Saturday, June 1, 2019

CWP, 1 June MMXIX Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

     Murder is wrong. 
Legally, if you pay someone to commit the murder, you are
responsible for the murder.  Legally, if you order a
subordinate or employee to commit the murder, you are
responsible for the murder.  Morally, if you vote for
someone whom you know will vote to fund the murder,
you are responsible for the murder.
     Murdering babies is wrong. 

     “When you love wealth greater than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude greater than
the animating contest for freedom, go home
from us in peace. We seek not your counsel,
nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the
hand that feeds you. May chains set lightly
upon you; and may posterity forget that
you were ever our countrymen.”
-- Samuel Adams

***** Mindset *****

"You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts.
If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad." 
-- Gen. Mattis (published in the San Diego Union Tribune)

Victims, by Choice!
http://defense-training.com/2019/victims-by-choice/

Who Dares Wins.
-- motto of the Special Air Service

Surviving a Gunfight: Go Back to Basics
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2019/5/3/surviving-a-gunfight-go-back-to-basics/
Excerpt: 
. . . three things are important to survive a gunfight —
deliberation, accuracy and speed
— in that order. -- Bat Masterson
(paraphrase of a paraphrase)

     Front Sight teaches speed, power, and accuracy being of equal
importance, because whoever hits first will usually win,  you have
to hit with enough power to have an effect, and you have to hit a
vital area to have an effect. 

Avoidance, Deterrence, and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

Learned Helplessness
http://defense-training.com/2019/learned-helplessness-2/

     A few years ago there was a Marine Corps recruiting poster that had
a picture of a Marine on it with the caption, "Smart Weapon".  Be
likewise.

"The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event.
That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot."
-- Gen. Mattis (published in the Business Insider)

***** Safety *****

“The fast and/or emphatic reholster
is an awesome way to shoot yourself.”
-- Chuck Haggard

***** Training *****

     "The real value of training, though, is that it improves competence,
which leads to a higher level of confidence." 
-- Rehn & Daub

Why Do I Need Training?
https://americanhandgunner.com/discover/tactics-training/why-do-i-need-training-2/

     Care enough to continue your training.

Why do I need to train?
    "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

Want to get great at something?  Get a coach.
https://www.ted.com/talks/atul_gawande_want_to_get_great_at_something_get_a_coach
Excerpt:
     "A coach is your external eyes and ears providing a more accurate
picture of your reality."

"You train for the people who love you."
-- Tatiana Whitlock

     I have been to many driving schools (not all of which were court ordered). 
Some of the schools were for vehicles that no longer exist (gamma goat, jeep, . . .). 
Yes, I am that old.  So, I've learned a few things: 
     Don't drive close to bicycles.  Your draft will knock them over. 
     Ram vehicles on the end away from the engine or center of mass. 
     If you tap the other vehicle's rear side panel thinking that you will
cause them to spin out, be prepared to spin out.  [If you intend to intentionally
spin your vehicle (as in the movies), you're not thinking correctly.] 
     Always back into parallel parking spaces.  Time spent parking correctly
gives you time to escape on the other end.  Just because you're going to a
friendly meeting, doesn't mean the other guys are there for a friendly meeting. 
Remember, "mufi englee" means "I don't understand English." no matter what the
hand gestures indicate.
     Never stop to help out when you see a vehicle accident.  100% guarantee
it's an ambush.  Besides, the Emergency Medical Technicians you called to
help the victims will do a better job than you could have.
     Stopping to give money to beggars is not an act of kindness.  It is
not Biblical.  It is an act of stupidity.  They will shoot you.
     Never pick up hitch hikers.  They will kill you.  And take your
vehicle.
     If someone accuses you of being paranoid, blame your behavior on the policy. 
That's why they give us these briefings when we enter the country.  Because,
it's not paranoia.  It's reality.

Self-Defense Training: Clearing Hurdles & Obstacles
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2019/5/13/self-defense-training-clearing-hurdles-obstacles/

Baselines #4 Reload Drills
https://primaryandsecondary.com/baselines-4-reload-drills/
Excerpt:
     Action is always faster than reaction.
Change the mag when you want to not when you need to.

"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner

***** Practice *****

      Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III

Slow is smooth.  Smooth is efficient.  Efficient is fast.

Be careful what you practice. 
Because you will do in combat
whatever you have practiced,
no matter how ridiculous. 
-- Sara Ahrens
“Shooting in Self-Defense” by Sara Ahrens
(I have paraphrased Ms. Ahrens.)

     Practice increases your sensitivity, your kinesthetic awareness. 
This allows you to know that you are doing something wrong.  Once you
become aware of errors, you can correct them (often automatically). 
Before you are sensitive enough to detect errors, you don’t notice
them.  So, you don’t believe that you are committing the error.
So, practice does not cause you to commit fewer errors; it causes
you to become aware of the errors that you were always committing,
but not noticing.

***** Techniques *****

“Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it.”
-- Bruce Lee

     Track your target left-right.  Are you able to maintain sight alignment? 
Track your target up-down.  Are you able to maintain sight alignment? 
Lying on your back, track your target in the hemisphere above you.  Are you
able to maintain sight alignment?  Were you able to maintain your correct
Weaver or Isosceles position?  If not, practice. 

"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley

Tips & Techniques: Rotate-To-Fire In Close Encounters
https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2019/5/2/tips-techniques-rotate-to-fire-in-close-encounters/
     If you are presenting from concealment, the support side hand would
be holding the concealment garment up and out of the way.  So, there
should not be any chance of shooting your support side hand.

"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee

     Tom Givens (Rangemaster Firearms Training Services) teaches
gripping the pistol with thumbs up.  Because a thumbs forward position
bends the wrists, which weakens the grip, which is bad for retention and accuracy.
     Ignatias Piazza (Front Sight Firearms Training Institute) teaches thumbs up,
support side thumb over the firing side thumb.  This thumbs up position is a natural
outcome of the Weaver position.  If you bend your support side elbow and pull it
down in front of you, your support side thumb is going to point up. 
     If you point your thumbs forward, your trigger finger will hit
your support side thumb, and the gun won't fire, and you won't be
able to figure out why the gun won't fire.  I have seen this happen
in many classes with many different students, who were at various
levels of competence.  Remember Murphy's Law, if anything can go
wrong, it will go wrong, at the worst possible time.  So, relax your
thumbs and they will naturally go up.  Pulling your thumb down to
grip your pistol as a hammer is wrong.  (The exception might be
shooting one handed, for some persons.)

     Why you should never shoot from a moving vehicle.  Why you
should never shoot at a moving vehicle.  Why you should never
shoot at a moving vehicle from a moving vehicle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEhT5wqn9tY&fbclid=IwAR0bofVMpDRFwPjB-L88ar_GCwtnwlFY12fduIBANvX-YSDmhKk8rfCVr7c
     You're going to miss, and every miss is destroying property
and injuring innocent bystanders, maybe killing them.  Maybe in a
rural area, you could justify this.  But, not in urban Anaheim, CA.

How to be as scary as hell in less than 5 seconds
http://thesurvivalmom.com/scary-hell-less-5-seconds/
     Even as a child, people told me that I looked scary.  So, I started wearing
glasses and grew my hair long.  (My dad always wore a crew cut, so I did.) 
I made a point of smiling.  I think it helped.  But, it's actually hard not to
leak information.  (Unless you're psycho.)  Because people generally feel
uncomfortable maintaining a facade.  So, they have a hard time doing it.

Overcoming Threat-Fixation & Tunnel Vision
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2019/5/13/overcoming-threat-fixation-tunnel-vision/
     Practice your after action drills, so that you will form the habit
of executing your after action dills automatically, so that in a high
stress situation you will execute your after action drills. 
     Autogenic breathing:  inhale over a count of 4, hold for a count of 4,
exhale over a count of 4, repeat, repeat, repeat.  This will improve your
judgment, lower your pulse rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. 
     Quick check:  As the Sheriff says, LOOK!  No seriously, slow down and
look!  If you have developed a California twitch, you are wrong (because
you won't see anything).  At Front Sight, one of the instructors would stand
behind the line and hold a knife up.  After the shooting drill, the range
master would ask the students, "What threat did you see behind you?" 
Very few noticed the instructor hold the knife up in the air.

How To Clear a Double Feed Malfunction
https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/clear-double-feed-malfunction/
     People who have been in combat have a deep understanding of Murphy's Law
(Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong; at the worst possible time.). 
They will never tolerate anything that could go wrong; equipment or personnel. 
So, they will clean their weapons and replace parts.  They will never forget
to bring something.  They will never go on a mission with anyone they don't trust. 
If ordered to, that weak link will have an administrative or medical problem
that will prevent them from deploying.  Because we know Murphy's Law is true.

***** Tactics *****

You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen

     Avoiding mistakes wins. 
Brilliant moves not so much. 
The move only gets called brilliant in retrospect,
if someone recorded it on video, and some POG
analyzed it.  How often is that going to happen?
     Medals are only given for conspicuous gallantry. 
Almost all heroism is inconspicuous.

Highlands Ranch STEM Shooting
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/highlands-ranch-stem-shooting
Excerpt: 
     "Although police radios are not cheap (some cost over $5000 each),
I would advise that every school have an emergency police radio to
broadcast directly onto the police radio frequency in the event of
an emergency.  Doing that will cut at least 3-4 minutes off of the
police response time.  Active killers average six to eight victims
per minute.  A response time four minutes faster equals a potential
of 32 lives saved."

"Audacity wins."
-- Carl von Clausewitz

***** Gear *****

3 Hot New Women's On-Body CCW Clothing Solutions
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2019/4/30/3-hot-new-womens-on-body-ccw-clothing-solutions/
     The cited web sites:
https://darkalleydenim.com/
https://tacticafashion.com/
https://www.cancanconcealment.com/  (guys might not want to brows this
web site at a church luncheon)
     If you're going to carry in a purse, the strap has to have a
steel cable running through it, and you have to put the strap over
your head (not just over your shoulder).  This is real.  The mother
of my friend at church had her purse stolen off of her body while
shopping in a grocery store.

Suggestion for concealed carry when exercising in public,
http://aliengearholsters.com/belly-band-holsters.html
You can use their belly band with your holster.
http://aliengearholsters.com/sport-tuck-belly-band-expansion.html

308 and 7.62×51
http://defense-training.com/2019/308-and-7-62x51/
     Important technical and philosophical information.

     Please do a thorough equipment inspection to make sure the pistol and holster function properly. 
     Remove the magazine.
     Chamber check to make sure the pistol is unloaded.
     If the pistol has a magazine safety and will only fire with a magazine inserted in the magazine
well, insert an empty magazine and make sure it is locked in place.  (A magazine safety is a
design flaw.  You must be able to shoot the round in the chamber if attacked while reloading.)
     Keep the pistol pointed in a safe direction.
     Press the trigger.  You should feel slack (no sear movement) and then a hard stop
(sear engagement).  Press through the hard stop to release the firing pin (sear movement). 
(If the sear is machined correctly, the trigger release will be smooth and crisp, no catching,
no gritty feel, no friction.)  You should hear the click of the firing pin being driven forward.
     Put a pencil in the barrel with the rubber eraser end toward the firing pin and point the
pistol up.  The firing mechanism should have enough force to pop the pencil out of the barrel. 
(Otherwise, the student is going to get a lot of misfires due to light firing pin strikes.)
     Press the trigger and hold it to the rear.  Rack the slide.  Release the trigger to reset
the action.  There should be a distinct click on reset.  (The lack of a distinct click on reset
is a design flaw.  Multiple clicks, making it impossible to determine which click is the reset,
is a design flaw.)  Take the slack out of the trigger. (Yes, there will be slack after reset.) 
There should be a hard stop.  Press through the hard stop.  There should be a distinct click as
the firing pin is driven forward.
     Make sure the pistol does not fire when any one of the safeties is on.
     Make sure the pistol does not fire when holstering with the safeties off. 
(Yes, some ill-fitting holsters will press the trigger when holstering.)
     Make sure the pistol does not fire when the slide is out of battery.  (Yes, I have heard
all of the safety vs. reliability arguments.  If the pistol fires when the slide is out of
battery, the pistol is unsafe and should not be used.  "Are you saying the Sig Sauer P229 is
unsafe and should not be used?"  Yes, I am saying that.)
     Make sure the pistol does not fall out of the holster when you turn it upside down and shake it. 
(This may not apply to inside the waist band holsters that use the pressure of the belt to squeeze
the holster against the body.)
     Make sure the mouth of the holster stays open, so the student can holster with one hand. 
(Two handed holstering causes the student to muzzle his support side hand.)

Vigilant Gear
https://www.vigilantgear.com/
     All kinds of neat stuff.

     Only the SOFT and CAT tourniquets are certified.
     A friend at work gave me a HALO (Hemorrhage Arresting, Lever Operated)
tourniquet to test out. 
     After using the HALO tourniquet and watching the YouTube.com videos
on their web site,
https://zrodelta.com/products/halo-tourniquet/
I have found that I can't turn the lever without pinching skin (to the extent
that I'm pretty sure I'd be tearing skin if I had to apply it for real).  The
YouTube.com video says they have a patented "no pinch" device.  But, I
have found that the HALO pinches skin every time.  Clothing does not
seem to mitigate the pinching.  One would have to put a piece if stiff cardboard
under the area where the strap goes into the buckle to prevent the pinching. 
(They must know about this problem.  Otherwise, why would they mention it?)
     The instructional video says the HALO is better than the CAT or SOFT
because the effective strap is wider.  The narrator says the tourniquet is wider
and therefore requires less pressure to stop the blood flow.  That doesn't make sense.
The pressure required to stop the blood flow is whatever the blood pressure
in the body is.
     Pressure is force divided by area.  So,the wider the strap, the larger the area.
The larger the area, the more force required to achieve a given pressure.
So, if the HALO has a wider strap, it's going to require a larger force to
achieve the same pressure.
     It's not obvious to me that the HALO lever creates more mechanical advantage
than the windlass on the CAT or the SOFT.
     So, I can't recommend it to my students.

Tourniquet Musings by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/tourniquet-musings
     Greg reviews some other tourniquets.

***** Instructors *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God’s gift to our students.
Our students are God’s gift to us."

TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO NOT OUTRUN THEIR HEADLIGHTS
https://ftaprotect.com/blog/teaching-students-not-to-outrun-headlights

Be careful what you teach. 
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
-- Sara Ahrens (paraphrase)
“Shooting in Self-Defense” by Sara Ahrens

Losing A Legend Mourning Mike Voigt
https://americanhandgunner.com/our-experts/losing-a-legend-mourning-mike-voigt/
     Get your training while you can.  Instructors don't teach forever. 
And those who teach till the end, don't live forever.

"Every time I teach a class,
I discover I don't know something."
-- Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch

The most difficult skill we teach! (Trigger Control)
http://defense-training.com/2019/most-difficult/

***** Pedagogy *****

Qui docet, discit.  (Who teaches, learns.)
-- motto of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers

Guns, Gear, and Training Issues in Last Weekend’s Shotgun Class
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/guns-gear-and-training-issues-in-last-weekends-shotgun-class
     Please read the part about the "slug drill" and understand
why some of the students were having a problem.  That's why it
is essential to teach the fundamentals, including the mechanics
of how things operate.  Otherwise, the student may have a false
understanding of what's going on.  As a matter of fact, this
sort of thing happens all the time in all areas of instruction. 
Human brains are very good at filling in the gaps with obviously
correct beliefs that are completely wrong.
     Always teach the fundamentals, because some of what your
students know to be true, is false.

"Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.

Alarm Fatigue: Correlative Applications to Gun-Related Self Defense
https://havokjournal.com/culture/alarm-fatigue/
Excerpt: 
"A 24/7/365 attempt at condition orange awareness will ultimately decrease
your awareness as your brain tells you that you are crying wolf."
     That's why you should be in condition yellow, not orange, any time
you're not sleeping.

***** Education *****

"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam

Please check out the Law of Self Defense blog at
https://lawofselfdefense.com/
Always enlightening.

What is Concealed Carry?
https://www.concealedcarry.com/firearms-ownership/what-is-concealed-carry/

“Destiny doesn’t make appointments,
nor does she waste her time with the naive and unready!”
-- John Farnam

Concealed Carriers [Full Documentary]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9AXDa_OFo
    Force-on-force training at the Sig Sauer Academy.
You should intend to win, not survive.  Surviving as a paraplegic
is not acceptable.
     It really doesn't matter what happens to the bad guy.  He
forfeited his expectation of any happiness when he started the
hostilities.  His injury or death is incidental to your mission
to stop his attack.
     If you're going to carry, you need to take this (force-on-force)
training.
     Everything that can go wrong will go wrong!  You'll get
fatigued.  Your holster will break off your belt.  You'll have
an emotional break down.  You won't be able to see. (Your glasses
will fog up.  Or, it's too dark to see.)  You'll get hurt. . . .
     No matter how carefully you plan a training scenario, you
can't predict what will happen, what the student will do, what
props will malfunction, what will go wrong with the instructors
or actors.
     The first time, the student doesn't remember anything. 
By the last scenario, they are replaying it in their minds like
a bunch of golfers sitting around the 19th hole having a beer.

Why Eye Witnesses Get It Wrong
https://www.ted.com/talks/scott_fraser_the_problem_with_eyewitness_testimony
Excerpt:  
     Much of what the witnesses knew to be true was false. 
A person's certainty of their correctness or the vividness of the
memory is not a good measure of the memory's accuracy.

The Average Gun Owner
https://revolverguy.com/tago/
     You are the gun expert relative to "The Average Gun Owner" (TAGO). 
It's your duty to teach in a friendly kind manner.

     May I invite your attention to
https://robertforbus.com/
     Spend some time exploring the tutorials. 
I think you'll find them useful.

***** News, Legal, Philosophical, and Political stuff *****

"Among many misdeeds of British rule in India,
history will look upon the act of depriving a
whole nation of arms, as the blackest!"
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns are Extremely Safe:
Data on the Rate of Shootings and Accidents in Schools that allow Teachers to Carry
Newsletter article:
https://crimeresearch.org/2019/05/major-new-research-on-school-safety-schools-that-allow-teachers-to-carry-guns-havent-seen-school-shootings-during-school-hours/
Abstract: 
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3377801
Paper:
https://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=101111070070115118000001093005004073116000017019026088089089079026078000095070110025052012063126123028115124116064019008117088044005075034012089072086085102073069035082087113070088102120080024074016007083098106121073096107083000003007029069067031&EXT=pdf
     See the graph on page 8.  It shows that schools that have armed teachers
have zero people killed on campus.  Not statistically zero, but real number zero. 
So, if you're going to send your child to a school, make sure the teachers are armed. 
     Why is this so?  Because while bad guys may be crazy, they are not stupid. 
They are not going to attack a school with armed teachers, because they might
get hurt.

Indiana becomes 17th state that doesn’t require
a fee or training to carry a concealed handgun
https://crimeresearch.org/2019/04/indiana-becomes-17th-state-that-doesnt-require-a-fee-or-training-to-get-a-concealed-handgun-permit/
Excerpt:
Now Indiana becomes the first state to offer a permit without a fee
and carry your concealed handgun in 32 states besides Indiana.
Besides the 16 Constitutional Carry states and Indiana, there are
seven other states with permits that don’t require training
to carry a gun.

Bill to let people carry without a permit overwhelmingly passes Texas state House
https://crimeresearch.org/2019/05/bill-to-let-people-carry-without-a-permit-overwhelmingly-passes-texas-state-house/

SCOTUS Denies New York City’s Motion – NYSRPA Case To Move Forward
https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2019/05/01/scotus-denies-motion-nysrpa/
Excerpt:
     In the language of NYSRPA’s filing is a request that SCOTUS rule
all 2nd Amendment cases be subject to strict scrutiny. If the court
agrees to implement Strict Scrutiny on all Second Amendment cases
then all gun laws brought before the court would have to pass a very
difficult 3-part test to be upheld as constitutional. The law or
policy would have to, first, be regarding a compelling governmental
interest. Secondly, the law or policy must be narrowly tailored.
Thirdly, the law or policy being challenged is the least restrictive
means of achieving that interest.

President Trump Signs Bill to Fund State-Level Gun Range Expansion
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/13/president-trump-signs-bill-fund-state-level-gun-range-expansion/

Booker’s Agenda
http://defense-training.com/2019/bookers-agenda/

What Do Jihadists Really Want? (2019) by Sam Harris
https://samharris.org/podcasts/154-jihadists-really-want-2019/
Excerpt: 
"They hate us for our freedom." is true.

     As a intelligence analyst, I find Mr. Harris' comments
concerning the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) magazine
article having excellent writing and excellent copy editing,
significant.  Not many people on this planet have a command
of their native language, much less a command of a second or
third language.  Newspapers in the U.S. are written at the
8th grade reading level, because that's their audience's reading
level.  (Yes, including the New York Times.)  [Having an
undergraduate or graduate degree does not mean the person
has a high level of reading comprehension.  It just means they
had the perseverance to finish their degree.  Perseverance is
a fine character trait.  But, it has nothing to do with the
vocabulary, semantics, and logic of reading comprehension.]
     Mr. Harris gives a better intel briefing than a lot I
have attended.  He explains the Islamic jihadist mindset. 
As Sun Tsu says in "The Art of War", you have to know your enemy.

     In case you don't understand what's going on.
Nolte: Media Quickly Lost Interest in Politically Inconvenient School Shooting
https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/05/10/media-quickly-lost-interest-politically-inconvenient-school-shooting/

Baltimore’s War on Guns Almost Exclusively Targeted Black Neighborhoods
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/14/report-baltimores-war-on-guns-almost-exclusively-targeted-black-neighborhoods/

Weekend Knowledge Dump- May 17, 2019
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/weekend-knowledge-dump-may-17-2019
     See the article, "Why Don’t Cops Train Independently?" 
     See the article, "St. Louis-area cop indicted for shooting shoplifting suspect"
     Greg Ellifritz says it's the individual officer's responsibility
to get training, because the police departments don't provide sufficient
training.  But, some cops are prohibited from taking unauthorized training. 
Which means any training not given by their department.

Freedom to self defend
Texas Gov. Abbott signs law lifting ban on brass knuckles, kitty key chains and clubs
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2019/05/15/brass-knuckles-kitty-keychains-ban-lifted-texas-lawmakers-heads-gov-abbotts-desk

How do you win a gunfight?
Don’t be there.
-- John Farnam

None dare call it ‘vigilantism’ — It’s ‘Justifiable Homicide’
https://americanhandgunner.com/insider-online/none-dare-call-it-vigilantism-its-justifiable-homicide/
     According to FBI statistics, justifiable homicides are trending upward. 
     Actually, it's the Coast Guard that says, "Always Be Prepared",
as in their motto, "Semper Paratus".
It is the Boy Scouts of America who say, "Be Prepared", as their motto.
Excerpt: 
     Lest anyone wonder why a growing number of Americans [are] arming up and
fighting back, a report from KATU News in Portland, Oregon may offer one explanation.
     A Multnomah County grand jury recently returned a 25-count indictment
against a man identified as Logan Johannsen, 26, who allegedly entered a man’s home,
fatally stabbed him and then drove away in the dead man’s car. The victim,
Gregory Isernhagen, was 50.
     While the suspect’s guilt or innocence will be determined in court,
the potential for something similar to happen elsewhere often spurs gun buying
for the first time, plus increased interest in self-defense courses. No rational
person wants to take a life, but neither do they wish to become a murder victim.

Defensive gun uses by people legally carrying guns over the past two months
https://crimeresearch.org/2019/04/defensive-gun-uses-by-people-legally-carrying-guns-over-the-past-two-months-2/

North Texas homeowner shoots, kills intruder
http://www.fox4news.com/news/north-texas-homeowner-shoots-kills-intruder
     Imagine the outcome if the woman did not have a gun.  It's not enough
to have the will to fight.  You must have the tools.

     In his blog posting of May 31, 2019,
https://lawofselfdefense.com/blog/
Attorney Andrew Branca says,
     "I can tell you that I’ve personally been involved in a lot of very difficult
decisions with clients about whether to accept an offered plea in such circumstances.
For many of them accepting the plea is the smart move, no matter how genuine their
belief that they acted in lawful self-defense. The risk of conviction and an
effectively life-ending sentence simply isn’t worth it."

     In my classes, I teach my students to never accept a plea deal.  Because, pleading
to a lesser offense to avoid the risk of a long prison sentence, is lying; and lying
is a sin.  It is wrong to say you committed a crime when you did not.  Don't let the
authority figures convince you to confess to a crime that you did not commit. 
     "Well, you can talk because you've never been in that position."
     As a matter of fact, I have been in that position.  The prosecutor offered me a
plea deal, that my attorney conveyed to me.  But, I plead not guilty and the
Federal Magistrate in New Jersey dismissed all charges.  (Not the same as a verdict
of not guilty, but effectively the same thing.)  Pleading to a lesser offense would
have resulted in a conviction and caused me to lose my security clearance, my job,
the ability to hold positions of trust in the church, the ability to possess firearms,
and the trust of my children.
     Even if you get convicted, you can appeal.  It's just a matter of believing
you are righteous and having faith in the American justice system. 
Keep the faith.  God will bless you.

Showing how the percent of adults with concealed handgun permit changes in states over time from 2013 to 2018
https://crimeresearch.org/2019/05/showing-how-the-percent-of-adults-with-concealed-handgun-permit-changes-in-states-over-time-from-2013-to-2018/
     The situation is much better than some of the graphs show, because many states
don't require a permit to carry, so you're not going to see much of an increase in
issued permits.

Democrats push gun control legislation that disarms poor minorities
https://crimeresearch.org/2019/05/democrats-push-gun-control-legislation-that-disarms-poor-minorities/

***** Survival *****

"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House

     Make sure to have a suction bulb syringe to suck the mucus out of your baby's
nose.  Babies are nose breathers.  They can't breath through their mouths because
their tongues are disproportionately large relative to their throats, just as their
heads are disproportionately large relative to their bodies.  When you all were
born the nurse or midwife carefully sucked all the mucus and other junk out of
your nostrils.  But, it doesn't end at birth.  You have to continually take care of this.

Don't go to stupid places.
Don't do stupid things.
Don't hang out with stupid people.
-- John Farnam

Church Security Planning
https://warriorpoetsociety.us/church-security/
     John Lovell recommends doing background checks on everyone on your
security team.  The church can avoid the cost of this by requiring
everyone on the security team to get a Tennessee Handgun Permit at their
own expense.  The applicant has to pass a background check, have a clean
criminal record, and have a clean mental health record in order to get
a THP.
     John recommends the security team be highly trained.  The church can
avoid this expense by choosing team members willing to train on their own
time and at their own expense.  Yes, these people do exist; to them
protecting the flock is a calling, not a job.
     John talks about weapons competency testing.  He recommends standard
law enforcement tests, which are timed marksmanship tests on a range.  In
my opinion that's just liability mitigation and not indicative of combat
competence.  I would recommend testing the team members by taking them
to shoot an IDPA match or an IPSC match, in a tactically correct manner,
not racing to win the game (an entirely different process).
     Judgment testing should be done in a force-on-force course or a computer
video simulator.  There is a good Simunitions course given by Bob Allen
at Royal Range.  Bill Hayes of Axiom Training runs a good video simulator
course.
     The real importance of team meetings before going on duty is to ensure
everyone recognizes everyone else, so they don't shoot each other by mistake.
     John says you have to have a sworn law enforcement officer to lay hands
on anyone.  But, that's not true.  All states have state licensed security guards:
armed and unarmed.  Self-defense or defense-of-others justifies the laying on of hands. 
You weren't assaulting him, you were blessing him (or attempting to heal him).
     John misuses the word "violence".  Good guys cannot commit violence as
the word is defined in the English language.  Bad guys commit violence.
Good guys use force.
     Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry
https://tnmap.tn.gov/sor/
     FBI Sex Offender web sites
https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/sex-offender-registry

***** Basics *****

"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."
-- Tom Givens

"Always carry a knife with you.
Just in case there's cheesecake,
or you need to stab someone in
the throat."
-- Gen. James Mattis, USMC

"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN

***** Miscellany *****

"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen

     I have had to say the following to many people.  --
     May I suggest you look up the word "violence" in a scholarly dictionary? 
(Such as American Heritage.)  You are misusing the word.  Only bad guys commit
violence.  A good guy committing violence against a bad guy does not make sense,
as violence is defined in the English language.  Good guys use force, not violence. 

When it’s least expected, you’re selected.
-- John Farnam

Semper Fidelis,
Jon

Jonathan D. Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

God can do more than we can hope or imagine.
But, God can't do anything.  He can't violate your free will.