A 12 Step Program: Self Defense Inside the Home With A Firearm

This copyrighted material is reprinted with permission of the author as an pre-publication excerpt from the book "Triple G, Greg's Gun Guide" by Greg Poole.

Prerequisites: You are a United States Citizen without a Felony or Domestic Violence conviction.

Step 1) Believe You Have the Right Answer the following question YES or NO. Do you have a right to defend yourself from attack by responding with an appropriate level of force up to and including deadly force? If you answer NO, then your journey is already over.

If you answer YES, then you need to believe in that right. By "need," do you mean a trifling need? Fleeting? As in, say, a passing fancy? No, a resolute and unyielding need.

The belief in this right is your foundation upon which you will build the knowledge, skills and attitude to prepare to defend yourself, your loved ones, and any other innocent person in your home.

Now evaluate your belief, why do you believe it? Who grants you the right? Is it granted from God? Does a government bestow it like a privilege?

Is your belief founded upon a power that is greater than what any man, or group of men has constructed on this Earth. If you believe your right of self-defense comes from a divine source, then you will be able to defend yourself from the intellectual attack that comes from the forces in society that oppose the idea that self-defense is a right. Your first obstacle along a path to becoming self-sufficient in self-defense will come from the society you live in.

Human opinion on any subject is likely to expound a spectrum of ideas or beliefs. The opinions or beliefs about a right to self-defense coalesces around two opposing positions. The first position is that a human being has the right to self-defense and is allowed to prevail by any means necessary to stop an attack. The second position is that the governing body provides the means to thwart criminals and that individuals do not have the right to respond with appropriat force, including deadly force, against physical attack.

The cost in material for Step 1 is $0.

Step 2) Build a Budget Protecting yourself isn't cheap, or inexpensive. You need to start considering the financial impact before you get deep into the process and find you're overspending or making purchases that are not suitable for the goal. Remember the goal: become proficient in self-defense with a firearm in your home. There are initial costs and there are going to be recurring costs.

The initial costs will include the cost of training, storage, and equipment. You may also choose to include some cost for insurance. The guidelines I'm suggesting are based on my experience and reflect 2016 prices.

As a starting point I'll estimate a dollar cost for each step. What is not considered is the value of your time, only the outlay in dollars that you will exchange with a merchant or instructor. The process will consume a fair amount of time and will require an ongoing, recurring devotion of your time to maintain proficiency. As you read through the steps you'll get pricing information.

The cost in material for Step 2 is $5 for writing instruments and a pad of paper.

Step 3) Attend a Basic Shooting Course Here is where your commitment to the process begins and confusion about courses begins. The NRA is one source for a Basic Shooting Course. The NRA has developed a standardized course, taught by instructors that are certified by the NRA. There are two options for completing the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course. The first is a one day (minimum 8 hours) Instructor led course. The other option is to take a blended course entailing an online and an instructor led portion. The online portion must be completed before taking the Instructor led portion. Both types of courses are facilitated by NRA certified Instructors who set their own fees for the courses.

NRA instructors in your area can be found through the NRAInstructors web site (www.nrainstrustors.org).

Instructors may also offer their own courses that are not affiliated with the NRA. For your first course you should be looking for a course that covers the basics. A concealed carry or Personal Protectio In the Home course is not the place to stat. Look for courses that are designed for new shooters. A first course should provide the foundation that later courses will build on. Toward that end, a first course should cover ammunition, the three major types of handguns, the parts of each of those, safety, grip, stance, sight alignment, the steps in taking a shot. In addition to the classroom material, a beginning course should also provide students the opportunity to shoot the three types of handguns.

There are also NRA courses designed for rifles and shotguns and a basic course may incorporate some information on long guns as well. What's important is taking the time to train.

The cost for Step 3, a basic shooting course will vary. Anticipate a range from $75 to $150 per person.

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