Saturday, November 24, 2018

CWP, 24 November 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

Audacity wins.
-- Carl von Clausewitz

Read this!  This is very important!
Montie’s Law of Self-Defense
"The most effective way to end a fight is not being there to begin with.
The second most effective way is to attack first."

     Helping others, defending others, is a good
and heroic thing to do.  But, if there were no
risk, it would not be heroic.  If there were no
risk, everyone would do it.  Why do so few people
do it?  Because the real risks are staggering.
     Forget about what happened to the bad guy. 
He was a worthless scum bag.  Focus on what
happened to the teenage boy, the hero.

Mindset: The Cooper Color Codes
". . . proportional deadly force . . ."
     [Legally speaking, force is either deadly or non-deadly. 
As then-General Colin Powell said, we want to win, so we
will use overwhelming force, not proportional force.
The context was speaking to a clueless journalist who was
complaining about how unfair it was that the big bad U.S.
was waging war on the weak innocent Iraq. -- Jon Low]

“Sheep don’t trust sheepdogs, any more than they trust wolves.”
-- Greg Hamilton

Going Armed
     ". . . instant access to deadly weapons
is still the difference between life and death."

“Never call an unarmed man ‘security’. ”
-- Dave Grossman

Upgrade Your Language: Four Words That Make You Weak

"Precision of language is precision of thought."
-- Prof. Edward Melkonian,
School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University

Everyday Carry: Everybody's Wrong

"Only those who risk going too far can
possibly find out how far one can go."
-- T.S. Elliot

***** Enemy Mindset *****

Complacency kills.

No Ordinary Violence
     Sam has been very kind to allow me to use his writings
in my NRA Defensive Pistol courses.

     “Success is not final, failure is not fatal,
it is the courage to continue that counts.”
     “Never, Never, Never Give Up.”
-- Winston Churchill

***** Safety *****

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

***** Training *****

    “When you aren’t skilled and confident,
you get scared and you over react.”
-- Greg Ellifritz

     Dr. Sherman House is offering some courses you may be interested in,

Deliberate Practice
     The primary source that Claude refers to:
The Beginner’s Guide to Deliberate Practice
     "Mindless activity is the enemy of deliberate practice.
The danger of practicing the same thing again and again
is that progress becomes assumed. Too often, we assume
we are getting better simply because we are gaining
experience. In reality, we are merely reinforcing our
current habits — not improving them."
     "Perhaps the greatest difference between deliberate
practice and simple repetition is this: feedback."
[This is why it is essential that you get with your
coach, and get on the SCATT at least once a week. 
Without feedback, you don't know what you are doing. 
You may think you know what you are doing, but you are
probably wrong.  The SCATT will tell you what you are
actually doing.  For instance, James thought he was
breathing normally in prone.  But, he wasn't breathing
at all.  It is very easy to deceive yourself, because
you are in a high stress situation.
-- Jon Low, Level 3 rifle coach USA Shooting]
     "One consistent finding across disciplines is that
coaches are often essential for sustaining deliberate
practice. In many cases, it is nearly impossible to
both perform a task and measure your progress at the
same time. Good coaches can track your progress, find
small ways to improve, and hold you accountable to
delivering your best effort each day."
     "Deliberate practice is not a comfortable activity.
It requires sustained effort and concentration. The people
who master the art of deliberate practice are committed
to being lifelong learners — always exploring and
experimenting and refining."

When to walk out of a class
     Ralph has contributed a great deal to our industry
over the years.
     Equally important for you instructors is when to
ask a student to leave your class.  Very hard to do
if you have taken money from the student.  If you haven't
decided on the triggers that will cause you to expel
a student, you never will.  And that would be tragic.
     When I taught at Front Sight, we regularly escorted
people off the range.  If the instructors are not
willing to remove unsafe people from your class, you
have to leave the class.

     Strategic Edge Gun Range was open for night shooting
last night (3 Nov. 2018 A.D. till 21:00 hours), so I
practiced my flashlight techniques and my left handed
flashlight techniques on a steel plate rack and a steel
     But before that, I shot as long as I could
in civil twilight to see how dark it had to be before:
1.  I could not positively identify my target.
2.  I could not clearly resolve my front sight from
my rear sight.
I lost the ability to identify my target long before
I lost the ability to resolve my front sight.  This is
a big problem.  Because one could confidently shoot at
unidentified blobs in low light conditions, convincing
oneself that it would be a good shoot because one could
aim correctly.  I had to re-emphasize rule 4, Be Sure
Of Your Target.  One of the reasons I was able resolve
my front sight in low light conditions was that machinist
Coach Hoffman had opened up my rear sight notch by
1/100th of an inch.  (This is important.  You need to
get this done on your sights, if you can't resolve your
front sight from your rear sight in low light conditions. 
If you are using tight target sights, you need to change
sights or get your rear sight opened up.  We are not
target shooting in pristine conditions. We are combat
shooting in adverse conditions.)
Putting tritium glow in the dark sights creates this
same problem, being able to aim long after you can no
longer identify your target.
     I found the Harries technique allowed me to aim
by silhouetting my sights against the bright target. 
I found the cheek index and crown index allow me to aim by
lighting up my sights.  Different sight pictures that
need to be practiced, because they don't necessarily
give you the same point of impact.  (I'm not sure why,
but I'm working on it.)
     I don't have a flashlight attached to my pistol
because it's just too easy to search with the flashlight
on the pistol, which violates rule 2, Never Let The
Muzzle Cover Anything You Are Not Willing To Destroy. 
You're going to use your flashlight a lot more than
your pistol, so it's best to have a hand held flashlight.
     Shooting with a flashlight in the other hand
is effectively one handed shooting.  So, you need to
practice one handed shooting, left and right.  Just
because you're right handed, does not mean you are
going to be right handed in combat.  (This goes for
knife fighting too.  If you find yourself in a fight
with a knife in your secondary hand, FIGHT!  Don't
attempt to transfer the knife into your primary hand. 
The transfer takes time and risks losing control
of the knife.  Which ever hand is not holding the
knife should be holding the front of your neck
protecting your carotid arteries.  Marines are called
Leathernecks because they wore a leather collar
around their necks to protect their carotid arteries.
The enemy knows that any attempt on your part to
transfer your knife between hands is an opportunity
to attack.)

Personal-Defense Preparation: Considering Worst-Case Scenarios

Equipment is not a proxy for skill
     This is why you have to train.  You have to be
the guy who gets the hit with the one and only
.22 caliber round that you have, and not the guy
who fired 15 rounds from an AR-15 and 12 rounds
from a .40-caliber pistol and missed every time
(Thus, he ended up dead from the .22 round.).

Gabe White . . . KING of the kydex SLAP!
     Sherman's review of Gabe's pistol class,
“Pistol Shooting Solutions”.

Why Do I Need Training?
     "Most of the skills and principles used with firearms
are contrary to our natural instincts, making it difficult
if not impossible to learn on your own. You’re gonna have
to get some training from a professional instructor."

10 Right Things To Do For CCW
"Don’t use real guns, regardless of how much you’ve “unloaded” them!"
     [Reminds me of of what Prof. Alday said, "Zero is less than
one, even for very large values of zero."  It wasn't a joke. 
It was a measure theory class.  You add up the lengths of the
points (measure zero) in the interval from zero to one and you
get the non-zero length of one.  So, if you add enough (uncountably
infinite) zeros, you can get a non-zero sum.  Such is the
counter-intuitive world of infinite sets.]

     A friend told me that he was training to shoot with
both eyes open.  I asked him how that was working for him. 
He said that he was hitting off to the left.  [He is shooting
right handed (which does not necessarily mean he is right
handed) and he believes he is right eye dominant.  But, we
did not do an eye dominance test, as it was just a casual
conversation in church.]  I explained to him that the shots
that go off to the left are because he is shooting at the
target image from his left eye.  I told him to close his
left eye when shooting, just for the fraction of a second
when he releases the shot, to ensure he is aiming at what
he thinks he is aiming at.  He said that his instructor
was a Navy SEAL (My friend is a Navy veteran and reveres
the SEALs.  Having been a Marine and having worked in the field
with SEALs, I avoided saying anything disparaging about
his friend.) and the instructor said to keep both eyes
open all the time. 
I said that an appeal to authority is not legitimate pedagogy. 
I asked him to stick out his thumb at arms length. 
Focus on a distant target.  How many thumbs do you see? 
Focus on your thumb.  How many targets do you see? 
If you close your non-aiming eye, you eliminate this problem. 
Remember Murphy's Law, "Anything that can go wrong,
will go wrong, at the worst possible time." 
So, when you are in combat, your eye dominance will change. 
So, you have to close your non-aiming eye when you are
releasing the shot.  You can keep both eyes open the rest
of the time.

Sheriff's Tips: Don't Drop Your Guard
     Always carry your concealed pistol in the same

Ask for help.
     My pastor told us of Steve Jobs (of Apple Computer fame). 
When he was a child (12 years old or so), he heard of the Hewlett
Packard computer company.  So, he looked up Bill Hewlett in the
phone book and called him.  Jobs asked Hewlett for parts, because
Jobs was trying to build a frequency counter.  Hewlett was
impressed, and offered Jobs a job at HP.  That's how Jobs got
his training, experience, and parts.
     "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who
asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who
knocks, the door will be opened."
-- Matthew 7:7-8, New International Version (NIV)
     If you think you can learn this defensive pistol craft
stuff all by yourself, you are wrong.  You have to ask for
help.  You'll probably have to pay for that help.  But, that's
okay, everyone has to eat, even firearms instructors.
     Many of the wise-men have died:  Jeff Cooper, Louis Awerbuck,
Pat Rogers, . . .
     So, get your training while you can.  Instructors don't teach

      Cold weather practice - I went to the range (a private
club) to practice in cold weather.  Getting to my pistol buried
under my shirt and jacket was quite a feat.  But, as with
anything you practice, it gets smoother and faster with deliberate
     I found that my thick leather gloves (military issue or
gardening type) did not work with my pistols.  (They worked
okay with my AR-15 type rifles.)  I found that thin synthetic
or kid (baby goat) skin gloves worked. 
     Not wearing gloves in cold weather is a mistake.  Your
hands will get numb.  You will lose fine motor coordination. 
When you touch or hold metal objects, the heat transfer will
be efficient, causing your hands to get cold fast.
     You must wear a hat.  Girlfriend knitted ski caps with
floppy ears are cute.  And the cuter you look, the less you
look like a threat.  Remember, when the bad guy starts shooting,
he's going to shoot the threats first.  That's why you never
open carry.  Not even at Tennessee Firearms Association meetings
at Golden Corral (I love that place.  They give us veterans
free food on Veteran's Day.).  While the bad guy is shooting
the open carriers, you will have the opportunity to leave,
move to cover, or shoot the bad guy.  So, open carry does
have its purpose.

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

***** Tactics *****

". . . personal defense is a lifestyle, not a hobby."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson

Get Off the X: Exiting & Equalizing in a Fight

***** Techniques *****

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

Sneaky Draw
     "Moving one hand slowly and even using the free hand
as a distraction will go a long way." 
     [Magicians use distraction and misdirection all the time
to deceive their audience.  Remember, inattentional blindness;
the bad guy will not see what he is not paying
attention to. -- Jon Low]

Concealed Carry Corner: Concealment Defined
     "It is also essential that we are self-aware at all times.
This is the key to mastering concealment. Being self-aware
requires that we scrutinize everything about ourselves. If we
are unable to scrutinize ourselves then we will not be able
to be honest to ourselves. This honesty is required for us
to conceal from knowledgeable parties that are actively
searching. Concealment is managing the perception others
have of you. It is impossible to be invisible, but it is
possible to be dismissible. Blending in and looking like
any other person is required for true concealment."

Former CIA Chief Explains How Spies Use Disguises | WIRED
     This video is all about how to be the grey man.  The one no one
notices.  Ms. Mendez says women can disguise as men, but men
cannot disguise as women.  This is an important truth to understand.
Political correctness has no place in our business.

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

Using Your Gun In Extreme Close Quarters: Why Does it Matter?
     No criminal is going to attempt to mug you from across
the parking lot.  They are going to be up close before they
reveal their intentions.  Practicing with your firing side
elbow pulled as far back as it will go and the bottom of your
pistol grip pressed against your ribs, is practicing for a high
probability event.  Practicing shooting at 25 yards, is
practicing for a low probability event.

Israeli Carry’s Fatal Flaw: A Case Study
     You have to carry your pistol loaded (round in the chamber),
because you won't have time to load your pistol.  You have to
carry your pistol on your body, because you won't have time
to get your pistol.

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

***** Gear *****

See Through Suppressor in Super Slow Motion
(110,000 frames per second)

Shooting THROUGH Trees!
     Dustin does the experiments for us.
Can't argue with empirical data.

     If you are reading this blog, you are obviously a reader. 
But, if you have friends who are watchers (as opposed to
readers) you could direct them to this video.  It explains
why negligent discharges with the Blackhawk SERPA holster
are a design issue, not a training issue. 
The Serpa Holster is Hot Garbage | Active Self Protection Extra
     Those of you who have been reading this blog
for a while have read the Federal Law Enforcement
Training Center and Department of the Interior letters
forbidding the SERPA holster and explaining why.  If
you have not read these documents, send me an email
and I will send them to you.

Keep Your Carbine Running: Dispelling Lubrication and Cleaning Myths
     "If you want to hang with the big boys, you need to understand
the basics completely, receive good initial training, practice,
and regularly take more advanced training.  Have proper
cleaning protocol and use sufficient lubrication.  Do periodic
maintenance and replace wear items.  Anything else is just
wasting time — and perhaps lives."

Some Basic Tools to Maintain Your Firearm
My comments: 
     "Patches, or clean squares of cotton cloth, . . . "
are fine as long as they don't have any lint.  Lint build
up can foul trigger mechanisms.  Turn your pockets inside
out.  See that lint ball?  That's what's building up in
your trigger mechanism if you don't clean it regularly. 
No, you don't have to take the trigger apart (leave that
to the gunsmith).  Just use a can of WD-40 with the red
plastic tube to spray out the innards of the trigger
and then use compressed air to blow out all the gunk and
excess cleaner and lubricant.  (Keep your cans of
compressed air away from junkies.  They will huff
your compressed air.)  WD-40 is a cleaner.  It is not
a lubricant.
     You can also use paper coffee filters as patches. 
They are clean (sanitary, not sterile) and don't have
any lint.
     The modern modular pistols allow you to take the
firing mechanism (the only part with a serial number
on it) out of the frame without tools (Sig Sauer P320,
Ruger American, etc.).  Don't do this. 
All kinds of springs and pieces will come off, and
you'll have a hard time finding them, much less
re-assembling them correctly.  Leave it to the gunsmith.
If you're using a punch, you're going too far.
     Dis-assembling your pistol in a clear plastic bag
will prevent the loss of springs and small pieces.  Yes,
some pistols are badly designed and small pieces will
go flying off into space when you dis-assemble.

Walther Arms PPS M2 Voluntary Safety Recall

Who dares wins.
-- motto of the Special Air Service

***** 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."

WWDLD? (What Would Dave Landis Do?)
     "Lead by example."
[Actually, all leadership is by example.  You either set a good
example or a bad example.  The choice is yours. -- Jon Low]

Clint Smith's take, on instructors doing demos for the students

     I think instructors should demo every operation for the
students.  The students need to have a visual example to
copy.  Not just in form, but also in timing.  What is the
rhythm of this operation?  At what speed is it reasonable to
perform this operation?
     The instructor may need to demonstrate after the student
has tried it a few times, because only then will the student
know what to look for in the instructor's demonstration. 
Remember Inattentional Blindness, if the student doesn't know
what to pay attention to, he won't see it.

How to Introduce Senior Citizens to Shooting

     I always teach the fundamentals, because much of what
my students know is false. 
     Andrew Branca says some of his students do not come
to him with zero knowledge.  They come to him with -20 knowledge. 
     Your students have learned from ignorant people they
associate with, movies, TV shows, the internet, incompetent
instructors, etc.  Not all veterans are competent to teach
our subject.  Not all police are competent to teach our subject. 
Not all certified instructors are competent to teach
our subject.  Sorry, but that's just the truth. 
     So, you have to teach the fundamentals.

     Jay Hafemeister says,
"There’s a Ron White joke about being thrown out of a bar
by multiple bouncers.  He didn’t know how many bouncers
it was going to take to throw him out, but he knew how
many there were.
     I have a pretty reasonable expectation that I’ll never
again have to draw a pistol in response to a deadly threat.
If I do draw it, I probably won’t have to fire it.
If I do have to fire the pistol, it’ll probably only need
to be fired once or twice.
     If I could get someone to carry, train, and practice
with a .22lr Ruger LCR they’d be fairly well prepared for
the vast majority of the deadly force encounters most
civilians will face.
     I’d rather see them carry a Glock 17 or 19 type
pistol like I do. But . . . "

Lessons Learned as a Professional Instructor
     ". . . knowing a subject and teaching a subject are
two vastly different animals."
     "If you are an instructor and you care about what you do,
FOLLOW THIS ADVICE. I guarantee that if you actually use all
of it, when you walk in to begin class you'll be confident.
You will KNOW your classroom is setup. You will KNOW everything
works. And you will KNOW if something goes wrong, it's beyond
your control and you won't stress about it. You will have
mastered your content. Your classes will flow smoothly. You
have anticipated any questions that might come up and you
know how to answer them.
     Ultimately, take pride in your craft. Master it.
Own everything that you put your name on." 

     [Even though the title of my classes may be the same,
I have never been able to teach the same class, because
the students are always drastically different.  I have
never been able to predict what we will be doing at 13:00
on Thursday, because I have always had the policy that
"We will go as fast as the slowest person in the class." 
-- Jon Low]

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

***** Pedagogy *****

     If you are helping someone and
expecting something in return,
you are doing business, not kindness.

     "You don't have to memorize formulae. 
Because you can always derive them from
first principles." 
-- Prof. Sven Hartman, Physics Department, Columbia University
     Yes, as a matter of fact this does apply to us. 
Teach first principles.  Let the student derive
tactics based on the principles and the situation. 
     Don't teach situation specific tactics.  Because
your student will default to them, rather than relying
on first principles to decide what to do.
     "But, preprogrammed responses are faster.  We don't
have time to analyze during the fight." 
     That's only true if you're the bad guy.  The good
guy has a duty to think.  Which includes, but is not
limited to, the safety rules.
     Yes, combat is a very difficult, complex, and
intellectual endeavor, for the good guy.
     "Thinking is the hardest thing a person can do. 
That's why so few people do it." -- Henry Ford (founder
of the company that did not take government bailout money.)

"We are what we repeatedly do. 
Excellence is not an act. 
It is a habit." 
-- Aristotle

***** Education *****

“That nation is surest to live in peace,
that is most capable of making war;
and a man with a sword always by his side,
shall have least occasion to make use of it.”
-- John Trenchard

Oral Histories: Massad Ayoob
     "I don’t teach “keep it simple Stupid” cause it ain’t
simple, you ain’t stupid, and basically the more tools you
have the better you’re gonna be . . . the more techniques
you’re going to know . . . the better practitioner and
diagnostician you’re gonna be."
     "Essentially the single thing I’d have to say is sighted fire."
     "I think the labels are important."

[As I tell my students,
precision of language is precision of thought.
-- Jon Low]

Revisiting the "21-Foot Rule"
     However, research of actual OIS (Officer Involved Shootings)
incidents has shown that officers can only accurately hit
their moving assailants 14% of the time in life-or-death
situations from distances of only two to 10 feet.  On the
other hand, assailants were able to successfully engage
and hit officers 68% of the time within those same distances.
     [Think about why this is so, in high stress combat situations. 
It's hard to hit a moving target when you are stationary. 
It's extremely difficult to hit a stationary target when
you're moving.  It's effectively impossible to hit a moving
target while you are moving . 
     Unlike the bad guy, you have a duty to avoid hitting
the bystanders.  So, you should be shooting from a
stationary position.  Hopefully, from behind cover. 
If no cover exists, from the lowest position you can use. 
-- Jon Low]

     Erik Tweedt posted videos of a squib load firing
and a video of the recovered cartridge
     Note that the bullet did not leave the case.  Rather,
the gasses escaped through the primer hole.

Spreading Lies
     [The reason you have to be able to shoot tight groups
in training and the reason you have to practice to get into
the habit of shooting tight groups, is because in a high
stress situation your groups will open up quite a bit. 
-- Jon Low]

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

Civil War happens when the victimized are armed.
Genocide happens when they are not!
-- A.E. Samaan

The Azana Day Spa Shooting
     Lessons learned:
Gun-free-zones are not safe.
Restraining orders and protection orders don't stop bad guys from killing you.
Sometimes it takes the police 6 HOURS to get to you.
You'll bleed to death in 3 minutes.  STOP THE BLEEDING! 
You'll suffer brain damage from lack of oxygenated blood
to the brain in 6 minutes.  START CPR!
Suffocation takes a bit longer.  START MOUTH TO MOUTH RESUSCITATION!
You've got to practice, so you can get that tourniquet on in 30 seconds.
You have to have a tourniquet.

Good Guys Win

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

A List of States That Allow Concealed Guns on Campus

Sunny Italy!
Excerpt: (paraphrased)
In September 2018 A.D., Matteo Salvini, a daring, pro-gun, pro-police,
pro-freedom populist, and Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister,
engineered legislation that eased Italy’s gun laws,
de-restricting military small arms and made it possible
for Italian citizens to own them.  He also changed
the legal definition of self-defense, making criminal
prosecutions of citizens who bravely defend themselves
from violent criminals, less likely.  Citizens are
enthusiastically responding by applying for licenses,
and buying guns, at a record, and accelerating, pace!

ATF Inconsistencies Does Not Pass Muster In Court – This Is Not A Stock

Sixty-seven defensive gun uses by people legally
carrying guns in public over the past three months

Company gives guns to all its employees for
a 'unique and memorable' Christmas gift

     Some legal opinions -

THE GUN LAWYER - Criminal Gun Defense
Excerpt:  (paraphrased)
     After the use of lethal force in self-defense,
Don't say anything. (Think about the condition you are
going to be in.)  Everything you say will be used against you.
     When you are able to sit calmly with your attorney
and discuss the matter, then you can decide what to
say to the police.
     Cops are trained not to say anything after an officer
involved shooting.  This is policy in every police department. 
So, why in the world would you say anything?
     [Guns and guitars, yeah!]

Massacre at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California
was in another Gun-free zone: 12 murdered, 18 injured
     Statistically speaking, all mass murders occur in gun-free-zones. 
Why?  Two reasons: 
1.  In any place with armed citizens, the bad guy is immediately
stopped.  So, there is no mass murder.  So, there is no report
of a mass murder.
2.  Criminals may or may not be crazy, but they are not stupid. 
The criminal is going to choose to attack in a gun-free-zone
so he doesn't get hurt.
     The purpose of gun-free-zones is to create unarmed victims
for armed criminals to prey upon.  This is the evil that the
Bible warns us about.  Jesus tells us to carry sidearms,
book of Luke 22:36.

VIDEO: Armed bystander backs down DV stabbing suspect at Seattle Center
     Defense of others ain't easy.

Concealed Carry Handgun Laws By State

Where is it Legal to Carry a Concealed Handgun in TN?

“Totalitarian states can do great things,
but there is one thing they cannot do:
     They cannot give a rifle to a factory-worker,
and then tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom.
That rifle, hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or
laborer’s cottage, is The symbol of Democracy!
     It is our job to see that it stays there!”
-- George Orwell

***** Survival Tips *****

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

“Unarmed” Police?
     Why were 6 police officers in the night club
unarmed?  Because the night club was a gun-free-zone. 
All mass murders occur in gun-free-zones.  Criminals
may be crazy, but they are not stupid.  Gun-free-zones
create unarmed victims for armed criminals to prey
upon.  Rush Limbaugh mentioned the non-mass-murder
at the McDonalds in Alabama last week.  No reports
in the liberal media, because the father (who was
there with his two sons) immediately shot the
masked man (who burst into the McDonalds and started
shooting at people).  No mass murder, therefore no news
reports.  Mass murders do not occur where armed
citizens exist.  Gun-free-zones are stupid places. 
Don't go to stupid places.  Don't send your children
into stupid places.  No, you don't have to send
your children to government schools.  You can send
your kids to private schools (scholarships exist if
you ask for them).  You can home school your kids. 
(You don't have to do it yourself.  You can get
together with like minded parents and take turns
teaching, going on field trips, and such.)

You May Be Strong . . . But Are You Tough?
Think Positive
     Most of us have an internal monologue going on in our heads,
telling our own story. How this sounds depends on our view
of ourselves and external stimuli. If you’ve always been
good at schoolwork, you might envision yourself as “smart,”
but maybe not “strong” or “charming.”
     The thing is, these definitions are mostly arbitrary.
Anyone who works hard enough at academics can do well in school,
and anyone who trains hard enough can do well in sports.
Whether or not we are willing and able to push ourselves hard
enough to do well often depends on that internal story.
     So, the simple solution is to only accept positive self-talk.
This is a common tactic of the super-successful, and is standard
fare in such personal development classics as Dale Carnegie’s
"How to Win Friends and Influence People", Napoleon Hill’s
"Think and Grow Rich", and Stephen R. Covey’s
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People".
     [In Marine Corps boot camp in 1981, we never used hot
water when taking a shower.  My son tells me that when he
went through boot camp in 2008, they only had hot water a
couple of times to prevent hypothermia. -- Jon Low]

     This link is to Greg Ellifrizt's
"Weekend Knowledge Dump - November 23, 2018"
     Please read the article,
"Florida Deputies Had Difficulty Remembering Mass-Shooter Training"
and Greg's comments.  This is reality.  The police are not capable of rescuing
your children at their school.  They never have been.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines

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

***** Basics *****

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

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

***** Miscellany *****

     For the latest version (it changes almost daily)
of my lesson plans for my NRA Defensive Pistol course,
send me an email.

Few tyrants argue for 'slavery of the masses.'
Instead, they argue for the power to
'protect people from themselves.'
-- AE Samaan


Jonathan D. Low

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