Tag: Self Defense

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This woman was waiting at a bus stop early in the morning, when a punk approached aiming a gun at her in an attempted robbery. Instead of complying with his demands, she pulled her own permitted concealed weapon and made sure the would-be assailant assumed room temperature. Have a look at the article, then I’ll […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America briefly react to the news Martha McSally will be appointed to fill the Arizona Senate seat once held by John McCain until the next election. Then they welcome a New York judge lifting the ban on nunchucks in the state and offering a great […]

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Caution: Using This Product Against Armed Citizens Might Result in Injury or Death

 

A video showing an armed plainclothes Brazilian police woman fighting back against an armed attacked has gone viral and is popping up all over my social media feed. My friend John Corriea breaks down the video from a tactical perspective on his YouTube channel, but caution: There is no blood shown, however, someone does wind up assuming room temperature. The video itself and how’s it’s gone viral, though, have some interesting implications for the larger efforts to fight back against gun control and keep and expand our right to self-defense.

One of the methods currently used by those opposed to the right of self defense is the proven strategy of making guns “uncool,” and holding gun manufacturers liable for their misuse, which is essentially the same methods used against the tobacco companies to limit the use of their products.

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“Right now, America is in a state of fundamental moral conflict. On the one side, we have a group of people with incredible power available at their fingertips. Most of them have no desire to hurt anyone and simply wish to be left alone. A relatively minor few have abused that power and caused catastrophic […]

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NeverTrumper and Trumpista alike should read this. It’s one of best articles I’ve read (and I have read a LOT of them) on the thought process that goes along with choosing to be your own first responder. It’s a myth that gun owners despise regulation. Instead, they tend to believe that government regulation should have […]

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The Unbalanced Scales of Las Vegas

 

Over the last 24 hours, I’ve been doing something I don’t normally do: I’ve been debating the right of self-defense with gun-control advocates on social media. I don’t normally do this because I find most gun-control arguments rather tiring. However, it’s been interesting to note the assumption of guilt in the minds of a great number of gun control supporters, and the National Rifle Association in particular as the source of their wrath, as if the NRA itself gave somehow gave tips to the Las Vegas murderer on how to perform his horrible deed.

The NRA is not responsible for this, neither are its millions of members. I am not in favor an entire group responsible for actions of one man, because the minute you do such things, you lay down tracks for the boxcars headed east.

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Armed with Knowledge

 

On June 12th of last year, a heavily armed man motivated by radical Islam shot and killed 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando. I wrote last year about some the self-defense lessons we could learn from that horror, and to help prevent a such carnage from happening again, Operation Blazing Sword (a non-profit organization dedicated to providing firearms training for the LGBTQ community) and Pink Pistols, a nationwide group of LBGTQ gun owners, teamed up to provide a free active shooter awareness and survival class for everyone in the Orlando area on June 17th of this year.

Well, that is, until their class was cancelled at the last moment by the church that was hosting it, claiming the seminar (which mimics similar classes taught to teachers and governments across the country), “violated the non-violent, Just Peace stance of our national denomination and this local church”.

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Tragic Kingdom

 

I took my family to Orlando last weekend for a much-deserved family vacation. My wife and I were relaxing on a park bench inside on of Orlando’s many themes parks, enjoying a brief moment of rest while our sons had another go-round on a log flume ride. As we were relaxing, I looked up, and ten yards away, I watched a young woman slap a man in the face.

A loud argument then ensued between them that appeared to be centered on who was going to do what with the small child they had in a stroller. The arguing continued, quite heated, until the man wrenched the stroller away from the women and stormed off, away from the woman and my wife and I.

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Buying a Gun Does Not Make You a “Responsible Gun Owner”…

 

…training, practice, and following the rules of gun safety make you a responsible gun owner.

Whether it was driven by a fear of a gun-grabbing Chief Executive or the fear of more crime in their communities, Americans bought guns in record numbers. As a result, 2016, like 2015 before it, was a banner year for gun sales in the United States.

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Defensive Firepower on a Budget

 

buying_a_handgunThe boom in gun sales over the past few years has been largely driven by a surge of interest in owning a gun for personal defense. Many first-time gun buyers are realizing that they themselves are the actual first responders to a crime, and that the police usually arrive on the scene only after a crime has been committed.

Choosing a gun for self-protection can be a daunting task: There are many different types of guns to chose from, and confusing buzzwords like “trigger reset” and “FBI minimum stopping power” are the norm inside a gun shop. In fact, in many ways, choosing a gun is a lot like buying a stereo, except that in the back of your mind, you know that your life does not depend on buying the correct subwoofer, but it just might depend on choosing the right gun.

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Choosing Your First Firearms Training Class

 

nra-basic-pistol-safety-class-1If you’re one of the millions of people who recently purchased a firearm for the first time, congratulations and welcome to the ranks of American gun owners. Like the majority of modern gun owners, you probably bought a gun because you were concerned about self-defense or want to enjoy the shooting sports in some way. Buying a firearm for self-protection is one of the most adult things you can do, because it means you’ve realized that law enforcement personnel are not “first responders,” they’re actually second responders. The first responder to a crime scene is, and always will be, the victim of the crime itself.

If you are the victim of a violent crime, you will not receive a flash of inspiration from on high about the best way to use your gun to prevent injury or death. In order to save your life and possibly the lives of others around you, you’ll have to rely on your instincts and the training you’ve already received.

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Our Diversity Is Our Strength

 

shutterstock_143305756Connecting a few dots here…

Violent Islamic terrorists and often-violent Black Lives Matter hangers-on are self-organizing through peer-to-peer networks, and as a result, they can strike quicker and faster than governments can manage. Terrorists are agile, while the blue-state model of government is not. Terrorist live in a post-industrial world while our first responders still hobble around in the outmoded, industrial-age shackles of centralized, top-down planning and strategy.

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The Democrats’ Misdirection on Guns

 

shutterstock_149627201Josh 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 Jamesan 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.

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Some of you may now be aware of Katie Couric’s gun control “documentary” via stories from: the Free Beacon (http://freebeacon.com/issues/audio-shows-katie-couric-gun-documentary-deceptively-edited-interview-pro-gun-activists/); More

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So You’ve Decided Not to Own a Gun…

 

shutterstock_406864429Author’s Note: One of the nice things about being a member of Ricochet is participating in the robust discussions in the Member Feed and joining in on the activities there, such as topic-specific group writing projects. This month, the topic is guns, and this is my contribution. If you like this sort of thing and want to add something the conversation, please consider joining Ricochet.com.

I recently attended the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, and given the title of this post and the NRA’s reputation, I’ll bet you’re expecting me to write a long missive about why gun ownership is for everyone and you’re crazy if you don’t want to own a gun.

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Prep for What’s Likely, not What’s Possible

 

When my family lived in Phoenix, we didn’t have much to worry about. The Phoenix area is remarkably free from natural disasters: There are no earthquakes worth mentioning, no forest fires, no tornadoes, no hurricanes, no blizzards. Life there was pretty good, right up to the point when the power goes out and the water stops, at which point, everyone there is going to die.

That’s not the sort of thing you can prep for, aside from slapping on a hockey mask and going full Rockatansky.

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Skill Drills For New Pistol Owners

 

shutterstock_89863252“You are what you practice.” — Ken Hackathorn

The gun business is booming. There were enough guns sold on Black Friday last year to equip the United States Marines (and a couple of extra Army divisions). However, there’s an annoying tendency within the firearms business community to view the sale of a firearm as the be-all, end-all of gun ownership, without helping the customer learn how to use their gun. The fact is, aside from collectors, very few people buy a gun just for the sake of owning one; rather, they buy with a specific purpose in mind. That purpose, according to a 2014 survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is target shooting and self-defense.

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What You Have Is Good Enough. You, However, Are Not.

 

Know thy enemy, know thyself, and you will be invincible. 
– Sun Tzu

When I was a professional photographer, once someone at a party found out what I did for a living, I would inevitably be asked, “Say, I want to take better pictures, what kind of camera should I get?”

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