23 May 18
“America will collapse financially, chasing unceasing rules and regulations designed to save defenseless citizens from harm.”
As a panicked and short-sighted nation, we’re hurriedly composing endless reams of new, confusing, and hopelessly inconvenient “rules” with regard to school security, most of it “theater” and little else
Endless billions of taxpayer dollars are being desperately, haphazardly thrown at this issue.
More cameras and monitors (that no one is watching), more restrictions on entry and exit, more delays, more confusion, more inconvenience, etc
How do we similarly “protect” buses, sports stadiums, playgrounds, day-care centers, parking lots, movie theaters, cruise ships, et al?
With all this growing, high-tech “security” (which is mostly wishful thinking), is anyone really any “safer” than before?
Look at the UK, where cameras have been installed on virtually every single street corner in the entire country, yet where violent crime is at an all-time high, and getting worse by the day!
Bin Laden made a watertight argument!
What will work without fail, and the only strategy that has any chance of working, is:
Teachers and school officials need to go armed. Citizens need to go armed. “Security” needs to be thought of as an intensely, exclusively personal issue.
The entire false, failed philosophy of “Learned Helplessness,” endlessly promoted by leftists, needs to be majestically, audaciously thrown in the trash!
“Institutional Security” is a contraction of terms!
Personal, individual responsibility will save this civilization. Individual citizens boldly claiming their own
That will save us.
Nothing else will!
17 May 18
From a friend currently visiting New Zealand:
“There’s still a strong ‘Warrior Heritage’ here in New Zealand!
Not only via ancient Maori traditions, but also more recent contributions during WWI battles, particularly the Gallipoli Invasion.
Lots of war memorials and symbols here. I am told everyone on the Island during those years had at least one family member who died fighting the Great War. Many restaurants display facsimiles of military rifles of the period, and the symbology is embedded in much local architecture.
I’ve been surprised to see more than a few gun retailers! We stopped in one local gunshop, where we saw a large selection of hunting rifles, optics and other accouterments, and copious amounts of ammunition.
I was not expecting that!
The owner said it’s quite common for New Zealanders to own long guns. The country is full of ranches and farms, all owned by families who come from long lines of frontiersmen.
Rifles, shotguns, and ammunition may legally be kept in private homes.
Handgun ownership is much less common, and is restricted to the ‘politically connected.’
Concealed carry of handguns (by non-police) is unheard of.
‘Ordinary’ citizens can go through the interminable paperwork required to ‘apply’ to own a pistol, but applications can be arbitrarily denied (and usually are), with no explanation.
Firearms ownership is regarded here as a ‘privilege,’ not a ‘right,’ and it is thus enjoyed only by the ‘approved.’ There are ‘levels of certification,’ each requiring additional paperwork and ever-higher political connections. Each level adds additional ‘privileges,’ like semi-auto long guns, pistol-grips and other ‘military features,’ ultimately handguns.
New Zealanders don’t enjoy nearly the level of personal freedom that most Americans do, but they are far less restricted than are denizens of the UK!”
Comment: And currently in the UK, ten percent of police are armed, and I think every single one will be at the Royal Wedding tomorrow!
In the “gun-free utopia” that the UK likes to think of itself as, there are curiously always plenty of guns protecting the “ruling class.” Guns are apparently ‘evil,” unless they’re protecting politicians.
Have we heard that before?
In an additional expression of national hypocrisy, UK’s National Police Council has had to grudgingly admit that their vaunted fleet of Armed Response Vehicles (ARMs), with a crew of thirteen firearms-qualified officers, which were intended to be “first at the scene” of “firearms incidents,” are mostly irrelevant in rural areas!
The Council is just now “discovering” response-times for these ARMs is so long in some locations that there is no way they could possibly influence the outcome of an armed-terrorist incident.
So, there is now even serious talk of rural UK LEOs being “routinely armed.”
Wow! Is nothing sacred?
Brits on the brink of admitting they’ve been stupid for the last hundred years?
“Virtue and patriotism, vice and selfishness, are found in all parties, and they differ less in their motives, than in
15 May 18
Our less-than-honest, liberal media, and “Weasel Words”
Hamas has never been shy about articulating its intentions, in plain English!
Unlike North Koreans and Iranians, who insist they have only honorable intentions, but have just been “misunderstood,” Hamas has no compunction about plainly stating that they fully intend to murder every Israeli, and every Jew, they can get their hands on, anywhere, any time, as often as they can, any way they can, as many as they can.
No apologies, no mincing words, and it is not all just talk. They’ve done it!
Hamas has always been relentlessly honest and “transparent.”
I’ll give them that!
Recently, Hamas has mobilized a literal army of military-age, male “volunteers” to storm Israeli borders.
Islam provides them with a virtually endless supply!
They have all been openly instructed to get past the fence and into Israel, any way they can, and then murder as many Israelis as they can find, for as long as they can.
Again, Hamas has clearly, honestly stated that is, in fact, their purpose. Hamas’ endlessly-affirmed goal is to “utterly destroy Israel and every Jew therein.”
As noted above, I take them at their word!
After all that, our liberal media is “astonished” when Israeli border guards shoot Hamas terrorists as they are trying to forcefully, illegally crash the gate and enter Israel.
To the liberal media, it’s just so much casual conversation. To Israelis, it’s personal and extremely dangerous!
Our media describes Hamas terrorists with fraudulent nouns, like “demonstrators,” and “protestors”
Funny, they look like “rioters,” maybe “foreign fighters” to me!
And liberals in our media shed an ocean of tears over suicidal Hamas terrorists who die at the hands of Israeli border guards.
Funny, these same liberals never shed tear one when Israelis are murdered by Islamic terrorists in Israel, nor for murdered Jews and Christians in Western Europe, Indonesia, and around the world!
Liberal/leftist propagandists, masquerading as “journalists,” are incapable of so much as a honest thought!
They are a disgrace to their profession!
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy is adults, who are afraid of the light.”
It also appeared that the way she moved cleared the area behind the suspect from all innocents. Not until he went down did she move to cover. It was evident that she had seen the elephant before.
On 5/14/2018 8:55 PM, John Farnam’s Quips mailing list wrote: > 14 May 18
> > “Who Dare, Win!”
> > David Stirling, founder of the SAS. The motto has since been adopted by numerous high-speed military units.
> > In a widely-circulated video (surveillance, apparently inadvertent) of a Mothers’ Day attempted armed robbery on a street somewhere in Brazil, occurring yesterday, we see a single, pistol-wielding, male suspect approach a group of women and children standing on a sidewalk, in an apparent robbery, maybe kidnapping, attempt. > It could have been either.
> > It happens fast, and we see women frantically trying to pull their children away!
> > Among the women present was a police officer, not in uniform. She carried a pistol in a handbag (brand of handbag unknown). Her pistol was an autoloader, but brand and caliber are unknown.
> > Realizing what was happening, she courageously pushes past several children, while simultaneously presenting her pistol. The instant her muzzle points at the suspect’s chest, she fires. > > She displays absolutely no hesitation!
> > Range was just a few inches!
> > She fired at least one round. She could have fired two, maybe even three, in rapid succession. > Hard to tell from the video.
> > In any event, the astonished suspect, hit square in the chest, falls backward on his fanny, dropping his pistol in the process. From his facial expression, it is obvious he is considerable pain!
> > While on the pavement, he puts up his hands in agonized submission. His will to fight was utterly destroyed!
> > The officer, not squandering a moment, immediately takes cover behind a car as she continues to cover the downed suspect. > > She then kicks-away, subsequently recovering, the suspect’s pistol. > > Fate of the suspect is unknown.
> > From the video, it appears no one else was harmed.
> > The competent and audacious female officer was reported to be a mother herself. Whether or not any of her own children were present is unknown.
> > It is not often we get to see, in detail, real gunfights, played-out in real time. And of course, we have to be careful not to draw sweeping conclusions from a single incident. > > However, there are lessons we can, at least, reconfirm:
> > 1) You must train yourself to be competent with your equipment, but even more so, to take the initiative and then spin your OODA-Loop faster than your opponent!
> > This officer’s movements were swift, smooth, and absolutely decisive. As noted above, there was not a hint of hesitation. She had obviously trained extensively for this moment, and she prevailed magnificently!
> > You may be killed when you take decisive action. You may likewise be killed when you do nothing! Either way, dithering is always toxic! Indecision and delay will prove fatal. > > So:
> >> Size-up the situation quickly
>> Make a plan
>> Hit the “go” button
>> Don’t look back!
> > 2) Don’t relax too soon!
> > You don’t get to declare when the fight is “over,” and danger subsided. Always follow-up. Always stay alert. Always finish the fight!
> > 3) Carrying defensive pistols in handbags represents a viable method for “going armed.”
> > I know instructors who don’t consider “off-body carry” to be legitimate. But for many (and not just women), off-body carry not only represents a viable option. It represents the only option!
> > One must practice, of course, but this woman expertly demonstrated just how handy, effective, and accessible this carry-method can be.
> > “The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than that from long, drawn-out vacillations, and the effect of decisiveness itself is, without fail, to make things go your way” > > Anne McCormick
> > /John
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> Copyright 2018 by DTI, Inc. All rights reserved.
14 May 18
“Who Dare, Win!”
David Stirling, founder of the SAS. The motto has since been adopted by numerous high-speed military units.
In a widely-circulated video (surveillance, apparently inadvertent) of a Mothers’ Day attempted armed robbery on a street somewhere in Brazil, occurring yesterday, we see a single, pistol-wielding, male suspect approach a group of women and children standing on a sidewalk, in an apparent robbery, maybe kidnapping, attempt.
It could have been either.
It happens fast, and we see women frantically trying to pull their children away!
Among the women present was a police officer, not in uniform. She carried a pistol in a handbag (brand of handbag unknown). Her pistol was an autoloader, but brand and caliber are unknown.
Realizing what was happening, she courageously pushes past several children, while simultaneously presenting her pistol. The instant her muzzle points at the suspect’s chest, she fires.
She displays absolutely no hesitation!
Range was just a few inches!
She fired at least one round. She could have fired two, maybe even three, in rapid succession.
Hard to tell from the video.
In any event, the astonished suspect, hit square in the chest, falls backward on his fanny, dropping his pistol in the process. From his facial expression, it is obvious he is considerable pain!
While on the pavement, he puts up his hands in agonized submission. His will to fight was utterly destroyed!
The officer, not squandering a moment, immediately takes cover behind a car as she continues to cover the downed suspect.
She then kicks-away, subsequently recovering, the suspect’s pistol.
Fate of the suspect is unknown.
From the video, it appears no one else was harmed.
The competent and audacious female officer was reported to be a mother herself. Whether or not any of her own children were present is unknown.
It is not often we get to see, in detail, real gunfights, played-out in real time. And of course, we have to be careful not to draw sweeping conclusions from a single incident.
However, there are lessons we can, at least, reconfirm:
1) You must train yourself to be competent with your equipment, but even more so, to take the initiative and then spin your OODA-Loop faster than your opponent!
This officer’s movements were swift, smooth, and absolutely decisive. As noted above, there was not a hint of hesitation. She had obviously trained extensively for this moment, and she prevailed magnificently!
You may be killed when you take decisive action. You may likewise be killed when you do nothing! Either way, dithering is always toxic! Indecision and delay will prove fatal.
> Size-up the situation quickly
> Make a plan
> Hit the “go” button
> Don’t look back!
2) Don’t relax too soon!
You don’t get to declare when the fight is “over,” and danger subsided. Always follow-up. Always stay alert. Always finish the fight!
3) Carrying defensive pistols in handbags represents a viable method for “going armed.”
I know instructors who don’t consider “off-body carry” to be legitimate. But for many (and not just women), off-body carry not only represents a viable option. It represents the only option!
One must practice, of course, but this woman expertly demonstrated just how handy, effective, and accessible this carry-method can be.
“The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than that from long, drawn-out vacillations, and the effect of decisiveness itself is, without fail, to make things go your way”
9 May 18
From a friend in the UK:
“Gunfire in London is no longer uncommon, even though guns are technically ‘illegal’ here!
Knife attacks are also a plague, and ever associated with deadly gang warfare. Most gangs here are composed of immigrants, almost all illegal, and they’re constantly engaged in lethal territorial disputes.
As a result, London’s rate of violent crime is soaring, now exceeding even NYC’s (where there are at least a few legal guns)!
Guns of all types (all illegal of course) are streaming into our country, by the boatload, on any navigable waterway, and believe it or not, right through the capital’s main waterway, the Thames!
Most are smuggled-in from the Mideast.
As in The States, illegal migrants also come unhindered across our porous (water) borders, which we will not protect as a matter of public policy.
When our cops ‘stop-and-search,’ they’re automatically accused of ‘racism,’ even when they unfailingly find these illegal immigrants laden with guns and other weapons.
In the interim, our frightened citizenry remains disarmed and defenseless.
London’s Islamic mayor now wants to ban even kitchen knives!
I live in a country populated with VBCs (Victims, by Choice) who (by law) have no means of protecting themselves and thus daily live in morbid fear of armed and violent criminals, about whom our government does virtually nothing.
We anxiously cower behind locked doors, afraid to go out.
We’ve been robbed of our personal well-being, our heritage, peace, but most of all, we’ve been robbed of dignity!
More correctly, we’ve traded our dignity for a pitiable handout and the myth of ‘safety,’ which as noted above, is a lie!
Who value their health are well-advised not to come here.
Defend your Second Amendment, or you’ll be like us!”
Comment: “Learned helplessness,” a critical axiom of leftist politics, invariably leads to the above-described nauseating personal and national degradation.
The spread of liberal/leftist philosophy relies completely on people being blind to history.
The individual possession and bearing of arms imparts to every citizen a sense of personal worth and dignity, an air of self-respect and responsibility, impossible to bring-about any other way.
Free men bear arms!
History continues to confirm it!
“In these modern times, many are wounded for not having weapons, nor knowledge of their use.”
Achille Marozzo, 1536
8 May 18
More “Unintended Consequences!”
This from an attorney friend and colleague in WI:
“I am in the process of reviewing title-work in order to insure the purchase of commercial property for one of our clients.
I ran into this ‘exception clause.’
It is new! I’ve never seen it before:
‘Notice: Please be aware that, due to conflict between federal and state laws concerning the cultivation, distribution, manufacture, or sale of marijuana, the Company is not able to close, nor insure, any transaction involving property that is associated with these activities.’
This is a big deal, and I’m not at all sure many in the real estate industry are even aware of it yet.
But, they will be!
It means that a marijuana-growing operation, or establishment that ‘dispenses’ marijuana, cannot get title insurance for their property, making it nearly impossible to sell the property. Note that the clause above does not enumerate any kind of time limit!
When you can’t get title insurance, you can’t get a loan!
I’d hate to be a landlord who has a ‘dispensary tenant,’ looking to refinance, only to anguishingly discover his otherwise-valuable property is permanently ‘contaminated,’ and thus effectively worthless, maybe forever!”
Comment: That landlord would probably be better-off if his property were contaminated with plutonium!
With this inherent and unresolvable state/federal law conflict, suddenly lawyers, realtors, landlords, underwriters, bank presidents, et al are faced with the prospect of an inadvertent mis-step that leads to them spending “quality time” in federal prison!
They predictably respond by washing their hands of the entire issue, and nervously writing “exception clauses,” as we see above.
“Public acceptance” of casual marijuana use is decades away, and it well may never happen, no matter what state legislatures do or don’t do.
In the interim, which probably includes the remainder of our lifetimes, significant risk will continue to attach,
… and not just for actual users, as we see!
7 May 18
From a friend in MA:
“I recently attended an indoor concert in Boston. Like you, I don’t like crowds, but I made an exception in this case.
Music was canonical and conservative, and the admission price was hefty, so I calculated that attendees would be mostly middle-aged and well-behaved.
Right on the former. Wrong on the latter!
I routinely carry a 1911 in an IWB belt-holster, along with two spare magazines on the opposite side. Also blades, flashlight, OC, etc.
As I approached the venue, I realized that ticket-holders all had to pass-through physical ‘security-screening’ performed by ununiformed, unarmed, minimum-wage private security personnel.
First, each attendee had to have bags searched. Then, ‘wanders’ checked bodies.
Screening was done on the street outside the venue, so I figured I could plead ignorance, if necessary.
The ‘bag-screener’ casually looked inside my bag, and waved me through. He didn’t look into the side-pocket, which contained my knives, flashlight, and OC bottle.
The ‘wander’ then asked me if I had any weapons. I didn’t answer.
He then briefly ran his wand over my chest, ignoring my belt area, completely missing my pistol and magazines. Obviously bored, he then waved me through without another word.
So much for any expectation that ‘security guards’ were going to keep me ‘safe’ during the concert!
‘Security’ was a joke, as it usually is. Just a hollow ‘show.’ It is ‘security theater,’ and little else, as you’ve noted before.
Attendees were, sure-enough mostly white and middle class. Most were, in fact, well-behaved and were there to hear the music.
But, there were sufficient number who were loud, vulgar, and otherwise ill-behaved to ruin it for everyone else!
Ushers and ‘security guards’ did nothing about their boisterousness and rowdiness.
In any event, in disgust I left early, but came away with these important lessons reinforced:
1) I’m not going places I can’t be armed. So-called ‘security,’ provided by anyone claiming to provide it, is invariably a lie and a joke!
2) Hooliganism is now so common in our civilization, and so accepted just about everywhere people gather, that you can expect to be physically assaulted in any artistic, sporting, or political venue, and the only thing you can really depend upon is that no one will help you, and nothing will be done about it!”
“At the core, of our nation’s decline is the displacement of the concept that the government exists to protect the liberty of the people, by the fanciful notion that it is responsible for their material well-being.
Once the latter takes hold, there is no intellectual basis for disputing that the government is responsible for ensuring that material well-being is shared by all people equally, except for the fact that that outcome it is impossible to achieve, other than by subjecting everyone (other than those overseeing the system) to being equally impoverished.
That matters little in early stages, when the few Peters are being robbed to pay hordes of voting Pauls.
A side but motivating benefit enjoyed by ruling politicians is that they gain ever-increasing power and simultaneously ever less accountability, as the ‘equality-of-outcomes’ concept advances.”
6 May 18
“Unprepared, and apparently proud of it!”
“When a coyote attacked a young girl recently on a childrens’ playground in snobby, affluent, gun-free Westchester County, located northwest of NYC, all adults present were of course, weaponless and otherwise unprepared, including an off-duty police officer who was NOT carrying concealed.
The unarmed, off duty-officer physically wrestled with the coyote on the ground for five minutes, getting bitten more than once, until armed police officers finally arrived and shot the animal.
This county has dealt with a recent flood of aggressive coyote complaints. The animals there are assertive, and why not? The more they are around humans, and nothing negative happens to them, the more they’re going to regard people, particularly small ones, as lunch!
Liberals’ predictable visceral aversion to firearms, and to hunting, makes their gun-free, upscale suburb an ideal place for coyotes to take-up residence. Lots of dogs, cats, children, etc available to eat- all of them slow, fat, naif, soft, and tasty!
And, virtually no risk!
The dead coyote in question was a well-developed, well-fed, healthy, large adult, with a lush fur coat. There is no sign the animal was rabid.
He was just hungry!
Once again, liberals believe that “moral superiority” ever attaches to personal unpreparedness and willing victimhood
When they find themselves dupes of their own naivety, they predictably bleat, “This is so unfair!”
Usually their “famous last words!”
“A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.”
5 May 18
2018 NRA Show, Dallas, TX, Second Day
Today, I did see a single, scraggly protestor, carrying a sign depicting an poorly-drawn AR with a red line through. He was tottering back and forth. No one paid any attention to him!
I saw a number of black men attending the Show and wearing T-shirts that said:
“Black Guns Matter”
I waived approvingly to all of them. They all smiled and waived back!
Makers of silencers tell me that police-department business has picked-up lately due to several class-action lawsuits accusing department administrations of disregard of progressive healing loss suffered by officers, due to exposure to gunfire during training, particularly on indoor ranges.
Silenced ARs represent a solution many departments have selected!
Honor Defense is a maker of single-column, Glock-like, 9mm pistols. They have been around for a number of years now, and I have shot them several times during SHOT Show Range Day. They are modular, like the SIG 320, and designed for the serious use. I think they deserve consideration by Operators!
The model you want is the HG9CLE. I’m testing a copy now!
Emerson, along with Cold Steel, tops the list of serious knife-makers. Ernie Emerson, like Lynn Thompson, is a stand-up guy! The Emerson model I recommend for daily carry is the CQL7
Many in the ammunition industry are persuaded that “scalloped” all-copper bullets, called “Extreme Defense” by Underwood (“Honey Badger” by Black Hills) are inherently superior in terminal performance to traditional “cup-and-core” hollowpoints, and even all-copper hollowpoints.
I’m not yet ready to jump on that bandwagon, but Underwood has been kind enough to provide me with some for testing.
Tomorrow, the NRA show will be over for another year.
It is worth attending!