McCormick has written for Full Contact, an American publication that deals with the use of firearms, knives, and open hand techniques for self-defense. The following is an excerpt from one of his articles.
“Fear! Confronted with a life-or-death encounter, how would you respond? A large segment of our society is finally accepting what law enforcement has known for years: the police cannot protect the public. How then can you deal with the increasing violence in our society?
Have you purchased a firearm and taken training-quality combative handgun instruction in its carry and use? Do you feel better and safer now that you own a gun? Whether you keep a firearm in your home for personal protection or carry one on your person, knowledge of and training with your specific firearm isn't enough. To believe and otherwise could get you killed.
Tactics play a big role in ending a confrontation to your advantage. Should a man step between you and your car, for example, you should simply change directions and walk back to safety until he leaves.
Assailants recognized fear and your mindset alone is capable, in many instances of thwarting a would-be attacker. Pulling your licensed firearm would be overreacting.
Check with state and local authorities regarding the lawful use of a firearm. In most situations, you are within legal right to use lethal force if you are in danger of grievous bodily harm.
Unless you are willing to shoot another human being you should not own a firearm. To brandish and not shoot will only escalate the potentially deadly confrontation and risk the chance of your losing the firearm to our attacker or your license to carry."
You don't want to find yourself in this woman's position:
The key to regaining control of your life and alleviating the Fear is to decide that you are worth every effort to be in command and that you'll do whatever is necessary to anyone who attempts to do you physical harm.