Rube Goldberg v. Actual School Safety


Now I’ve seen it all. A recent article by Paul Hughes made two primary suggestions relating to school safety: 1) schools remain unsafe because there is too much emphasis on active shooter response, and 2) the best way to ensure school safety is to buy the G8 Pro V2, which its manufacturer–Guardian 8–bills as “enhanced non-lethal, low-impact de-escalation for crisis situations.” I initially thought the article was a parody. After visiting the company’s “Learning About the G8 Pro V2″  website, I’m not entirely certain it isn’t . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Mind the Gap!

“Atlanta police say an officer was forced to open fire after a man stabbed a plainclothes Georgia State University officer with a large knife in the middle of downtown Atlanta,” reports. Roger that. Also no question: it sucks to get stabbed. The best way not to be stabbed is not to be stabbable. The best way to attain unstabbability? Stay out of reach. How far out of reach? Different time zone works for me. Short of that . . .

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Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Fake Taxi Driver Edition

Don’t mess with Mama bear. That’s one of the takeaways from this assault on a mother of three by a faux Big Apple taxi driver. The back story [via]: “Police said the 26-year-old woman and her children — ages 1, 3, and 5 — were picked up about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday allegedly by Vargas, who claimed to be a cab driver, on 207th Street in Manhattan. When they arrived at their destination in the Elmhurst section of Queens, the driver was caught on camera attacking the woman. Police said he was trying to sexually assault her. As the woman fought back and tried to escape with her children, the attacker elbowed one of the children and tossed another out of the car before fleeing.” You caught the time, yes? Which raises a few questions . . .

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There’s More to School Safety Than Active Shooter Training

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By Paul Hughes

Soon after the Columbine shooting, security experts, school administrators and other observers at the time began looking for lessons in the “teachable moment.” Since then, with shootings from Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook to Isla Vista, we’ve had a teachable decade-and-a-half to learn from these incidents, yet there’s little evidence schools are getting any safer. Some experts say they may even be getting less safe. What are we not learning? Are we even asking the right questions? . . .

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TTAG Reader: Follow the 911 Operator’s Instructions

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“You sir are an idiot of enormous magnitude!” So begins a recent comment underneath my 2012 post Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Listen to the 911 Operator. “I think the thing that upsets me the most about this article is that it is written in such a way that what you are saying appears credible. Unfortunately the advice you are giving is dangerous, at best.” As you might imagine, this website does not want to give dangerous advice to armed Americans (or other nationalities). So, in the interests of personal safety, here’s 911 operator Sara’s takedown of my STFU with 911 thesis . . .

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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

GLOCK 19 (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

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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