Not Looking like Food
Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D ( edited version )

If you look physically weak to a predatory criminal, you probably look like food to him. So, unless you want to be eaten, get strong, and don’t look like food! As Clint Smith says, refuse to be food and become willing to fight to keep from being food.

As a citizen, the reality is that you might not be not as strong, or as physically fit, as a bad to the bone, eighteen, twenty, or thirty something year-old animal in his prime. But, if you look weak, you will look vulnerable to Mr. Baddy. Additionally, if you suffer from physical maladies, or disabilities, you are in fact vulnerable; that is, unless you can balance or reduce your vulnerability with fighting tools and the skills to use them. So, reduce your vulnerability and don’t let yourself be a “dirt bag magnet”!
This is why the author thinks you should consider carrying a concealed firearm (or two) and consider keeping one (or several) firearms accessible for home defense. Both of these measures are forms of preparation should you encounter

copyright ccijax 2006 a problem, just as carrying a spare tire in your car, and having smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher in your home are forms of preparation.
However, simply buying and carrying a gun or keeping one locked up in your safe, without obtaining the necessary knowledge to safely use and maintain it, will not furnish you with greater personal security. Untrained people with
firearms are, more often than not, more of a hazard to themselves than is an actual criminal attack. They react rather than act. So, if you are going to go armed, appropriate firearms training is a necessity.

Refusing to be a victim (food) is an active, ongoing process that involves taking responsibility (or, response-ability) for your own safety. It means developing the ability to respond decisively and aggressively to any dirt bag who presents an immediate threat to your continued well-being and existence.

Knowledge is power, and now you know that you must take appropriately realistic steps to strengthen your personal security. In fact, you’re probably reading this column because you realize that your first step is learning about defensive firearms--the great equalizer. Our nation’s founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment into our Bill Of Rights to guarantee our right to keep and bear arms, because they understood that those who were armed were equal, and those who weren’t were not.
As a citizen, you deserve to enjoy yourself. No one has the right to take your life before it’s your time to go.
We want you to stay healthy and safe so that you can continue enjoying your life.

You can give a hungry man (or woman) a fish, but isn’t it better to teach that man how to catch his own fish? Then, he’ll never go hungry again! You can also just go ahead and give that hungry man a fishing rod, but if you don’t teach him how to use these tools, how many fish will he catch, and how many deer will he bag?

So there we have it. Just like a fishing rod, a firearm is a tool, and handguns are practical self-defense tools—in most instances, not typically meant for hunting, but rather meant to avoid being hunted. However, just like a fishing rod,
a firearm’s terminal effectiveness depends on the skills of the person maintaining and using it. If you have a handgun, and one day, you have to use it to defend your life, would you be prepared to do so? If the answer is “no”, then it is never too late to learn, and now is the time to begin learning. If the answer is “yes”, then keep on learning!

Hopefully, as private citizens, we will never have to shoot another person. However, if a vicious attacker places us in immediate jeopardy of death or grievous bodily harm, we have a moral obligation to aggressively and decisively employ lethal force in defense of our own life (Cooper, 1989). So be prepared! God gave us our life, and only He has the right to take it back.
Stay alert, stay attentive, stay aware, and stay away from trouble. But, if trouble finds you, be prepared to aggressively and viciously defend your life, and you will stay alive.

Cooper, Colonel Jeff (1989). Principles of Personal Defense. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press.
Lott, John R. (1998).More Guns. Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Rementer, Stephen R., & Eimer, Bruce N. (2005). Essential Guide To Handguns: Firearm Instruction for Personal Defense and Protection. Flushing, NY: Looseleaf Law Publications.

Dr. Bruce Eimer is a licensed clinical psychologist, hypnotherapist, and author in Pennsylvania and the owner of Alternative Behavior Associates (