Mike McDaniel: Metaphors Of Sports and Liberty

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When Fall Friday nights come around, I feel sympathy for the high school football teams that lose by enormous margins. As I wrote in “High School Football as-Bullying?” size, strength and ability matter. When an opposing high school football team gets off the bus looking like an NFL starting lineup, and the home team’s biggest player is 6’2” and 200 pounds, the only question is how big the final score is going to be and will the home team score a single point? . . .

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It Should’ve Been A Defensive Gun Use: All That’s Left is the Tale Edition

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“Earlier this month, a woman living in the Leisure World retirement community opened her screen door to pick up her newspaper, only to watch a coyote scamper inside, grab her cat, and run back out,” washingtontimes.com reports. I am fully aware that shooting anything in an urban environment is an inherently dangerous business, on several levels. As much as you love little fluffy, as much as you might want to emulate Texas Governor Rick Perry’s LCP prowess, popping a coyote’s clogs with your trusty home carry piece could violate city ordinances and take out a two-legged bystander. The legally sensible solution to coyote infestation is to  . . .

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Teacher: Active Shooter Drills Harm Children

“There’s a stark difference between a lockdown drill and active shooter training,” Massachusetts educator Jennifer Leung asserts in a comment underneath the post School Lockdown Calculus: The Line Between Preparedness And Trauma at commonhealth.wbur.com. “Our school asks kids to practice by pretending a shooter is in the building. They have been taught to throw books or water bottles to defend themselves against semiautomatic gunfire. In training with the adults alone police admitted some kids will not survive the worst case scenario with this technique. Middle school children aren’t stupid. Many of them find these drills . . .

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A Prepper’s Best SHTF Home Defense Weapons

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By Gale Newell

As a husband and father or two girls, my entire being is devoted to raising them well and giving them everything they need to be happy and thrive, and more. It breaks my heart to think our great country and world could come to a point in which their future is not as bright as mine once was when I was a young man growing up. But with the world teetering upon impending economic collapse and societal meltdown, it’s my duty to prepare for any such set of events. My girls and wife are my life and I will do anything in my power to protect them and ensure their survival. So in a SHTF scenario, I have a plan. And you should too. An instrumental tool in affirming my family’s survival and home security is, of course, a firearm. When push comes to shove, a firearm is not only a defense mechanism, but a deterrent as well. Here are my choices of the best weapons in terms of reliability, performance, and pure stopping power . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: OK City 11-year-old Shoots Mom’s Homicidal Ex

Leonardo Henry (courtesy kfor.com)

“According to a protective order, the victim claimed Leonardo Henry ‘had been molesting (several kids) in the middle of the night for several years.'” kfor.com‘s report tells the tale of Henry’s comeuppance. Not at the hands of police, prosecutors, jury, judge and jailer. At the hands of the 11-year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend. “Police say the suspect attacked and stabbed the girl’s mother inside the victim’s home near SE 89th and Bryant. After being shot, the suspect ran outside of the home but didn’t get far . . .

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Paintball Competitor: Why I’d Never Carry a “Smart” Gun

TTAG reader Ian writes:

There are some obvious similarities between paintball and other firearm shooting sports. Both use “guns,” for example. But in the end paintball is exactly that, a game. It has its own set of rules and equipment that support a set of ballistic physics that make it unique and entertaining. And then there’s the amount of research, development and innovation that has swept through the sport in the last 20 years. It’s far exceeded the firearms industry during the same span. Of course, this isn’t a fair comparison for many reasons. But with the primary equipment being so similar in purpose why have paintball marker development and firearm development paths diverged so much? . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Shun Square Ranges

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Over at Ammoland.com, Team Vertx 3 Gun Nation Pro Shooter Chris Andersen offers three target options for competitors looking to dial-up both their speed and accuracy. [Descriptions and recommendations after the jump.] Notice that the targets above are nestled in lush green grass. Not only does that tell you that Chris doesn’t train in the Texas summer, it highlights the simple fact that advanced shooting skills are more easily mastered in the great outdoors (weather dependent). Especially at ranges where you’re free to do whatever it is you like to do (as long as you don’t do something unsafe). I’d go so far as to say that . . .

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“I Don’t Know Anyone Who’s Ever Had to Use a Gun!”

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By Lucas McCain

Not long ago I had a conversation with someone that is radically opposed to firearms. When my presentation of actual facts, naming of my credible sources, and comparisons to airbags, fire extinguishers, and handguns as all being smart precautionary tools became too much for them, they blurted out something along the lines of “I don’t know anybody who has ever used a gun to defend themselves or ever needed to use one!” My reply was simply, “Well, now you do.” And I left it at that. They were practically frothing at this point, so I just walked away . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Have A Plan

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The other day I posted about my recent trip to a local hospital. During my visit I encountered a mentally challenged man pacing around the cafeteria. I wrote that I thought about using the napkin dispenser as an improvised weapon. My plan: should he get violent, I’d clock him with it. Thinking about it, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder‘s quote bubbled-up from my subconscious: no plan survives first contact with the enemy. More simply, sh*t happens. What if the napkin holder was out of reach? What if it was a swing-and-a-miss? Should I have a plan B? And if that was true, what about a plan C? And if I went through my daily life formulating plans self-defense plans A, B and C every time I went somewhere, what kind of life would that be? So I called the rabbi . . .

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MS Medical Examiner’s “Shoot the Idiots” Facebook Post Goes Viral

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Winston County, Mississippi Medical Examiner (and radio DJ host) David Scott Gregory penned a little paean to armed self-protection on his Facebook page. His “shoot the idiots” post has now gone viral, spreading throughout the outraged mainstream media. “If more folks would handle their own business, I think we would stop getting these calls of houses being broken into,” he explained to clarionledger.com. Gun Hero of the Day? You tell me. Here’s his post, with paragraph breaks inserted for readability:

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Self-Defense Tip: Call the Cops on the Cops

The money shot of any good open carry police encounter video: the “show me your papers” moment. I love the confusion on the cops’ faces when an open carry advocate politely informs officers that American citizens don’t have to show ID unless the cops suspect that a crime’s been committed. What crime do you suspect me of committing officer? Am I being detained? Priceless. Until it gets boring. Personally . . .

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Self Defense Tip: Don’t be George Zimmerman

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I can’t take credit for that headline. Props to TTAG reader EN who emailed a link to George Zimmerman Involved in Yet Another Police Incident. Which goes a little something like this: “George Zimmerman cannot seem to stay out of trouble. This time, a driver told police Zimmerman threatened to kill him after a confrontation on the road. Zimmerman pulled up next to the driver, he said, and asked, ‘Why are you pointing a finger at me? Do you know who I am?’ according to the Associated Press. He then threatened to kill the man, he told police. The man, who declined to press charges, says Zimmerman was waiting for him at work the next day. It is unclear how Zimmerman knew where the man worked.” OK, so what can The People of the Gun learn from St. George? . . .

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