Are you carrying it right now? Is it close by? According to Jeff Cooper (as related in the June 2, 2014 issue of NRA Shooting Illustrated)
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive handgun, your training was wasted.”
Think about that for a moment.
All the training in the world won’t do you any good if you can’t get your hands on your handgun (or other defensive weapons) when you really need it. Something to think about.
From the Facebook page of Melody Lauer, a firearms instructor in the mid west…she describes a potential conflict she was involved in at a gas station while traveling that was resolved peacefully. You can find the details on her Facebook page if you are interested. However, her last few sentences have a very important lesson for all of us…As armed citizens, we are responsible for our own emotional control that allows us to reign in aggression and anger, even when others can’t or won’t.
When you go armed, every fight–no matter how minor–is a potential gunfight. Do everything in your power to keep it from getting to that point.
Be nice… until it’s time not to be nice.
Definitely, something to think about and be very aware of when you are armed.
In looking at recent shooting events that have made the national news, and setting aside the current knee-jerk gun control rhetoric, one thing seems pretty obvious. In any kind of active shooter event, you are basically on your own. Yes, law enforcement will respond, but that response generally takes time.
What are you going to do between the time the shooting starts and law enforcement gets there? Are you going to try to escape, try to hide, or are you going to fight back?
Each situation is different and circumstances will dictate to a certain extent your response, but you should always be thinking ahead, especially if you are in a place with lots of people.
- What are you going to do when the shooting starts?
- Where is the shooter? Can you escape?
- What about others with you?
- Should you (are you able to) provide first aid to any victims?
Something to think about.
If you are approached by someone in a parking lot (i.e.Walmart, etc) with a hard luck story wanting money, your best bet is to say something like ‘Sorry, I can’t help you’ while moving away and looking to see if they have a partner. Be aware that the approach of asking for help could be a way to distract you so you can be attacked/robbed/whatever by a partner. This isn’t always the case, but it certainly pays to be aware and be safe.
Which leads us to Tip #2…Carry your handgun on a routine, daily basis. You do not get to pick which day you will need your gun (do you really think you get to pick the day the situation mentioned above occurs???). Someone else makes that decision for you, and you will typically be informed at the very last minute!
Think about that last sentence for a moment and realize how true it is.
Since the shooting in the church in Texas several weeks ago there has been considerable discussion about the place of guns in church. Many people favor it (and a lot of my students admit that they carry in church) but some are still uneasy about the idea. Melody Lauer, a firearms instructor in the Midwest with a following on Facebook, has this to say regarding carrying guns in church…
I never really did understand the resistance some people felt about carrying a gun in church. If I can justify the legal and moral use of deadly force with my God and religion in my house, I don’t see why He would have a problem with it in His house.
An interesting thought.
Think you’re a great shot? Come prove it and earn a T-shirt too! Offered by Terry Nelson and Eve Flanigan, the Ready Citizen Challenge is a four-level series to test your pistol marksmanship skills. We are offering Level 1 in Alamogordo on February 10. If there is interest we can do Level 2 on February 11.
It’s a great way to check your skills and boost your confidence as you learn how you stack up against gun-carrying professionals! Those tests are timed, and qualifying scores are set for you as they are for any officer, from 75-80 percent.
At Level 1, the four courses of fire include
- an untimed qualification used by a well-known shooting school to select applicants for a special class given by celebrity shooters
- the New Mexico armed security guard shooting test
- the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act qualification
- the New Mexico Department of Public Safety dim-light handgun qualification (done during the day, but using a handheld light)
All shooters who complete the four tests of any Level receive a T-shirt, even if they did not make a passing score on one or more tests. Persistence is a virtue of the Ready Citizen! Those who pass each level get a printed certificate of achievement.
Price: $110 per level plus a $5.32 range fee. One free on-site reshoot per test is offered for any tests not passed. Approximately 200 rounds; bring a bit extra. Three to four hours range time depending on the number of participants, weather, etc. Contact Eve Flanigan at 575-642-4825 to sign up for the Challenge or for more information.
Are you a Ready Citizen?
Stay safe at Christmas. Reread The Gift of Preparedness This Christmas and take it to heart.
Be extra cautious and don’t become complacent about your safety as you go about celebrating the Christmas season and enjoying family and friends.