How to get politicians to listen to you

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There is a lot of activity, at the federal, state and local levels, on various bills of interest to those of us concerned with personal liberties. Because of the unsettled political climate, we’re seeing more and more calls to “write your elected representatives”, but no one ever explains just how to do so effectively (if they even know themselves). 

The problem with writing to ...

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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 ...

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You are not a security camera, and that’s a problem

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Take a look at the picture illustrating this post. It comes from a security camera in the recent El Paso Walmart incident, and has been shared widely in social media as well as more than one blog. It’s also being used to sell an idea, a notion really, that I think is unrealistic and maybe even dangerous.

Misinformation for fun and profit

I’ve seen this very ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 7, 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 have value to the quest for greater personal and family safety.

From all of the articles that I ...

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Make up your mind, before you need to

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In my job I follow a lot of news stories about horrific events. Once I’ve dissected the event for any lessons, however, I usually don’t think about it much. After all, there will be another attacker, or another disaster, to study tomorrow. Whether I’m just jaded or truly lack empathy I’m not sure, but I don’t think much about such things — except in ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 31, 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 have value to the quest for greater personal and family safety.

From all of the articles that I ...

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All or nothing? Not in my world.

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(From The Management: This post was supposed to appear on Friday, but a technical glitch on the site prevented it from going live. My apologies! — GC)

Getting started in preparedness, whether the entry point is in self defense or in disaster survival, can seem daunting. Even moving from one area of preparedness to another, particularly if they’re unrelated, can be intimidating.

Unfortunately, sometimes the people ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 24, 2019

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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:

The defensive value of imagination

In all the talk about guns and ammunition and shooting techniques for self defense that you can find on the ‘net, you’ll ...

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New class scheduled: Threat-Centered Revolver in Phoenix, AZ!

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Threat Centered Revolver course in Phoenix

 

Teaching in Phoenix during the fall has become something of a tradition with me, and I’ll be back again this November to teach my flagship revolver course!

On November 9 & 10 I’ll be at the wonderful Ben Avery Shooting Center teaching Threat-Centered Revolver. Also as usual, I’m being hosted by Phoenix Firearms Training.

This is the course ...

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The myth of the “concealed carry lifestyle”

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People very often refer to concealed carry as a “lifestyle”. I’m not sure I can agree with that.

A lifestyle is a behavioral pattern which expresses how someone sees him or herself, and how they want others to see them. Their activities, opinions, and even how they spend their money are all reflected in their lifestyle. In other words, their lifestyle is the dominant feature ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 17, 2019

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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:

Misinformation in the training world

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been intimately involved in three completely different business sectors in my life (the jewelry/watch industry, the ...

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Is there value in competitive shooting?

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Much has been written about (and many arguments started over) the value of competitive shooting for the person who owns or carries a firearm for personal defense. There are generally two polarized views in this manufactured controversy. 

The first states that a defensive shooting is always a competition and that only competitive shooters can possibly reach their potential against an adversary. The second believes ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 10, 2019

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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:

“Stop practicing shooting!”

It’s a provocative title, to be sure, but in this article Ralph Mroz makes the point that drawing and firing a handgun is ...

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Following up on the Three Easy Steps: Readiness as a habit

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Last week I introduced Grant’s Patented Plan To Becoming More Self-Reliant In Three Easy Steps ™:

  1. Buy a pocket knife.
  2. Buy a small high-intensity flashlight.
  3. Carry them with you every day.

My approach to preparedness, whether the subject is self defense or disaster readiness, is to start with becoming better prepared to handle common, daily sorts of inconveniences. I find it hard to believe that someone who isn’t ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 3, 2019

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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:

“He’s just a kid” can be a fatal assumption

There is a very strong tendency in the firearms training world to assume that a threat always comes ...

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How to get prepared in three easy steps

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I admit to a bit of creative over-simplification in today’s title, but there’s an important lesson in it.

My wife and I were walking in the woods recently, and the topic of conversation touched on preparedness. Rather, the lack of preparedness amongst a large percentage of the adult population.

How the other three-quarters lives

She used an example from her previous life in corporate America: Her profession ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 26, 2019

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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:

Don’t believe everything you see on YouTube

My friend Cecil Burch, martial arts legend and expert in entangled fighting, has some things to say about fake ...

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Luck happens, but sometimes it happens to someone else.

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This is a sobering tale, and I share it for a lesson that’s not immediately obvious.

Concealed Carrier vs. Armed Robber

The story is relatively simple: Mr. Miller was at his son’s house looking at a plumbing problem. His son was not home at the time, but was on the phone with his father. The timeline is a little unclear, but it seems that Miller ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 19, 2019

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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:

Birdshot, self defense, and you

Last week I received a request for information on the use of birdshot for self defense. Rather than writing a whole missive, ...

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What if you can’t get the ‘best’ ammunition?

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The other day I got a message from a fellow who’s been asking me questions about a new carry gun purchase. He finally decided on the model he wanted and had bought it, and now wanted to know about ammunition.

Not what ammunition I recommended — he already knew that — but what he should buy. The question was “I know you recommend the Federal ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 12, 2019

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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:

Defending against a dog attack

(Note: I hesitated sharing this article because of the rather violent techniques shown, and because it seems cruel to use them against ...

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There are no defensive shooting experts.

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If, by “expert”, you mean someone with a significant amount of first-hand experience in the activity (i.e., shooting people who attacked them) .

Here’s the dirty little secret no one in this business will admit to: none of us have enough — in most cases any — shooting experience defending ourselves against a criminal attacker, sufficient to derive lessons worth teaching. 

No one you’ll find ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 5, 2019

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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:

Stop parroting home defense fallacies

The defensive shooting world has worked overtime for the last few decades to teach people how to draw  faster, shoot faster, ...

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This guy got lucky. You might not.

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Holding petty criminals at gunpoint is usually a bad idea

One of my big peeves in this business is the number of bad lessons that are presented in the context of “he had it coming!”

In these stories there’s usually a petty criminal (these are almost always minor property crimes) who is caught “red handed” by a virtuous (and obviously very manly) gun owner. The gun owner ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 29, 2019

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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:

Where is your line in the sand?

This article from Greg Ellifritz is one of the most important I’ve read. Most people never think about where ...

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Yes, it’s been a while.

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The Thinker by Rodin

 

I confess that I’ve been scarce around here lately. I haven’t posted much of substance for a couple of months, which means I haven’t recorded any podcasts either.

It’s not like I’ve been sitting around doing nothing, though. I’ve been busy traveling, teaching, writing (yes, there are more books coming) and working on our little homestead.

But that’s just my normal life. It’s ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 22, 2019

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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:

Timing is everything

In the defensive training world, everything is always about “faster”. We train to draw faster, shoot faster, move faster. Our drills are always about ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 15, 2019

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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:

Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean it will work

When we speak of defensive shooting with a handgun, there are two likely ranges: within arm’s reach ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 1, 2019

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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:

Hiding in the bushes

This is another thought-provoking post from Greg Ellifritz. A 62-year-old woman is out walking her dog at 9:pm when she’s kidnapped, robbed, ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 24, 2019

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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 Defensive Equipment:

A bullpup rifle review

It’s been a long while since I’ve featured any gear reviews here on the List. I intentionally don’t do much talking about gear, because ...

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