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:
What if he doesn’t do what you tell him to do?
One of the common themes seen in the “all guns, all the time” sites and blogs is the heroic story of the legally armed citizen holding a petty criminal at gunpoint for the police. While usually lauded by the gun-centric folk, it’s almost always a bad idea (what do you do if he just decides to get up and walk away — shoot him with no justification?)
Here’s another take on the topic, focusing on restraining someone who doesn’t want to be restrained. Once you take on the role of self-appointed cop, things like this become a concern. Without training and backup, things can get very bad, very quickly.
Your concealed firearm is a tool to extricate yourself from a situation that has become dangerous. It does not make you a police officer. Leave apprehension to those who do it for a living.
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
Do attacks follow a pattern?
This is an interesting article that attempts to systematize something I’ve always believed: very few personal attacks are truly random (I.e., the victim usually represents something the attacker wants); and most of the time, the attack happens only after the attacker is sure about his target. This usually takes some amount of time and some sort of surveillance.
The author posits that attacks follow a specific cycle, and that interrupting that cycle anywhere in its path may be enough to prevent the attack. Definitely read the article carefully to fully understand his argument, as I think it has merit.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Tampons should not be in your trauma kit!
It’s 2020, and I still see people on the internet who profess to carrying a tampon in their emergency kit to “plug a bullet wound”. It’s a dumb idea, but it persists.
Here’s an(other) article explaining the difference between a tampon and real wound dressing and why tampons are a bad idea for treating severe bleeding. Please pass it along to those you know still using recycled 1980-vintage information.
– Grant Cunningham