3 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Owing Guns For Self-Defense

3 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Owing Guns For Self-Defense

Among various means of protection and personal safety measures, carrying guns is also one good way to ensure personal safety and self-defense measures. Owning a gun for a self-protective and defensive purposes actually is quite different than owning a gun to fight crime and criminals, such as those being used by police and military men.

The first question that you need to ask, however, before thinking of acquiring a gun as a means of self-defense, is would you or could you kill somebody with your gun in an act defending yourself in case some untoward incident would happen?


1. Understanding your purpose

Obviously, we need to first understand self-defense, the true meaning and the circumstance in which case having a gun would be worthwhile for own personal safety and the safety of the family. If we are just dealing with minor thugs, guns might not be an answer. Instead, installation of various alarm systems such as home alarm systems or latching up the bolts in windows and doors will be enough to solve the problem of such burglary.

But what if you are dealing with armed criminals who are intruding to your home and posing a significant risk to your own personal safety and to the safety of your loved ones?


Especially if you are situated far from the densely populated area where emergency help will take some time to reach you, guns might be considered a good way of making sure that we are protecting our loved ones. Use of guns in defensive purpose might not only save your lives but will also help avoid unfavorable circumstances. If you shoot the gun in the air, wouldn’t any intruders be alarmed enough to lose interest to risk their lives just to break in your house? That’s exactly what the defensive purpose of guns work like.

2. Gun ownership is not cheap

It is very expensive, especially when we talk about getting appropriate or revoking suspended license for the gun. It definitely costs much more than just installing a home alarm or maintaining a dog as a means of protection of your house. However, gun adds as a self-protective measure to a large group of the population and are often used by many political figures personally or through their bodyguards.


3. It is not meant for violence

It needs to be reminded, though, that gun ownership doesn’t mean the owner goes to fight the criminals. This is not allowed as well. There are some rules that need to be adhered and followed before the government authority issues you a permit. Firstly, getting a license to get a gun is a hard work. Getting a license for a gun is different from state to state and you may have to complete firearms safety course, submit your application along with fingerprints, and get your license. Only after you get a license will you be able to legally own a gun.

However, as seen in a large population, gun ownership is actually just a self-protective means. Once a gun has been acquired, what most people tend to do with it is just keep the gun in a drawer, in a safe deposit or tactical backpack where they can stash money, or similar location just to use it in an emergency life-threatening condition for personal safety and self-defense use.


In summary, a gun is a pretty effective means of ensuring a personal safety. However, one thing to be noted is the gun in itself is not an evil. It is how a person uses it that makes it a useful tool or an evil castaway. So if you plan to keep a gun for your personal safety, make sure you are using it at an extreme of self-defense.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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