This week’s List brings us stories about automobile security — and not what you might think; what you need to know about non-resident carry permits; using your concealed handgun to come to the rescue of someone else; prepping on an extreme budget; the problem with “buffet” training; why canned food is a great preparedness item; and the questions criminals might ask you before they strike.
Does your car compromise your security?
I’m not talking about your immediate physical safety here, but rather how your vehicle might be a theft target or make it easier for a criminal to target you at home. Ever think about those bumper stickers on the back of your truck? How about your registration and insurance documents? Those can be a way for thieves (and worse) to target you and your family. This article will help you reduce your victim profile in simple steps.
Navigating the waters of the non-resident carry permit
There’s lots of talk right now about enacting national concealed carry reciprocity, but at this point it’s still a pipe dream. You can, however, get reciprocity even in states that don’t recognize your carry permit simply by acquiring a non-resident permit that they do recognize. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about getting a non-resident permit.
Would you use your concealed carry handgun to help a stranger?
That’s not an easy question to answer — and if it is, it probably means that you haven’t really thought through all of the ramifications of doing so. In this superb article, Rob Pincus lays out all of the things you should consider before you’re forced to make an immediate decision in the face of an incident. I see too many cases where people have come to a stranger’s rescue only to be injured or killed themselves. Read this one more than once, and take the time to really think about what you’ve read!
Preparedness on an extreme budget
I know lots of folks who’ve stocked up on MREs over the years as part of their “preparedness” plans, but what if you can’t afford those? Is there a way to prepare to face hard times — from whatever source — with very little money? Yes, in fact there is! You might even end up more prepared than the guy with cases of foul-tasting MREs stashed in his basement! Here’s a great article on just how to go about doing it.
Why “pick your favorite” training is counter-productive
One of my pet peeves are classes where instructors do little more than show you several different techniques to do something, then tell you to “pick your favorite” or “pick what works for you”. I can do that at home — I’m looking to hear informed opinions about WHY I should do something specific! Turns out there’s another reason to dislike that kind of training: it’s destructive to the student’s ability to learn. Here’s an article with the relevant science about learning and why the “buffet” approach to training actually damages students.
Speaking of prepping on a budget…
What’s wrong with good old canned food as a prepping strategy? Nothing at all! It sounds ordinary, but canned food keeps darned near forever, is available everywhere, and often goes on sale. This article gives you the lowdown on what to buy and why you can expect it to keep for years. Just make sure you have some manual can openers around!
How do criminals get close enough to strike?
A common ploy amongst criminals is the “interview”: asking questions to distract you so they can get past your guard. What kinds of questions might they ask? Greg Ellifritz looks at two of the most common (and I’ve been asked both in parking lots by people obviously trying to distract me!)
Opening photo: “Camelus dromedarius at Tierpark Berlin” by Agadez – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons