Monday, May 25, 2020

CWP, 25 May MMXX Anno Domini

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

----- Mindset -----

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

"Your Tactical Training Scenario- Surprise Attack" by Greg Ellifritz
     ". . . To build this mindset, do more hard things. 
They don’t have to be shooting related.  Do workouts that
require mental toughness.  Learn a foreign language. 
Climb a mountain.  It doesn’t matter what you do. 
Doing anything that requires mental fortitude will help
you survive an ambush attack."

"Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who
thought themselves good because they had no claws." 
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

Post on Cornered Cat by Kathy Jackson
     Aqil Qadir's comment, "The real value in training is that
if you do it right and make it habit, nothing happens.
Things may start to “happen” once complacency sets in."

“If *I* won’t protect myself, what right do I have to
expect another person to risk his or her life for mine?” 
-- Sunni Maravillosa

Guns 101 - Home Carry with Massad Ayoob

Zeroed In: Clint Smith –
Meet One of the Godfathers of Tactical Training
by Rob Curtis
     ". . . I teach military members that if you have shot the threat
and have to move forward over them, I teach them to shoot the threat
again as required.  That is not what I teach to my civilian and
Law Enforcement students."
     ". . . Here's the drill, I have a spare tire in my car and I haven't
used it for a long time, but I still have it.  Does that make me paranoid
or prepared?  I carry two, or three, or four, or five, or six spare
magazines for a pistol, does that make me paranoid or prepared?"
     . . . “Don't shoot faster, shoot better.”

The Importance of Situational Awareness by Sheriff Jim Wilson

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

----- Safety -----

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.
-- John Farnam

"Standard Firearms Class Safety Checklist and Briefing" by Ralph Mroz
Ralph says,
     "The reason for the Safety Checklist and Briefing is that there is
no standard for either in widespread use; each instructor does their own
version, and that itself can vary from day to day.  I wrote this booklet
in order to combine all the best ideas I've heard over the years on this
subject, and to propose a standard.  I want this to be widely available,
and thus the cost is a nominal $1.29 (Amazon won't let you give a book away.)"

"Safe Force-on-Force Firearms Simulations: With Minimal Resources" by Ralph Mroz
Ralph says,
     "This is a prose version of the PowerPoint presentation and program
that I developed many years ago.  For years the Massachusetts Law Enforcement
Firearms Instructors and Armorers Association sold a video version of this
presentation on DVD, and it's been presented at several ILEETA conferences
by the former director of the Smith & Wesson Academy, Bert DuVernay.  I'm
taking advantage of my new-found familiarity with Amazon's Kindle publishing
to make it available now in booklet form for, again, the nominal cost of
$1.79 in order to get the material out there.  We lose several police
officers and even civilians in poorly designed, ad-hoc managed simulations
every year.  While there are some reasonably safe safety methodologies in
circulation, they tend to be too complicated and too resource (time,
personnel) intensive to be practically implemented.  The protocol presented
in this booklet solves both problems."

“Maintain a constant state of alert.
Do not walk alone.
Weapons are to be kept on your person,
and ready for immediate use, at all times”
-- Wehrmacht Directive, Eastern Front, July 1941

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

----- Training -----

"Reasons for training: 
1.  You don't know what you don't know.
2.  Much of what you know is wrong.
3.  It's good to have some of the answers to the test before taking it."
-- Claude Werner the Tactical Professor

     "Serious gun owners want to attain a high level of responsibility
commensurate with the power of the weapon.  Today it’s common knowledge
in those circles that not only is a reasonable level of skill with the
gun itself necessary, but so is a strong legal knowledge of the laws
regarding the use of force.  Even so, few high-level civilian gun owners
participate in simulation training.  Perhaps it’s because they don’t
realize how easy and inexpensive it can be."
-- from "SAFE FORCE-ON-FORCE FIREARMS SIMULATIONS With Minimal Resources" by Ralph Mroz

Legal Information for Concealed-Carry Permit Holders by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "Getting good legal advice is one of the most important
things that you can do in preparing your personal defense plan.
Don't overlook it."
     At the very least, you should read "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca. 
Andrew gives an online course about 4 time a year.
     Attend the lectures by the self-defense pre-paid legal services.  They are
all free and open to the public.  Ya, they're trying to sell you a policy,
but they also give you valuable information.
     Attend the law lectures at the annual Tactical Conference.
[If you need help doing this, contact information, etc., send me an email,]

Behavioral Cues to Impending Aggression by Tom Givens

4 Tips for Responsible Concealed Carry by Jim Wilson
     "Besides, if you like to shoot then a defensive shooting school can be
one of the best and most fun vacations that you have taken in your life."

     John Correia preaches the “Three R’s.” 
Training must be (1) recent, (2) relevant, and (3) realistic.

Are you Violating Key Training Program Principles?

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

----- Practice -----

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

Mr. Happy/Frowny Face Decisional Drill by the Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)

Firearm Practice: Slow and Steady by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "In practice, the smart thing to do is to shoot however
slow is necessary in order to have every shot go exactly
where it is supposed to land."
     ". . . working slow and working to create good habits
is the foundation that winning speed is built upon."
     "Good habits and skill beat luck every time."

Skill Set: How I Practice by Tiger McKee
     "The speed you practice should be slow.
This is a tempo that eliminates, or greatly
reduces the chances of making a mistake." 
     "Your “speed” comes from making the decision
to move, draw, fire and such in a timely fashion. 
If you wait too long it won’t matter how fast you
can draw and fire a shot; you won’t have time."

     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

----- Techniques -----

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

Drills for Maximizing Trigger Control

Wrestling - Tactical Environment Strategy by Craig Douglas

“Watch his hands . . .”
     I love watching magicians.  I took some friends to the House of Cards
in Nashville, TN recently; several magicians doing close up magic at tables,
a fine dinner, and a great magic show.  I love watching Penn and Teller's
"Fool Me".  As Ed says, watch his hands, because that's where weapons
are held.  The guy uses verbal patter to distract and disarm the targets. 
The guy uses movement, distraction, and sleight of hand to bring the
pistol to bear.  Notice there is no holster.  Criminals generally don't
use holsters, because a holster is evidence of possession of a pistol,
which convicts are prohibited from possessing.  He pulls the pistol
from his waistband while pulling his shirt up to display his waistline
to show he is unarmed.  As long as he is doing what he wants to do, as
opposed to obeying your commands to do what you want him to do, he is
in control and can play such games with you.

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Handgun Grip - Tactical Moment #1 by John Holschen

Optimized Use Of Cover - Tactical Moment #8 by John Holschen
     You don't win gunfights by shooting the other guy. 
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
     So, you're not using this technique in competition
or a qualifying course.  You would use this technique in
combat.  Self-defense is combat.

Movement - Tactical Moment #5 by John Holschen
     Your velocity vector should be perpendicular to the
enemy's fire vector.  This maximizes the angular displacement
that the enemy must make to hit you.

Sight Picture - Tactical Moment #2 by John Holschen
     Sight video vs. sight picture.  Striving for fluid movement. 
Yes, "sight picture" really is a misnomer.  I like the term
"sight movie".

Shot Placement - Tactical Moment #10 by John Holschen
     Cardiac triangle.  Ocular cavity.  Pelvic girdle.  Temple.
     He doesn't mention the nose.  He doesn't metion the external
auditory meatus (ear hole). 
     There are lots of legitimate reasons for shooting the bad
guy in the back.  Make sure you can articulate them.  Or, better
yet, keep your mouth shut and let your attorney articulate them
for you.

Ready Position - Tactical Moment #3 by John Holschen
     I disagree with bending the wrists.  I think that weakens your
grip.  I think you should bend the elbows to get the pistol pointing

Drawing From Concealment - Tactical Moment #6 by John Holschen
     Telegraphing your intent, an excellent way to get shot. 
Use tactical deception, both words and actions. 

Tactical Reload - Tactical Moment #4 by John Holschen
     You really have to think about when you would want to do this. 
Automatically doing this when you get behind cover or when there is
a lull in the action may not be reasonable. 

Move And Shoot - Tactical Moment #11 by John Holschen
     A much deeper analysis than is given in most gun schools.

     John Holschen always was one of the deep thinkers.  I had the
good fortune of training with him at one of the Tac Cons.  And the
pleasure of meeting his wife.


"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee

     I have obeyed Master Lee. 
     I used to teach putting your pistol into the Sul position when
doing your 360 degree scan in your after action drills.  I don't
teach that anymore, because taking your pistol out of your correct
grip is wrong, as it takes too long to get your pistol back into
your shooting grip.  I now teach holding your pistol in a compressed
ready position and pivoting at the elbows to point the pistol down at
the ground in front of you.  The elbows, not the wrists.  You must
keep your wrists straight to have a strong grip.
     This is better than holding your pistol at a cheek index,
because it does not block your field of view and does not have
your pistol up by your head for everyone to see and fear. 

Appendix Carry . . . Thousands of Thugs Can’t be Wrong! by Greg Ellifritz
     "If your chest is larger than your waist . . ."
[You have to see Greg to understand this.  Most of us normal people have a
waist that is larger than our chests.]
     "There is also a very real danger of killing yourself
if you have an accidental discharge while drawing or holstering."
[Ya, I would say that's a big downside.]
     Here is the problem.  What's the probability of a light bulb burning out
in a given day?  Very small, near zero.  Will probably not happen.  In a high
rise building with tens of thousands of light bulbs, what's the probability
that a light bulb will burn out in a given day?  Very large, near one.  So,
if you're running a big gun school, training hundreds of people every week,
in a year you will almost certainly have someone shoot himself.  That's why
most of the big gun schools (military, law enforcement, and civilian) forbid
appendix carry.
     Shit . . . Millions of flies can't be wrong.

Our Guide To Improving Your Carry Optics Scores by Chris Christian
     No front sight focus, all target focus.  This is a game changer.
     Newer sights have larger windows so you won't lose the red dot in the
window when moving while shooting.  This is a big deal.

by Steve Moses quoting Spencer Keepers

Video: Perfect stance vs. odd angles . . . which is faster? by Mike Ox
     What is your range of motion?  It's good to know this before the combat
     "I thought I could reach that position to engage the target.  I guess I
couldn't.  Oops!"  Well, in a match it's "Oops", in combat it's . . .

Visual Speed: Key To Success In Practical Shooting by John B. Holbrook, II
     ". . . You have to train your brain to process visual (and tactile) information
rapidly.  If you can process the information, you can make micro-sized adjustments
to be on target at speed.  Visual speed is the key to any practical shooting sport
     "If (this is a big if) your shooting fundamentals are solid, then increasing
your visual speed will be the lowest hanging fruit to improving your scores at
matches."  [If you've never had expert/professional training, your fundamentals
are not solid.  There is no such thing as a natural shooter.  -- Jon Low]
     John's method is to set a timer at a Grand Master par time, and then
practice to complete the drill before the timer goes off.  Of course, he
couldn't do it at first.  But, with practice, he was able to. 
     I have found the same to be true when trying to bat baseballs in a batting
cage.  The machine shoots the  ball over the plate at 90 mph.  At first you
don't even see it.  But, with practice, you see it; then you swing and miss;
then you swing and foul;  then you start getting good hits.  It's a matter
of acclimating to the event.  With practice (deliberate intentional practice),
you will get the hang of it, and you will succeed. 

Practice the Draw Stroke(s): There Are More than One
1-The Default Draw
2-Single-Handed Draw
3-Support-Hand Draw
4-Surreptitious Draw
     I agree.  I teach such in my Defensive Pistol course.

----- Tactics -----

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

     Kidnapping of local businessman and his son while stopped at an intersection. 
View the right hand side of the screen.  Later released after the family paid the
     Pay attention to what's going on around you.  When someone tries to box
you in, hit the gas and go!
     It is not reasonable to believe that the kidnappers will eventually release you.
As we learned in Tom Givens' class, from zero to 24 hours there is a 75% chance
the victims are dead.  After 24 hours there is a 100% chance the victims are dead. 
The errors in these probabilities are not statistically significant.

     If your granddaughter is kidnapped in your presence, you should take the
shot.  Yes, you might miss and kill your granddaughter.  But, if you let the bad
guy get away with her, she will be raped, tortured, and murdered.  You have to
believe that because it is statistically true.  A person's actions are based on
that person's beliefs.  So, it is essential you believe the truth, as opposed to
denying it. 
     You also have to believe that you can make the shot.  Your training and
practice will give you the confidence you need to make the shot.

When a Deranged Gunman Attacks . . . Terror Strikes the Local Shopping Mall
by Matthew Brockmann
     Transcript is below the video.

     Don't say things on the 911 call like, "I was just trying to warn him."
Because killing someone in self-defense is an intentional act.  If your
shooting him was not intentional, it's not self-defense.  If you kill someone
unintentionally it's reckless. 
     Lock your doors.  Forcing the bad guy to break something to get in
removes all the ambiguity.  Now there is no question of malice.

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

----- Education -----

"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin

Church Security Q&A by Michael Mann
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam

*****     *****     ***** 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

     I enthusiastically recommend Hocks Noise Braker.
They are ear plugs that allow normal hearing when worn and automatically block
damaging noise from gun fire and such.  A student gave me a pair.
I've used them for several years.  They work.  They are comfortable to the point
I forget I have them in my ears.  No electronics, so you don't have to replace
batteries.  They allow the passage of air, so changes in air pressure don't
affect them (or you).  No moving parts, so nothing to wear out.  Easily clean
with soap and water.
     A single pair is about $15.  The price drops to about $10 each when you order 10. 
The state of Oregon does not charge sales tax.
Made in the United States.  Veteran owned company.
     Hocks also makes "Custom" pairs molded to your ear canals.  But, I have no
experience with those.
     Nobody paid me to write this.  Nobody asked me to write this.  I didn't
pay for the ear plugs.  I got them as a gift from a student, not the manufacturer. 
[Because of my nature, I had to tear one apart to figure out how it works.  In my non-expert
opinion, the ear plug is a multi flange design with a hollow central core that uses a
ceramic acoustic baffle to block loud noise.  But, I only had an under grad level physics
class in acoustics.]

Women’s Concealed Carry Holster Options by Jacob Paulsen
     Magnets instead of belt loops or hooks, so no belt required, that's pretty
cool.  JM4 Tactical
     Not just for women.

Practice Ammo Vs. Defensive Ammo — What You Need To Know by Dave Anderson
     I buy my ammunition by the case (1000 rounds) from online retailers
like Target Sports USA, as it is cheaper.  A lot of the guys at work buy
their ammo by the pallet from distributors, as it is much cheaper. 
     If you look around you will find small local manufacturers.  I always
believe in buying local.  For instance, Alpine ammo in Mount Juliet, TN is good. 
The small businesses appreciate you much more than the big corporations.

     Action Target is offering a 15% discount on all paper and cardboard targets.
Use promo code "PAPER15" at check out.

Another ambidextrous pistol, MASADA from IWI US,
the U.S.-based arm of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI).
MSRP $480

5 Essential Traits Every Carry Gun Needs by Joshua Gillem

Arthritis Tips: How to Load & Unload Semi-Autos by Dr. Joseph Logar, PT, DPT

“Your car is not a holster.” – Pat Rogers
Wear it or lock it up.

----- Technical -----

"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee

A Glossary of Gun Terms

Bullet Ballistics - Shooting Terms You Should Know by Joseph von Benedikt
     Well, no, the trajectory is not a parabola.  It would be if
one were shooting in a vacuum in a uniform gravitational field. 
But, on the surface of our planet, we have an atmosphere (hence air friction)
and a spherically radial gravitational field. 
     Doesn't matter much for pistols at pistol ranges (~7 yards).  Because,
when the line of sight intersects the trajectory (first crossing, the bullet is
going up as it crosses the line of sight) both curves are nearly straight lines. 
[Though it does matter at 25 yards.] 
     Matters for rifles at rifle ranges (~500 yards).  Because, when the trajectory
intersects the line of sight (second crossing, the bullet is going down as it
crosses the line of sight), the line of sight is a light line following the
curve of space due to the mass of the Earth, while the trajectory is a free fall
     Matters a lot for artillery at artillery ranges (~33,000 yards).  Even
fixed buildings are moving targets, because the Earth is rotating.  So, the
building has moved quite a bit between launch and impact.
(I actually graduated from a U.S. Army Forward Observer Artillery School
at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.  I served as a gun bunny in the Marine Corps. 
So, I've got some idea of what I speak.)

     My friend Libert O'Sullivan developed a cartridge.
It's designed for long range rifle shooting.

US Army Research Brings Tough Polymer to Low-Cost 3D Printers

The Extreme Danger of Squibs, Broken Guns — And Stuck Bullets! by Brad Miller
     "Can the gun cycle if the bullet doesn’t leave the barrel?
I had been under the impression the bullet had to exit in order
for there to be enough reciprocal rearward force to make the
slide move far enough back to cycle the gun.  I don’t know why
I thought that, but I did.  And I was wrong."
     "So, in three out of three incidents where the bullet was
stuck in the barrel, the gun cycled normally. This is as
dangerous as it gets." 
     So, if you get a blast of hot gas in your face or any sound
other than a bang, STOP!  You might have a bullet stuck in your

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

*****     *****     ***** 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

     I often run into the young military types who complain about how pussy
civilian training is.  I tell them, you have the wrong mindset to be an instructor
of civilians.  When you are more mature, more spiritually mature, and understand
how to teach little old ladies with arthritis, and actually want to teach such
people, then you may be ready to be an instructor in the civilian world.

     Instructors, may I suggest this drill?
With your student looking away, set up the magazine in his pouch to have several
live rounds, except for the second from the top, which should be a dummy round. 
Insert the magazine into the student's magazine pouch.
The pistol is set up with an empty chamber and a magazine with dummy rounds only. 
Insert the pistol into the student's holster.
     Have the student face the target down range and give the command to fire
two rounds into the center of mass.  Observe.  Do not comment.  When the string
of fire is completed, instruct the student to holster.  Ask the student what
he did and why.  (Does his statement have any resemblance to what he did?)
Discuss the following with the student --
     Did the student execute Immediate Action?  [Tap, Rack, Point (aim in, slack out)]
Or, did he Tap, Rack, Bang!
If so, did the student actually Tap?  (They often don't.) 
When, if ever, did the student decide to reload the pistol?
If so, was the reloading procedure correct?  Was it elegantly done?
Did the student get the final sight movie after the second shot? 
Did the student see the muzzle flash?  If not, he was closing his eyes.  (A common
problem.)  The bright orange muzzle flash is easily seen, even in broad daylight;
if the aiming eye is open.

     "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

----- Pedagogy -----

Teach positive.  Teach what to do.  Don't talk about what not to do.
-- John Farnam

     Pass out detailed notes and tell your students that everything you say will
be in the notes.  You want your students paying attention to you, not scribbling
in their notebooks.  They must be watching and listening to you, otherwise it's

An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented. 
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon

*****     *****     ***** Legal, Political, 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

"Murder charge dropped against woman (Amber Angelovic) in fatal Costa Mesa stabbing"
     Just because it's “straight self-defense.”  Doesn't mean the defender isn't going
to be "charged with murder and a sentencing enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon." 
And have to put up bail money and wait 3 years for the prosecutors to drop the case. 
Do you think anyone would hire her, have any business dealings with her, or even
socialize with her during the past 3 years? 
     Do you have the resources to satisfy a 1 million dollar bail?
     "Oh, but I would never have need of such resources, because I would never
put myself into such a situation in the first place." 
     If someone tried to rape and murder you, you would have done exactly what
Amber Angelovic did.  Criminals don't give you the option of not getting into the
situation in the first place.
     But, her 3 year nightmare was worth it.  Because if she hadn't stopped her attacker,
he would have raped and murdered her.  How do we know this?  Because the police
found evidence of the assailant's plan on his computer.
     Life is not fair.  But, it's survivable, if you choose to get the training. 
Which she did. 
     "Prosecutors said that believing she would be raped or killed,
Angelovic grabbed a knife she carried for her personal protection and
“engaged in a self-defense drill she learned in a self-defense class.” "
     Based on Derek Valentine's dossier, I speculate that if Angelovic had not
chosen to get the training, her body would never have been found.  There would
never have been a missing person report.  There would never have been an
investigation.  We learned in Tom Givens' class how many people in the U.S.
disappear every year.  In the context of these people not being counted
in the murder statistics.

Marxist Tyranny up North!
     Canada imposed gun registration.  Now they are using those lists to
implement gun confiscation.

Stand Your Ground Law Myths Debunked by Massad Ayoob
     Make sure to watch the video at the end of the article. 
Remember Jay Lewis.  Avoid ending up homeless and destitute,
by buying pre-paid legal services, examples of which are in
the two articles that follow.

Pre-paid legal services:
6 Concealed Carry Insurance Options To Protect Your Six (2019)
by Gun Digest Editors

Self-Defense Gun Owner Insurance Programs Compared
     This web page, the chart, and the PDF file are updated on a regular basis.

     Andrew Branca's info-graphic describing the 5 elements of the law of self defense.
Foundations: The 5 Elements of Self-Defense Law by Andrew Branca

     Andrew Branca will be teaching a live online "Law of Self Defense" class on
July 25th of 2020.

     If you vote in Delaware, please vote for Lauren Witzke,
Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate.
     My father was proud of the fact that he was a 3rd generation Republican
and always voted a straight Republican party ticket.  But, since his death,
he casts a straight Democrat ballot.

     Following a spate of infringements on Constitutional Rights in the wake of
the Coronavirus Pandemic, Louisiana Pro-Rights Representative and LSA Life
Member Blake Miguez (R, Dist. 49) has filed four pro-Gun bills that will
be heard in the House Criminal Justice Committee.
     House Bill 746 allows those who lawfully possess a firearm to carry
concealed for self-defense during a mandatory evacuation under a declared
state of emergency or disaster.
     House Bill 781 establishes that firearms and ammunition manufacturers,
distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers are “Essential Businesses”
that shall not be prohibited from conducting business during a declared
disaster or emergency. HB 781 further prevents law-abiding gun owners’ rights
from being infringed during proclaimed curfews.
     House Bill 140 prevents local authorities and municipalities from
imposing restrictions to prohibit the possession of a firearm.  Preemption
legislation is designed to stop municipalities from creating a patchwork
of different laws that turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal for
simply crossing a jurisdictional line.
     House Bill 334 authorizes a concealed handgun permit holder to carry
a concealed handgun in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other similar place
of worship.

"The Media Lynching of Gregory and Travis McMichael" by Mark at Practical Eschatology
     Police at the scene investigated and declined to arrest.  District Attorney
investigated and declined to prosecute. 
     NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) puts out
an alert asking their constituents to call the prosecutor's office to demand that
the two white men be prosecuted.  Thus, murder charges. 

After Action Analysis: Arbery Shoplifting Video: May 20, 2020 by Attorney Andrew Branca
    Three ways to bring in character evidence in a self-defense case. 
Kind of deep legal stuff.

     Our friend Andrew Branca has a list of links to articles on the
"Ahmaud Arbery Files" at

The Alexander Weiss Duty-to-Retreat Case
Part 2: Using Your Words Against You
by Shawn Vincent
     Yes, the actions of the government prosecutors do infringe on your First Amendment
right to free speech.  But, the U.S. Constitution does not say that your "right to
free speech shall not be infringed".  Only the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
has the verbiage
". . . the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Hidden Victory in Tossed Supreme Court Case by Dave Workman

NC sheriff says he won’t stop people from eating in restaurants despite pandemic rules
by Bailey Aldridge
     This is why it is essential to have locally elected sheriffs.

America’s Complex Relationship With Guns
An in-depth look at the attitudes and experiences of U.S. adults
by Kim Parker, Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Ruth Igielnik, J. Baxter Oliphant and Anna Brown

     "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
(the one we swore to uphold and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic)

*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, and such *****     *****     *****

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

Common Epitaph!
     "Seldom do police arrive while shots are still being fired!
No matter how fast the police response, the “incident” is almost
always over by the time police get there, and police are thus
not usually in a position to affect the outcome.
     Police arriving “in the nick of time” is mostly confined to movies!
     Accordingly, when you find yourself in such a dire circumstance,
the only person in a position to save your life will likely be you,
and only you. Having the heart, ability, and confidence to act
unhesitatingly and precisely, at the critical moment, will save your life,
and there is nothing else in the universe that can!"

“Be armed, or don’t be around me!”
-- Patton (paraphrased)

Trauma Medical Skills Survey
     Greg Ellifritz says, if you can't answer the questions,
your next class should be a medical class before a gun class.
I've taken classes where what they taught differed from
the "correct" answer is in this test.  So, be careful.

Willingness is a state of mind.  Preparedness (or lack thereof) is a fact.

*****     *****     ***** Basics *****     *****     *****

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

Range Etiquette For New Shooters By Joshua Gillem
     Actually, range Etiquette for all shooters.

All guns are always loaded: discussing the Four Rules of Gun Safety by Caleb Giddings
     Yes, critical thinking, not dogma. 

Proper Grip with Max Michel

*****     *****     ***** Miscellany *****     *****     *****

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

     Lots of neat posts.
Cornered Cat

     An interesting web site.

7 parts saltpeter (potassium nitrate KNO3)
5 parts brimstone (sulfur S)
5 parts charcoal (carbon C)
-- Roger Bacon 1260 A.D.
from "Epistalae de secretis operibus artis et naturae et de mullitate magial"
Of course, this requires grinding and sieving to ensure all particles are the
same size.  Good to know in case you can't find your favorite propellant at
the local gun store during the zombie apocalypse.

Shooting Sports USA

    A friend from work told me that when his mother died recently, her doctor
told my friend that she died from a heart attack.  But, the death certificate
listed the cause of death as Covid-19 virus. 

/* Random data from the HotBits radioactive random number generator */
unsigned char hotBits[55] = {
    118, 39, 130, 223, 173, 169, 227, 56, 141, 102, 251, 16, 64, 159, 206,
    153, 31, 91, 38, 2, 65, 254, 191, 105, 235, 66, 40, 24, 230, 21, 150,
    196, 234, 215, 139, 36, 227, 30, 10, 221, 213, 113, 159, 36, 78, 106,
    4, 110, 132, 201, 122, 136, 47, 16, 127

     Wow, I spent way too much time scrolling through this Facebook page.

     A young lady giggled at me during a conversation as she handed me
my dental appliances.  It made my day.  Ah, the little things in life. 

Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low

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