What’s luck gotta do, gotta do with it?

This entry was posted by Rob on Wednesday, 21 January, 2009 at

“I know what you’re thinking, ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ But to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

I didn’t win Powerball last week. It was somewhere in the neighborhood of $165 million. Some lucky soul in Indiana hit it. I believe the odds of winning are around 150,000,000 to 1, give or take a couple hundred thousand (which is twice as likely as the 300,000,000 to 1 chance of being killed by a shark, cue the Jaws music)… But whatever the odds are, be sure they are not in your favor. However, those with no lottery ticket have absolutely ZERO chance of winning, so if you buy a ticket, at least you have that micro-chance of god shining some favor on you.

I read this story last week about a guy, down on his luck in Kentucky. Apparently, he walked into a building, which to his credit, was in fact a bank at one time. However, presently it is an office that takes payments for water bills for the Jessamine South Elkhorn Water District.

So the guy walks in to what he still thinks is a bank, flashes a gun and demands some money. One of the office employees tells the guy they don’t really have money on hand (just checks), to which the robber says “I know you have money. It’s a bank.”

Having to be convinced the establishment is no longer a bank, the confused robber left the building empty handed. What are the odds of that?

Sometimes if it wasn’t for bad luck, some of us would have no luck at all.

A 26-year-old man from Worcester, Massachusetts was shot multiple times in front of Golden Pizza this month. Sadly, last April the same guy was shot multiple times, in front of the same pizza joint. It looks like the man will recover again, but I am thinking he will want to avoid this general area after being shot on two separate occasions.

Come on guy, if Golden Pizza doesn’t deliver, I’m sure someone else in the neighborhood does. Just stay at home. Or buy a lottery ticket. After your past year, you may be due some good fortune.

Did you know the odds of a your house being hit by a meteor is a mere 182,138,880,000,000 to 1 but your chance of dying from a part falling off an airplane is 1 in 10,000,000?

The odds of being struck by lightning typically range 500,000-576,000 to 1 but most people actually survive if hit, with the odds of being killed by lightning at 2,320,000 to 1. Running around during a storm with a large metal pole or flying a kite with a metal key attached would swing the odds back into your favor of taking some damage, but I’m thinking most normal people are generally safe.

So with most odds, there are always circumstances that can vastly increase or decrease your chances depending on what actions you choose to do. Not buying that lottery ticket at all, jumping into shark-infested water with a bleeding wound, etc. Nevertheless, sometimes, no matter what precautions are taken, you cannot always beat fate.

Sure you can take measures to prolong life, such as eating well, exercise… but you have a 1 in 1 chance of death at some point whether it is by shark, meteor, lightning, auto accident, old age… eventually mortality will kick in. Sorry.

Since this is ultimately a self-defense and crime related blog have you ever considered the odds of crime happening to you or a loved ones?

Without a real personal sense of frequency, statistics state one violent crime occurs every 22.2 seconds, a property crime every 3.2 seconds, a larceny-theft every 4.8 seconds, a burglary every 14.4 seconds, a motor-vehicle theft every 26.4 seconds, an aggravated assault every 36.6 seconds, a robbery every 1.2 minute, a forcible rape every 5.7 minutes, and a murder every 30.9 minutes according to the 2006 FBI Crime Clock Stats.

But what does that actually mean to you?

Well, independent of other considerations, your chances of being the victim of a serious crime in your lifetime are about 1 in 20. Drop the “serious” qualifier and your chances of being the victim of a crime in your lifetime are about 1 in 7.

Hopefully, that means someone steals your lunch out of the office fridge and your cosmic quota for being a crime victim is satisfied. More realistically, you or a loved one has a relatively good chance of encountering an unpleasant situation when crime rears its ugly head.

Locking yourself in a fortress and never leaving would be an effective measure of personal protection, but extremely unpractical. Since we all have to live life and interact with the real world, we have collected a number of safety tips for you to consider and leave in the back out your mind. You never know when you may recall one of these tidbits and possibly inadvertently prevent a dangerous situation by employing some common sense, but often overlooked tips for many common daily situations.

We also strongly encourage carrying some sort of personal protection device. Our extensive line of self defense products are of the highest quality and have been proven time and time again that they are effective.

Hopefully, you will never need to use our products in a self defense situation. It is far better to have it and not need It… Then to need it and not have It… Think of it like automobile insurance, except for your personal safety.

However, if you find yourself requiring a means to defend yourself, your family or your home, we have made it our specialty of offering non-lethal ways to accomplish. Your self-defense arsenal may be comprised of stun guns, pepper sprays, Mace, tasers, keychain kubotans, telescopic steel batons, folding knives, instructional fighting DVDs or other featured products.

Once your assailant is incapacitated, run to safety and call the police. This products do not prevent crime from ever occurring, they assist in defending yourself and getting away if and when something unpleasant occurs.

Again, whether it is 1 in 20 or 1 in 7, and after you add or subtract personal habits, environmental concerns, neighborhood safety, Murphy’s Law or your degree of good or bad luck, I’d still wager the bet that it would be a good idea to tool yourself up and be prepared.

Do you feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?

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One Response to “What’s luck gotta do, gotta do with it?”

  1. Thank you for a most thought-provoking article. Personal protection infers a sense of vulnerability, I feel. I may be wrong. But I also have a strong sense of my own personal power and always feel safe. I’m not stupid! I don’t put myself in dangerous situations. But walking in the early morning darkness, for example, doesn’t scare me.

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