Straight Shooter

Apr 142011
 
The Danger of Selling Stuff

Jim and Charlene Sanders, a couple in their mid 40s, advertised a diamond ring for sale.  Nothing too unique about that. Among other people who called to express interest in the ring were Kiyoshi Higashi and Amanda Knight, who arranged to visit and view the ring.  Still a perfectly normal event. But, upon being admitted to the Sanders’ home, Higashi pulled out a gun, let two more cohorts into the house, tied up the Sanders […]

Mar 262011
 
Situational Awareness Can Save You

Here’s an interesting story of how a woman fell victim to a rape. Surprisingly, I’m not citing this to you as an example of something that could have been prevented if the woman was armed; indeed it is unlikely that she could have done anything to save herself if she was armed.  Being as how this was in Britain, there’s no way she could be armed anyway.  But this was, nonetheless, a 100% avoidable rape. […]

Mar 132011
 
Daylight Saving 'To Do' List

Some people advocate making the switch to/from daylight savings a trigger event for checking the batteries in your smoke detectors.  That’s a good idea, even though probably all smoke detectors these days have low battery alarms that make annoying chirping sounds when the batteries get low. It is barely conceivable that the low battery alarm might have failed, or that the battery died while you were out of town, so a formal test every six […]

Mar 082011
 
In a Reversal of Roles, Home Intruder Calls Police for Help

So, what do most burglars do when breaking into a house?  Yes, they start stealing things, right? And if they become aware of the home owner returning home, what do they do?  Hopefully, they leave quickly! But that’s not what happened when a man in Portland, OR, broke into a home there.  Instead of going for the family silver, he went for – the shower!  And in the process of showering, he somehow became aware […]

Feb 212011
 
Political Correctness Infects the Navy (Old News, but....)

Okay, sadly there’s nothing particularly new about how all our armed services have shame-facedly capitulated to the overwhelming force of political correctness. After all, the two main reasons the Fort Hood muslim terrorist was so successful (13 killed, 29 wounded) were : (a)  Because soldiers aren’t trusted with firearms.  Yes, read that again slowly – we don’t trust our soldiers with firearms, even on their own base. (b)  Because the terrorist was a muslim terrorist.  […]

Feb 142011
 
Learning from Other's Experiences

Here’s an interesting couple of videos – the first being an interview with a homeowner in the Denver CO area who was forced to defend himself against three intruders who broke into his house one night.  At least one of the intruders was armed; the homeowner defended himself successfully with his own pistol, and subsequently was interviewed on a local news program. The second interview is with the Denver District Attorney who explains why, according […]

Feb 132011
 
A Pretty Pink Ladies Gun - Fail

So I was doing what I like best the other day – browsing through a gun shop.  As seems to so often be the case, it was busy with lots of people and too few store assistants, and I found myself chatting with a woman waiting to be served.  She was probably in her early 60s. She was considering the purchase of her first ever firearm.  Her adult children were encouraging her in this and […]