Self-Defense Tip: Everyone Gets Firsts Before Anyone Gets Seconds. Maybe.

In the video above, Dom Raso does some game theory on who Rambo should have shot first and whether or not the cinematic victory was even possible. Raso rags on Rambo’s draw, grip and flinch. What he doesn’t mention: Rambo shoots TWO rounds at the first bad guy before serving one dose of lead into the remaining threats. Not necessarily the best plan. Generally, if an armed self-defender faces multiple threats it’s boarding house rules: everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds. “You want to slow everyone down as fast as possible,” Armed Response Training gun guru David Kenik tells TTAG.  “That way it’s less likely that someone will shoot/stab/attack you while you’re shooting someone else.” Then again . . .

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Thank You For Not Carrying?

Siobahn Denise Hall (courtesy

First, here’s the official version of the story via “A woman was arrested Wednesday after hitting a vehicle with a tire iron and attempting to rob two men, police said. The incident occurred around 9:45 a.m. at Yankee Meadows Reservoir, according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Department. Siobahn Denise Hall, 29, [above] followed two men driving off I-15 who were headed toward Yankee Reservoir, police said. The men were St. George residents who were driving to Yankee Meadows Reservoir to fish. Hall blocked the exit road with her car and then got out of the vehicle. She began hitting the victims’ car with a tire iron and demanding money, police said. The two victims exited their vehicle and were able to subdue Hall. A passerby saw the incident and drove to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office to alert police.” Now here’s the victim’s version . . .

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Random Thoughts About Booger Hooks and Bang Switches

Gun Guys author and TTAGonist Dan Baum is setting-up a new gun safety organization. No really. Gun safety. Not gun control. His group will urge Americans to lock-up their guns (when not on body) and teach all family members the four rules of gun safety. I’m down with that. As I’ve said before, I reckon muzzle control is the One Rule to Rule Them All. But trigger finger discipline is a very close second. When it comes to self-defense . . .

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Defense Distributed’s Cody Wilson Takes Texas CHL Class

Cody Wilson at Red's Range CHL class (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

[NOTE: There will be a comprehension test after this post]

On Sunday I took a field trip to Red’s South in West Austin to sit in a concealed carry instruction class with seven fellow citizens. After wandering to a clapboard classroom at 7:45 am, I began an eight-hour triathlon of cram-school instruction and practical and written examination. We broke for lunch and a clever commercial intermission sponsored by Texas Law Shield. Oh, and along the way I confronted the schizophrenic foundations of the gun community’s civil personality . . .

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“Chicago commuters can’t run, can’t hide, and can’t carry. I think that’s called fish in a barrel.”

That’s TTAG reader JRW’s take on this story from “Two armed men robbed multiple passengers on an Orange Line CTA train heading into downtown Wednesday afternoon. The robbery happened at 4:13 p.m. on the train as it traveled between the Halsted and Roosevelt stations, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. Two armed suspects took various items from multiple riders, Zala said. No one is hurt and no one is in custody. Police are reviewing surveillance video in the case, Zala said.” One of these days, a legal concealed carrier – carrying illegally on a train - will Bernhard Goetz some thugs like these. It won’t be pretty, but it will make news. Especially in the wrong circles.


This is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: Starbucks Gun-Free Zone Edition


“Just before 5:30 a.m. Monday, employees of the Starbucks in the 1800 block of W. Broad St. called police about a suspicious man outside the store. According to police, the suspect then ran into the business, and attacked the two employees,” reports. “Both baristas sustained facial injuries, with the suspect kicking an officer who arrived on scene. A 65-year-old employee is now facing a difficult recovery from serious injuries, and remains at VCU Medical Center in intensive care. Police reported that the suspect . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Carry in NJ if You Can’t Carry in NJ

Shaneen Allen (courtesy

A Philadelphia mother of two is facing three years in prison after she mistakenly entered New Jersey, where she was stopped for a traffic violation and found in possession of a handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets,” reports. A number of readers emailed this story. To a man, they consider it an outrage that a mother – a mother! – should be looking at jail time for the “innocent” mistake of assuming the New Jersey honored her Pennsylvania concealed carry permit. “The gun charge was not proper to begin with at all,” her attorney, Evan Nappen, told, echoing our Armed Intelligentsia’s take on the matter. “She made an honest mistake.” No and maybe . . .

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MO Gov Nixon Vetoes Teacher Carry Bill


“Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that would have allowed specially trained teachers to carry concealed guns, asserting that the move could jeopardize student safety in public schools.” And in other news, the sun rose in the east this morning and another federally-owned hard drive seems to have crashed. In short, Nixon nixing the teacher carry bill was preordained. Like the scorpion on the frog’s back, it’s just his nature. The real question all along has been whether or not the heavily GOP-leaning legislature can muster the votes to override him. “The bill passed the Missouri House in May by a 111-28 vote, two more than would be required for a veto override. The Senate’s 21-7 vote fell two votes shy of that threshold, but three Republicans were absent.” Pop some popcorn. This one will be close. 


Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Why I Carry In Hotels Edition

Wilson Combat Bill Wilson Carry on the rocks (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

I travel quite a bit for TTAG, and as a result I have spent a good number of nights in hotels. Thanks to budget restrictions, those hotels haven’t always been the nicest, and as a result I have come up with a personalized rating system for how nice and safe a hotel feels: do I keep the safety on or off for my nightstand gun. A story out of my home base of San Antonio shows that even when you’re staying in a “safety on” hotel, it pays to always be ready . . .

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John “More Guns, Less Crime” Lott: 5% of American Adults Have Carry Permits


John “More Guns, Less Crime” Lott has created a new gun rights org dedicated to arming armed Americans with the truth about guns. Well, the facts.’s opening salvo: Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States. Click here to read the study, which is as stat-heavy as you’d expect from the Lottster. Summarizing the summary, “a total of 11,113,013 Americans currently hold concealed carry permits representing 4.8 percent of the total population . . .  concealed carry has grown overall due to both more states allowing it and more and more people in each state getting permits.” Lott reckons the number of good-to-stow Americans is actually greater . . .

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IKEA Cop Carve-Out Highlights Gun-Free Zone Hypocrisy

Dateline: July 4, Ikea, College Park, Maryland. “Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg had stopped in with his daughter. Goldberg was in uniform because he had worked that morning at the city’s July 4 parade,” reports, “and would be back on duty that night for fireworks. In between, he stopped at Ikea to shop for furniture for his daughter’s new apartment. And that’s when a loss-prevention officer at the store approached him . . .

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Students Comfortable with Guns on Idaho Campus


As I followed the story of the Idaho legislature making the carrying of guns on campus legal for a small subset of students that were highly trained, it was shocking to see how much silly disinformation was published in an attempt to railroad the legislators into voting against the measure. Everything was thrown at them, from the usual “blood in the streets” predictions to smears of adult students as irresponsible drunks, to a highly inventive notion that Idaho campuses would lose funding for their nuclear research reactors. One educator asked when he would be able to shoot students, in a lame attempt at sarcasm that was published by the New York Times . . .

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