Massad Ayoob is one of the gold standards in real world defensive firearms use.
Below is a list of 5 myths one hears around the shooting range or gun store. Surely to increase your chances of death or injury.
“IF YOU CAN’T DO IT WITH SIX, YOU CAN’T DO IT AT ALL!”
“MY CAR IS NEVER FAR AWAY, SO I’LL JUST KEEP MY HANDGUN/LONG GUN/SPARE AMMUNITION THERE.”
“YOU MUST PRACTICE ONLY POINT SHOOTING, BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR SIGHTS IN A GUNFIGHT!”
“YOU MUST PRACTICE ONLY AIMED FIRE, BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO HIT ANYTHING POINTING!”
“YOU CAN NEVER JUSTIFY SHOOTING A MAN MORE THAN 7/15/25 YARDS AWAY!”
In short, Mr. Ayoob ends with Beware Absolutes.
I’ve never been in a gunfight, but I have had to defend my life. I religiously wear my seat belt, but that didn’t keep from from being in a fatal accident. We don’t control circumstances or outcomes, people!
You should really go and read the whole article.
h/t Personal Defense World, Facebook
(from Mad Ogre, in part)
I’m so sick of hearing that we’re only “fighting for oil” or “our Foreign Policy is only about oil”. That’s such BS, and History proves it. You know the Marine’s Song? “From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…”
That song comes from a US action in the Mediterranean region back in 1805. By order of President Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President, US Marines and Berber Mercenaries marched 500 miles across Egypt to Derna Tripoli to combat Piracy. Pirates who were interfering with shipping, and to support a Pro-US Administration. This is what defending our foreign interests is all about. It’s not about secret cabal of oil barons squabbling over our planet’s oil fields.
If that was the case, where are the great battles in Alaska, Canada, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, the Dakota’s and the Gulf of Mexico? Where are the Armies that are invading Venezuela? These places are all rich in oil resources. How come the US has not gone in and taken Venezuela’s oil? Because it’s not about the oil. It’s about Regional Stability and protecting our interests and those of our allies. Do you think Thomas Jefferson was concerned about Middle Eastern Oil? No, he wasn’t. Was he concerned about Egyptian or Tripolian oil? No, he wasn’t. He was concerned about the Pirates. Just like Bush was concerned about Saddam Hussein. Who, you may remember, was the concern of the Democrats, who all VOTED FOR that war, and as soon as Bush pulled the trigger, suddenly cried about it because he did what they voted for. Insanity. Oil its self had nothing to do with it. Saddam Hussein threatened the Regional Stability. Oil is only merely the main product from that region. The US has other interests there as well. (…)
Of course, the intel on Hussein has gone round about. First, it was about Kuwait and Iraq leaving her neighbors alone. Then, about WsMD and potential damage to the region. Then, the whole yellow cake uranium thing. Turns out we were given false data on that. Maybe. But, they did find evidence of ‘traditional’ WsMD in Syria, it having been moved from Iraq. Of course, the major media – having it’s own agenda –
reportedly lightly failed to report on this.
And then President Bush, and now President Obama is mired in Iraq and Syria. And a myriad of other places. Africa. Because of disease.
(From Fox News, in part…)
Two decades after skyrocketing to fame with his role as superman in the hit series “Lois & Clark,” Dean Cain is still busy acting and making his own films. But these days, Cain is more than just an entertainer. The single father is now a regular guest on Fox News and is not afraid to open up about politics and social issues.
“I’ll discuss things,” Cain told Fox News. “You know, just because someone is an actor doesn’t mean they’re a blithering idiot — although sometimes,” he joked.
Cain said he is stepping into the cable news arena because he isn’t afraid to speak his mind and hopes he might encourage others to do the same.
“I think it’s important as an American, as a citizen, to go and talk about things, to try and educate yourself because the general public wants to be educated on these things and maybe if it’s a face they’ll recognize, they’ll pay attention,” Cain said.
The actor is particularly vocal about gun rights. He said a frightening experience at his home in Los Angeles helped shape his opinion on the topic.
“I was terrified. I’m a big, strong guy and my knees were buckling like ‘Oh my gosh,’” Cain said of a night when he awoke to a stranger pounding on his door. “I’m armed to-the-teeth now. At 4 o’clock in the morning come bang at my door, my knees won’t buckle.” (…)
Take THAT Liam Neeson, Sylvester Stallone, Bill Maher, ad infinitum – ad nauseum. (To be fair, Bill Maher admits to gun ownership – while railing against the Second Amendment!)
h/t John Lott
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I just acquired one of these little beauties (because one cannot have enough
tactical flashlights! Seriously, AT 2 1/2 INCHES LONG, it’s barely noticeable clipped to my key chain.
And I looked even more ridiculous OC-ing a full-sized service pistol with a 5-cell flashlight strapped to my waist. (As if!)
Like Batman without the uniform or the mask.
Look, most of us aren’t spec-ops guys or even PD. Carrying a huge flashlight on-one’s-person everywhere is conspicuous and obvious. This is quality equipment, and is reasonably priced. I got mine through Gunhog, and saved even more!
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Lotsa folks opine on the Internet, Facebook, blogs, et al.
One of the best things about this Nation is our right to free speech – to speak our mind, regardless.
Witness those vile Kansas ‘church’ folks who protest military funerals, or the Klan, or the New Black Panthers.
I tend to gravitate toward folks on the Internet like-minded to me. That makes sense, because I’ve enough blood pressure issues w/o stroking out after reading WaPo, or the Nation, or other collectivist crap.
But, having no military experience (not for lack of trying) in these issues, I defer to folks who have some. Sometimes we agree, sometimes not.
One of my go-to guys is AmericanMercenary. Not just a rank-and-file grunt (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but an Army Ranger!
He recently wrote regarding the ongoing issue of women in military combat elite units. My understanding is some other nations have tried it and kept it, some eventually rejected it (in combat roles).
While I understand the whole equal rights thing, I don’t think political correctness is a good reason for policy change in this instance.
But my blogfriend(tm) American Mercenary disagrees with me!
I remember Don Brown teaching us in college that women shouldn’t be patrol officers, because they are inherently weaker and one day may be raped in the back of their patrol cars! (1973).
A friend of a friend is a retired city detective, an expert in sex crime investigation, a crack shot and can bench press over 400 pounds! She is also a very nice lady.
If you can do the job, go for it!
There are some allegations so heinous, if someone already looked askance at one, it is assumed one is guilty. (Michael Jackson comes to mind)
And we all know about assuming…(Thank you, again Don Brown!)
There has been a ‘news’ story floating around the past few days regarding Will Hayden, formerly of The Discovery Channel’s Sons of Guns. His ex-wife (or girlfriend) is alleging Mr. Hayden repeatedly raped their minor daughter, starting at age 11.
It may be assumed (there’s that word, again) that Mr. Hayden has substantial assets ripe for the attachment, and that as his persona was that of a cool, somewhat likeable, no-nonsense hard ass on the TV show, that these allegations might be spurious.
Of course, who knows?
I’ve a good friend for many years who was sexually abused by both her father and uncle – both of whom were upstanding community leaders – and they never were brought to justice for their crimes. I also know two men who were childhood victims of relatives. One perpetrator was a woman.
No justice for these folks was ever found.
My point is we don’t know the truth, yet, about Mr. Hayden. The Discovery Channel has sought to distance itself from the TV show and Mr. Hayden.
Is this simply an evil woman bringing unfounded charges to gain wealth, or vengeance, or is the evil in Mr. Hayden?
Regardless of the truth, I believe too much of this kind of heinous crime occurs, without earthly consequence.
Perhaps there is other-than-earthly consequence for such evil persons?
I certainly hope so.
(While I believe in ‘the system’, and ‘due process’, persons who destroy the lives of children in this manner should be drawn and quartered – Guffaw)
I’ve posted before in this venue about what a cesspool Detroit is and how 60 years of socialist politics have brought a once proud hub of American Industry to it’s knees, and even the police have advised the citizenry they must fend for themselves.
Apparently, they have listened and responded!!
(Below, a short snippet from the article)
Space prohibits a thorough account of Detroiters fighting criminals with lawfully obtained firearms, doing so would run longer than our infamous Hillary piece (our longest column ever, as several critics were kind enough to note). But a search of the Detroit papers for 2014 reveals instance after instance. Just one week’s reportage from February should suffice to demonstrate:
■At 2 a.m. Feb. 22, two men broke into a house on the city’s southwest side; the homeowner shot both men. A 21-year-old man died and the other man escaped.
■Earlier on Feb. 22, at 12:30 a.m., a woman who was surprised by a gunman when she pulled her car into the garage was able to reach for her own gun and fatally shot the man.
■A woman on Feb. 17 opened fire on three teens who kicked in her door. The alleged intruders, ages 14, 14 and 15, were caught by police and charged with home invasion.”
Now if only New Orleans, Oakland, New York and Washington, D.C. would pick up the same mantle!
h/t Kevin Baker
(Courtesy of Fill Yer Hands, in part)
In a landmark ruling today (08-16-14) in the lawsuit against Cinemark by victims of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, US District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that because they are Gun Free Victim Zones,
“the patrons of a movie theater are, perhaps even more than students in a school or shoppers in a mall, ‘sitting ducks.’”
This means that the owners of the Century Aurora 16 Theater should have known its patrons faced a risk, and taken steps to protect them, which they did not.
Perhaps this is FINALLY the beginning of the end of forced victim, free-fire, targets-of-opportunity zones. Now, if we can extend this to all schools, colleges, churches and government buildings, we can take back some of our sovereignty!
And our right of self defense.
Yeah, it’s a song title, above.
Sometimes, I get down on myself, because I once had a wife, a daughter, a home, a ‘career’.
No wife, no daughter, no ‘career’ (I’m disabled). I DO
have share a home, though.
And that’s my point.
Living Freedom recently had a posting entitled
It mentioned traits of folks down-on-their-luck who, if they are not thriving, do more than just survive.
I could have been worse off than I am. I lost my home as my income decreased, and a good friend took me in.
But, that’s not my point.
MY POINT IS I’M GRATEFUL FOR HER HAVING DONE SO!
Certainly, I wish things could be different. It would be nice to have a wife, to have my daughter back. To have my house back. To have the income I once had.
But, not being a child, I know wishing doesn’t make it so.
So (most days) I choose GRATITUDE!
Various law enforcement agencies and military units have memorials to those that have fallen in service to their country.
If we ever build such a memorial to concealed carriers who put their lives at risk to save others, the name of Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas deserves to be on that wall.
Wilcox was killed yesterday (June 8) attempting to take down the deranged couple that had just murdered Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo at a nearby Cici’s Pizza location. Wilcox apparently spotted the husband as he rushed into Walmart, and tried to take him down.
Most CCW courses are basic safety classes, I’ve seen many I wonder if safety is even taught that well.
Please do not fool yourself into thinking you are trained to fight just because the state issued you a license
When the rubber meets the road, a lot can be going on, and basic training may not save you, I don’t know how much training Mr Wilcox had, , and he may have changed the course of the event, but he lost. (Maddened Fowl)
Not to cast aspersions toward Mr. Wilcox, but most of us are armchair adventurers at best. I’ve been in IPSC competitions wherein civilians cleaned the clocks of sworn officers, but these were pretend, not real life. And I’ve observed many officers whose firearms safety regime was trumped by their huge egos. And they paid for it.
Most of us are not sworn officers or spec ops guys home on leave from Afghanistan. We are regular Joes (and Janes) going about our mundane daily lives, but we do so armed. And many of us have received a permission slip from our respective States to carry our tools concealed as we go about our business.
The concealed weapon permit is akin the driver license. It doesn’t mean that we are automatically Mario Andretti upon our receipt of it. Keep training, keep learning, keep maintaining and most importantly, keep paying attention to your surroundings.
We, as civilians, have no obligation to rush in like John McClane (Die Hard films) in the movies and save everyone. And most of us don’t have the skills.
Know yourself, too!
h/t Bob Owens, The Duck