Shooting To Wound and Selling Popcorn

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Robert recently posted an article on a question posed to a guest by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer:

“On Thursday, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked guest [lawyer] Jeffrey Toobin why police weren’t instructed to ‘shoot to injure, instead of kill,’ reports. “Blitzer’s questions arose during a discussion on the unfurling conflict in Ferguson, Mo. over the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. ‘They often shoot to kill,’ Blitzer said of police. ‘Why do they have to shoot to kill? Why can’t they shoot a warning shot in the air, scare someone off if they think they’re in danger. Why can’t they shoot to, injure, shall we say? Why do they have to shoot to kill?’”

Blitzer’s question is, sadly, all too common . . .

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Three Good Reasons Not to Carry a Gun Every Day, And How to Overcome Them

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No one knows how many Americans carry a gun on a daily basis. Florida has issued the greatest number of concealed carry permit holders; some 1.2m of the Gunshine State’s 19.5m residents are good to stow. How many of those practice everyday carry (EDC)? I’d be surprised if it was ten percent. Why? I’m not sure. But I can guess. In the interest of increasing those numbers, to protect innocent life and Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, here are three reasons people don’t carry a gun on a daily basis, and how to surmount them . . .

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Question of the Day: Does Armed Security Makes Things Worse?

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“A disgruntled ex-cop carrying a loaded gun [not shown] bypassed metal detectors at a federal building in Philadelphia and entered the FBI’s office there this week after flashing a fake police badge and his inactive ID card, according to sources and court records obtained by ABC News. The FBI ultimately took the man’s gun after becoming suspicious, but ‘he could’ve shot up half the office by that point,’ as one law enforcement expert put it after reading the court records.” I reckon security checkpoints make people complacent. Strike that . . .

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Self Defense Tip: Store Your Gun Information on Paper


Dating your roommate’s ex isn’t a recipe for domestic bliss. When that kind of love triangle developed at the University of Florida a couple of years ago, Pedro Bravo decided the cure for his achy breaky heart was to get rid of his roomie, Christian Aguilar. Permanently. Obviously having no experience in such matters, he consulted the oracle in his iPhone, Siri, asking the best place to dump a body. At least, that was the evidence presented against him by the Gainesville PD in his murder trial yesterday along with detailed info like the number of times he’d used his phone’s flashlight the night Aguilar disappeared. Which made me think . . .

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This Is Why You Home Carry

“What if I had a gun, I mean, who knows?” That’s the rhetorical question asked by a Pittsburgh woman whose home was invaded by two yoots Sunday morning. A home that recently had a new security system with cameras installed. And is it just me, or do they appear to know that they’re being filmed. Check the way the second dood takes one step inside and appears to know exactly where the camera is, strategically pulling the bill of his cap down. But back to the home owner’s question. If she’d had a gun, maybe she wouldn’t have lost her cash and computer. Maybe she wouldn’t have been pistol whipped. Or maybe it all would have gone to hell. But wouldn’t you like to have the option?


Question of the Day: Do You Verbally Warn a Home Invader?

The vlogger above is as unequivocal as he is taciturn: warn any home invaders that you’re armed and the cops are on their way. Makes sense to me. Especially if you’ve called 911 and put the phone down, so the service will record everything you say, for use in your defense. Only…is it possible that you’d want to ambush one more bad guys coming to rob, rape or kill you and/or your loved ones? What if you’re not in a defensible position? Do you really want to sacrifice the advantages of speed, surprise and violence of action? I say it depends on the situation; that you don’t want to commit to ANY default course of action. Have a plan but know that it probably won’t survive first contact with the enemy. What say you?


It Should Have Been a DGU: Christy Mack Edition

It is an oft repeated slogan on this site and in the gun community at large that God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal. The actual quote according to Colt’s own website is, “Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal.” No matter who did the creating or the freeing, the fact is that a gun in hand is one of the best tools available for self defense, especially when the attacker is much larger, faster, and stronger than the defender. Unfortunately, a somewhat high profile case has popped up that gives us a stark example of just how true that can be. Please be warned that the photos after the jump are disturbing . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Ferguson, MO Armed Self-Defense Editon

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Writing these blog posts, I try to see a story from the anti-gunners’ perspective. It’s all too easy to surrender to The Wilkow Majority perspective: “we’re right, they’re wrong, that’s the end of the story.” The fight to defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is won or lost at the margins, amongst the so-called Silent Majority. So when you look at the picture of the owners and employees of St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio defending their property from Ferguson, Missouri looters by force of arms, you’re thanking God (or whatever) for American gun rights. An anti sees a bunch of yahoos subverting the rule of law, itching to kill blacks. The question is, what does the average Joe and Jane see? [h/t TP]


Self-Defense Tip: Get Weapons Light Training

When it comes to armed self-defense, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. For example, using a weapon-mounted light is an excellent idea – IF you know what you’re doing AND you’ve practiced under stress. If you don’t, a great many things can go badly wrong. Leaving a gun light on as you sweep a room or house tells the bad guy exactly where to aim his gun and/or mount a physical attack. A far better technique: switch the light on for a quick picture, then turn it off a fraction of a second later and move (while listening for target information). To do that, though, you have to have the right gun light and excellent control of the mechanism. And then there’s whole firing the gun thing . . .

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The Argument Against Gun Control: Ferguson, MO

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I started following Dana Loesch a few months back when she appeared on The View to talk about why she became a conservative after years of being EXTRA liberal. So last night while I was getting my social media fix, I noticed that Dana was retweeting like crazy about the developing riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, a topic Farago covered this morning. One of Dana’s retweets is above, from local news source KSDK . . .

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The Connotations of Deadly Force


As frequently seems to be the case, Hollow Point Ammunition: A Basic Rationale, inspired a large number of comments. Two in particular, however, are often heard in discussion about the use of deadly force. Reader “Former Water Walker” wrote: “Good post. Well except for the verbal gymnastics of ‘stopping,’ but not wounding. Of course I want to wound some criminal when I stop him. Or kill him…” And “Hannibal” agreed . . .

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This is Why People Carry a Gun When Answering the Door

Numerous people have criticized homeowners  for having a gun in their hand or on their person when answering a door.  I have always maintained that it is only prudent to do so.   Home security systems can be very useful, of course. A standoff barrier, such as my old friend, Tex Ferguson, the highly decorated combat vet and intelligence operative used, works very well, as do surveillance cameras.  Not everyone has such a system in place, or working, all the time.   In any case, surveillance and standoff systems work best when backed up by armed force.  I have reported numerous cases where armed homeowners prevailed against criminal attackers; and even a few cases where armed homeowners prevailed in court against police invaders.   There are even a couple of rare cases where police officers have shot and killed homeowners, simply because the homeowner was armed . . .

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Dartmouth College Denies Stalker Victim Right to Armed Self Defense, Perpetuates #waronwomen

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Taylor Woolrich, a student at Darmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has been victimized by a stalker since she was 16. You’d think that being a continent away from the man against whom she has a restraining order would provide some peace of mind, but Richard Bennett has been more than persistent. As reports, “Woolrich says he constantly harassed her during her first two years at Dartmouth, stalking her on social media and sending messages in which he ‘promised’ to fly across the country to see her at college.” Not wanting to find out how serious the 67-year-old creeper is about paying her a visit, she asked the ivory tower powers that be at Dartmouth for permission to carry a firearm . . .

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That Time My Heart Rate Broke 200 BPM

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I’ve been working on my overall level of fitness in anticipation of a fall biathlon in West Texas. The idea of being out of shape, a few hundred miles from home, in one of the hotter places in Texas is not something I’m ready to entertain. As part of my training, I picked up a Wahoo Fitness Heart Rate Monitor which transmits data over Bluetooth to my iPhone while I run. Not to get too far into a review of it, but I can program the app to give me updates during the run on pacing and heart rate which is super helpful for making sure that my training is effective . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Shoot a TASER at Someone Soaked in Gasoline

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Force Science News’ latest email blast links us to a UK study at scienceandjusticejournal.comThe ignitability of petrol vapours and potential for vapour phase explosion by use of TASER® law enforcement electronic control device. As we’re too cheap to purchase the study, and most of our  readers possess a modicum common sense, I’ll give you Force Science’s best excerpt and put the abstract after the jump. “When the CEW discharged, the room was instantly engulfed in flames. In less than 1.5 seconds, heat at the officer’s head and hand level reached nearly 800 degrees Fahrenheit. ‘The police mannequin showed severe [burns] to about 20% total body surface area,’ the researchers report. (The dummy’s Kevlar vest tended to protect the chest area.) For the suspect mannequin, there was ‘almost 100%’ total body surface burned–’very probably fatal for a person if accompanied by inhalation injury.’” So now you know . . .

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