A Bump In The Middle of the Night

So you're sitting at home in your living room and the doorbell rings your dogs are going crazy.You go to the door and ask who is there? No one answers, you ask again, no one answers...

After a little while the doorbell stops and they seem to go away so you get back into your book, your tv program or whatever you were doing and then the doorbell rings again.You get up and go back to the door and you ask, "who is it,who's there?" Silence...

Now you start to back away and you start to remember what you learned in your personal protection class in your personal protection inside the home class, you start to remember your plan. You remember what they taught you about staying safe and getting things together.

Do you know where to go, who to call? Do you have an escape route, do you have a cell phone or other phone, do you have a safe room? Did you practice with your self defense tools?

So you gather up your self-defense tool on the way to your safe room and lock the door, you take cover and you call someone.You take a deep breath in and out. You try to relax and you wait for help to arrive.

As it turns out you find a note taped to your door, it was from your neighbor letting you know that your tree's branch had fallen into their yard. But you didn't know that, and why didn't they answer you when you asked who's there!

Okay, so you start to think back on how you reacted to this drill and you realize that there are some things you can improve on. Like, why was your self defense tool in an upstairs drawer and not beside you? Why haven't you fixed that motion detector light in front of your door yet? What about that camera you keep telling yourself you're going to have installed outside of your garage? And, it's been almost a month since you went to the practice range.

Right, so now you know what things you could improve on. Now, what things did you do right? Well, you got your self-defense tool and you went to your safe room and locked yourself in. You had your cell phone ready and charged, you had your flashlight and you had additional self-defense tools inside the room.You also had a spare set of keys, just in case you needed to throw them out the window to law enforcement to let themselves in.

You had a self-defense plan that was fit for your circumstances and your home and you feel proud of yourself. Good for you! Most people don't even have a plan, most people have never taken a class or bought a self-defense tool. Most people have never even thought of the idea, of what would happen if they had an unwelcome visitor in their home, much less what to do about it.

Well ladies, I want you to ask yourself something? What would you do if you had someone trying to break into your home? What if you were sound asleep and you heard a bump in the middle of the night? What would you do?

Even if you're married or you have a boyfriend, think of all of the circumstances when you are alone, all of those times when you are alone in your home with nobody else around. Who would you depend on to defend you in case there was an intruder that meant to cause you harm?

Now, I want you to walk over to the mirror and look. Can you see that beautiful woman, that beautiful strong woman, that beautiful intelligent woman looking at you? That's who you could depend on, that's who would be there to protect your life!

Whether you're young or old, small or tall, there are crime prevention strategies, self defense techniques and personal protection tools available.

You can start by checking within your local community for self-defense training or crime prevention committees available to the public.

The National Rifle Association has Refuse To Be A Victim seminars across the country where you can learn the personal safety tips and techniques you need to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. You can find a seminar near you at http://refuse.nra.org

Whichever method you choose to protect yourself make sure you find an experienced and certified instructor to train you.

If you decide to own a firearm you should always consult with your local, state and federal laws regarding the purchase, possession transportation and transfer of firearms as well as their use in defensive situations. You should also understand the basic legal principles surrounding the use of deadly force in self-defense. For more specific information consult an attorney familiar with the laws relating to firearms in self-defense in your jurisdiction.

Americans enjoy the right to own firearms but with this right comes a responsibility. As a gun owner it is your responsibility to store, operate and maintain your firearms safely. It is the gun owner's responsibility to ensure that unauthorized individuals cannot gain access to your firearms. It is a gun owner's responsibility to learn and obey all applicable laws that pertain to the purchase, possession and use of a firearm in his or her locale.

Please, don't wait until that bump in the middle of the night to figure out what to do next.

You can find an NRA Certified Instructor near you or for NRA Certified firearms classes go to: http://www.nrainstructors.org/

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