Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:
This week in Defense and Training:
Not everyone needs to be shot
There is a persistent and vocal group of people who truly believe that just because someone is in their house, they have a right to shoot that person. As Greg Ellifritz points out in this article, however, being “justified” doesn’t make you right.
It also isn’t a guarantee against prosecution.
The reality is that there are a number of reasons someone might be in your house, on your porch, or in your backyard — at night — that don’t include being an immediate threat to your life. Greg talks about some of them, and I can think of a bunch of others that I’ve actually seen in news accounts.
As Greg says, “If the person inside your house is not trying to hurt you, DON’T SHOOT!” I think that goes very well with what I tell my students to ask themselves: “do I NEED to shoot this guy?” If you have time and composure enough to ask that question, let alone answer it, the answer is probably no.
Shooting (and likely killing) another human being isn’t something we should want to do, but something we should be willing to do to protect ourselves when it’s really necessary. I’ll bet the woman in Greg’s story wishes she’d understood that before opening fire and killing her own cousin.
This week in Security:
What to do when someone is missing
I hesitated to share this article because it isn’t as comprehensive as I would like, and it doesn’t even mention contacting law enforcement — who usually are the ones responsible for calling out Search And Rescue (SAR). Still, as a basic guide to both prevention and first steps, it’s not terrible.
As someone who used to work SAR, I’ll add a few things based on my experience. If a child is missing, check their bedroom first — with particular attention to under the bed and in the closet. Then check the basement and attic or crawlspace. You’d be surprised how many times searchers headed out in bad weather to look for a lost child, only to find out they were in their closet the entire time.
(Also, leave someone at home to re-check those places several times during the search. Kids have been known to sneak back and hide in the closet, certain that they’re going to get into trouble when they see the police cars around the house.)
Once you’ve checked with the child’s friends and eliminated all their possible hiding places, call in law enforcement. The sooner they get the search started, the better. This is especially true in cold/wet weather, and doubly so in a rural or wilderness environment.
This week in Preparedness:
Prepping for a house fire
House fires are common and deadly, but surprisingly little attention is paid to this common threat in the preparedness world. I’ve seen people spend all kinds of money on guns and ammunition and tactical training, but don’t have a fire extinguisher — let alone any sort of fire evacuation plan. Fire drills? What are those??
That’s why this article was a pleasant surprise. It gives you 10 simple steps to become better prepared to both prevent and respond to a house fire. This is an activity that involves the whole family, and it’s one kids understand easily (usually because they’ve done fire drills at school.) With a little thought and preparation, they can even be fun.
Do these 10 things, and you and your family will be far safer from harm than a whole safe full of guns will ever make you.
– Grant Cunningham
P.S.: We’re just a few weeks away from my classes in Indiana! If you have a revolver for self defense, or just want to learn how to use it correctly, be sure to sign up for my Threat-Centered Revolver course in New Castle, Indiana, on May 5 & 6. We still have openings in this class, but don’t wait until the last moment; you can get more information, and sign up, at this link.
I’ll also be teaching a Praying Safe Workshop with my co-author Joshua Gideon. This workshop on Monday & Tuesday, April 29 & 30, and also in New Castle, will lead you through the process of developing a comprehensive security plan for your house of worship. This class is filling quickly, but there are still openings. Don’t delay, though! Sign up for the Praying Safe Workshop at this link.
I told you last week that Joshua and I will be doing book signings at the NRA Annual Meetings & Show in Indianapolis on April 26 & 27. I also promised you dates and times, and here they are:
Friday, April 26:
2:pm at Evolve Range Solutions (Booth 2707)
Saturday, April 27:
10:am — iMarksman (Booth 3605)
2:pm — Evolve Range Solutions (Booth 2707)
We hope you’ll stop by and say hello!