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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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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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 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 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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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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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 March 20, 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:

Before it goes too far…

A large percentage of violent incidents start as ordinary interpersonal encounters gone horribly wrong. The term for this is social violence (as ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 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 for you to read this week.

This week in Defense and Training:

Concealed carry and outdoor activities

I get a lot of questions regarding concealed carry for hikers, joggers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. There are a number of options, and this article at RECOIL ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 6, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles to read this week.

This week in Defense and Training:

Self defense isn’t always about bad guys

Sometimes it’s about bad animals! This news story out of Georgia shows us that dangers don’t always look like our preconceived notions, and sometimes your defensive firearm ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 30, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles for you to read this week.

This week in Defense and Training:

A favorite criminal tactic: asking questions

This is, in many ways, a companion article to last week’s entry, which talked about the need to use verbal commands in the early stages of a ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 9, 2019

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

The Kimber K6s Deep Cover reviewed

One of the things I’m most proud of is my involvement in the design of the Kimber K6s revolver. Getting the opportunity to make the vision of an ideal defensive revolver into an actual product that people ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 2, 2019

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It’s the first Wednesday of 2019, and thus the first Hump Day Reading List of the new year! Sit back and treat yourself to my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

An interesting range experiment

I’m sharing this article not because I necessarily agree with the base assumptions (or the terminology), but because the exercise described ...

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Announcing my new book — PRAYING SAFE: The professional approach to protecting faith communities!

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Praying Safe cover

Today I’m proud to announce the publication of a new book: PRAYING SAFE — The professional approach to protecting faith communities!

This book is all about helping churches, synagogues, temples — religious institutions of all types — protect themselves from a wide range of threats.

This book came about because my co-author, Joshua Gideon, and I have grown annoyed with the superficial and often ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for December 12, 2018

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

It isn’t about the weapon

It never has been, and it never will be. Self defense is about the resolute refusal to be a victim, and using whatever means you have at hand to enforce that decision. This group of middle-school girls ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 14, 2018

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I unearthed some really good articles for you this week. Read them and increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

Remember what they say about that river in Egypt…

Whether it’s a criminal attack or a natural disaster, many people — perhaps, even, most people — simply don’t believe it will happen to them. This is an insightful article about why people don’t take threats ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 7, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of November, and I’m starting the month off right with some great articles for you! 

 

Have you ever heard the term “violent criminal actor”?

This article explains what that means, and why it’s important to understand. It’s possible for a violent criminal to appear normal and “safe” until they’re put into the environment where it’s necessary to use violence to ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 31, 2018

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It’s Halloween, and I’ve got some great stories to help you tackle frightening topics! 

 

Some people don’t want to learn

In the self defense world, many people seem to have comfortable ideas of how things happen in defensive incidents. That was fine back in the days when we didn’t have objective evidence, but today we do — and yet many misconceptions still exist. Cecil ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 24, 2018

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Another Wednesday, another great collection of articles for your enjoyment and enlightenment! 

 

Another resource for travel safety

One thing I do before renting a room (or AirBnB) is to check the neighborhood’s crime stats. This used to be a tedious process, but there are new tools out which make it easier. 

 

What living off-grid is like, and why you should try

I know a lot ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 17, 2018

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More great defensive preparedness articles for you this week! 

 

Making your home into a fortress (?)

I’ll acknowledge that the author of this article goes a little over the top at times, and that I think his mania for protecting his identity is a little silly in this day and age, but his article has some excellent  information and looks at the topic ...

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