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 Defensive Training and Gear:
The perils of getting involved in someone else’s problem
Many concealed carriers have their firearm to protect themselves and their loved ones. But what about those situations where someone you don’t know appears to be under attack? Would you get involved by intervening in their fight?
Before you say “yes”, you should probably read this article. Intervention, particularly while armed, is a very dangerous choice. Were I to look through my files, I could probably find as many negative outcomes as I could positive ones.
I’m not saying you should never intervene; that choice is yours to make. I am saying you should think about it now, and decide in what kinds of cases would you consider intervention. To what extent? What would you do to minimize the known risks? What about the unknowns?
As I’ve frequently said, this stuff isn’t easy. It requires more than a quick draw.
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
TSA, safety gear, and you
First a disclaimer: I think the author’s gear list is too long, and some of it is in anticipation of implausible scenarios. There are also a number of things that will likely get confiscated, such as the “tactical pen”. The TSA knows what they are, too, and I’ve seen more than one get taken.
That being said, the concept he talks about is excellent. What can you take in a carry-on that will help you to survive and get back home? You’ll have to think about where you’re going, what you’ll be doing, and what the plausible events in that location might be.
This is going to be different outside of the U.S. than inside; i’s going to be different if you’re going to Maine in the winter than Phoenix in the summer. This is why I don’t typically like (or print) gear lists, because you can’t carry everything for every contingency in every environment. There are some commonalities, of course, but in the end what you carry has to be customized for the destination.
Of course, to be able to carry anything onto an airplane means that it has to pass the muster of the TSA. I pointed out that tactical pens are something I don’t recommend; first, because they will serve as a flag which causes the TSA to take more interest in you (thereby increasing the time and aggravation of going through security), and second because there are usually alternatives that aren’t search magnets.
Consider what might happen, what you might carry to help you through that event, then pack it and carry it with you. (Oh, and make sure the resulting kit is something you can carry. It doesn’t do you any good to have the most amazing survival pack in the world, if you leave it in the hotel room because it’s too heavy to carry around all day. If you can’t take it with you, it shouldn’t go!)
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Has modern life made it more difficult to prepare?
This article is a little out of the ordinary, but I think it’s worth pondering. The author postulates that modern living, with its convenience, focus on consumerism, and speed, has made it more difficult to solve problems as they present themselves.
The key, she says, is to work at problem solving in a conscious, directed manner. I’ll let you read the rest, but I think she’s onto something.
– Grant Cunningham