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

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 […]

Beware When Returning Back to Your Residence

Beware When Returning Back to Your Residence

We’ve written before about the deceptive perception of safety we all experience in our own homes.  We’ve also specifically covered the dangers of opening your door to strangers. But there’s one other dimension of danger to be aware of.  This is perhaps counter-intuitive – the danger of entering your own home, yourself, when returning from any absence (whether as short as going over to the mailbox or as long as a several week journey out […]

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

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, […]

Intruder in Your House?  Maybe More Than One!

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 […]

Are You Prepared in Your Home - Possibly The Most Dangerous Place You'll Ever Be?

Are You Prepared in Your Home – Possibly The Most Dangerous Place You’ll Ever Be?

We’ve written before about the danger of opening your front door to strangers (see here and here), the dangers of selling things, and on other topics to do with protecting yourself at home. It is a vital topic, for two reasons.  First, for most of us, it is the place we spend more time at than anywhere else.  We probably spend half our lives; maybe even more, at home.  That is one of the main […]

Will Any Gun Do In a Gun Fight?

Will Any Gun Do In a Gun Fight?

It is strange how things occur in cycles.  We talk with gun owners and intending gun owners pretty much every day, and from time to time we get a run of people all saying the same thing. This week it has been people with or wanting to buy teeny tiny pistols.  Revolvers and semi-autos chambered for .22 LR or .25 ACP or .32 ACP – rounds which we seldom see in a self defense gun […]

How Often - and Where - to Shoot an Attacker

How Often – and Where – to Shoot an Attacker

We’ve written before, with our tongue partially in our cheek, about how many times you should shoot the bad guy when you’re forced to defend yourself. Let’s revisit the subject, and this time from a more scientific attitude.  We promise not to make any more snarky comments about police officers shooting at a guy 71 times (and hitting him 60 times) and definitely we don’t suggest that should be your objective, either, even if only […]

More Guns Sold on Black Friday 2011 Than Ever Before

More Guns Sold on Black Friday 2011 Than Ever Before

Here’s something to delight all of us who equate more guns with more freedom and more safety. The FBI has just released figures which show that calls to their ‘instant check’ NICS background checking service (necessary as part of buying a gun from a dealer) were higher on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) this year than on any other day, ever, since they first started their NICS service back in 1998. This new record […]

Something to Keep Secret When Carrying Concealed

Something to Keep Secret When Carrying Concealed

  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m sure your friends and family, your work colleagues and your fellow sports team or congregation members are the nicest in the world.  Heck, I’m sure you could trust them with your life. Actually, scrub that last sentence. Which brings me to the point of this article.  The future is uncertain.  Today’s friend is sometimes tomorrow’s foe.  Or today’s friend remains tomorrow’s friend too, but happens to share something personal […]