It’s almost Christmas, but I’m still working digging up great articles for you! This week: what NOT to do when someone has broken into your house; hard-learned lessons from a violent place; Greg Ellifritz looks at using a fire extinguisher as a weapon; why stalking needs our attention; what happens when you don’t conceal your gun; cliques, tribes, and why they interfere with truth; and Rob Pincus has some thoughts on thinking critically about appendix carry.
Don’t be this guy. No, really, just don’t.
Normally I’d present a story like this and then give you an analysis of what went wrong, in the hopes of learning from other’s mistakes. In this case it’s going to be a lot easier to tell you what went right: nothing. This guy did everything wrong, from entering a house that had strong indications of criminal occupation to running out of ammo while firing warning shots. There was nothing redeeming in his handling of the situation at all. Read the article, and then do the opposite of everything he did. You’ll be better off.
Think you have security/safety issues where you live?
This is an interesting article from a blog I recently discovered, and it deals with security and self defense issues in what used to be a really nice town in Mexico. Most of us, even those who live in tough urban neighborhoods, don’t have anywhere near the security issues this family in Mexico does. Reading about their experience, however, provides insight into things you might do to protect yourself here in the U.S. (It’s also a sobering chronicle of what can happen even in “nice” neighborhoods once crime takes hold.) I know many people will look at the first paragraph and think “it’s Mexico, that stuff doesn’t happen here”, but they’ll be missing out on an excellent article about how to keep a family safe in a chaotic environment. Highly recommended.
So — do you know how to use a fire extinguisher as a weapon?
One of the problems with a lot of active killer response advice, like the common “run, hide, fight”, is that they don’t tell people HOW to do those things. Now for some of you that might sound funny, but it’s not; in today’s society we don’t normally need to think along those lines. This article from Greg Ellifritz looks at one of the most commonly suggested improvised weapons and tells you how to wield it effectively, and most importantly how to use it as part of coordinated counter-attack with a higher likelihood of success.
Stalking really isn’t really a big deal, is it?
Yeah, it is. This article at Armed Lutheran looks at stalking, why it’s a threat, and why it’s not treated with the seriousness it deserves — either in the courts or on the streets.
“I don’t care if people know I’m carrying.”
Well, you should. This is a sobering story of a 62-year-old concealed carrier who didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to actually making sure his gun was concealed. A 43-year-old “good” guy saw the former’s holstered gun and concluded that a mass shooting was about to go down, at which point he proceeded to tackle the legal gun carrier. Both people were lucky that the only damage was some bruising; it could have turned out far worse for both men, who contributed equal amounts of stupidity to the incident. Conceal your carry gun and make sure that it’s truly concealed during the kinds of things you do on a daily basis.
“If you’re different enough you can call the other tribe wrong even if their stuff is just the same.”
In case you haven’t noticed, there is an awful lot of tribalism in the self defense and personal security world. I’ve said many times that about 90% (maybe more) of what everyone teaches is the same, but people want to get all wound up about the 10% that’s different. Rory Miller wrote this article about tribalism in the training world and how it interferes with the search for truth.
Can appendix carry be done safely?
Appendix carry has become quite popular over the last few years, and while I occasionally question its utility I don’t question its safety — as long as it’s done correctly. Unlike many in the defensive training world I don’t reflexively bleat “you’ll shoot yer balls off!”, but rather have learned to do it safely so I can teach my students to do it safely. Here’s some information from Rob Pincus about resources where you can learn to safely draw and re-holster from appendix carry.
Opening photo: “Camelus dromedarius at Tierpark Berlin” by Agadez – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons