Your Hump Day Reading List for August 2, 2018

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I found more interesting articles for this week’s List, some of them guaranteed to make you think twice! 


Whatever happened to positively identifying your target?

I’m not sure where to start with this article, but I’ll boil it down to this: Just because an alarm goes off doesn’t mean there’s a threat, and blindly firing through a closed door without first ascertaining an actual threat is irresponsible in the extreme. 


Speaking of stupid self defense tricks…

I’m amazed at the number of concealed carriers who think their job is to detain suspects and hold them for the police. It’s almost always a bad idea, and here are some of the reasons why. 


A realistic perspective

As the author points out, things are more likely to NOT collapse than they are to collapse. It’s probably a good idea to prepare for things not going to hell, because that’s the world you need to live in. I’ll go further: While paranoia probably isn’t a good life skill, it’s smart to be prepared for the things that are likely to occur in your life and those that would have a severe impact on you. This is known as “risk management”, a topic I explore in my book Prepping for Life: The balanced approach to personal security and family safety. (It’s also a topic you’ll see more of, because it’s an antidote to a lot of the ridiculous stuff that goes on in the preparedness and self defense communities.)


A cloth cutter for your medical kit

One of the issues in treating wounds as a first responder is actually getting down to bare skin to assess the injury and begin stabilization. The time-tested approach has been rescue scissors, but they’re large and difficult to carry in a very compact kit. The alternative is a rescue hook. Rob Pincus shows what they are, what they’re for, and how to carry one in your kit — even on an airliner. (Disclaimer: I admit to not yet having summoned the courage to try going through security with one, but I know lots of people who have done so completely successfully.)


Stirring the pot…

I’m sharing this article on so-called “learning styles” just to remind everyone that not everything they hear in class is true. It’s not a scholarly article, but rather one aimed at the average person explaining what research is showing. Yes, there have been a few studies that seem to support the idea of learning styles, the bulk of the scholarship over the last decade or so has pretty much come down on the side of there being no such thing. Prominent scientists have referred to the idea as a “neuro-myth”. If you’re a self defense instructor, you should be up on the current research and adjust your teaching methods accordingly; if you’re a student and your instructor claims to do specific things (or wants you to do specific things) because of “learning styles”, you may be dealing with someone whose teaching knowledge is significantly out of date.


Information security starts with YOU

While we make a big fuss over online data breaches (don’t get me wrong, those are certainly serious), we pay little attention to all the details about ourselves that we reveal everyday — completely voluntarily. These revealing details are usually shared in seemingly innocuous ways on social media. However, that data lives somewhere — and it’s relative child’s play to write programs to correlate that information on large numbers of individuals. Krebs On Security looks at some of the ways people give away valuable personal data, and what that can mean to you.


I admire this woman, but that’s not the whole story

Greg Ellifritz shares the story of a lady who defended a wounded police officer, shooting and killing his attacker, only to wind up being sued by the attacker’s estate. She’s going to spend perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself; it will bankrupt her, and that’s on top of the social ostracizing, loss of employment, and emotional issues she’s going to face. Her life as she knew it ended that fateful day when she decided to do the right thing. I’m sharing this not to convince you NOT to intervene, nor am I going to tell you that you SHOULD intervene. I’m sharing it so that you have prior knowledge of the downsides of choosing that path. Think about what’s happening to her, and what could happen to you; “war game” your responses now, so that you’re not making what turns out to be a fateful decision in the stress of the moment. I’m glad she stepped in and helped, but I wonder if she’ll say the same thing a few years from now. Just to be clear: THERE IS NO “RIGHT” ANSWER. 

– Grant Cunningham

P.S.: Be sure to tune in to my PDN show TRAINING TALK LIVE, tomorrow (8/02) at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT. I’ll be talking with Cecil Burch of Immediate Action Combatives about training for busy people. Cecil always has great ideas, and I’m sure he’ll have something interesting to say about this topic!




About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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