Is Your Family Ready to Defend Themselves – defensive considerations for those who have multiples firearms and multiple family members.
Who are you preparing to protect and have you given THEM the tools to protect themselves(wife,husband,son, daughter,significant other)?
NOTE-all of these thoughts and considerations are age dependent for children.
Family readiness considerations:
1)Gradually introduce the concepts of personal protection to family members vs. forcing it upon them.
2)Speak with everyone about awareness and how, as a family, you can better pay attention to what’s going on around you. Recruit kids to be “look out” for you when you have to check a phone message or direct your attention to a task in public. Kids find this game fun and you’re helping to develop their awareness skills early on.
3)Talk to them about guns, why you carry one, safety, the dangers associated with them and make it clear to them that it’s not to be discussed with others unless at the range or a shooting event.
4)Are family members familiar enough with the guns you own to operate them in a time of need both at home or in public, possibly grabbing your CCW firearm if you are down or injured.
5)The simpler the manual of arms of a handgun the faster they can learn & adapt. A striker fired handgun can be put in the eye-line, sights aligned and trigger pressed with minimal practice.
6)Do you frequently switch between “carry guns”? YOU may be familiar with and have the ability to quickly and accurately shoot every gun in your collection but can they? Switching between guns thus requires everyone be familiar and have the ability to operate.
7)Do they know where you carry your firearm(s) on your person and where you store them at home? Do they have access codes to gun-safes? (age appropriate)
8)If firearms are staged at home for protection make sure the guns they are familiar with and can operate are separated from all others, are ready and accessible to them. Having a safe full of multiple guns looks good to you but may be detrimental to them during a bad situation.
9)Disengage ego from the idea that YOU will always be the primary protector. Consider yourself team leader not sole protector. Finally, you may be the first killed, injured or not even there.
See also Home & Family Defense Skills