Remora Holsters is launching a new Safety & Defense Blog with a post from Randy Ferris of Violence Prevention Strategies. The post, titled Before You Draw Your Weapon, talks about avoidance strategies, de-escalation techniques, empty-handed close combat skills, and less than lethal weapons. The post is not a training program, though it recommends enrolling “in the most comprehensive training that is available to you.” It’s a discussion of having a well-rounded self-defense plan, and some things to think about along the way. “Avoidance strategies, de-escalation techniques, empty handed combat, weapons retention techniques and tactical shooting skills are all a part of a well balanced personal protection training program.” Read on . . .
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Fremont, California, where three schools were locked down over the “threat of a gun.” Around 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, police received a call from a man saying he’d encountered a teenage boy on a bicycle across from Centerville Junior High School. The man said the boy challenged him to a fight and claimed to have a gun. Police showed up and immediately put Centerville Junior High on lockdown. A short time later, Washington High School and Holy Spirit School were also placed on lockdown “as a precaution.” After searching the area for about 40 minutes, police located a boy matching the suspect’s description. The teen denied having a weapon and officers were unable to locate one, but they took him into custody for questioning. According to ktvu.com, “Police are investigating the incident as a threat of a violent crime and are holding the teen pending further investigation.”
Sir Lancelot’s Armor is a company that makes screen protectors for mobile devices of both the iHiveMind and other varieties. On March 18th, they announced the “first reusable screen protectors for iPhones and iPads made of bulletproof glass.” That seemed like too good a challenge for Ars Technica to pass up, so they obtained a couple of them to put through the wringer. Spoiler: They’re not actually bulletproof. First, they attacked the protector with a screwdriver and hammer, then drove over it with a car. They finished up by taking it to the range and doing some ballistic testing. Which it failed. But they got video! All that aside, it does seem like a pretty good protector, and they even make one for my phone, the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, which is surprising since it’s kind of a stepchild and not many people make accessories for it. I’ll probably pick one up for when my current protector goes away.
Reader Christian sent this in, “in case Matt needs a filler or something.” No thanks, I’m on a diet.
Nathan Entingh, the Columbus, Ohio fifth-grader who was suspended for three days after pretending to shoot another student with a “finger gun” has had his suspension upheld. A hearing was held on Monday during which the hearing officer upheld the suspension but offered to change the offense to committing a “volatile act,” an offer which was declined by the boy’s grandfather. He said the family plans to appeal the ruling to the school board, and then on to the courts, if necessary. The suspension has already been served, the appeals process is to try to have the offense removed from his record. Devonshire Elementary School officials called the family last week to discuss that an aide had discovered that Nathan had drawn a trident, swords, and a bow & arrow in his notebook. Nathan was not disciplined for the drawings.
The Georgia Senate on Tuesday passed a version of the embattled gun rights bill that has been a source of contention going back into the previous legislative session. The bill as originally written and passed by the House would have permitted concealed carry in churches and bars, and would have decriminalized the carry of firearms onto public college campuses down to the level of a low civil fine. The college campus part was stripped out days ago as a “compromise” measure, and the version that the Senate has now passed requires churches to “opt in” to allow firearms, though the penalty for carrying in churches that don’t allow it is the equivalent of a jaywalking ticket: a misdemeanor and a $100 fine. The Senate bill now goes back to the House to either approve it or let it die.
Primary Weapons Systems’ Half Cocked animated series has been something of a disappointment (although I’m sure the inside jokes are uproariously funny to those on the inside), but thankfully they still make really cool guns. Here’s a short video giving an overview of their MK1 Series long-stroke piston AR.