Thursday, September 16, 2021

CWP, 16 September MMXXI Anno Domini

The Warrior's Prayer
Dear God,
     Please give us discernment to distinguish friend from foe from innocent bystanders. 
Give us clear vision so our aim is true. 
Give us calm so we execute correctly. 
Give us spiritual maturity so that we stop the enemy's attack without excessive force, without revenge. 
In Jesus name, Amen.
 
Hi Sheepdogs, 
     I know that the instructor is supposed to repeat the question for everyone 
to hear before answering the question.  If you notice answers to questions 
without the question being printed, please attribute it to my negligence.  
 
"One of the foundations of a democratic society is knowing where to place your machine gun." 
-- Corporal Walter "Foggy" Dewhurst in "Last Of The Summer Wine"
 
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----- Basics -----
 
"Better to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble."
-- Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
 
"Back to Basics with Jeff Gonzales Episode 3: Safe Firearm Storage" by Jeff Gonzalez
 
"Judgement Day: Guardian Training and Consulting" by Patrick McCarthy 
Excerpt:  
     "If your fundamentals are solid, you’ll be able to quickly and reliably put 
rounds where they need to go.  But that’s only one piece of the puzzle — it’s also 
critical to know when to shoot.  Missing a shot might have serious consequences, 
but shooting someone without adequate justification (or hesitating to shoot when 
you need to) is guaranteed to be a life-altering event."
---
     I'm not familiar with Guardian Training and Consulting, but I do know that 
Bill Hayes gives an excellent simulator class on No-shoot / Shoot decision making.  
 
"PISTOL-PACKIN' PRIMER
A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO DEFENSIVE FIREARMS" BY WILL DABBS, MD
Excerpt:  
     "If you are, like me, a card-carrying gun nerd, then maybe try to dial 
the vernacular back a bit when you have the privilege of introducing a 
neophyte to the shooting sports.  We have our own language and mannerisms, 
and it is easy to forget how difficult it can be to break into this 
fraternity from a cold start.  Be patient and encouraging, and you will, 
more than likely, earn a new friend." 
 
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm, 
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
 
----- Aftermath -----
(You have to be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.)
 
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, 
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
 
     I asked Massad Ayoob, who sits on the board of 
Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, Inc., how many claims from their 
members do they deny.  And whether their decisions are obvious or if 
they struggle over the decisions.  His response was, 
"I only recall one.  She had committed an armed robbery/home invasion.  
Not a tough call, and not something our members would want to pay for."
     I found it interesting that in the history of that organization 
they had only denied one claim.
     So, while some of these self defense insurance policies have a panel 
that decides whether or not they think it was self defense, the real 
question is how strict is their criteria and how often do they in fact 
pay out.  Of course, the whole statistic is very skewed because very 
few good guys get into trouble in the first place.  So, every incident 
could legitimately be considered a statistical outlier.  [Extremely 
small data set statistics.  That's why self defense insurance is so cheap.]
 
     Please check out the web page "Self Defense Insurance" by clicking 
on the link in the column to the right.  
 
     Jack Wilson, the hero of the West Freeway Church of Christ incident, 
"Jack Wilson, Texas Church Shooting Hero: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know"
was sued by three persons present at the church during the incident.  
Not by the family of the guy he shot.  The three law suits were frivolous, 
claiming that Wilson was responsible for their safety and did not act 
quickly enough.  Remember, Wilson was a volunteer.  So, these three 
congregation members were not paying Wilson to do anything.  All three 
law suits were dismissed by the presiding judge, thank God.  But, 
Wilson still had to pay attorneys to defend against these law suits.  
U.S. Law Shield took care of legal fees.  But, it was still a big hassle.  
     That was the civil side.  On the criminal side, it took 9 months for 
the government to clear Wilson of all criminal liability.  So, Wilson 
had to hire an attorney to work through that legal process.  U.S. Law 
Shield paid the legal fees.  Chelsea, a representative from U.S. Law Shield, 
gave us a brief on the incident at an Armed Guard class at Royal Range 
in Nashville, TN.  12 September 2021.  
 
“Your understanding and consent are not required for someone to take 
your life, kill your loved ones, and destroy all you hold dear.” 
-- William Aprill 
 
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
 
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
 
"There are no victims, only volunteers.  
You volunteer by looking uncertain and afraid.  
You volunteer by being, as grass-eaters invariably are, 
unprepared to confront the hazards of life."
— Jeff Cooper
 
"These 2 Discipline Hacks Changed My Life" by Warrior Poet Society
     Self discipline is difficult.  The author gives two suggestions for gradually 
working your way into good habits for self discipline.
 
"It’s not about the odds, it’s about the stakes."
     The probability of you being attacked may be very low.  That does not matter.  
What you will lose, if you are not prepared, not aware, and don't act immediately 
and decisively, is all that matters.  
 
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----- Safety -----
 
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET. 
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  
 
"Can You Really Prevent Unintentional Discharges?" by Chuck Remsberg
Excertp:  
     “We really don’t know the amount or nature of training that might be best,” 
Lewinski says.  “But Heim’s studies suggest that current training is not providing 
wholly satisfactory solutions to the problem [of negligent discharges].”
 
"Tatiana Whitlock:  How to Travel Safely"
Excerpt:  
     "The next thing is discretion at check-in.  I really would prefer 
that the person checking me in does not announce my room number when 
they assign it.  I’ve even gone in the elevator, waited for the lobby 
to clear, come back out and asked from my room to be reassigned because 
the guy who followed me into the parking lot and into the lobby, didn’t 
leave until after my room number was noticed and then he walked right out.  
I’m not OK with that . . . I’m more than happy to go and request a 
different room because they’ve compromised my safety."
 
"Drive-Thru Followup" by John Farnam
 
"Complacency Can Get You Killed" by Sheriff Jim WIlson 
 
"Why Staying Alert is Key for Personal Defense" by Sheriff Jim WIlson 
 
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don't go to stupid places.  
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.  
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.  
Don't look like a freak. 
Don't fail the attitude test.  
 
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----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
 
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
 
     Excerpts from an email from Patrick Kilchermann.  
"Surviving Violence has shockingly little to do with how well you can hit 
bullseyes at the range.  It has very little do with how well you can shoot."
STEP 1: The Effective Warrior Understands what will be demanded of him or 
her when they are attacked.
STEP 2: The Effective Warrior knows what they need to learn in order to 
be READY for that moment.
STEP 3: The Effective Warrior takes responsibility for their readiness 
level and then takes ACTION TO GET THERE.
 
"The real value of training and practice isn't gaining technical competence, 
it's achieving confidence in your abilities."
-- Claude Werner
 
"How a Mass. sergeant [Sergeant Nick Bettano] singlehandedly stopped an active shooter" 
by Lt. Dan Marcou
Excerpt:  
     "Sergeant Bettano was kind enough to share some insights on how others 
faced with such a challenge could prepare to prevail as he did:
     He said, “Train! Train! Train!” Nick’s 10 years as a military police officer, 
where he was deployed on two occasions to Guantanamo, allowed him to train 
extensively in the skills he used on that day.  The sergeant also said his 
department, as well as his regional SWAT team, have always been very proactive in 
training.  
     “Train to the point where your training automatically kicks in when 
the situation starts.  It needs to be automatic,” said Bettano.
     Consider carrying a trauma kit for others, as well as yourself.
     Take care of yourself physically and emotionally.
     Share with your family always. Remember they are in this with you."
     "Someday the honorable gunfighter could be you. Prepare!"
 
“The secret of success is this. 
Train like it means everything when it means nothing – so you can 
fight like it means nothing when it means everything.” 
-- Lofty Wiseman
 
     I'll be giving 4 hour lectures for Concealed Coalition at the Bass Pro 
in the Opry Mills shopping center in Nashville, TN.  
October 9th, 2021 A.D. from 9:30am - 1:30pm
November 6th, 2021 A.D. from 9:30am - 1:30pm
     We'll be doing the paperwork for the baby Tennessee Handgun Permit aka 
"Concealed Handgun Carry Permit", as opposed to the "Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit".  
As of 1 July 2021 no permit is required to carry concealed in Tennessee, but 
there are lots of restrictions as to where you can carry without a permit.  
So, without a permit you're a third class citizen.  
The class will be just talk, no live fire, no hands on pistol manipulation.  
Hopefully, lots of useful educational discussion.  
     Background, 
click on "Concealed Handgun Carry Permit (Effective 1/1/2020)"
     On July 1st of 2021 the "Constitutional Carry" (misnomer) law went into effect.  
So, you don't need a permit to carry in Tennessee.  But, it's nice to have 
the Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit for when you travel to other free states.  
 
"Training is NOT an event, but a process. 
Training is the preparation FOR practice". 
-- Claude Werner
 
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----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
 
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time, 
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal. 
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
 
Col. Kitchens sends words of wisdom.
Excerpt:  
     "It takes a hundred times to remeber the moves, 
a thousand times to make them beautiful, and 
ten thousand times to grasp their essence."
 
Why practice?
    "To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that 
which could have been their finest hour."
-- Winston Churchill
 
     "Be careful what you practice. 
Because you will do in combat whatever you have practiced, 
no matter how ridiculous."
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
 
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----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do) -----
 
How do you win a gunfight? 
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
 
     "Further, to quote the immortal words of Inspector Harry Callahan, 
“A man’s got to know his limitations.”  What may seem like a good tactic 
while you mull it over in your armchair may not work if it demands more 
skill than you have developed or if your selected equipment isn’t 
appropriate to the task."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
 
     "Friends with extensive military experience assure me that they have 
spotted the reflections of night sights in soldiers’ eyeglass lenses."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
     [Stop and think about that.  Wenger is talking about the tritium glow 
in the dark sights that are shining back towards you.  They are bright 
enough for the enemy to see them reflecting off your glasses or goggles.  
     When I was in the Marine Corps, we would paint our faces, including 
our glasses leaving only a small area in the center sufficient to see and 
aim the rifle.  The black Marines didn't have to paint up, but they had 
to keep their mouths closed, because the high contrast between black skin 
and white teeth is highly visible.  Everyone had to blacken their noses 
because it sticks out.  Physical contrast (anything sticking out, breaking 
the otherwise innocuous background pattern), brightness contrast, and color 
contrast must be eliminated. -- Jon Low]
 
     "Age and cunning beat youth and skill."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
 
     You may get Stephen P. Wenger's book "DEFENSIVE USE OF FIREARMS"
free of charge at 
Click on the picture of the book at the bottom of the web page.  
 
"Individual Tactics with John Holschen" hosted by Lee Weems
    With regards to combat - Tactics is most important.  Marksmanship is not as important.  
So, practice your tactics.  Don't spend all your time on marksmanship.  No live ammo 
is required for tactics.  So, it's cheap and practical.  
 
"Tactical Moment" by John Holschen
 
"7 more tips for tactical movement" by Mike Wood
     We teach, don't attempt to clear your house, because clearing is dangerous.  
I know.  I've done it.  Even if you are intimately familiar with your house, 
you can still get ambushed.  Even if you have practiced for a year (every month 
at weekend drill), you can still lose (at annual training).  
     So, why do we teach you how to do it?  You hear glass breaking in the 
middle of the night.  You hear your daughter screaming from her bedroom 
down the hall.  You're not going wait for police.  You have to move quickly 
into position to apply controlled accurate fire within the safety rules.  
Getting yourself killed doesn't help anyone.  So, we train and practice.  
 
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Techniques (ways to do that task) -----
 
"Use only that which works, 
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
 
     "Aiming at the chest can block your view of an assailant’s hands.  
Aiming at the pelvis will usually leave them visible."
-- STEPHEN P. WENGER
 
     "Shoot and scoot.  Because, return fire will be aimed at where you were."  
-- STEPHEN P. WENGER
 
     "Concealment allows you to leave the scene without being seen."  
-- STEPHEN P. WENGER
 
     "If you happen to be in an area with high wind, you may find that a wind at 
your back or gun side will counter the conventional technique for sweeping back 
one side of a front-opening garment in order to reach the holstered handgun."
-- STEPHEN P. WENGER
 
     You may get Stephen P. Wenger's book "DEFENSIVE USE OF FIREARMS"
free of charge at 
Click on the picture of the book at the bottom of the web page.  
 
     "Exercise.  Strengthen your hands and forearms particularly.  The usual 
warnings about checking with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen 
apply. 
     I know this may seem odd in a low intensity basic class, but grip strength 
is one of the most important, and overlooked, factors in the ability to shoot 
a major caliber handgun well.  'Well' as in quickly and accurately." 
-- Steve Cooper, Paladin Training, Inc.
 
"Spread of the Modern Technique with Darryl Bolke"
Excerpt:  (paraphrased)
     The guys who shoot the Isosceles have to use the weapon mounted light 
because there is no other workable technique.  Whereas with the Weaver the 
Harries technique works well.  
     Drawing faster than you can think is bad.  Shooting faster than you 
can think is bad.  
 
"A police officer’s guide to the terrorist attack cycle
By learning to recognize the phases of the Terrorist Attack Cycle, 
you may be able to break the cycle before plans are finalized and lives are lost"
by Rick Samples
     Special Agent Samples has the courage to mention the politically correct 
terrorist groups.  Bravo!  
 
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!" 
-- Bruce Lee
 
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----- Education -----
 
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons 
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
 
"The Expert Witness and Trial Strategy
An Interview with Massad Ayoob" by Gila Hayes
Excerpts:  (paraphrased and edited)
     Reaction to anticipated stimulus - .23 - .26 seconds or better.
1.14 seconds for reaction to unanticipated stimulus.
You are firing at a rate of one shot per .20 to .25 seconds. 
Bad guy can turn in as little as .25 seconds. It is going to take 
you the better part of a second or more than a second to 
process that, react, and stop shooting.
“Counselor, what the prosecution demands from this defendant is not humanly possible!”
 
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
 
----- Gear ----- 
 
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
 
"Flashlights!" by John Farnam
 
"A TOP CHOICE FOR THE APOCALYPSE
THE PELICAN 7100 LED TACTICAL FLASHLIGHT" BY LINDSEY BERTOMEN
Excerpt:  
     "If the user isn’t around a charging source, a common AA non-rechargeable 
battery will work.  That’s right.  It will work with the #1 most common battery 
in the entire world."
     "MSRP for the Pelican 7100 is $ 84.95."
 
     Your pistol and ammunition are heavy.  May I suggest you wear suspenders to 
help support and distribute the weight.  It will make carrying your gear much 
more comfortable.  I recommend heavy duty Perry suspenders. 
     If you are a female and you find the suspenders, as worn normally, uncomfortable 
on your breasts, may I suggest you wear the suspenders backwards with the Y in the 
front and the single strap going down to your belt between your breasts.  Females 
in my classes had been able to get this to work successfully and comfortably.  
 
"Why You Should Carry More Than One Magazine" by (no human author listed)
Excerpt:  
     "Part of the responsibility of gun ownership involves the regular inspection 
of your firearm."
 
"Loaded or empty chamber? For carry? For home defense?" by Mike Ox
     The purpose is to protect firemen in the event of a fire in your house.  
 
"Rock Island Armory's STK100
9mm Defense — Re-Engineered!"
by Roy Huntington
     Rear sight is not adjustable.  Windage adjustment is via the front sight.    
Rock Island Armory
     If the slow motion videos of the plastic / polymer frames bending and twisting 
bothers you, this may be the answer.  
 
     I had the opportunity to grope several versions of the FN 509.  Good news, 
it is completely ambidextrous.  Bad news, the trigger sucks.  $600 retail, too rich 
for me.  MSRP: $679.00
     I had an opportunity to fondle the IWI Masada.  Good news, it is completely 
ambidextrous and has a nice trigger.  $470 retail, not bad.  Bad news, it requires 
a punch to change the back straps.  Which is not a problem if you're never going 
to change them.  But, for an instructor trying to fit a pistol to a new student, 
it's something to be concerned about.  
 
     Ammunition Depot has Russian Tul ammo.  
 
"Negative Reactions Dominate Pistol-Brace Ban Proposal as Comment Period Ends"
by Jake Fogleman
 
     Bullpup is a good idea.  The compact form makes them portable and easily manipulated 
in close quarters.
 
"CARRYING JUNK?" BY SAMMY REESE
Excerpt:  
"We’re responsible for the condition of our own gear, so don’t be a cheapskate 
with the stuff you may have to bet your life on."
 
“Your car is not a holster.” -- Pat Rogers
 
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
 
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"Gun Cleaning & Maintenance" by Sam S.  
     Note that you only have problems with WD-40 if you leave it on your firearm 
for a prolonged period, years.  If you clean monthly, or weekly as I do my 
carry pistol, you will never have the described problem.  The real reason people 
use WD-40 is that compared to the other specialty items listed, it's dirt cheap.  
 
"Gun Cleaning For People Who Hate It" by BRYCE M. TOWSLEY
Excerpt:  
     "Although I hear WD40 disparaged by a lot of gun people, I have used it for 
years on the outside of my guns for short-term storage and have always been 
pleased with the results."
 
Concerning magazine springs (and other springs in your gun) - 
     Metal that gets bent back and forth beyond its limits of elasticity will 
"work harden".  Which means it becomes brittle and eventually breaks.
     Metal bent within its limits of elasticity (no permanent deformation) 
will bounce back without ill effect.  As long as the bending is not too fast, 
causing heat and such.  
     So, you have to look at the crystalline structure of the metal and figure 
out the stress and strain tensors.  But, we assume the gun company engineers 
have done that.  
 
"Sporting Ammunition and the Fire Fighter: What Happens When Ammo Burns?" by SAAMI
     Ammo, not in a firearm, that ignites (due to fire or such) doesn't penetrate much.
Ammo that is dropped from 65 feet doesn't ignite.  Ammo that is hit by bullets doesn't 
ignite.  If you force it to ignite, it doesn't propagate. (No chain reaction.)
If the ammo is not in a firearm, it does not impede firefighters.  
     Lucky you live in a modern first world country.  
 
     Guns are like girlfriends, if you don't grope, fondle, and clean regularly, 
they won't show you any love when you need them.
 
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
 
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Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God's gift to our students.
Our students are God's gift to us."
 
----- Instructors -----
 
Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam
 
     Yesterday, I found myself saying to a 16 year old female student,  
     "Please stop arguing with the lecturer.  Please listen and learn.  Trust us.  
We know what we are talking about.  You are only 16 years old.  You lack the life 
experiences to know that what you are saying is false."  
     "You have no legal training.  That is not how the legal system works."
     I really liked the fact that the student spoke up and questioned the young 
lady who was lecturing.  But, the students comments just got crazy in the sense 
that what she knew to be true was obviously from movies, TV, and social media.  
     When Claude Werner says, 
     "You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
*Much of what you know is false.*  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you."  
He is speaking deep truth.  Please be prepared for such students.  
If you only teach "advanced" courses to experienced serious gun people, 
you may never encounter the misinformed and the ignorant.  But, as John Farnam 
says, "They are the ones who need you the most."  
 
     As an instructor, your job is to teach your student to execute a technique 
quickly, because whoever scores a hit first usually wins the fight.  But, in 
order to teach, you have to demonstrate the technique slowly, sometimes painfully 
slowly, so that your students can see and understand what is going on.  Especially, 
if the student has never seen the technique before.  If you don't practice moving 
very slowly, you won't be able to.  It's an acquired skill, like any other.  
     "See how fast I can do it?  Copy me!" is a bad attitude.  
     If you're going too fast for your students to follow and you don't know it.  
You've got a real problem.  You need to get more honest feedback from your 
students.  The way Tactical Response "asks" for feedback in a group setting is 
wrong on many levels.  Not the least of which is the intimidation factor.  
You have to send out written questionnaires after the class, asking the students 
to help you improve the class.  You have to talk to the student individually.  
Because the students understand, "Praise publicly, discipline privately."  
 
"Instructor’s Guide to Using PowerPoint Well" by Justin
 
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do, 
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
 
----- Andragogy -----
 
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take 
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
 
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
 
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*****     ***** Legal *****     *****
 
"Concealed Carry: Armed Self-Defense and the Law" by John Murphy
Excerpt:  
     "Shut up and wait for your lawyer to arrive."
---
     Remember Michael Drejka.  The police declined to arrest him because it was self defense.  
The sheriff declined to press charges because it was self defense.  Then Drejka goes into 
the police station to talk to the police without his attorney.  He runs his mouth for two 
hours.  The video and audio recording is played for the jury at trial, where he is convicted 
of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, where he is getting beaten by other 
prisoners.  
"Prison inmate attacked Michael Drejka over death of Markeis McGlockton" by Kathryn Varn
     Do you have what it takes to survive in prison?  Gang rape, sodomy, and beatings on 
a regular basis?  Probably not.  So, keep your mouth shut.  No matter what anyone says, 
remain silent!  
 
" 'Aloha' Unconstitutional Gun Law
Federal Judge Says Hawaii Handgun Inspection Requirement Violates Second Amendment"
by Dave Workman
     Primary source document,
     Sometimes we win.  
     I was born and raised in Honolulu, HI and Wailuku, HI.  
     When the Hawaii State legislature passed the law requiring a permit to acquire a firearm, 
they promised that the police departments and the Hawaii State Sheriff (Sheriff is state, 
not county, in Hawaii.  No, there is no "Hawaii-5O".) would give the required classes to 
get the "permit to acquire".  
     When the law passed, the police and sheriff refused to give the classes, creating an 
effective state wide ban for civilians acquiring firearms.  So, a group of us NRA instructors 
formed LIFE (Lessons in Firearms Education) and gave the NRA Personal Protection class 
(in the years before the class bifurcated into "Personal Protection In the Home" and 
"Personal Protection Outside the Home") and I signed the paperwork to allow persons to 
get their "permit to acquire".  Persons were forced to fly in from the neighbor islands 
to take the class, as it was the only way to get the training required for the 
"permit to acquire".
     The Hawaii State Attorney General sent me a letter telling me to cease and desist, 
and warning me of the huge liability that I was exposed to, and threatening some vague 
legal action.  I ignored it.  I think my dad was proud of me.  He always hated the 
Democrat regime in Hawaii.  
     When I left Hawaii in 1995 to take a job with Lockheed Martin in California, 
LIFE was still going strong.  
 
"Fort Worth Man Who Shot Texas State Trooper Faces No Charges
The homeowner says he had no idea he shot a state trooper 
when he fired through his front door" by Scott Gordon
     Thank God and the Founding Fathers for grand juries.  
The good guy and his wife were arrested and jailed.  They 
spent enormous amounts of money to defend themselves against  
the Texas government legal system.  
     The bad cop was protected by the Texas Department of Public Safety who 
"declined to provide a copy of the Texas Ranger’s report under the open records law, 
even after King was no-billed by the grand jury, claiming the case was still under 
investigation."  
     Government agencies don't release damning reports until after the media has 
lost interest in the incident.  
 
"Law of Self Defense News/Q&A Show: September 9, 2021" by Attorney Andrew Branca 
* Larry Elder Egg Assault
* Ex-prosecutor charged in Ahmaud Arbery case booked at jail
* Charges Upgraded Against Minnesota Officer Who Accidentally Fired Gun Instead of Taser, 
Killing Daunte Wright
* New York deputy mayor facing firearms charges
* Texas father shoots man peeping into 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom 
Excerpt:  
     An "accident" is a legal defense, just as "self defense" is a legal defense, 
just as "defense of others" is a legal defense.
 
"A PRIMER ON USE OF DEADLY FORCE (PART ONE)" by Steven Harris
"A PRIMER ON USE OF DEADLY FORCE (PART TWO)" by Steven Harris
"MAY/MUST Questions Answered Correctly. . . Shoot First, Live" by Steven Harris
"THE DEADLY FORCE PARADIGM REVISITED: CAN – MAY – SHOULD – MUST" by Steven Harris
"THE DEADLY FORCE PARADIGM : THE “MAY” " by Steven Harris
"THE DEADLY FORCE PARADIGM : THE “SHOULD” " by Steven Harris
"THE DEADLY FORCE PARADIGM: THE “MUST” " by Steven Harris
 
*****     ***** Political, Religious, and Philosophical *****     *****
 
     "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. 
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
 
"Gun Ownership Grows And Gun Control Declines – Here Are The Numbers" by Larry Keane
 
"FBI abuses ‘no-fly list’ to infringe on second-amendment rights"
by John R. Lott and Thomas Massie
     Nameless faceless bureaucrats can put your name on the no-fly list 
without any oversight.  No court has to approve it.  No one reviews it.  
You don't have to have been convicted of any crime.  Completely arbitrary.  
 
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, 
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution 
 
"U.S. officials provided Taliban with names of Americans, Afghan allies"
     The Taliban is now using this list to hunt down, arrest, and execute 
these enemies of the Taliban state.  This is worse than criminal stupidity.  
This is treason.  
 
     "Governments are instituted among men, 
deriving their just power from the consent of the governed." 
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
"Unfiltered with Dan Bongino 09/04/21 [FULL] | Breaking Trump News September 4, 2021"
 
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  
Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.  
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  
Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." 
-- Patrick Henry, speech of June 5, 1788 A.D.
 
"TFA joins GOA in amicus brief in Aposhian case at United States Supreme Court 
in effort to defeat bumpstock ban."
 
"US Military Courts Rules Bump Stocks Are Not Machine Guns" by John Crump
     The article has a link to an article about the Chevron Defense which is deep.  
But, the military judges declined to obey the Chevron Defense.  Bravo!  
 
"Militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves . . . 
And include all men capable of bearing arms." 
-- Senator Richard Henry Lee, 1788, on "militia" in the 2nd Amendment
 
"Should NRA Sue for Legal Malpractice?" by NRA in Danger (no human author listed)
 
"Biden’s Ammunition Ban Is Part Of The Left’s Plot To Disarm Americans
The gun prohibition lobbies have discovered that even if they can’t ban guns, 
choking off ammunition is an effective way to prevent people from using them."
by David Kopel
     Please note that while Biden has banned Russian ammo imports, ChiCom ammunition 
is available on the U.S. civilian market.  
A friend writes - "Grab a Gun. $12.99 shipping (unlimited amount of ammo). They do charge tax."
[The web site is 
]
 
"A Flood of Gun Lies Are Coming & You Need to Aggressively Correct Them" 
by F. Riehl, Editor in Chief
 
This is "Defense of others" - 
     The recent U.S. Supreme Court's ruling (5 to 4, the same as the Roe v. Wade 
ruling in the opposite direction) upholding the Texas abortion restriction law 
will save the lives of tens of thousands of babies (mostly minority, because a woman 
can get $50,000 from an attorney for a healthy white baby; rich people don't use the 
state adoption agencies, don't you know) every year.  
Can't murder the baby if a heart beat is detected.  
God is great!  
 
"Heller Takes DC Back to Court Over ‘Ghost-Gun’ Ban" by Jake Fogleman
 
"Afghan Interpreter Turned Deputy Sheriff Saw Taliban Gun Confiscation Firsthand"
by Lee Williams
     "Consider this report against the backdrop of the massive windfall in weaponry 
that Uncle Joe [President Biden] left the Taliban while continuing his campaign for 
civilian disarmament in the US." -- STEPHEN P. WENGER
 
"Debate Over Immigrants' Gun Rights Ignites In 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Case"
By Marco Poggio
"Does the Second Amendment Cover Immigrants?"
His attorneys argue that Mr. Perez was a law abiding immigrant.  But, an illegal 
alien is not a law abiding immigrant, because he violated the law by entering 
the U.S. illegally.  Bad cases make bad law.  
 
"New Zealand Stores Ban Knives After Mass Stabbing, This is Getting Ridiculous"
by Colion Noir
     This is real.  The government banned knives in London, England, United Kingdom too.  
In Tennessee, there is no such thing as an illegal knife.  Live free or die.  
 
     For those who wish to defund the police and such, remind them of Aesop's Fable, 
http://www.read.gov/aesop/001.html  (in the Library of Congress on their web site)
"The Wolves & the Sheep"
     A pack of Wolves lurked near the Sheep pasture. But the Dogs kept them all at 
a respectful distance, and the Sheep grazed in perfect safety.  But now the Wolves 
thought of a plan to trick the Sheep.
     "Why is there always this hostility between us?" they said.  "If it were not 
for those Dogs who are always stirring up trouble, I am sure we should get along 
beautifully.  Send them away and you will see what good friends we shall become."
     The Sheep were easily fooled.  They persuaded the Dogs to go away, and that 
very evening the Wolves had the grandest feast of their lives.
     Moral:  Do not give up friends for foes.  
 
     “Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form, 
will insure liberty and happiness for an dishonorable population 
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
 
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*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, Security, and such *****     *****     *****
 
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
 
"The Taliban Reportedly Have Control of US Biometric Devices – 
a Lesson in Life-and-Death Consequences of Data Privacy"
by Margaret Hu, Professor of Law and of International Affairs, Penn State
     Very disturbing.  
 
"What If You’re the Victim of Internet Doxing and Your Privacy has been Compromised?"
by Katherin Basso and Dennis Santiago
 
"Depressing statistics" by Kathy Jackson
     I again cite this article, because I have recently been inundated by little girls 
and young women in my classes.  
Excerpt:  
     "Men who are murdered are overwhelmingly murdered by strangers. 
But more than a third of women who are murdered, are killed by husbands 
and boyfriends and other people they  know. (link to statistics in article)
     This puts a very, very different face on effective defense for women 
than for men."
 
"If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit. 
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained. 
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
 
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*****     *****     ***** Miscellany / History / War Stories *****     *****     *****
 
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
 
"The Matrix Resurrections" December 22, 2021 A.D.
     I'm going to have to see this, having seen the preceding three.
 
     Oo Rah!  SigInt Marines!  Mission accomplished.  It will never appear in the 
broadcast media, but when your grandchildren show you pictures of the last American 
to leave Afghanistan, you can tell them that that Major General was just a photo 
opportunity.  You can tell them the truth.  You can explain to them that there is 
no journalism; there is only propaganda.  Oo Rah!  
 
     I used to work as armed security at an addiction rehab facility (technically 
it was a psychiatric hospital).  One night, one of the female staff was gang raped 
by several male patients in the basement of one of the buildings while she was 
doing laundry.  I asked for the records of all of the patients, so we could know 
ahead of time who the violent criminals and sexual predators were.  (All of the 
patients were criminals in the sense that they were drug abusers.  Just about all 
were at the facility because a court or an employer had ordered them to be there.  
Many had long criminal records.)  The director of security told me that I could 
not treat the patients as criminals and fired me.  The executives told the female 
staff member not to press charges, and that if she did, they would fire her.  (I 
hear, second hand, that she quit.)
     Col. Grossman talks about sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves.  But, there are 
humans much worse than wolves.  Denying that the wolves will attack is what the 
sheep do.  Coddling, pampering, and protecting the wolves (and the federal funding 
and insurance money, because federal law forces insurance companies to cover 
addiction rehab) and allowing them to prey on the sheep is a much higher level 
of depravity.  
 
All kinds of neat stuff at:  
     Sheriff Jim Wilson
     Stephen P. Wenger (you can download his books free of charge, as they 
are presently out of print)
     Practical Eschatology by Docent
     The Tactical Professor by Claude Werner
     Active Response Training by Gregg Ellifritz
     Quips by John Farnam
     Rangemaster newsletter by Tom Givens
     CIVILIAN DEFENDER by Sherman House
     Handgun Combatives by Dave Spaulding
     Marcus Wynne
     Jeff Gonzales
     Michael Bane
     Jerry Miculek - Pro Shooter
     OODA Loop
     Active Self Protection YouTube.com channel
     Michael Mann Security
YouTube.com channel
     Guardian News Podcast
 
Quantum Computing Sensemaking by OODA Loop
 
"DOJ fines NSA hackers who assisted UAE in attacks on dissidents
Baier, Adams and Gericke will pay a total of $1,685,000 after 
creating multiple smartphone exploits that were used to target 
opponents of the UAE government." by Jonathan Greig 
Excerpt:  
     "As the value and use of offensive cyber capability becomes more obvious, 
and as the lines of international relations continue to shift, I would expect 
to see more of these 'slightly oddball' outcomes in the future."
     Oddball outcome indeed.  
 
An implementation of the Vernam cypher (a complete crypto system would be more complicated) -- 
     Consider the plain text as a file of bits.  
     Pad the plain text to disguise the length of the plain text.  [If you're 
continuously transmitting (encrypted blanks for instance), there is no need to pad.]  
Append or prefix the date-time-group to ensure uniqueness.  Compress to eliminate 
useless redundancy.  
     Generate the pseudo-random bit stream.  The initialization vector of the 
pseudo-random number generator would be the crypto key.  (We assume you are competent 
to choose or create a good generator.  The Linear Feedback Shift Registers are 
probably your best bet.  All of life is compromise.)
     Bit-wise exclusive-or the plain text with the pseudo-random bit stream.  
This creates the cypher text.
     Error correction coding (adding useful redundancy).
     Transmit over communication channel (transmission through space).  
Or, store on device (transmission forward through time).  Any transmission or 
storage will induce errors.  
---
     Retrieve the cypher text.  
     Error correction decoding.  
     Generate the pseudo-random bit stream with the crypto key.  
Bit-wise exclusive-or the plain text with the pseudo-random bit stream.  
     Decompress the data.
---
     "Okay, Staff, but how do the parties securely share a crypto key?"  
     Diffie-Hellman key agreement protocol.  
"Handbook of Applied Cryptography" 
by Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. van Oorschot and Scott A. Vanstone
Chapter 12, page 515.  Download free of charge.  [Information wants to be free.]  
     Whitfield Diffie came to speak to us at a AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications 
and Electronics Association) meeting in Silicon Valley in the mid 1990's.  
A very neat fellow.  
 
“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’. 
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon
 
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com
   

Sunday, September 5, 2021

CWP, 5 September MMXXI Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
 
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*****     *****     ***** Software *****     *****     *****
 
----- Basics -----
 
"Better to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble."
-- Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
 
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
 
----- Aftermath -----
(You have to be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.)
 
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him,
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
 
     Please check out the web page "Self Defense Insurance" by clicking
on the link in the column to the right.  
 
“Your understanding and consent are not required for someone to take
your life, kill your loved ones, and destroy all you hold dear.”
-- William Aprill
 
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
 
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
 
"There are no victims, only volunteers.  
You volunteer by looking uncertain and afraid.  
You volunteer by being, as grass-eaters invariably are,
unprepared to confront the hazards of life."
—Jeff Cooper
 
"It’s not about the odds, it’s about the stakes."
     The probability of you being attacked may be very low.  That does not matter.  
What you will lose, if you are not prepared, not aware, and don't act immediately
and decisively, is all that matters.  
 
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----- Safety -----
 
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET.
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  
 
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don't go to stupid places.  
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.  
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.  
Don't look like a freak.
Don't fail the attitude test.  
 
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----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
 
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
 
"The real value of training and practice isn't gaining technical competence,
it's achieving confidence in your abilities."
-- Claude Werner
 
“The secret of success is this.
Train like it means everything when it means nothing – so you can
fight like it means nothing when it means everything.”
-- Lofty Wiseman
 
"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
 
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----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
 
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
 
Why practice?
    "To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that
which could have been their finest hour."
-- Winston Churchill
 
     "Be careful what you practice.
Because you will do in combat whatever you have practiced,
no matter how ridiculous."
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
 
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----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do) -----
 
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
 
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Techniques (ways to do that task) -----
 
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
 
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----- Education -----
 
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
 
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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*****     *****     ***** Hardware (which includes you) *****     *****     *****
 
"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
 
----- Gear -----
 
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
 
“Your car is not a holster.” -- Pat Rogers
 
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
 
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
 
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*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God's gift to our students.
Our students are God's gift to us."
 
----- Instructors -----
 
Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam
 
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
 
----- Andragogy -----
 
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
 
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
 
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*****     ***** Political (legal), Religious, and Philosophical *****     *****
 
     "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
 
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution
 
     "Governments are instituted among men,
deriving their just power from the consent of the governed."
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  
Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.  
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  
Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."
-- Patrick Henry, speech of June 5, 1788 A.D.
 
     Yes, there is a delay because I have to wait for an open source to refer to.  
We cannot know things that we could not have known.  For that would cause all kinds
of trouble for our friends.
     When I was in Signals Intelligence school at Cory Station, we were taught
to go as high up the chain of command as we could when reporting a suspected traitor.  
     Because the evacuation order was never given to those in Afghanistan, there
are many SigInt persons manning listening posts in the mountains that still have
not left.  They may be able to bring your loved ones out, if you get word to them
before they destroy their communication equipment.  Go as high up the Marine Corps
chain of command as you can, give the officer or staff NCO the location of your
loved one, and ask them to pass the word to the guys on the inside.  They are
going to say they can't help you, but they might.  
     I can't know you, so I can't communicate directly with you.  We must depend
on the kindness of strangers.  Trust me.  In the future, you're going to want to
disavow any knowledge of me.  
     India has always had back channels open with the Taliban.  
Talib = one student.  Taliban = two students.  Taliboon = three or more students.  
The fiasco in Afghanistan was completely intentional.  So, you know who not to trust.  
God Bless.
 
"Militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves . . .
And include all men capable of bearing arms."
-- Senator Richard Henry Lee, 1788, on "militia" in the 2nd Amendment
 
     “Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form,
will insure liberty and happiness for an dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
 
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*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, Security, and such *****     *****     *****
 
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
 
"If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit.
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained.
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
 
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*****     *****     ***** Miscellany / History / War Stories *****     *****     *****
 
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
 
All kinds of neat stuff at:  
     Stephen P. Wenger (you can download his books free of charge, as they
are presently out of print)
https://www.spw-duf.info/
     Practical Eschatology by Docent
https://practicaleschatology.blogspot.com/
     The Tactical Professor by Claude Werner
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/
     Active Response Training by Gregg Ellifritz
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/
     Quips by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/quips/
     Rangemaster newsletter by Tom Givens
https://rangemaster.com/publications/rangemaster-newsletter/
     CIVILIAN DEFENDER by Sherman House
https://civiliandefender.com/
     Handgun Combatives by Dave Spaulding
https://www.youtube.com/c/handguncombatives/videos
     Marcus Wynne
https://marcuswynne.com/blog/
     Jeff Gonzales
https://www.tridentconcepts.com/evolved-training/blog/
     Michael Bane
https://www.michaelbane.tv/category/blog/
     Jerry Miculek - Pro Shooter
https://www.youtube.com/c/MiculekDotCom/videos
     OODA Loop
https://www.oodaloop.com/
     Active Self Protection YouTube.com channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsE_m2z1NrvF2ImeNWh84mw
     Michael Mann Security
https://michaelmannsecurityservices.com
YouTube.com channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxi2b2Q-RK0G3U1gLPE9Cmw
     Guardian News Podcast
https://guardian_news_podcast.buzzsprout.com/
 
“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’.
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon
 
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Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com
  

Saturday, September 4, 2021

CWP, 4 September MMXXI Anno Domini

Hi Sheepdogs,
     God promises to provide for you.  That does not mean that God is your
magic piggy bank.  
 
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*****     *****     ***** Software *****     *****     *****
 
----- Basics -----
 
"Better to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble."
-- Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
 
     Why good guys lose fights in order of statistical importance:  
1.  Decision.  Failure to make the decision to use force.  (Because they did not
understand what was going on, because they were not aware of what was going on.  
Because they were not aware.)
2.  INTENSITY.  Failure to fight with intensity, because that's how they trained.  
[You really will fight the way you have trained.]
3.  Windows and Timing.  Failure to be patient (as God teaches) to wait for
windows of opportunity and failing to time their counter-attack correctly.
[Tolerance is not the same as patience.]
4.  Skill.  Failure to have the necessary skill required for combat, because of
lack of training and lack of practice.  
     From an email by Patrick Kilchermann, founder, Concealed Carry University
SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM. (If you want peace, prepare for war.)
 
"Beginner's Guide to Pistol Ammo" by Chris Baker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp4jdViz5R0
     22 LR means .22 caliber Long Rifle.  
 
"Those of us who maintain a dangerous lifestyle will experience fear and anxiety.  
But to do so, allows us to join a fraternity of those who have, since the
beginning of time, endured.  They endured.  We endured.  It's the cost of the
privilege of such company."
- Paul Whitesell
 
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
 
----- Aftermath -----
(You have to be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.)
 
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him,
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
 
     Please check out the web page "Self Defense Insurance" by clicking
on the link in the column to the right.  
 
“Your understanding and consent are not required for someone to take
your life, kill your loved ones, and destroy all you hold dear.”
-- William Aprill
 
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
 
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
 
"What Time Is It?" by Brian Enos
https://brianenos.com/what-time-is-it/
Excerpt:  
     "When attentive: you know what you are doing — you cannot be improved."
 
"There are no victims, only volunteers.  
You volunteer by looking uncertain and afraid.  
You volunteer by being, as grass-eaters invariably are,
unprepared to confront the hazards of life."
—Jeff Cooper
 
"Intended Victim not ‘Subject’ " by tacticalprofessor
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2021/08/29/intended-victim-not-subject/
     If you don't know what's going on around you, you are not paying attention.  
This results in all kinds of bad things.  PAY ATTENTION!
 
What is situational awareness?
     Who is around you and what are they doing?  
Always be aware of who is around you and what they are doing.  
That is Situational Awareness.  
 
     Wow!  This is a really useful article.  
"How To Be An Expert: 8 Proven Secrets To Superior Skill" by Eric Barker
https://www.bakadesuyo.com/2016/08/how-to-be-an-expert/
1.  Make a long-term commitment to learn the skill.
2.  Find a mentor (not necessarily an expert in the field) and
be willing to question him.
3.  Start with what's important.  [For us, safety is important.]
4.  Train like you fight.  
5.  Use “Desirable Difficulty”.  You need to struggle.
6.  Get Fast, Negative Feedback.
7.  Study Less. Test More.
8.  Naps Are Steroids For Your Brain.
     As Bobby Knight once said,
“Everybody has the will to win;
few people have the will to prepare to win.”
 
"Front Sight Reality Check #84"
https://www.frontsight.com/fsrc84/patriot-tbd.asp
5 elements of winning a gunfight:  
Color code of mental awareness
Combat mindset
Gun handling
Marksmanship
Tactical movement
 
"It’s not about the odds, it’s about the stakes."
     The probability of you being attacked may be very low.  That does not matter.  
What you will lose, if you are not prepared, not aware, and don't act immediately
and decisively, is all that matters.  
 
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----- Safety -----
 
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET.
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  
 
"LAPD Saga!" by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/lapd-saga/
 
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don't go to stupid places.  
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.  
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.  
Don't look like a freak.
Don't fail the attitude test.  
 
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----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
 
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
 
"Pistol Small Arms Firing School
$50 Annual Training Course at the National Matches"
by Serena Juchnowski
https://americanhandgunner.com/discover/exclusives/pistol-small-arms-firing-school/
Excerpt:  
     "Federal law actually requires pistol and rifle SAFS
[Small Arms Firing School] to be held annually during the national matches."
     "Where else can you get training from members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship
Unit (USAMU) with loaner firearms, ammunition provided and a T-shirt for $50?"
 
"The real value of training and practice isn't gaining technical competence,
it's achieving confidence in your abilities."
-- Claude Werner
 
"Armed Self-Defense in America, the Year 'American Handgunner' Was Born"
by Massad Ayoob
https://americanhandgunner.com/our-experts/armed-self-defense-in-america-the-year-american-handgunner-was-born/
Excerpt:  
     "Jodi M. Brown and Patrick A. Langan, Ph.D. later wrote in 'Policing and
Homicide, 1976-98: Justifiable Homicide by Police, Police Officers Murdered
by Felons' that in 1976 14% of slain officers were killed with their own weapons,
a trend that peaked in 1986 at 23%."
     [This is why weapons retention training is essential.  Yes, as a matter of
fact, the bad guy will attempt to take your pistol and shoot you and your loved
ones with it.] 
 
“The secret of success is this.
Train like it means everything when it means nothing – so you can
fight like it means nothing when it means everything.”
-- Lofty Wiseman
 
"Self-Defense Training on a Budget" by Chris Baker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr569MLCgWk
referenced book
"Fighting Smarter" by Tom Givens
https://rangemaster.com/fighting-smarter/
Out of print, but available at various places online.
A Kindle version is available at Amazon.com,
https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Smarter-Tom-Givens-ebook/dp/B00T3KNDVG/ref=sr_1_1
 
'The "Three S" Test' by Dave Spaulding
https://www.buckeyefirearms.org/three-s-test
Excerpt:  
"Never base a decision on how to deal with an armed opponent by
applying YOUR logic or feelings as they don't think like you do."
SIMPLE  Is the technique being taught simple to execute or perform?
SENSE  Does it make sense?
STREET PROVEN  Has the technique been used in actual combat of the type you may face?
 
     I just finished a Counter Terrorism course by Michael Mann Security Services.  
One of the things we learned was that the Chief of Police of the Metro Nashville
Police Department instructed his officers to "avoid all proactive policing.  They
could respond to calls, but don't initiate anything."  Did you notice the wording?  
"could respond" not "must respond".    
     Having been a cop, that's about the craziest thing I have ever heard.  
     Another thing I learned was that 85% of critical infrastructure in the U.S.
is protected by private security, because it is owned by private corporations.  
     Private security gets a bad rap because the level of training is very low.  
But, that's at the entry level, because the companies don't give their officers
much training.  The reality is that the level of training of the private security
officers in the "real" jobs is very high, because the companies hire persons who
already have the training.  For example, G4S (before it was bought out by Allied)
had a level of security officer that had as a prerequisite:  so many years of law
enforcement experience or so many years of active duty military experience (with
an MOS in combat arms).  And then their are those private security officers who
guard nuclear power plants and refining facilities, who have extremely high
levels of training.  
 
"WW2 1911 .45 CAL Pistol Training"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP7J-JNSUu4
     What a classic.
 
"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
 
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----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
 
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
 
"No Bang For Your Buck: Why You Should Dry Practice" by Justin Carroll
https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/no-bang-buck-dry-practice/
"No Bang for Your Buck Part 2: How to Dry Practice" by Justin Carroll
https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/no-bang-buck-part-2-dry-practice/
     Whoa!  This stuff is deep.  Better have your reference books
next to you when reading this.  If you aren't a true believer in dry
practice after reading this, something is wrong with you.  
 
Why practice?
    "To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that
which could have been their finest hour."
-- Winston Churchill
 
     "Be careful what you practice.
Because you will do in combat whatever you have practiced,
no matter how ridiculous."
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
 
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----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do) -----
 
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
 
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Techniques (ways to do that task) -----
 
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"Concealment is a Verb: Re-holster Immediately Following Violence" by Salvatore
https://www.usacarry.com/re-holster-immediately-following-violence/
 
"Pre-attack indicators: Conscious recognition of telegraphed cues" by Lt. Jim Glennon
https://www.police1.com/police-products/training-products/articles/pre-attack-indicators-conscious-recognition-of-telegraphed-cues-lHaGNktGomYevmQE/
 
"Pre-Assault Body Language Indicators" by Matthew Schafer
https://schaferselfdefense.blogspot.com/2014/02/pre-assault-body-language-indicators.html
 
"Dan Brokos Gives TFB Some Quick Tips for Improving Your Pistol Game" by Luke C.
https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2021/09/02/dan-brokos-tips/
1. Stick with One Gun and One Trigger
2. Prioritize Accuracy over Speed
3. Practice your Lower Body Stance
 
"Head Buttin Time! How to Head-butt A Bad Guy Real Good" by Michael Kurcina
https://spotterup.com/head-buttin-time-how-to-head-butt-a-bad-guy-real-good/
1. Prepare for action. He’s likely to step into you.
You want to get the jump on him before he has time to do something.
2. Get stabilized with your feet.  You’re about to deliver a head-butt and
you need good energy to inflict damage. It will be like a whiplash motion.
3. As he begins to move you simply place your hands on his chest.
Don’t grab around his neck to pull him into you. If you pull him first,
instead of pushing first then he will reflexively tense up his shoulders,
resist and try to pull away from you.
4. So, with both hands on his chest, simply push him back while you hold
onto him.  As he becomes unbalanced, you will have control of him, and
this is the time to pull him sharply forward into you.  He’ll be like a
rag doll.
5. For a good, effective head-butt don’t just tilt your head backwards as
you pull him towards you.  Tuck your chin to your chest.
6.  Make timing and physics work for you.  Snap down with your torso AND the
crown of your head onto his, while stepping into him.  It’s done almost as
if you are rising, this way you can hit him from a higher vantage point.
Target the sensitive areas of his face and head; his cheeks, temples, nose,
top of his eye sockets or lower-forehead.  He should feel the damage.
 
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
 
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----- Education -----
 
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
 
"New Study: Grip Strength and Shooting Performance" by Von Kliem, JD, LL.M
https://www.forcescience.org/2021/09/new-study-grip-strength-and-shooting-performance/
Excerpts:  
     ". . . researchers determined that grip strength in the range of 80 lbs and
125 lbs was needed to score approximately 85% and 90% on the pistol qualification
test.  The average grip strength for the female officers in the study was 77.5lbs,
while the average for the men was 121.5lbs."
     "78% of the females and 92% of the males passed the qualification test
(22% and 8% failed respectively).  Researchers observed that, for every pound
below the average grip strength required to score between 85% and 90%, the odds
of an officer failing the pistol qualification increased by 2%."
     " “In our study, higher rates of failure appeared to be correlated with
lower grip strength.”  Brown continued:  “Agencies should consider minimum grip
requirements based on the issued duty pistol trigger weight.  Although grip
strength issues might disproportionately impact female officers, strength
training may help to mitigate grip-related deficiencies regardless of the
officer’s gender.” "
     "Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Institute,
supports Brown’s recommendations and was encouraged by the NYPD’s move to a
lighter trigger pull weight:  “We often hear that higher trigger pull weights
can provide increased decision-making time for officers.  The research does
not support that position.”  Dr. Lewinski explained:  “Even the heavier
triggers can have a travel time as quick as 6/100 to 8/100 of a second.  
If the decision to pull the trigger has already been made, the travel time
of the trigger isn’t going to result in sufficient time to change your mind
and stop that action.” "
     Primary source document,
"Examining the impact of grip strength and officer gender on shooting performance"
by AndrewBrown, Simon Baldwin, Brittany Blaskovits, and Craig Bennell
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0003687021001836?via%3Dihub
 
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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*****     *****     ***** Hardware (which includes you) *****     *****     *****
 
"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
 
----- Gear -----
 
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
 
"A New Epiphany!" by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/a-new-epiphany/
     This article is about trigger weight.  But, I'm going to go off on a tangent.  
Excerpt:  
"Mathematics is no refuge! Our naive hope for certainty is dashed as we discover
that even mathematics is neither complete, nor consistent."
     I assume John is referring to the "Gödel Incompleteness Theorem"
by Kurt Friedrich Gödel, November 17, 1930;
"On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems".
     I've read the proof (and understood it), so I sort of know what I'm talking about.
The theorem only says that there there exist statements that can be formally stated in
any system of mathematics that cannot be proved to be true, and cannot be proved to
be false.  That is to say the truth of the statements are indeterminant.  But, this
would only be meaningful in a self consistent system of axioms.  So, the statement
that all systems of mathematics are not "consistent" is wrong.
     Using the term "complete", as in all systems of mathematics are not "complete"
is a little tricky.  Mathematicians use the word "complete" to refer number systems,
such as "the Complex number system is complete because any operation on numbers
as input will result in an output number in the Complex number system".
     So, what he really means to say (I think) is "There are statements that can
neither be proved to be true nor proved to be false in any self consistent system
of axioms."  Or, more succinctly, "There exist indeterminant statements in any
axiomatic system."
 
"Stop Worrying About Overpenetration" by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/stop-worrying-about-overpenetration
Excerpt:  
     "Your misses are what will cause damage to innocent people.  
Instead of worrying about carrying the latest  under-penetrating
“super bullet”, spend your time improving your accuracy and speed
so that you can reliably hit your attacker.
     Stop worrying so much about overpenetration.  In real tissue,
it rarely happens with well designed hollow point bullets."
 
T1 Ammo
https://t1ammo.com/
5% discount to active and retired members of the Military and Law Enforcement community.
You have to scan and upload your military or law enforcement ID.  If you've never
served, contact me and I will give you a discount code.  
     They presently design, manufacture, and sell .223, 9mm ball, and 9mm hollow point.
But, I'm sure they will expand.  The company is owned and operated by ladies,  
who have a well defined sense of customer service.  
Subsonic 9mm Hybrid Hollow Point - Self Defense - Box 50, Factory New, Brass Case
   124 GR – $62.50 ($1.25/rd)
   147 GR – $72.50 ($1.45/rd)
Subsonic 9mm 124 Grain Total Metal Jacket, Factory New, Brass Case
   Box 50 – $32.99 ($0.66/rd)
   Bulk 250 – $152.99 ($0.61/rd)
Subsonic 9 mm 147 Grain Total Metal Jacket, Factory New, Brass Case
   Box 50 – $35.50 ($0.71/rd)
   Bulk 250 – $168.25 ($0.67/rd)
They also sell .223 rifle ammo.  
Muzzle velocities and such are listed on the web site.  
 
Steel City Ammo
https://www.steelcityammoco.com/
    Has all kinds of ammo in stock.  In case you're living in an ammo desert.
 
Palmeto State Armory
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm Pistol with Manual Safety
$449.99
https://palmettostatearmory.com/smith-wesson-m-p-shield-ez-9mm-pistol-with-manual-safety-black-12436.html
No promo code needed.
 
     Louis Awerbuck recommended the Springfield Armory XD.  I have found them to
be reliable.  It's been on the market long enough for Springfield Armory to have
worked out all the bugs.  I am sure you have seen the problem with buying the
latest pistol adopted by the Armed Forces or that large police department.  Even
after the testing, the Sig had major problems (and law suits).  Pistols are like
software; if you are a first adopter, you are the beta tester.  And there are
always bugs in the system that need to be fixed.  Better to go with something
that has been peer reviewed for many years.  Especially if you are going to bet
your life on it.  Especially, if you are going to bet the lives of your loved ones.  
 
“Your car is not a holster.” -- Pat Rogers
 
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
 
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"Magazine Maintenance – Part 1" by Drew Forge
https://www.shtfblog.com/shtf-armorer-magazine-maintenance-cleaning-pmag-ar15-part-1/
"Magazine Maintenance – Part 2" by Drew Forge
https://www.shtfblog.com/shtf-armorer-magazine-maintenance-cleaning-ar15-glock-pistol-riflepart-2/
     I have found that cutting those tabs off of the Glock magazines makes
them much easier to disassemble in the future.  They are redundant to the
button that protrudes out the bottom of the base plate.  
     Handgun magazine springs -
https://www.brownells.com/magazines/handgun-magazines/magazine-parts/magazine-springs/index.htm
 
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
 
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*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God's gift to our students.
Our students are God's gift to us."
 
----- Instructors -----
 
Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam
 
"Dealing with Cross-Dominance Issues in Students" by Tom Givens
https://secureservercdn.net/45.40.151.233/d74.722.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/2021-09_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
 
     Yesterday, a young lady in class told me, "That's how they do it in the movies."
I explained to her that movies are not real.  She gave me a bewildered look and
wondered why I would lie to her in front of all these witnesses.  
     Not everyone lives in the same world you do.  
     A little girl [I have no age limits on my students.] was pointing her pistol
to the left of her (as opposed to down range).  So, I told her to keep her pistol
pointed down or down range.  
     She told me, "It's okay, it's not loaded."
     I told her, "That is a bad attitude.  All guns are always loaded."
     She got offended and started to cry.  [Now mind you this was after the safety
lecture and an explicit explanation of the safety rules.]
     Mental maturity is not correlated to chronological age.  Some girls will
cry for no apparent reason.  
 
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
 
----- Andragogy -----
 
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
 
     My hypocrisy comes back to bite me.  I teach, "Do not teach or coach anyone
whom you are emotionally attached to."  Because this is what will happen.  
     After giving a brief on why we separate spouses, boyfriend/girlfriends, etc.
on the line, because we don't want one person doing for another person (as opposed
to helping the other person), because that prevents the other person from learning
the skill, as people learn by doing, not just watching.  A young (26 year old)
lady is having difficulty with a task, so I help her.  She starts screaming,
"Don't touch me!  Don't touch me!" The 14 year old little girl on the line next to
the young lady starts freaking out, thinking that I was molesting the young lady.  
I made the mistake of asking the young lady to calm down in a rather crude way that
demonstrated undue familiarity.  She responded with a threat of physical violence.  
It degenerated from there.  
     A middle aged lady consoled me by saying, "It wasn't your fault.  She clearly
did not read the documents that you all had mailed out before the class.  Because
they clearly state that if you don't want the instructors to touch you, you have
to tell them before the start of class."  And that too was part of the problem.  
     The young lady has a key to my apartment, one of my credit cards in her
wallet, and baskets of clothes piled up all over my apartment.  So, she was not
a stranger to me.  She meant, "Don't help me!  Don't do it for me!", but it came
out "Don't touch me!  Don't touch me!"  Which started a horrendous chain reaction.  
     Professional distance and objectivity are essential.  If you are friendly
with someone in the class that you are teaching, STAY AWAY FROM THEM.  Learn
from my mistakes.  I'll make more of them for your edification.  
 
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
 
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*****     ***** Political (legal), Religious, and Philosophical *****     *****
 
     "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
 
"Livestock!" by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/livestock/
     You may be young and so have never seen this socio-political nonsense
before.  But, I assure you it is periodic.  Teach your children freedom.  
Because we are never more than one generation away from slavery.  
 
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution
 
"Proportional Response: Understanding Self-Defense Statutes" by Andrew Branca
https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2016/08/proportional-response-understanding-self-defense-statutes/#self-defense-3-2
Excerpt:  
     ". . . the Supreme Court long ago recognized that
“detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of an uplifted knife.”
Brown v. United States, 256 U.S. 335 (1921).
 
     "Governments are instituted among men,
deriving their just power from the consent of the governed."
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
"The Expert Witness and Trial Strategy" An Interview with Massad Ayoob
Interview by Gila Hayes
https://armedcitizensnetwork.org/the-expert-witness-and-trial-strategy
 
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  
Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.  
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  
Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."
-- Patrick Henry, speech of June 5, 1788 A.D.
 
"Militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves . . .
And include all men capable of bearing arms."
-- Senator Richard Henry Lee, 1788, on "militia" in the 2nd Amendment
 
"SEVEN BUSES of American Female Citizens Taken by Taliban,
NO MEDIA COVERAGE By Biden Media (Including FOX News)" by Pamela Geller
https://gellerreport.com/2021/08/seven-buses-of-american-female-citizens-taken-by-taliban-no-media-coverage-by-biden-media-including-fox-news.html/
     The busses had made it to the Kabul airport but were not allowed in.  
No, they are not dead.  They are sex slaves.  Reports of their death is
to allow those responsible (Biden administration) to claim that it's
not worth risking American lives to recover bodies.  
     When I was considering joining the Armed Forces, my father told
me to go next door to speak to BGen. John Gorman, who had been a U.S.
Army Infantry officer during the Korean War.  Gen. Gorman told me that
when they were retreating from the Chosin Reservoir, the U.S. Army
left their dead behind like trash.  But, the Marines brought all their
dead out.  He told me to join the Marines.  So, I did.  
     It is quite damning of the Biden administration that they will not
rescue American citizens.  
     [Tell the insurance company that if they are going to rescue one, they might
as well rescue them all.  They will be heroes.  They will be able to use the
rescue in their advertisements for decades to come.  They will set a precedent.  
And mercenaries are cheap and expendable.  There is always credible deniability.]
 
     "Vice President Joe Biden was kicked off the team to kill Osama Bin Laden."
-- CWO5 Doug Englen, U.S. Army Special Operations.
 
     The one of the reasons so many American citizens are still trapped in
Afghanistan is that no one in President Biden's chain of command gave the
evacuation order.  So, no one was given warning to evacuate.  So, none of the
equipment (armored cars, helicopters, night vision, guns, ammo, etc.) was
destroyed before being abandoned.  
     Another reason is that U.S. forces used Hamid Karzai International Airport
instead of Bagram Air Base which is on a high plateau and much more easily defended.  
According to a U.S. Army Intelligence officer.  
     Oh yes, elections have real consequences.  
 
     “Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form,
will insure liberty and happiness for an dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
 
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*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, Security, and such *****     *****     *****
 
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
 
     While in Hawaii, I had lunch with an old high school buddy.  He's telling me
he and the wife golf, and he loves drinking scotch and smoking cigars.  He's telling
me that he's getting old and can't drive at night, because he can't see.  So, I send
him an excerpt from Major Plaster's book, "Ultimate Sniper",
     “A pack-a-day smoker builds high levels of carbon monoxide in his blood,
which reduce 20 percent of normal night vision at sea level, an effect that
increases with altitude; by 10,000 feet, he’s lost 40% of his night vision.”
– “The Ultimate Sniper” by Maj. John Plaster, U.S. Army retired, Paladin Press,
Revised edition January 2006, page 8. ISBN-10: 1581604947, ISBN-13: 978-1581604948.
     He responds by saying, "Yup, won't drive at night anymore."  
     I respond, "No, no, drive at night.  Stop smoking."  
 
"If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit.
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained.
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
 
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*****     *****     ***** Miscellany / History / War Stories *****     *****     *****
 
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
 
All kinds of neat stuff at:  
     Stephen P. Wenger (you can download his books free of charge, as they
are presently out of print)
https://www.spw-duf.info/
     Practical Eschatology by Docent
https://practicaleschatology.blogspot.com/
     The Tactical Professor by Claude Werner
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/
     Active Response Training by Gregg Ellifritz
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/
     Quips by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/quips/
     Rangemaster newsletter by Tom Givens
https://rangemaster.com/publications/rangemaster-newsletter/
     CIVILIAN DEFENDER by Sherman House
https://civiliandefender.com/
     Handgun Combatives by Dave Spaulding
https://www.youtube.com/c/handguncombatives/videos
     Marcus Wynne
https://marcuswynne.com/blog/
     Jeff Gonzales
https://www.tridentconcepts.com/evolved-training/blog/
     Michael Bane
https://www.michaelbane.tv/category/blog/
     Jerry Miculek - Pro Shooter
https://www.youtube.com/c/MiculekDotCom/videos
     OODA Loop
https://www.oodaloop.com/
     Active Self Protection YouTube.com channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsE_m2z1NrvF2ImeNWh84mw
     Michael Mann Security
https://michaelmannsecurityservices.com
YouTube.com channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxi2b2Q-RK0G3U1gLPE9Cmw
     Guardian News Podcast
https://guardian_news_podcast.buzzsprout.com/
 
“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’.
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon
 
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com