Originally Posted by txpossum
Run? RUN? The REASON I CARRY a gun so so I WON'T have to RUN!
I carry a firearm as an option of last resort. If I can run away from the fight, I will. That's not always an option, hence the firearm. In virtually any confrontation, with or without weapons, the party that's most physically fit generally fares better. Skill at arms is also important, but there will be situations where you can't even draw your pistol, let alone get off a well aimed shot at your assailant. In urban areas, where most of us now work and/or live, coming into close contact with other people is inevitable.
It might have been from teaching martial arts, but I think a crawl, walk, run approach to training is best.
You won't always have a knife or firearm on you, what then?
First, learn how to use your body.
Next, learn how to use improvised weapons.
After you have proficiency with your body and improvised weapons, then learn how to use knives and firearms.
Obviously not everyone will have the same level of skill or ability with their body or weapons, but basics first.
If you are incapable of throwing a punch or using a knife, having a firearm only provides protection when people can't get close enough to hit, grab, or stab you.
I've seen more integrated training in the past 10 years or so, which is as it should be.
Just as there are fundamentals with firearms, there are fundamentals for self defense. The most expensive pistol in the world with rounds that hit like Thor's hammer are all pretty useless if you don't have basic situational awareness and an understanding of potential threats and how to avoid or counter them.