The human predator waits in the darkness, adrenaline level building to a crescendo, nervously anticipating the kill, while the prey walks calmly and casually down the sighted street, adrenaline level at zero. When the predator attacks, his body is ready for the kill. When the prey is attacked, his body is at rest; it will take a few seconds before it ramps up. In those few second, the kill is completed.
Some human predators cannot be frightened or intimidated. They have faced all types of dangers and survived, so nothing you can do will discourage them. Even showing a weapon will not discourage them, it will only intensify their determination. They only way to stop them is to eliminate them. If you have a weapon, use it until the threat is neutralized. One shot or one blow will usually not be sufficient to stop an attacker, so do not wait to see the results of each attack—attack continuously until the attacker stops moving.
When it come to firearms, make sure yours is in good condition so it will work when needed and have a contingency plan in case it does not work. Only carry the largest size, largest caliber gun that you can effectively carry and use. Caliber does not mean much if you cannot get the gun into position and hit the target. Know how to combat reload and shoot with both hands. Do not consider the firearm your last resort; it should be one of your defenses to use whenever the situation demands it. Have secondary weapons readily available or the ability to defend yourself effectively with empty hands. If you have a firearm, there is always the chance that the predator may gain control of it, so always know how to defend yourself against any weapon you may use.
Humans supposedly learn from their mistakes, but then they make the same mistakes over and over. Just because you survived one attack, do not assume you will be better prepared for the next one. A predator does not need to be better than everyone else; he only needs to be better than you—once.
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