You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else will pick that day and they will only tell you at the last minute.
Tom Givens, of Rangemaster (a premier firearms training facility in Tennessee), made this interesting comment that was picked up on Facebook a month or so ago. Think about the truth of this statement. If I knew I was going to need my gun that day, I’d do everything I could to avoid that situation. Unfortunately, our life-threatening encounters tend to come when we least expect them.
Think about that for a moment as you decide whether or not to carry your gun today because it may be a hassle or a little inconvenient. And then carry it! Remember, you probably won’t get to pick the moment.
Here’s a very interesting article by Jeff Gonzales posted on Shooting Illustrated regarding things you need to consider as you look at your personal safety and defense.
The article states that managing a potential threat is best done before the threat reaches your “contact” distance, and ideally when they’re still well within the “far” area to give yourself better options. Here is an illustration to explain.
These concepts are particularly appropriate in the holiday season where we are liable to spend more time in close proximity to people while out shopping or during holiday social events.
Read Jeff’s article: Personal-Defense Preparation: Considering Worst-Case Scenarios
One of the lessons from the recent shooting at the Anza Day Spa in Florida is something everyone needs to think about…the fact that it can happen anywhere at any time. As the link below points out, there is no ‘safe’ space. And because of that, you need to be always prepared to respond to a life-threatening situation.
Gil Ellifritz of Active Response Training has posted a very interesting article about the lessons learned and some thoughts on what you should be doing. I encourage you to read this article and give it some serious thought… http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/the-azana-day-spa-shooting
Take-a-ways From the Article
- There is no “safe” place. If you want to be able to defend yourself, you must be prepared at all times.
- Revenge isn’t the sole motive. It’s about notoriety and achieving lasting infamy. The killer needs a body count to get it.
- The killer started a fire as a distraction and likely tried to create an improvised explosive device using a propane tank. If you really want to be prepared for the active shooter event, you need to know a little about bombs and IEDs.
- The shooter hid his gun. Inappropriate or exceptionally heavy bags or luggage where they aren’t necessary should trigger your warning bells.
- Use a combination of tactics to escape. Keep yourself safe. Escape the building if you can. If you don’t have a good idea where the shooter is located and have a room that can be secured, barricading is a viable option.
- It can take a LONG time to completely clear a building. Study up on some battlefield medical references so you control serious bleeding when you need to and how to improvise both a pressure bandage and a tourniquet.
- Restraining orders sometimes provoke a violent response. Think carefully about the risks versus the benefits of filing court orders against violent family members. Be cautious if your friend, neighbor, or co-worker has recently filed such an order.
Pay attention to the recurring details of these tragic shooting events. We can learn from the mistakes of others.
10 Things Gun Owners Get Wrong About Their Self-Defense Rights… An interesting article from Gun Tests regarding things gun owners get wrong about their self-defense rights by Michele Byington, an attorney for a national firearms legal-defense program. It’s worth taking the time to read. Link to 10 Common Misconceptions About Gun Ownership.
The article is a bit long, so here is the quick list.
10 Common Misconceptions About Gun Ownership
- Drag The Body Into The House
- The Only Time a Gun Should Be Displayed Is If You’re Going To Shoot It
- Make Sure There Is Only One Side of the Story
- It’s Legal to Shoot a Trespasser
- Invoking the Right to Remain Silent Will Cause the Police to Think You Are Guilty
- Shooting to Wound Is Better Than Shooting to Kill
- Criminals Get Arrested; Not Good Guys
- Gun Modifications and Choice of Ammo May Cause More Legal Liability
- A Person Cannot Be Sued Civilly for Acting in Self-Defense
- Warning Shots Are a Great Idea
From a Facebook post came this interesting thought...
Firearms are for the preservation of life and liberty. For putting food on the table. And for sports. NOT for winning arguments, feeding our egos, or taunting petty drunks.
#ThinkItThrough on Facebook
Next time you feel frustrated at someone, or angry, think about this.
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.
Here is a guest editorial from Coralie Carrier, a concealed carry instructor in Las Cruces, that is a bit of a change of pace but something we need to take very seriously considering the times we are in (and November isn’t very far away).
As another summer winds down and another political season gears up I have a couple of thoughts for everyone.
Are you getting ready for what is coming?
Elections in November and a long session in the State Legislature next year! I know, I know, it’s been too hot to even want to think about the next governor and other elected officials but remember the old saying … “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
NOW is the time to educate yourself about the platforms each candidate is standing on …particularly the 2nd Amendment plank.
There is some really scary stuff out there so please, please, take a few minutes one of these hot afternoons and get on your computer and find out for yourself just how scary some of these folks are.
The Bloomberg group is expected to mount another campaign and pour money into the politician’s coffers to promote their agenda.
NOW is the time to plan our strategies! Since it’s too hot to go to the range, take a few minutes and scare yourself to death about the future if we don’t get pro-active!
Last month we had Part 1 which briefly discussed an encounter one of my students had recently with a javelina while hiking. In Part 2 we hear it in her own words. There are lessons to be learned here, particularly regarding the effects of adrenaline. I really appreciate her willingness to share her experience with us.
Part 2 of the Javelina Encounter…in her own words…
It definitely was an intense time! Right after everything happened, mind you, I was out of bullets. I don’t believe I was cognizant of how many rounds I had. I’ve always known I carry 6 in that gun, but I guess I forgot how to count while encounter was taking place.
I was watching the dog as she was sniffing away on the trail and out of nowhere I saw this black thing (thinking it was a dog) charge my dog. I then got a look that it was a javelina. I remember thinking don’t shoot while they are fighting in fear of shooting the dog obviously. That part was clear. I waited til there was a break in fighting so I could fire. Honestly (due to adrenaline I’m sure) I don’t know if I fired at other pigs in fear of them ganging up on the dog (and that broke the fight up) or if I waited til the fight broke up on its own to fire the first shots. I do know I fired twice the first time. Fight ensued again and then broke up again. I fired 4 rounds then at the pack of pigs. The adrenaline was insane because I do remember the dog running fast away and I was stuck there without bullets and not knowing what would be next. That’s when I saw a baby pig and realized they were likely being protective.
I honestly don’t know how far away this happened. So, maybe it was 30 feet, lol. It felt like a tunnel and black all around me. Felt like it was so far away!
I picked up the largest stick I could find in case I needed it. Wishing like hell I had more ammo or a bigger gun but was incredibly thankful at that point for my gun. I rarely carry when I hike just because I never suspect anything to happen. This changed my mind. I was so thankful to have that little 380. Little but mighty. It did save the dog’s life and I do feel the dog saved mine. I ran away to find the dog. She was hunkered down scared outta her mind! That’s where I noticed bleeding on her side. I called my dad to come get us because I couldn’t tell the extent of her injuries at the point. BTW…the dog is fine now and the hair is finally growing back.
What I learned about this is
- To always carry.
- Try like hell to stay calm and focus on what’s happening.
I’m proud I didn’t panic, but I’m sad I let adrenaline take over right away, adrenaline seriously gives you amnesia. There are still some things I don’t remember, like when I fired first. However, since I never saw it coming, I was shocked at what took place. Never in a million years did I expect to see a pig there, much less 3, or for them to attack. I initially thought that it was another dog to begin with and I wasn’t super riled up and I was just going to grab a stick or something or fire a round to hopefully break them up. When I saw it was a pig, things changed. I don’t hike without my gun anymore. I carry a bit of a larger caliber now and good, quality bullets.
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.
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.