The Pakistan School Massacre Can Happen Here

Shoes lie in blood on the auditorium floor at the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar

Reader OneIfByLand writes:

Is the Pakistan school massacre a warning shot across our bow? There is simply no way we have enough police to protect all of our schools for any length of time. The only practical way is to allow citizens the ability to practice their natural, civil and Constitutional rights to protect themselves and our children from such heinous crimes against humanity. Sadly, what I fear we will do is more security theatre, a (temporary) show of force to make the people feel safe (as opposed to being safe) until the shock passes . . .

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John Farnham: Youmaynot Philosophy Rears its Ugly Head In Australia

The following article originally appeared at and is republished with the author’s permission.

By John S. Farnham

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our political opponents have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?” That’s a quote from Joe Stalin, so eloquently articulating the “Youmaynot Philosophy.” Which rears its ugly head in Australia this time . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Be Sure of Your Target

Undercover cop (courtesy

According to, you’re looking at “an undercover police officer, who had been marching with anti-police demonstrators” who “aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd attacked him and his partner in Oakland, California December 10, 2014.” That’s the caption to the photo and that’s all the information they provide on this incident. Which is ironic. Because this post is about guns, undercover cops and limited information . . .

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Was Biden Right?: A Warning Shot That Worked

Gunfire has been used as a means of signaling and communications as long as there have been guns. A warning shot is essentially a means of communicating a deadly threat without actually harming the person being warned. I may have to start a new category: warming shots that worked. I have routinely advised students against firing warning shots with the usual caveats; the bullet has to go somewhere, innocents may be hit, and a round is wasted that you might need. Not to mention it’s frequently illegal. Many claim that a warning shot may be considered as evidence that the warning shot shooter wasn’t serious. I think that is unlikely. And there is apparently at least one prosecutor who thinks that firing a warning shot demonstrates restraint . . .

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Bad Guys Pretending to be Police. Kobayashi Maru?


“Law enforcement officers are searching for two assault suspects who hid in bushes, posed as police officers and chased a man and his girlfriend down an apartment hallway,” reports. Jack Permison read this tale and sent us a big SMH. The Chief Instructor at Castle Defense Solutions, is wondering what a gun owner should do to deal with the possibility of faux po-po . . .

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As a Matter of Fact, Kids and Guns Do Mix


By Matthew Black

Age restrictions on the right to carry don’t seem to come up very often in the discussion on self-defense but they need to. According to the FBI, a significant portion of murder victims are between the ages of 16 and 21. Currently, when a person in this age group is attacked outside the home the only way they can be defended with the ‘great equalizer’ is if a third party just so happens to be nearby and just so happens to be carrying a firearm and just so happens to be willing to risk life and limb for a stranger. (I think most of us would in that situation but my point remains.) But seeing as criminals and other predators tend to prey on isolated victims this is to say…fat chance . . .

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Would an AR or Shotgun in hand have Stopped this Robbery?

In the dramatic video of an attempted armed robbery of a gun shop in Springdale, Arkansas last week, one robber is wounded and the gunshop owner is hit by a spent bullet that doesn’t break the skin. The two suspects, Marcus Gould, and Leon Roberson, are from California and are both in custody.  Gould has a long criminal record, and was wounded in the arm by a shot fired by store owner Shirley Cornett. A bullet fired back was slowed by coin books on the counter before it hit her . . .

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Question of the Day: Weapon-Mounted Light or Hand Held Light?

Like any other piece of defensive kit, you have to train with a weapon-mounted light to use it safely and effectively. To adhere to the sacred muzzle direction safety rule, you have to practice bouncing the light off of surfaces before acquiring your target. How many people do that? Only operators operating operationally. Then again, if you’re truly tactical, you’ll want to hold your light away from your body so as not to provide the bad guys with a target. Then again, if your light’s weapon-mounted, you won’t leave home without it. (Will you?) Then again, you can’t do the up-and-down momentary vertical light sweep (best practice for room clearing) with a weapon-mounted light. I carry a Surefire flashlight. How do you light-up your life?


One Solution to Police Brutality: Open Carry

“When I was in Washington DC, that’s when Virginia first passed its concealed carry into law and we in law enforcement thought, ‘Oh man, it’s going to be terrible, it’s going to be the wild west, agg assaults and murders are going to go up.’ There wasn’t a blip on the radar.” That’s San Antonio Police Chief William McManus explaining [via] his lack of tsuris regarding Texas’ forthcoming move to open carry. But there’s more to open carry than simply nothing bad happening (Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s worst non-nightmare). As writer H. A. Goodman suggested, open carry could act as a deterrent against police “over-zealousness.” I think that’s right. When I opened carried in Rhode Island . . .

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How to Train for a Defensive Gun Use Without Using a Gun

I used to go shooting. A lot. Since the move to the Lone Star State, not so much. I think it’s because I now have something roughly approximating a life. Either that or I’ve screwed-up my priorities. Anyway, I do what I can away from the range to keep my armed self-defense skills fresh. For example, I practice drawing from concealment and moving towards cover or concealment (at home, unloaded safety-checked firearm) at least twenty times a day. There are things I do to maintain some semblance of operational readiness that don’t involve touching a gun, of which I’ll share with you . . .

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St. Louis Driver Bumps Protestors, Pulls Gun When Car is Attacked

“A man was arrested during protests Wednesday evening in the Central West End after he drove through the crowd and later waved a gun at protesters. The incident happened during a day of demonstrations that brought protesters to several sites in and around St. Louis,” reports Protesters blocked an intersection in the popular central west end area of St. Louis, surrounding a minivan containing a single white male, and jumped on the hood.  The driver took evasive action, spilling the hood-jumper into the street. He drew a firearm while apparently calling police . . .

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