From what I understand fear is not unwarranted, but misplaced!
This comes straight from my doctor. In June of 2008, this is a long story, I’ll do my best.
My grandkids wanted me to quit smoking, I replied that I would if they came out with a pill! Well, they did. It was prescribed by my doctor and he told me it would take three months. I started taking the pills without any regards to the side effects.
I’ll get back to that. In June I decided, tossed out all but one cigarette, took the pills as directed. One day on the way home from work I had a full blown “ape crazy panic attack of fear, that stopped me and my vehicle dead in the middle of rush hour traffic, I crawled from the street to a restaurant where I was given water and picked up by an ambulance. I was fine, no heart attack. I was in complete paranoia and in fear of the way the world was going for almost a week. “ Apocalypto” type of fear. Talked about it with the family, we are very close.
Went to my family physician and explained about my “fear” and “paranoia”. He asked a few questions, do you think you should be in fear, NO, I answered, is anyone chasing you, NO, what are you in fear of, don’t know! Are you still taking the pills for the smoking, yes. Doctor says stop taking them. I quit smoking on that July 4th…
Back to the fear. It was explained to me that people who are afraid of flying are only afraid when they get to the airport, people are only afraid of snakes or spiders, etc when it’s at their feet, not while they are having pizza and a movie.
So I was not experiencing fear or true paranoia, but a side effect of the pills.
However ever since I quit smoking I decided to spend my money on self protection. Figured the cost of ammunition was way cheaper than cigarettes ( at the time ).
I did not purchase a firearm out of fear, I purchased it because the odds were stacked against me as I got older! The world was not as calm as it was when I was serving. I’ve had my scares there as well.
The world has gone to hell, but I don’t bring fear into the tribe.
I’m extremely cautious, I don’t take chances and I don’t go to places that don’t want my money!
As a Brooklyn boy I know and understand fear. I’ve eaten the wrong end of pistols and shotguns, I’ve seen my share of bodies at the age of 13. I’ve seen what happens to a human skull when it meets a windshield by the hands of another human being.
Spent time in the military learned discipline and how to manage, compartmentalization of so called fear, to the untrained fear will become your worst enemy!
Those that purchase a firearm out of fear, may want to discuss the fear beforehand!
Crime has been with us since we were born. Some years worse than others. Agreed these past few and the many to come are cringe worthy, but not fear worthy! IMHO.
I do recommend vigilance! Keep calm and have a plan!