Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CWP, 30 June MMXX Anno Domini

Hi Sheepdogs,

“Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form,
will insure liberty and happiness for an dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788

Bad behavior, not ethnicity, is the problem! by John Farnam

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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

Words of Wisdom
     I have read the book that Greg refers to, “In the Name of Self Defense” by Mark MacYoung.
If you're going to use weapons, you'd better be able to handle the stress. 
Over reacting or under reacting is tragic.
     "I was in fear for my life." does not make the use of lethal force
legal if the 5 principles are not in place.  (Innocence, Imminence, Avoidance,
Proportionality, Reasonableness)
     If you're going to command crew served weapons, even more so. 
"I was following orders." is not an excuse when the order was illegal. 
You have to know the difference.  Because there are a lot of officers who
fit Greg’s description,
     "Most American men haven’t been punched since grade school, if ever. 
They’ve never been attacked or been in a street fight.  They’ve never
studied a combat sport where punches are thrown.  They have exactly ZERO
experience being hit."
     They have zero combat experience, and yet they command from behind
their desks. 

Ezekiel 33:3-4 - "Then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning
and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head."

     The guys that are reluctant to kill a bad guy, or who think your life is
now ruined by having to take a life are fools and should never be in Police,
Military, or Security service, and they certainly do not belong in a group
tasked with protecting anyone.  [Especially church security teams. -- Jon Low]

CCW: Expect the Unexpected by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     . . . We can’t predict when bad things are going to happen and we can’t predict
where they are going to happen.  If a person has gone to the trouble to get trained
and obtain a carry license, he should carry that gun whenever and wherever he can
legally do so.  It’s just the smart thing to do. 

Dating and Your Gun by Carrie Lightfoot
     This is in the mindset section, because there are many
decisions you will have to make before going on the date. 
     I once went on a date, where the lady hugged me and said in mock surprise,
"Oh, you're armed too!"  I said, yes, where are you carrying?  (noticing her
tight dress and diminutive clutch).  She just smiled. 
     Later I discovered her holster between her thighs supported by her garter
belt holding a Walther PPK.  Yes, she had twiggy legs and a large thigh gap. 
     When I mentioned this carry option in a class, one of my students told me that
she could never have made that work for her.  Everyone is different.
      [I know "clutch" does not appear in most dictionaries.  But, if you look in a
scholarly dictionary such as American Heritage, you will see it in the 7th definition. 

FIENDE LYSSNAR or, in English, The enemy is listening!
-- Ray Harvey

Learning To Carry; Same Gun, Same Place, Everyday by Kelly Pidgeon of Armed & Feminine
     That’s where the mindset comes in.  You have to get to a point
where you don’t feel right unless you have [your pistol] on you.

Stockpiling Ammunition: A Thorough Approach by Justin
     "Most people assume that things will mostly be good, mostly forever." 
     ". . . realize that bad things happen."
     "Riots in the streets or a pandemic are just two far-fetched scenarios I can imagine."
     "Remember, as I mentioned before: high-quality isn’t just about the
fancy bullet in the end of that cartridge. It is also about high-quality powder,
primers, waterproofing, quality control, etc."
     [When my company issued me a Glock 22, they also issued me 45 rounds of ammo
(Winchester Ranger in 40 cal. S&W) to fill up the three 15-round magazines. 
The ammo was old and beat up.  So, I bought a box of 50 rounds and shot up the
old ammo.  They all functioned fine.  But, my confidence is much higher now
with new ammo. 
     Note that the author, Justin, uses the word "regulated" the way our Founding
Fathers used the word in the 2nd Amendment.  "Regulated" does not mean
"to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.", rather it means
"to adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation"; Random House Dictionary. 
The English language, which is definded by common usage (a technical term),
changes with time.  So, documents must be read in the context of their time. 
To do otherwise, causes misinterpretation. 
     I keep 1000 rounds of .223 ball ammo (because if you're using it for defense
you'll probably have to punch through barriers, just my experience) for my rifle. 
I keep 5000 rounds (because I've shot a 1000 rounds in a 2-day course and often
do 4-day courses) of 45 ACP full metal jacket round nose and 500 rounds of hollow
point for my pistols.  I have standardized on these two calibers so I don't have
to stockpile several different calibers of ammo.
     I generally ask those that I am teaching to supply their own ammo. 
     Justin recommends air tight containers for storage.  I find gallon size
Zip Lock freezer bags work fine.  Hey, if they are good enough for the weed
dealers, they're good enough for me.
-- Jon Low]

The 'magic wand' is INSANE!
A hammer can be an unforgettable magic wand . . .
-- Jay Sankey
[Some people think their pistol is a magic wand. -- Jon Low]

The Three S Test by Dave Spaulding of Handgun Combatives
     Anyone who has ever had to face an armed assailant, whether it’s on the battlefield,
in an arrest situation, or on the street while trying to mind your own business,
will tell you that having confidence in one’s combative skills offers a peace of mind
that cannot be taken for granted. 
     History has shown us that it’s not necessarily the person with the fastest draw or
the ability to shoot tight groups that will win a gunfight.  The person that will
prevail is the one that is more ruthless, has no reservation to take a shot,
will go “toe-to-toe” with an opponent, will not hesitate when the fight starts. 
The fact is this is not most people. 
     Never base a decision on how to deal with an armed opponent by applying your
logic, feelings, or background. 
     No one teaches something because they think it is stupid, thus it is up to the
student to separate the solid information from the garbage. 
1.  Is the technique being taught simple to execute or perform? 
2.  Does it make sense?  . . . if the instructor cannot tell you why he teaches
something, that should tell you something! 
3.  Is it street proven?  . . .  While Airsoft or Simunitions training is excellent,
it is not a real fight so I don’t rate things seen in such training the same as
actual combat. 

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

Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety

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

----- Training -----

“You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.”
from Principles of Personal Defense by
Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)

Terrorism Prevention for Security Professionals (Free seminar)
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Fellowship Bible Church
1210 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027

Carjacking Defense - July 18 - 9am-1pm - Mount Juliet, TN
$50 seminar

Winning Habits On the Range by H.Q. Moody
     If you don't have all these resources, ask your coach.  If you don't have
a coach, get a coach.  You need help with the analysis; nobody can do it by
himself.  So, ask your coach for help with the analysis. 

     Paintball games can lead to training scars, because you are not desperately
seeking cover, because you don't fear getting hit.  Similarly for force-on-force
training with Simunitions.  Especially so for IPSC and IDPA games.  So, you have
to train yourself to aggressively seek cover, to aggressively move to cover. 
As John Holschen says, "You win gunfights by not getting shot."  In the games,
you win by hitting the enemy, which is entirely different; different mindset,
different tactics. 
     In the mid 1990's, I was shooting an indoor IDPA match in San Jose, CA. 
I had recently been through some training, so I immediately went prone.  The Safety
Officer stopped everything and told me that I could not go prone, because they
were afraid of lead on the floor.  (And they had never seen anyone go prone in
an IDPA match and the behavior was freaking them out.)  Games are to be played
by the rules and conventions.  Combat is not. 
     In foil fencing, attack distance is advance-lunge distance.  This is a
convention.  You won't find it in the rules.  You have to take a training
course for judges to learn this convention (if your coach didn't teach you). 
So, the first fencer to start extending his sword arm with point in line,
at or within this distance has the right of way, has the attack, has priority. 
Not so in epee, which is a much closer simulation to combat.  In epee,
whoever hits first, scores.  The machine determines who hit first. 
So, you don't really need a judge in epee fencing.  Can you see why it is
so difficult to fence both foil and epee in the same tournament?  One has
to change one's mindset to accommodate the change in rules and conventions. 
     Engaging in combat with the rules and conventions of the square range
is bad.  As Sara Ahrens says, "Be careful what you practice.  Because you
will do in combat whatever you have practiced, no matter how ridiculous." 

"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

Post Engagement Part II: Calling 9-1-1 by Justin
     Of course, you can read Andrew's book,
     The first part of this article is at
Post-Engagement, Part I: Search & Assess by Justin

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

Is My Firearms Trainer Wrong?
     You should ask your prospective firearms instructor for a copy of his
insurance policy.  If he doesn't have insurance, it might mean he can't get
     You should ask your prospective firearms instructor for his training
record to see his pedigree. 
     You should ask your prospective firearms instructor who has certified
him as a firearms instructor.  An NRA certification is fine, but in general
their standards are low.  Only the Advanced Pistol Instructor certification
required advanced private training beyond what the NRA offers, letters from
instructors whom the applicant has taken classes from, and a list of the
applicant's student's contact information to allow the NRA Instructor Staff
to vet the applicant. 
     Every instructor development course is different.  Some have written
tests.  Some have shooting tests.  Some have you give the class a lecture
to evaluate your presentation skills.  Some have you teach another student
to evaluate your teaching skills.  Some schools only teach students, and
do not certify instructors.  The larger gun schools that have been around
for a while train instructors, because they need instructors in the pipeline
because their instructors retire, resign to start their own schools, or
leave for any number of reasons.  Any business will have a certain turn
over of employees. 
     The products of a gun school are their students who graduate from
the school.  The graduates reflect on the school.  Even more so, the
graduates that they have certified as instructors.  So, when you see someone
shooting competently, ask him where he was trained.  If you like an instructor's
style of teaching, ask him where he was trained. 
     John Farnam prices his classes high, because he is at a stage of life
where he wants to restrict his classes to serious students.  Of course,
there are a lot of rich people who are not serious.  Who are just looking
for the experience, as a golf resort.  You'll find a lot of such people
at Front Sight.  My mission is to teach the little old ladies with arthritis
living in small towns or rural communities, where the Sheriff's response time
is 2 hours.  So, I don't charge a lot, and I will often supply all of the
equipment.  Which is often needed, even if the student has all of their own
equipment.  Real training is where the student learns that what he has
does not work.  A lot of stuff on the market won't stand up to the abuse
of training, much less combat.  You have to decide a lot of things before
you buy eqipment. 
"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner

Good Luck Comes With Good Training by SGM Kyle Lamb [Ret.]
Excerpt:  (paraphrased)
. . . so do everything as fast as you possibly can,
then slow down [your trigger press] and make your shots count.

----- Practice -----

     You have to be lucky to win.  And the more you practice,
the luckier you get.
-- Col. Lones Wigger (my hero), August 25, 1937 - December 14, 2017

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

"The real value of training and practice isn't gaining technical competence,
it's achieving confidence in your abilities."
-- Claude Werner the Tactical Professor

     "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

Scan and Assess by CWO Pat Rogers
     ". . . shoot him to the ground."
[You need to be real careful about this.  I know it's taught at police academies
and gun schools.  But, shooting the bad guy after he is no longer a threat is
murder. -- Jon Low]
     "Remember that practice does not make perfect — it makes permanent."
     "Restricting your shooting to that square range means those square range
TTPs [Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures] will be all you know."

The Trigger Finger Magazine Release by Massad Ayoob
     This is why it is so important to have an ambidextrous magazine release,
not just a reversible mag release.  And following that logic, that's why it
is so important to have a completely ambidextrous pistol. 

Should Concealed-Carry Rookies Appendix Carry? by Jeff Johnston

"Wheelgun Wednesday: One-Handed Revolver Reload – Revisited" by Doug E
Previous article cited in the above article,
"Wheelgun Wednesday: One-Handed Revolver Drills" by Doug E
     The difficulty of these operations is why I do not recommend revolvers. 
But, knowing how to perform these operations is important, because you may
pick up a revolver in combat and the ammunition for the revolver may be on
the dead body lying next to you (Hey, stranger things have happened.). 

AK Emergency Reload - Method #5 and #6 with Polenar Tactical!
     This video does not appear to be on Polenar Tactical Media web page,
I guess it got reposted by  AK Operators Union, Local 47-74.  But,
Polenar Tactical knows about this post because they posted in the
comments section. 
     Eric Lawrence taught this technique with pistol decades ago. 

Proper Thumb Positions with Massad Ayoob - Master Class Ep. 17

Shooting With Both Eyes Open by Kevin Creighton
     Yes, you need binocular vision.  Yes, you need peripheral vision.  The
problem is that if you shoot using the non-dominant-eye sight picture, the
right-eyed shooter will impact way off to the left, and the left-eyed shooter
will impact way off to the right.  Murphy's Law says that you will be using
the wrong sight picture, because, especially in high stress situations,
anything that can go wrong will go wrong.  So, you must eliminate the
possibility of shooting at the wrong image by closing your non-dominant eye
at the moment prior to releasing the shot.  In a high stress situation your
eye dominance may change.  All kinds of strange things happen under stress. 
"High stress" is not an IDPA match where no one is shooting at you.  High
stress is when you urinate on yourself, defecate on yourself, vomit, shake
uncontrollably, and maybe faint.  Training and practice, especially
visualization, can mitigate these occurences, maybe. 
     It's nice that people like Mr. Creighton write articles for our
community, but bear in mind his background. 

How to Draw a Gun From a Wheelchair by Dr. Joseph Logar, PT, DPT

     A friend asked me why I teach the squatting position when I know that
most of my American students won't be able to assume it. 
     After we lost the Vietnam War, a U.S. journalist interviewed a North
Vietnamese Army general (he was a colonel during the war).  In the interview,
the general said (in perfect American English) that they could not have won
the war; the Americans were vastly superior.  (He knew of the anti-war movement
back in the states, but never mentioned it, because he didn't think it was the
reason.)  He said, the Americans had lost the war, because they could not squat. 
     I don't think the silly American journalist understood what the general
was saying.  It was a deep philosophical and cultural statement. 
     In many cultures, when waiting, you squat.  You don't stand.  You don't
sit in a chair.  When talking to others, you squat.  So, everyone's head is at
the same level.  You're not talking up or down to anyone.  While waiting in
ambush, you squat.  Because, it takes too long to move from a prone position. 
And because, you are harder to see. 
     Squatting --
(This is the fastest position to get in and out of, but requires flexibility). 
From your bladed standing position, bend your knees to drop straight down. 
(Don’t move your feet.)  Keep your feet flat on the ground.  (Don’t let your
heels come off the ground.)  Rest the back of your support side upper arm against
the front of your knee cap, just as in the kneeling position.  The upper body and
arms are in the same Chapman modification of the Weaver position as when standing. 
Pivot around the ball of your support side foot to adjust your natural point of aim. 

3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion by Liv Boeree
1.  Over estimating your competence, due to success.  Our egos love to downplay
the luck factor when we are winning. 
2.  Quantify your thinking. 
"Precision of language is precision of thought." -- Prof. Yerkes, English Dept.
Columbia University
"It's better to be wrong than to be vague." -- Freeman Dyson
"When we speak in numbers, we know what lands in the other person's brain." -- Liv Boeree
So, avoid vague terms in your speech. 
3.  I have heard many self-defense instructors teach, "trust your gut",
"trust your intuition".  Miss Boeree says, don't.  Always analyze.  Always assume
worst case outcomes. 
     Her conclusion is priceless.  (see the end of the video) 
[Oh, yes, any form of combat is a poker game.  If you don't believe so, you don't
understand what's going on.  Unfortunately, the modern military system of fitness
reports makes it not only possible, but I would say common, for officers to be
promoted without understanding what's going on in the battle space.  If you win
the battle, you get a good fitness report; even if your command decisions had
nothing to do with the win, even if your command decisions were detrimental. 
(e.g. Gen. George Armstrong Custer)  On the other hand, if you lose, as in the
attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base, you get court martialed; even if you did the
best you could have done with the information you had at the time. 
(e.g. Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel)
     When the enemy attacked our compound, Jadawel International, on May 12th of 2003,
(actually it started at 23:00 on 11 May 2003, but who am I to argue with the historians)
they shot the Royal Saudi Air Force guard in the tower at the back gate, and placed
a sachel charge on the back gate to breech it.  As they drove their truck into our
compound, their truck bomb detonated.  We found body parts indicating 7 enemy combatants. 
     Did they make a mistake and accidentally detonate their bomb prematurely? 
Did our electronic warfare devices cause the premature detonation of the bomb? 
Was it a command detonated bomb that was detonated at the wrong time by someone
outside the compound?  Did one of our guys shoot the enemy combatant holding the release
switch, causing the bomb to detonate?  Did it in fact detonate correctly, and
we simply don't understand why that time and place was chosen?  We'll never know,
because it's war.  You don't get to do a careful analysis before or after the event. 
Because you can't get the data.  (Ya, I know the FBI sent agents to investigate. 
I saw them.  What a joke.)  So, we award medals, throw a party, and go home. 
-- Jon Low]

Former FBI Agent Explains How to Read Body Language | Tradecraft | WIRED
by Joe Navarro
     The importance of this video is that Special Agent Navarro explains how so much
of commonly accepted "knowledge" is just non-sense. 

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

----- Tactics -----

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

“Lawful Defense Against Riot, Looting, and Arson.” by Andrew Branca
     Transcript follows the video, so you don't have to watch the video. 

Pro Driver Shows Off Tactical Driving Techniques | Tradecraft | WIRED
by Wyatt Knox
     The realistic practical maneuver is driving in reverse at high speed. 
All the other stuff is police or Hollywood.  This is why torso twisting
stretching exercises are so important.  Know your controls.  Adjust your
mirrors.  If Antifa has set up a road block, it's nice to know how to
get through it.  Do you know how to shut off the computer controls of
your brakes, transmission, and fuel pump?  Do you know why you might want to?

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

Responsibly Armed Radio Season 1: Episode 1 (inaugural podcast)
Co-Hosts Judi Wells and Tatiana Whitlock are joined by
Lou Ann Hamblin of LouKa Tactical and Claude Werner, The Tactical Professor.

"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

CCW: Buy the Best Holster You Can Afford by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     When thinking about quality defensive handguns and the rigs that we carry them in,
it is a good idea to keep in mind that the average funeral costs $8,000.  What is your
personal safety, and that of your family, worth?  Don’t buy cheap!

Freedom.concealed (Instagram account)
     Photo montage of concealed carry in various outfits.
     Proof that ladies may carry in stylish clothing. 
At least for young slender ladies.
"Tactica IWB Holster Review – A Holster Made for Women" by Jackie from Freedom Concealed
     I don't understand what makes it "for women".  Should work for men. 
Tactica Defense Fashion Corset Holster Review by Freedom Concealed
     I think guys could use this.  It allows carry much higher than
the waist line.  And a lot of guys would appreciate the corset holding
their beer belly in. 

7 Personal-Defense Handguns Under $300 by David Workman

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

----- Technical -----

"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee

Wilson Combat Gunsmithing - Working With The Extractor [Part 1/2]

Get a Grip (Angle, That Is) by Wendy LaFever
     There is nothing wrong with changing the grip angle, circumfrence,
trigger reach, palm swell, etc. with a Dremel tool and auto body putty. 
How good it looks when you're finished depends on how much time and
effort you're willing to put into it.  Or, you can always have a pro
do it for you. 
     What's critically important is that the pistol points at the target
when you point the pistol at the target, even when you have dirt or
pepper spray in your eyes.  You are never going to have pristine conditions
in combat as you do in the air conditioned square range.  (Doesn't everyone
practice in a carpeted air conditioned range in their private club?  They
serve hors d'oeuvres and drinks (non-alcoholic) on the range at my sister's
club in Austin, TX.  And membership is dirt cheap, compared to what Dad
paid for a memebership at Oahu Country Club in Hawaii.)

Handgun Selections for Women by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     When my parents married, my mother did not know how to drive a car.
My father, who did know, chose to have another person teach her.
My father was a smart man.

Inventing the Kydex Holster - Gun Guys Special Ep. 24

Home Gunsmithing Tips by Dave Anderson
     Another useful tip is to disassemble inside a clear plastic bag. 
That way you won't lose all those little pieces that will fly out
under spring pressure.  May also prevent that piece from flying
into your eye.  But, of course you are wearing glasses, because
this is far more dangerous than shooting.  I have zero injuries
from shooting.  I have uncountably many injuries from work in the
armory.  I was the battalion armorer at 1st Radio Battalion for
a while. 
Firearm Condition Readiness:
Condition 0, Condition 1, Condition 2, Condition 3, Condition 4 —
What Do They All Mean? by G. Halek

"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

     Always shower and floss and brush your teeth before going out in public. 
Especially, when going to teach a class.  If you're late, you can make an excuse. 
But, if you're stinking there is no excuse.  It's like neglecting to put on your
     Always put on clean clothes.  If you left your clothes in the washer too
long before tranferring them to the dryer, the smell of mildew will be on them. 
(Even if you can't smell it.)  Wash them again with bleach.  Going out in public
with stinky clothing is unacceptable.  Especially so if you are leading a class. 
     Always have clean equipment.  If you give your pistol to a student to check
to make sure it is unloaded, and they pull their finger out of your chamber
covered in black carbon, shame on you. 
     Always have your class efficiently planned.  If your students are waiting
around for you to do something, you are wasting their time.  Get your stuff
done while they are on their bathroom breaks or before the class starts. 
If some of your students are there before the class starts, you can ask them
to help you set up, but not if they are busy getting their stuff set up. 

     "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

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

Branca & West: Speaking with the Police (Part 1 of 2) by Attorney Andrew Branca
     Transcript is below the video, so you don't have to watch the video.


     Self-defense is intentional.  No accident.  I was there.  I intentionally shot him. 
I was justified in shooting him to stop his attack.  I am responsible. 
     I've been arrested a few times.  It's just money to have the arrest record expunged. 
No big deal.  Running your mouth to try to avoid getting arrested is a big deal, and
generally won't work. 
     Stay at the scene.  Fleeing the scene is consciousness of guilt.  Be the first to
call the police.  Point out witnesses and evidence.  Don't give a detailed statement
until you talk to your attorney. 
     The biggest obstacle for the defense attorney to overcome will be your statements
to police at the scene.  So, don't make any. 
     Don't consent to anything.  Don't consent to a search of anything.  Your attorney
can fight the search warrant, but he can't fight your stupidity in consenting to a

When Can You Use Lethal Force?

     Strip away the ambiguity.  Loud verbal commands.  Use your big boy voice.  "STOP!" 
If he doesn't stop, then he is advancing on you in an aggressive manner after being
commanded to stop, demonstrating malice aforethought.

     Generally, you cannot bring the criminal's prior record of violence into evidence
at your trial.  But, because you've taken my class, you can state truthfully that your
instructor explained to you that because strong arm robbery is not a beginner crime,
the conditional probability that the assailant has an extensive criminal record given
that he was attacking you is very high.  So, you had good reason to believe your
assailant had an extensive criminal history and acted accordingly. 


     To answer questions concerning an essay in the last blog posting --
No, the prosecutor cannot hold the threat of prosecution over the husband and wife forever. 
The defendant has the Constitutional right to a speedy trial. 
U.S. Constitution, Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial,
by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed,
which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the
nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have
compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel
for his defence.
     So, once the husband and wife were indicted the clock started ticking.  The U.S. Supreme
Court has held that a year is "presumptively" (but not absolutely) prejudicial. 
Barker v. Wingo, 407 U.S. 514 (1972)
So, after an unreasonable period of time the defense can petition the court to dismiss the
charges with prejudice (which means permanently, the charges cannot be brought again)
because the defendant's Constitutional right to a speedy trial has been violated. 
     There is also a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held that even if the defense contributed
to the delay, the defense can still claim a violation of this right to a speedy trial. 
Andrew Branca cited the case in a class, but I can't remember it off hand. 
     If the prosecutor had not preferred charges, then ya, there is no statute of limitations
on murder.  But, as time goes on, people die, people forget things, evidence gets lost
or degrades, detectives retire and move away, all kinds of things make the prosecution
more difficult.  That's why there are statutes of limitation.  Because time also makes
the defense more difficult. 
     I speculate that the wife went to the principle's house, shot him to death, and
then called her husband to help clean up the mess.  The husband then assumed responsibility
for everything.  I suspect that if the prosecutor actually took the case to trial, the
two defense attorneys (one for the wife and one for the husband) would file conflicting
motions, forcing the judge to separate the cases into two separate trials.  This would
double the multi-million dollar cost for the state.  Even the government does not have
unlimited resources.  Apparently, the husband and wife had significant resources. 
     My father would tell me, "Any problem that can be solved with money is not a real
problem.  Just buy your way out.  The real problems are those you cannot solve with
money.  They require thought and effort." 
     A friend from college married a Broadway dancer after graduation from medical
school.  They divorced soon after.  My friend's attorney advised my friend to pay
her off to get rid of her, otherwise she would be a problem forever.  So, my friend
gave her a couple million, and that was the end of it.  His life has been pleasant
ever since.  I lacked the maturity to pay off the ex, instead I fought.  The result
has been that I have had to deal with the ex for decades, and she is still asking
our children for money. 
     Smart people buy their way out, now; to avoid problems later.  If you don't
have the resources to buy your way out, buy insurance.  Insurance is dirt cheap,
because the probability of good guys ever making a claim is miniscule.  And when
claims are made, the attorneys have incentives to get the charges dismissed. 
     I have to decline to answer the other questions.  Sorry. 

"Secret information is nothing. It's what you do with it that matters."
-- Jay Sankey

[Tucker] Carlson Slams Fulton County [Georgia] DA’s Handling of Atlanta Police Shooting —
‘Pressure from the Mob Will Not Stop Police Brutality’
     Any objective observer of the video of the incident would conclude a justified
self-defense use of lethal force (shooting).  The suspect resisted arrest for DUI by
fighting with the police.  The suspect stole the policeman's Taser (incompetent
weapons retention).  The suspect fired the Taser (considered lethal force in Georgia)
at the police officer.  So, the police shot the suspect. 
     Ain't prosecutorial discretion great.

     One of the reasons for the American Revolutionary War was taxation without
representation.  Tucker Carlson is saying lack of police protection is taxation
without protection.  Follow that train of logic to the obvious conclusion.

Self Defense Law as an Algorithm by Andrew Branca
     For you computer scientists and computer programmers. 
     Go to
for your free download of the PDF file containing the info graphic of the 5 elements
of self defense law. 

     In case you haven't noticed, the ChiComs and Indians are fighting.  Why? 
Water.  The ChiComs are redirecting Himilayan rivers to flow into China. 
(Using American made D9 bulldozers, manufactured by Caterpillar Inc.  Because
the ChiComs can't make a reliable bulldozer?)  The Indians may destroy the
ChiComs for us.  (I wonder what the ChiComs will do when the Indians boycott
all Chinese goods?)
     The People's Liberation Army is not very competent.  The Vietnamese drove
deep into China during that little war.  (Yes, as a matter of fact, communists
do often go to war with other communists.)  Maybe the Vietnamese will destroy
the ChiComs for us.  Stranger things have happened.  Do you notice all the
things made in Vietnam in U.S. markets?  Wiping out a competitor for the U.S.
consumer market would be a prize worth fighting for. 
     Hat tip to Mark at Practical Eschatology,

     "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)
     Every law enforcement officer who enforces laws that infringe on the right
to keep and bear arms is violating the oath he swore when becoming a law
enforcement officer. 

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

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

IFAK Essentials for your Kit by Rex Mamaril

Fold and Stage a CAT Tourniquet

Resistance to Violent Crime: What Does the Research Show? by Greg Ellifritz
     ". . . based on the research, police departments should not be telling
crime victims to “never resist” their attackers.  Resistance is often a
viable and successful strategy."
     [More importantly, as Col. Cooper said, resistance is the only honorable
course of action. -- Jon Low]

The Voice of a Hero: Jack Wilson’s Story

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

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

“Often, it’s what you don’t know that kills you!”
-- Carr

Gun Glossary: Every Term You Could Possibly Need, In One Spot! by Brandon Curtis
     Republished with permission from The Well Armed Woman, because
The Well Armed Woman had it spread out in 5 separate posts.

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

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

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

What Happens When College Students Learn Marksmanship? by Serena Juchnowski
     Yes, you should feel the duty to teach others to shoot.  If not you, who? 
If not now, when? 

Freeman John Dyson (December 15, 1923 to February 28, 2020)
     May invite your attention to,
Freeman Dyson: Why General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics can't be unified
?  I have always appreciated Freeman's thoughts.
     When the interviewer says, gravity is so much weaker than the other forces,
he is talking non-sense.  How does one compare the force generated by a unit
of mass to the force generated by a unit of charge, when mass and charge are
not related?  Be careful of idiots.  They sound logical, but never are.  Freeman
is so patient with the interviewer, as he was with all of us.
     Freeman once told me, "It is better to be wrong than to be vague."
That was in the mid 90's, Berkeley, CA, at U.C. Berkeley, I think.
He never believed that "global warming" / "climate change" non-sense.  Like all
of us, he could see that it was political and not scientific. 
He once told me that he often found his interests to be orthogonal to his skills. 

     If you are alumnae or alumnus of my classes and reading this blog as continuing
education, I am sorry for my off color sense of humor.  Please bear in mind that I
am not an officer and a gentleman.  I am a beer guzzling enlisted man.  This determines
the kind of parties I attend and the kind of people I associate with. 

"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson

“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’.
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon

Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low

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