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Josh Gideon is a firearms trainer in central Ohio who has a different approach to personal defense than most trainers. Rather than a military or law enforcement background, Josh’s skills come from working in the executive protection industry. I’ve been saying for awhile now that what a bodyguard does is closer to what we armed civilians do versus being a SWAT cop or a infantryman in Iraq. Nothing against those people who put themselves in harm’s way for a living, but their job is not my job, and what they know does not translate well into how I live my life.
He’s also the host of the “No Soft Targets” podcast, and on the July 12 episode, he talks with Mark James, an experienced professional bodyguard with a successful career in big business before protective services. His views on what type of threats he and his clients face are particularly interesting to people like myself who are concerned with keeping our families safe in an unsafe world, and his beliefs regarding “assault rifles” were particularly insightful.
“If you really want to talk about violence mitigation, the AR-15 would not the place to start the discussion. That’s why, for me, I don’t talk about gun control, I talk about violence mitigation. We focus too much on the crisis, and not on the moments leading up to the crisis. Monsters always start out as gremlins, and you can’t legislate against criminal intent.”