high school drop out failure at life thug can defeat and put down a well trained college graduate in a violent confrontation is not because he is smarter. It is because he has a plan and he is familiar with human behavior in violent encounters. To be able to survive such a situation, a person can depend on luck, or they can prepare themselves through training and education. To adequately prepare, they must understand the nature of a violent encounter and what their inadequacies are when attacked.

A gun does not protect you Mike. The ability to use the gun swiftly, effectively and decisively are what protects you when you are down to your last option. You will note, however, if you took the time to read before you decided to type out your screed, that I advocate first recognition, then avoidance and evasion of threats. To remain safe, the threat must first be recognized.

The fear of appearing "not normal" leads many people walking around totally unprepared for a violent encounter with a criminal. I do not know if you are a person such as this, or if you are a gun owner who simply believes that having a gun is enough. Honestly, it doesn't matter to me. I do encourage you to become a gun owner if you are not, and get solid, professional training in self defense if you are. Your lack of understanding of the nature of a violent encounter is readily apparent.

I took a look at your sidebar, and I saw "I'm an American expat living in Italy these last 20 years." That about sums it up, doesn't it? I'll put it to you this way Mike. I'm a law abiding citizen of a country where I can carry an effective means of self defense. I chose to do so. Because I do so, I invest the time to learn to use it effectively.

Now you can peck away all the you like about it, but that will not change. Am I paranoid? Are you talking clinically paranoid? Paranoia is a term that delusional people use in a derogatory fashion to describe those better prepared than themselves. It makes them feel more secure as they smugly cite statistics and anecdotes. All the while, people continue to die in violent encounters, while others manage to survive. I encourage you to investigate why some victims survive while others do not.

I'll answer a couple of your questions as well. Have I been a victim? Yes. Did it lead me towards gun ownership? No. I already owned guns. It did lead me towards effective, realistic training.

I recently had a friend, a police officer, die as the result of a violent encounter. He was holding a taser on a criminal instead of his gun. The criminal pulled a gun and shot and killed him before his partner could return fire, or before my friend could transition from his taser to his own gun. Should he have tased the criminal? IMHO, yes. However, he followed his training and went for his own gun when he saw the criminal produce a gun. As a result, he was behind on the OODA loop, was shot and killed.

These encounters happen with breathtaking speed. Training is essential, but more importantly, recognizing and understanding the threat is imperative. It is this aspect of self defense that so many people ignore, and if you had taken the time to read a bit deeper, perhaps you would have found it.

Excessive gun fanaticism? It's a gun blog Mike. Oh, occasionally it gets into photography, bicycles and such, but my core readership is gun owners and those who care about defending themselves if need be. I know my readers, just as you know your readers.

Rather than just address your blog post, I went searching through your blog for your true feelings on guns. I found it, I think, at the end of this post.
"Let me be perfectly clear. My own, extremely biased opinion is there are too many guns in the hands of too many people and something should be done about it."
I should have known. Have a good life Mike. Enjoy your blogging. Goodnight.

Interesting.

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29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better Italy than here, we have enough bedwetters as it is.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

"Let me be perfectly clear. My own, extremely biased opinion is there are too many guns in the hands of too many people and something should be done about it."

Yep, as expected!

Awareness and preparedness are two vital attitudes for a long and happy life in my book!

1:01 AM  
Blogger Weer'd Beard said...

You're wasting your time, Xavier. First up, MikeB302000 preaches gun restrictions, but knows they don't work, as he criminally owned guns in the states:
http://www.wallsofthecity.net/2009/10/mikeb302000_lying_criminal.html

Two, I don't think he cares one whit about guns, politics, or laws anyway, as he appears to exhibit all the signs of a narcissist.
http://weerdbeard.livejournal.com/648568.html

(Just a quick poke through his comments on other blogs, you'll quickly find that all topics derail to the subject of him
http://www.backtype.com/url/mikeb302000.blogspot.com)

So he's just a troll looking to generate traffic to his blog, and somebody who doesn't care if he gets good attention or bad attention, so long as eyes are on him.

Certainly puts up a decent act tho, he fooled me for a good long while.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Thanks WB. I thought about deleting the links in this post, and perhaps I will. I certainly will not spend any more time on this nut.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous George said...

Great post, Xavier.

7:46 AM  
Blogger DouginSalcha said...

If I'm ever "home-invaded" by commandos (those who have the skills of real military commandos), I expect I will probably die.

Since most people with that kind of expertise do not limit themselves to such criminal enterprises as "home invasions" I would most likely find myself facing the other kind of criminal who is prone to think himself tough - the "gang banger".

Since this kind of criminal (who frequently holds his stolen "piece" sideways because it looks "cool") usually spends more time day-dreaming of all the "ill gotten loot" he expects to collect from such an endeavor than in actual practice time at the range, I expect to come out on the top side of such a action.

7:58 AM  
Blogger elmo iscariot said...

Paranoia is a term that delusional people use in a derogatory fashion to describe those better prepared than themselves.

True fact: I knew a guy in college who refused to carry car insurance (he could afford it, but it would've cut into his beer money). He looked down his nose at the "sheep" who wasted their money on such a useless delusion while he knew so much better. After all, he was a good driver and wasn't likely to get into a serious accident. He said everybody with insurance was paranoid.

Knowing him has really helped me put the sneering gun control advocates into perspective.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Zoom said...

"Paranoia is a term that delusional people use in a derogatory fashion to describe those better prepared than themselves."

Dang, that's a great description.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous James Nelson said...

I went through a home invasion, the fact that I had a gun and reacted with a great deal more speed than I though possible, turned the invasion into an exvasion immediately.
You are right, he is wrong, end of story.
As said by Kathy Jacksonin regards to self defense gun preparedness, "it's not the odds, it's the consequences."

5:05 PM  
Blogger Albert A Rasch said...

Good links and comments on both blogs. I was never sure which side of the debate he was on, and I always thought he used his clever manipulation of the subject to create traffic...

I stopped following his blog some time ago too...

Regards,
Albert
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The Range Reviews: AGI Armorer's Course 1911 Auto

8:48 PM  
Anonymous tjm said...

great post as always X. never forget that in a sea of idiots you are an island....

10:45 PM  
Blogger Alain said...

I could not have said it better myself thanks for putting into words the thoughts and experiences of many of us in the real world.
Be safe and stay ready
Al

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, but there will always be those who simply need to be slapped repeatedly until they come around.

Antibubba

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Linoge said...

Thanks for the linkage, and doubly thanks for for so thoroughly handing MikeB his nether regions on a silver platter.

In addition to his self-professed criminal background, if you are so interested, you might want to look at the recap I put up here: http://www.wallsofthecity.net/2010/04/smile-wait-for-flash.html in response to your post.

If you are not, I would not blame you - I have pretty much given up on him myself, given that he proudly professed to being incapable of determining fact from fiction, proved himself unable to do basic math, and has made it his personal mission to abridge our basic rights... just as a highlights reel ;).

7:20 PM  
Blogger PPPP said...

I think I remember that bozo. He got himself permanently banned from Breda's blog. After repeatedly beating his drum and being thoroughly and soundly beaten in arguments time and again, she banned him.

No loss.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous mikeb302000 said...

Dear Xavier, I hope you noticed I didn't delete any of your comments on my blog, and actually responded to them. Why did you think I would do that? I don't even have the comment moderation engaged right now, like you do.

Why did you think my not commenting here was due to a lack of courage?

8:45 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

I'll address that mikeb. If you would have had an ounce of intestinal fortitude, you would have commented on my blog article, in the comments. Verification is not that difficult. You managed it this time, didn't you?

Perhaps you read a book (with illustrations) to learn how to navigate the difficult comment process. Perhaps now you understand the process when before, you did not. Or, perhaps you simply wet your britches and ran off to your own little corner of the blogosphere to whine and grumble about the frightening people with guns again.

I do not give a menstruating skunk's ass if you delete my comment from your blog. That's why I preserved it here. If you want to demonstrate the guts that you claim to have, you will leave them up. Leave them up, take them down. It makes no difference to me. You make no difference to me.

I will be upfront with you mikey. Any further comments from you will be deleted unread. I have no use for you or your ideas. I hold them in the same contempt as dog shit on my shoe.

Tonight, I am breaking the links from my blog to your blog. Further, I will break the link to your sole comment on this blog. You will not get any traffic generated from me.

Go write about that if you like.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Weer'd Beard said...

Just saw your updated links.

Well played, sir. Got a good belly-laugh from me. Your medical background, obviously you know that's good medicine!

FYI your policy is identical to mine. Keeps the clutter down, also keeps my readers from debating a troll who doesn't care about the issues.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I can just imagine Mikey yucking it up with his fellow socialists in Europe. Goodbye and good riddance.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Bret said...

It is useless to debate with the gun control nuts. they are afraid of freedom and need the chains of govt bondage to weigh heavily on them so they know they are their everyday.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

There's some men you just can't reach...

12:23 PM  
Blogger Kristopher said...

Criminals like mikeb302000 are exactly why I carry a pistol.

I've been accosted a half dozen times in my life by low-life criminal scum like mike, here in the free part of the US, with the intent of robbing or harming me, while I was armed.

Simply pulling the pistol was enough to end the encounter with no further violence.

The only times in my adult life I had ever needed to resort to physical violence were in upstate NY, a train station in India, and in Canada ... where I was not allowed to carry the proper tools for self defense.

Stay in Europe, mike. It's a nice place for a criminal to hang out.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Thomas F said...

Tam said...

There's some men you just can't reach...

12:23 PM

He's not a man, and there is still no reaching him.....

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Self Defense Nerd said...

@DouginSalcha the sad truth is that you can expect to come out on top of a confrontation with a gangbanger who "holds his 'piece' sideways" but the sad truth is that in the real world there are a huge amount of factors other than range practice time that will factor into who gets "Lucky" in such an altercation.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Keith Walker said...

Xavier,

Paranoia is a term that delusional people use in a derogatory fashion to describe those better prepared than themselves.

THAT is a gem worth memorizing. Heck, that is t-shirt material!

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Xavier,
You banned him quicker than I did but pretty much gave him the same message. LOL

7:45 PM  
Anonymous cranky said...

"Mike, the reason why a high school drop out failure at life thug can defeat and put down a well trained college graduate in a violent confrontation is not because he is smarter. It is because he has a plan and he is familiar with human behavior in violent encounters."

Well put.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Windy Wilson said...

"Let me be perfectly clear. My own, extremely biased opinion is there are too many guns in the hands of too many people and something should be done about it."

Not to put too fine a point on it, but what this means in plain English and practical terms is that he believes the young and strong should lord it over the old, small, weak, ill and female, and the concept of any law except relative strength is wrong.
He can deny it, but it is as irrefutable as arithmetic.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Rabei Ahmed said...

Great post

10:57 AM  

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