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“What If” Scenarios, Can Be Helpful, or Hurtful…YOU Decide!

Personal Defense, Concealed Carry, Risk Reduction…The “What If” Scenario!

Do you work on your “What If” scenarios?

In many fields of law enforcement and the private sector, it is very common to discuss “what if” scenarios. Have you considered doing this yourself? Well, maybe your partner or spouse thinks that this might be overkill or simply being paranoid? I personally call it proactive and being alert.

How many times have we driven down the road and thought to ourselves, “what if that car veers out of the side street in front of us, or the person ahead of us uses the brakes for no real reason?” Are we prepared and ready to respond immediately in the correct way? I believe that it is important to mentally and physically prepared for any kind of scenario.

“What if” someone in the car next to you jumps out of the car and wants to rob you?
Does that sound too farfetched from what might happen to you or me in real life? Think again, as it just happened to me.

One evening I had to stop at a traffic light, and right then and there a guy on the passenger side of the car next to me jumped out and tried to pull a fast one. I had actually started observing the car, and the interaction inside, for several minutes before, while driving down the road. Once the guy jumped out of the vehicle and, much to his surprise and shock, I had my sidearm in my right hand ready to go. He looked like the deer staring into the headlights, jumped back into the car, and off they went. As fast as the situation evolved, it was defused and I moved on, making it home safely.

“What if” you are at home and suddenly facing a home invasion?
We all know the grim and shocking statistics about the rising number of violent home invasions. These situations no longer just occur in the middle of the night. Home invasions are now happening during the day and in the early evenings.

“What if” the “pizza delivery” guy shows up around 6:00pm, has the “wrong house”, you open the door to tell him where to go, and two or more people push their way into your house. Hopefully, your family knows not to open the door at any time to someone they don’t know. Make sure they are instructed accordingly.

Now you have a very serious situation and need to control the outcome. I prepare for the “what if” scenario as often as I can. When I am home alone I practice a variety of scenarios, consider how and where to move, and how I plan to respond. We all know that this is practice, and in real time everything might happen completely differently. You are correct with this statement; on the other hand, in a very high stress situation, will you remember that within 3-4 steps you can go upstairs and lock the door and get your firearm? Will you remember the backpacks your kids just left in the middle of the floor or the new side table your wife bought and place next to the sofa last week?

Is your firearm close by when you need it? In my situation I do not wear my firearm around the house. I have fast access to at least one firearm when we all are downstairs during the evening hours. Use some time once or twice a month to make sure that you know where to take your family, that your firearm is ready to go, and that you have access to additional rounds if you need them.

“What if” you are in the wrong place at the wrong time?
I have wondered about this scenario so many times that it is hard to put a number on it. The worst place would be a gas station or convenience store scenario. It is all over the news and forums every day. Would you draw your firearm to assist or to defend? I have played out the “what if” situation many time in my mind. When I fill up the car I watch who is around me and who walks into the store to pay. When I fill up the car I position myself behind the left side of the car, which will place the car and the gas nozzle between me and the store, creating a nice barrier and providing extra reaction time.

If I have to go into the store I change my train of thought to the “what if” situation. I am sure that we all come out safely, but………….. “what if”?  

Be safe and careful out there, and use your driving time for the “what if” scenarios.

Dirk Ebener

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