Dave Grossman‘s concept of the “sheepdog” has had a big influence on both civilian concealed and law enforcement. The idea is that there are three kinds of people in the world*: Sheep, who will not or can not take responsibility for the own safety, the wolves who prey on them, and sheepdogs, who protect the flock.
Sounds good, right? I mean, we who carry a defensive pistol wherever we can are The Sheepdogs… one of the few who have chosen to stand in the gap at Thermopylae and defend what’s important to us.
The Few. The Proud. The Sheepdogs.
But the reality of the situation is a little bit different. The agenda of a sheepdog is to do the bidding of his master, not the will of the flock, and the flock only does his bidding because they’re afraid of him, and think he’s a wolf. So when we say we’re sheepdogs, we are separating ourselves from the very people we know and love.
This is not what I had in mind when I started to carry a gun. I didn’t do this to separate myself from my family, I did it to be a better father to my children and husband to my wife. I protect my flock because I am part of the flock, and I leave the sheepdogging to others. My goal is to quietly live my life and to be sheer bloody hell on anyone who would cause us harm. I’m not a sheepdog outside of the flock, I’m a ram who’s inside the flock, looking to butt heads with the best of them, should the need arise.
* Actually, there are only two kinds of people in the world: Those who can extrapolate conclusions from incomplete data