Christmas is coming, and I’m bringing lots of joy in the form of personal safety and preparedness information!
Oldies but goodies
Most of these self defense myths have disappeared from the mainstream, but they seem to crop up whenever ill-informed relatives gather for a holiday meal. Jim Wilson explains three old saws that your Uncle might bring up over the mashed potatoes, and why they’re wrong. Read and be prepared to give the gift of truth!
It takes two to road rage
I share this not to debate whether the woman in question was correct in shooting her assailant, but to point out how road rage incidents mutually escalate. In this case, as in so many others, a minor incident (apparently the throwing of a drink) results in both parties pulling over to defend their honor, teach the other person a lesson, or other such nonsense. That is a recipe for escalation, and often escalation to deadly force. There’s a second mistake made here: the shooter decided to “hold” the offender for the police. What happens when the person you’re holding decides to try to escape?
It’s unusual for two women to become so involved, as they typically don’t suffer from testosterone poisoning the way affronted males do. As such, it’s a true cautionary tale: Don’t respond to a personal affront on the road, no matter how insulted you feel. Unless there’s an accident or vehicular damage requiring the exchange of insurance information, never pull over to confront another driver. There’s no reason to do so and it simply exposes you to a high level of danger. Remember: He or she might be crazier than you are.
A mama bear and her cubs
On occasion I run into a woman who professes to not have the intestinal fortitude to protect her own life with a firearm, but when asked if she would shoot someone who was harming her children declares emphatically “YES!” This is a superb essay by one mom who explains why she carries a defensive firearm for the benefit of her children. Well worth sharing.
Please pardon this commercial interruption…
If you’re looking for a meaningful gift for the revolver-toting person on your list, may I be so bold as to suggest the gift of training? There’s still time to get a paperback copy of my book “Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver” delivered for Christmas. It’s a superb introduction to using the revolver for self defense, either in the home or concealed carry.
If he or she has been really good this year, how about a class? I’ll be teaching my famous Threat-Centered Revolver course in sunny Phoenix, Arizona on March 24-25, 2018. It’s a two-day course (Saturday and Sunday) that will teach how to develop good defensive shooting skills with the revolver. (It even makes a great gift for yourself!) I’m being hosted by Phoenix Firearms Training, and here’s the direct link to the signup page for this specific class.
Fans of productivity guru Stephen Covey will appreciate this preparedness-oriented take on his famous “Seven Habits” philosophy. As it happens, his habits have great application to keeping yourself and your family safe!
All work and no play…
Cecil Burch has an interesting perspective on why more people don’t train to protect themselves, and part of it could be that we as teachers don’t make it fun to do so. Yes, we deal in a serious subject but that’s no reason to be deadly dull! If you’re an instructor you need to read and think about what Cecil is saying. Tone down the warrior nonsense and make learning fun again.
When urban tensions explode
How would you handle an uprising in an urban area? From rowdy protests to out-and-out riots, this article has some good thoughts on how you should approach dealing with restless natives.
The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
There are lots of misconceptions about the dangers and effects of an EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse), either natural or man-caused. This is a technical paper detailing the realities of EMP; it’s not the end of the world, but it’s not something to ignore, either. It’s a little hard to read for the non-techie, but the information is worth struggling through.
Opening photo by Backpacker – pixabay.com (CC0 public domain)