Your Hump Day Reading List for August 14, 2019

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Welcome to your Hump Day Reading List! 

This is your refuge from the impersonal Google and FaceBook algorithms that seem to run our lives these days. Instead of a machine deciding what you’ll see, I personally go out and look for great articles that actually have value in the quest for greater personal and family safety.

From all of the articles that I find, I weed out the “fake news” and those that don’t have direct application to some aspect of preparedness. Then, to fight the growing scourge of information overload, I distill everything down to what I believe to be the three most useful articles you can read right now, explain the context of those articles, and identify any bias so you can trust what you read. 

It’s a more personal, more targeted, and more efficient way to get the information you need!

Here’s what I’ve found for you this week:

This week in Defense and Training:

What about those who won’t (or can’t) fight?

Allow me to rant for a moment: sometimes I get very tired of the machismo and chest-puffing in the defensive training world. Last week I read something (which I won’t be sharing) that strongly implied  people who wouldn’t prepare to defend themselves — people who espouse a pacifist philosophy — weren’t as valuable as people who would. The language was demeaning, dismissive, and elitist in the worst possible way.

There are many fine people who, for reasons of their own, don’t wish to think about or prepare for physical defense against an attacker. There are also those who, due to resource constraints (severe financial issues or physical infirmities) simply can’t. Are they lesser human beings? What I read certainly seemed to suggest so.

Then I remembered that some time back, Greg Ellifritz had written a thoughtful and helpful article about this very topic. I finally found it, and I think it’s worth sharing with those gentle people in your life. Because every person has value, even if they aren’t tough guys.


This week in Safety and Security:

Pre-Assault indicators: Knowing what’s going to happen before it does

I don’t usually share videos, largely because their information density usually makes them an inefficient way to communicate ideas. In this case, though, I think it’s worth your time. 

This video is about pre-assault indicators — those behavioral cues that signal an impending attack. Although labeled for “Concealed Carry”, it’s certainly not limited to that specific activity. Everyone, whether they carry a defensive firearm or not, should understand the signs that criminals display before they strike. Knowing an attack is imminent is one of the crucial skills to be able to respond effectively, regardless of the weapons you have.

The use of actual attack footage to illustrate the points makes this video worth the twenty minute investment. In fact, I suggest watching, taking notes, then re-watching.


This week in Preparedness and Health:

The title may be click-baity hyperbole…

…but, for once, the information is actually worth reading!

The author lays out eight points that he thinks are important to consider in your disaster planning. While I don’t think I’d call them “Golden Rules”, they’re all valid and important to the planning process.

Some of them you’ve seen in my book Prepping For Life, while others — like his #3, planning to reconnect — are important but don’t get talked about. Even by me, which is something I plan to rectify!

I’m glad I forced myself to get past the title and actually read the article. I think you’ll be, too.

– Grant Cunningham

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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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