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:
Carrying in a purse (or briefcase, or backpack)
If the news reports and background check statistics are correctly, there are a whole lot of people who recently bought a self-defense firearm specifically for concealed carry. If you’re one of them, welcome to the fraternity; if you know someone who is new to concealed carry, please extend my welcome to them!
Along with new concealed carriers always come some sub-optimal carry choices. Carrying a gun in a purse, or any other “off-body” conveyance, definitely falls into that category — and sadly is commonly chosen by those who don’t have the knowledge or skills to do it properly.
This article takes a hard look at the practice, explains why it’s not the best choice under most circumstances, and suggests some resources for further study. (To which I’ll add that off-body carry should always be viewed as a last resort, with the understanding that it may even be nothing more than a “feel good” gesture. If you’re going to do it, at least be aware of the problems and limitations and take steps to minimize both.)
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
What’s a two-legged cheeseburger?
You can find lots of articles that purport to teach you how to improve your “situational awareness”. They include little tricks and games where you memorize what you see and then try to recall accurately. All of them miss the most important part of awareness, and that is controlling your distractions.
The best memory in the world won’t help you if you allow yourself to be distracted in uncontrolled environments. Start by paying attention to where your attention is.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Are you prepared for getting older?
Back when I started in preparedness, I never thought of my age as either a factor or a threat. Now, a couple of decades later, I’ve discovered it’s both. Aging is something you need to consider in your preparedness planning, and also something you need to prepare for. It’s the one thing I can guarantee will happen to everyone!
This article may introduce a topic that’s difficult for some people to face, but the reality is that getting older is something we all need to consider in our prepping.
– Grant Cunningham