(From a discussion on FB regarding the unique vulnerability of real estate agents)
a firearm is an intensely personal decision and should be considered in
the context of "this is not some kind of self-defense or safety
strategy magic wand." If you make that choice, I would strongly
encourage a comprehensive safety strategy to include de-escalation, exit
choices and training. As a side note, I would equally strongly resist
*mandating* such training.
the Seattle area we are fortunate to have the Seattle Firearms Academy
led by Gila & Marty Hayes (among other training institutions) where
nationally renowned trainer Massad Ayoob regularly teaches. We are also
lucky enough to have Kathy Jackson, author of the "Cornered Cat" living and teaching in our area.
1) Be where the trouble isn't, if at all possible.
2) Run away! Run away! (if you can - for some of us that doesn't work so well..)
3) De-escalate, if you can.
4) Shoot center of mass.