No Monkey Dance For Me

No monkey dance for me

ENDO linked to a fascinating (and saddening) website listing the thugs and wannabes who post Facebook from Charleston, South Carolina.

This is just one website that posts stuff from Facebook from one city. How many thugs are there that DON’T post on Facebook, and how many other cities of similar size are there in the U.S.?

That’s a scary thought.

Also interesting/frightening is the weaponry these maroons are posing with. Yes, there is the obligatory Hi-Points and Bersas, but there’s also AR-15’s and Saigas in the mix. If this is what the cops are dealing with, maybe there is something to this militarization of the police thing after all…

What’s truly pathetic about all of this is how much of what is put up on Facebook and elsewhere is just posing. They want the world to know they’re not to be messed with and they are richer/stronger/more heavily armed than anyone else.

Fun fact. I don’t pose. Ever. Even when I have reason to do so. To quote Vince Lombardi, act like you’ve been there before.

This is why we train for the predator encounter and not the adversarial encounter: We’ve found ways to channel the social violence urge on to the golf course or the boardroom or our front lawns and we’ve left our violent urges behind us, Sunday afternoon “two hand touch” football games and church-league “no-hit” hockey games excepted, of course. 🙂

This works right up to the point we encounter someone who’s used to social violence, and because his world is not our own, he becomes a predator to us. To him, it’s a way of life. To us, it’s a threat against our life, and our response may not be what he’s used to, resulting in a chaos situation that may go quite badly for our would-be predator.

I will not be a threat to others, but will not have my family’s lives threatened. I owe them that much.

Semper Paratus

Semper Paratus

Put yourself in George Zimmerman’s shoes for a second. You’ve had to use your gun in a situation that you perceived (rightly or wrongly) to be a threat to your life. 

As far as I can tell, Mr. Zimmerman has no firearms training outside what is mandated by the Florida CCW law (if I’m wrong, link it in the comments). More training might have told him that following a suspicious person is a very bad idea if you’re not a cop. More training would have warned hm that it wasn’t his job to detain Treyvon Martin, it was his job to keep his family safe. More training, and Treyvon Martin might  still be alive and George Zimmerman would have his life back. 

I am not advocating compulsory training. I am saying, though, that we practice and practice and practice hitting the bullseye. Maybe a little practice dodging legal bullets would come in handy as well. 

Self-defense insurance costs less than $100 a year. NRA Personal Protection classes cost a bit more, but cover the legal issues of force in some detail. And if that’s not enough, there are firearms schools all over this country that train people how and when to defend their lives. 

Heck, there’s even a website devoted to just to firearms training in Arizona

Get. Trained. The life you save may be someone else’s. 

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Quick Bleg

Quick Bleg

A few months ago, I read an excellent online article on spotting the differences between someone engaged in casual conversation and someone about to commit a violent assault. It was two or three page post or PDF with photos of a “typical” parking lot encounter, with specific tips to look for regarding feet position and nervous glances and was the best resource I’ve found so far to point out what to be on guard for out on the street. 

And, like an idiot, I didn’t bookmark it. 

Has anyone else seen something like this, and if so, can you post a link? 

Thanks.

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Play The Odds

Play the odds

Paul at Safety Solutions Academy makes a very good point. The odds of winning the Mega Millions Lottery this weekend were 1 in 175 million. The odds of becoming a victim of violent crime? Much higher

So why do Americans spend almost $200 per year on lottery tickets and almost zero of personal defense? 

Sure, I bought a Mega Millions ticket. Heck, it was just a buck, less than a bottle of soda these days, and the payoff balanced out hte risk/reward scales rather nicely.

But I also know that a box of practice ammo or a few hours in the dojo would be a better use of my time and money. 

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It Can Happen Here

It can happen here

I agree with WizardPC: What is happening to George Zimmerman could happen to anyone who lawfully carries outside their house. 

One bad decision, one overpowering urge to pursue rather than retreat, one slip-up, and you’re looking at a felony conviction and loss of all your guns at best, and a lynching at worst. 

Is it worth it? Is carrying outside the house just a silly thing for mall-ninja wannabes? 

Of course not. I don’t carry to protect my neighborhood or society as a whole, I carry to protect myself and my loved ones. 

Period full stop. 

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Words To Stay Alive By.

Words to stay alive by.

“One of the greatest unseen dangers we as trained civilians face is the belief that we can drive the event. We think that if we are inside the aggressor(s)’ decision-making loop, we are in control of the situation. And we may be, for a second or so. We need to fix firmly in our minds the sense that the clock is always running! The longer a chaos event runs, the more factors acting on the system, the greater the uncertainty. Our mindset as trained, armed civilians must always be on ending the threat. And to that I would add as quickly as possible. Removing ourselves from the scene ends the threat as certainly as a bullet.” (emphasis in the original)

Michael Bane

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A Drive On The Wild Side

A drive on the wild side

I’m shocked, SHOCKED that this happened in South Phoenix.

Phoenix police are searching for a shooting suspect involved in two attempted carjacking incidents Wednesday morning.

According to police on scene, the incidents occurred around 4:30 a.m. near 16th Street and Southern Avenue. 

Ok, first off, driving in that neighborhood at 4:30 in the morning is a health hazard right up there with heavy smoking, eating bacon and lard sandwiches and watching reality TV. 

But if I did have to drive in that neighborhood, you’re darn tootin’ I’m carrying something for my own protection. 

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Fighting Vs. Self-Defense

Fighting vs. Self-Defense

One of the things that’s been rattling around inside my skull this week is the anti-gunner’s idea that guns = crime and applying that idea to the concept of the two kinds of threats we face. 

To an anti-gunner, a gun is something to be used only in adversarial encounters, when one person decides to establish social dominance over another. They see guns as only being useful in such encounters because a) predators don’t exist in their world or b) if you try to use it to defend against against a predator, they’ll just take it away and use it against you.

This is probably why they also default to penis jokes when faced with the reality that most (if not all) responsible gun owners are calm, collected, cool individuals who aren’t really interested in doing the monkey dance. We don’t really care because we’re beyond worrying about who’s the dominant male. 

To quote Michael Bane (who was quoting someone else), “Why should I be paranoid? I’ve got a gun”. In that same vein, why should I worry about who’s top dog? I’ve got a family to protect and a life to lead.

Another word for this concept is “adulthood”.

I don’t need to overtake you on the freeway / get into a shouting match / pick a fight / whatever because that stuff doesn’t matter to me. To quote someone MUCH smarter than me, “when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 

For the most part, we as a firearms community tend to shy away from people who are worried about who’s the top dog. My home range is also home to Rob Leatham, Nils Johannsen, Angus Hobdell, Vic Pickett and a host of other top-ranked shooters. The competition there is intense and trash-talking sometimes reaches EPIC proportions, but despite that, there’s never any hard feelings at the end of the day. Why? Because the safe use of a firearm DEMANDS an adult mindset. Anything less is dangerous to yourself and others.

Owning and carrying a gun isn’t a sign you want to lord your superiority over the other members of the human herd. Owning and responsibly carrying a gun a sign you’ve left the herd altogether.