This thought comes out of the “Desensitized to Violence” discussion going on which I recommend if you haven’t read it. The issue of mentally preparing yourself for actually having to defend yourself and how to deal with the emotional aftermath came up in part there. I think most of us have no problem picturing ourselves taking action against a 265 lb muscle bound aggressor.
Law enforcement officers and military personnel have to come to grips with and mentally prepare for the possibility of taking the life of a sympathetic aggressor at some point in their career. For law enforcement in this day and age, it is introduced in the academy training. In considering this, it can be whatever you want it to be. A 12 year old child that is joining a gang and has to commit an act of violence or murder to get in. A teenaged female with a gun robbing the store you are in firing at the owner and other customers. I know when it is proposed, a lot of people have no problem saying something along the lines of, “If it is between them or me, I’ve got no problem pulling the trigger.” I can tell you though, when encountered in a real life street situation, you can see in a new officer’s eyes how real the situation has become to them.
Have we prepared ourselves mentally to be able to defend ourselves or our family against a sympathetic aggressor? Is it something you have considered?