May 312013
 
A Real Life Lesson in How NOT To Carry Your Concealed Pistol

A woman in St Petersburg FL accidentally shot her friend in the leg with the pistol she apparently forgot she was carrying in her handbag. She – and her friend – should both consider themselves as very lucky.  The consequences could have been much more severe for both of them.  The woman might have shot a lawyer’s kid instead!  The friend might have been fatally wounded, even in the leg (femoral artery), and so on. […]

Apr 242013
 
Learn From This Police Sergeant's Experience

A problem with firearms and self defense topics is there’s a profusion of ‘experts’ but very little factual basis to many of their opinions. So, wherever possible, we prefer to ‘let the facts do the talking’ rather than listen to ‘experts’. Here’s a thought provoking story of a police sergeant in Skokie, IL.  One day he unexpectedly found himself going at it, mano a mano, in a shootout with a fleeing felon.  He had no […]

Feb 112013
 
Knowing When NOT to Shoot

So there you are.  You’ve surprised three felons about to burglarize your property.  Fortunately, you have your handgun with you, and when you confront them as an armed homeowner, the three felons very sensibly turn tail and flee. Great.  So far, so good.  Bravo. But what happens next can completely change your day if you’re not careful.  There you are – heart pounding, blood surging, adrenalin levels off the scale, full of righteous anger, and […]

Jan 032013
 
Should we Ban/Restrict Rifles?  Or Hammers?  Or Hands?

The sheep are predictably bleating in response to the Sandy Hook School shooting.  Ban this!  Restrict that!  Outlaw the other thing! The gun grabbers are leading this chorus with glee, while the sheep rush to sacrifice not just their liberty and freedom but also yours and mine too; all in the naieve ridiculous hope that the bad guys will voluntarily also sacrifice their liberty and their freedom. Most of the focus seems to be on […]

Dec 162012
 
The Most and Least Violent Countries in the Western World

As I write this, the country is going through a histrionic act of soul-searching after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown Connecticut last week.  Gun grabbers can barely hide their glee behind a veil of crocodile tears, and the rush to enact more gun control legislation is terrifying in its irrational intensity. The biggest problem with gun control?  There’s too much of it.  There’s a reason that people choose to shoot up schools […]

Jul 192012
 
Lessons from the FL Internet Cafe Shootout

You may have already read – and possibly seen the video clips – about a wonderfully one-sided shootout in an Ocala FL internet cafe last Friday evening. Two youths, one armed with a pistol, the other with a baseball bat, entered an internet cafe with some 30 people inside, shortly before 10pm.  They announced their intention to hold the place up and rob not just the cashier but all the people in the cafe. As […]

May 212012
 
A Request for a Dollar by One Man Ends Up as a Brutal Beating by Four

It is always massively preferable to learn lessons from other people’s misfortunes rather than to be doomed to repeat their experiences ourselves. One of the great ways to learn about street survival skills is to see real world examples of what can happen to people who aren’t prepared for the events that evolve. Here’s one such a dismaying scenario, a story full of lessons for us, and happily able to be experienced and enjoyed in […]

Apr 152012
 
Eight LAPD Officers Fire More Than 90 Rounds to Stop One Fleeing Youth

Here’s an interesting story about a 19 year old youth in Los Angeles – Abdul Arian – who took police on a high speed chase around the city while at the same time calling 911 and uttering threats about what would happen if the police stopped him. There are two things of interest. The first is what happened after he eventually stopped.  He got out of the car, surrounded by growing numbers of LA police, […]

Apr 062012
 
Intruder in Your House?  Maybe More Than One!

When someone talks to you about intruders in your house, what does your mind immediately picture?  How many intruders do you automatically think of being in your house? Some people will say one, others two.  A few might say three, but how many would say four? I ask this question having just read an article about a retired police officer who woke up after a mid-afternoon snooze to find four intruders in his house.  One […]