“Anxiety simmers as mass shootings loom any time, anywhere”

That’s the headline of an article in the Detroit Free Press. Motorcycles backfired in Times Square last week. It sounded like gunfire, and panic ensued in the heart of New York City. The same night, a sign fell during a concert at a Utah mall. The loud bang when it hit the floor sounded something like a gunshot, and sent people racing into stores to hide. Balloons popped in a dorm in March on the University of Michigan campus. Outside, a vigil was underway for those killed in the massacre at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dozens of students heard the loud

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“Red flag laws” as a tool of oppression

I wrote yesterday about so-called “Red Flag laws”, and how they could be misused by people for various reasons.  I hadn’t expected to be proved right so quickly, but . . . If you go into the comments on any one of these Tweets, you’ll see quite a number of people also stating that if they see anybody with a gun (open or concealed) they will red flag that person. These people don’t want red flag laws to prevent mass shooters.  They just want to abuse them to harass law-abiding gun owners with the weight of the law. Not just does this put people’s

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Personal safety during a mass shooting

I’ve seen a lot of comment among more gung-ho denizens of the Internet after the three mass shooting incidents last week.  It can be summed up as “Always carry your gun, and if someone starts shooting, shoot back!” Shooting back is not always a good idea.  It may be one’s only option, if worse comes to worst;  but that still doesn’t necessarily make it a good one. Let’s start by examining a scenario like the Walmart shooting in El Paso.  Around where I live, I can be pretty sure that there will be several persons in our local Walmart branches who have concealed weapons permits, and are

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Feral urban youth, and your safety and security

Events in Baltimore a few days ago highlight, yet again, the danger in many urban centers of so-called “flash mobs” and/or uncontrolled youth violence.  It’s happened on the “Magnificent Mile” in Chicago, repeatedly (note how the video clips linked in that article have been removed, presumably because they showed a racial reality that’s not politically correct).  It’s happened at the county fairgrounds near Milwaukee, WI.  It’s happened in Louisville, KY.  It’s happened in Miami Beach, FL.  Last week, it came to Baltimore. I’ve written often in the past about this danger to your security, if you live in any of those cities, or anywhere where feral

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The ammo debate rears its head again

A “combat medic” argues that 9mm and 5.56mm rounds are ineffective in combat . . . then undermines his own argument. I was an EMT and a trauma tech working on a truck and in a trauma room for about 10 years and I was an army combat medic for eight years … I have treated an inordinant amount of gun shot and blast injuries in places where surgical treatment was often well over an hour away … I kept mission logs and patient logs … I have recorded 371 gun shot wounds and significant blast injuries. . . . In just about

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Urban conflict: a recent object lesson

A few days ago, I published a post about urban self-defense and security.  In it, I noted that the author of a linked series of articles had gained experience in that field in Iraq, while mine had been in Africa, but that both of us – and most veterans of urban warfare – would agree that there’s a great deal in common about it, anywhere in the world. Another urban conflict, not even two years ago, was the Battle of Marawi in the Philippines, in 2017.  Wikipedia describes it: The Battle of Marawi … was a five-month-long armed conflict in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, that

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An interesting look at urban defense

I’m not one to fantasize about civil war, or armed rebellion, or whatever.  I’ve seen them in real life, in more than one African nation, and they’re the very last thing I want to see in these United States!  I think most people who’ve experienced them will say the same.  Nevertheless, some worry that we may see some sort of major civil unrest in our cities.  With Antifa, Black Lives Matter, urban gangs, and other elements in the news, that’s certainly not impossible.  If it looks likely, my preferred response will be to get the hell out of the way before things

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So true it hurts

Received via e-mail, origin unknown: That reality is why a lot of people buy guns every year, and learn how to use them.  As a former part-time firearms instructor for disabled students, I’d say well over half of those I trained had bought a gun because they’d been the victims of crime, and were determined that they wouldn’t be helpless victims again.  So far, a number of my former students have had to use their weapons to deter criminals, and three have had to actually pull the trigger.  All three are still alive, uninjured, and happy to be that way. 

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It makes my Glock feel inadequate!

I was amused to come across this video from the well-known Forgotten Weapons channel.  If it’s not the largest-diameter cartridge available in a revolver, it’ll do until someone with more money than sense makes a bigger one! It’s not the biggest-bore handgun I’ve ever seen, though.  That honor goes to a percussion-fired muzzle-loading 10ga. shotgun, its barrels cut down to 10″ and its stock converted into a pistol grip.  It belonged to a farmer in South Africa, who said he’d had to deal with one too many marauding predators on his sheep farm.  He reckoned that, at ranges out to 15

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