I came across this video over the weekend and I thought it was pretty interesting. The tuber in the video, The Yankee Marshall, makes a compelling argument about how one shouldn’t be intimidated by the tactical subculture within the gun community that currently dominates the narrative on how one ought to train with firearms.
YM’s starts by saying that defending oneself with a gun is not all that hard, that anyone can do it. He cites the fact that stories of defensive gun use involving all sorts of minimally trained individuals happen daily, e.g. young children defending themselves from home invaders, little old ladies defending themselves from would-be robbers, female college students defending themselves from serial rapists, etc.
YM doesn’t diminish the need to train as much as one can, but, at the same time, he attacks the notion that only military operatives or tactical gurus — bearded guys in tight shirts with arm tatts — are the only ones capable of defending themselves. Moreover, that this rare breed of black-bearded brutes has a monopoly on the proper ways to train with firearms.
The basics of firearms safety and training have been around decades, so if a certain technique or philosophy has been effective for your father and your grandfather, chances are it’s still relative today, YM says (I’m paraphrasing a bit). In short, you don’t need Tier-1 training or the latest tactical training trend to become a competent gun owner capable of defending yourself when faced with a mortal threat.
From my experience, the ex-military types and tactical devotees I’ve conversed with have all been fairly open-minded and amenable to new ideas about or different approaches to self-defense and firearms training. I don’t know of many who would argue that when it comes to getting the job done, there is only one way to skin a cat.
That said, I’m sure that there are some mall ninjas out there who are rigid and close-minded about the “right” way to train. But I know for a fact that you can find a know-it-all in almost any subculture of the firearms community. Yes, there are know-it-alls in the tactical crowd, but they also exist in the competition crowd and the hunting crowd, etc. Now, maybe they appear to be more prevalent in the tactical crowd because that is the hot thing right now, but — at least for me — I think the lesson is to just stay away from anyone who claims that they have all the answers to every question on firearms training or that their way of doing something is the only way of doing something.
In any event, what are your thoughts on YM’s argument? What are your thoughts about the tactical subculture within the firearms community?