Monday, September 30, 2013

What to do in an attack like the Kenya Mall Massacre

This isn't my work.  If you'd like to follow the combat veteran who gave this advice, please see his facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dark-Secret-Place-on-KFI-Los-Angeles/251484178221420

I wanted to share this with everyone possible, though, because as Bryan Suits pointed out, terrorists copy success.  The Kenya Mall Massacre was, from a terrorist standpoint, a success.  So what do you do?  From Bryan Suits (note:  I've removed profanity, because my readers aren't used to seeing it):
Some thoughts: you've probably been to the same mall many dozens, if not hundreds of times. Next time you go, check out some of those long corridors that lead to bathrooms/maintenance rooms/loading docks.

-Do the doors open or are they locked?
-Will the alarm sound?

If a similar attack happens, it will sound like D Day. It won't go "pop.....pop,pop......pop."  [Like a police shooting]  It will go "(insert sound of D Day here) "

-You will freeze. Get over it. Embrace the part of your mind that is quietly saying "This is real." Reject the LOUDER voice that says "It's a TV shoot. This is [your town]."

Run past all the frozen bystanders who are thinking "It's a TV shoot. This is [my town]." For karma points yell "Find an exit, it's an attack!" But be prepared for a stampede. If you HAVE to get to your car, do NOT drive it out. You will be stuck in the traffic going out AND in. Take the medicine or whatever you need and run. Run out of the parking lot and report to police/fire what you have seen.

Is your child under 5 years old? Carry him/her. Do you have two children under 5? Carry BOTH of them! You will move faster treating them like suitcases. Practice this today (no joke).

If you can NOT exit the mall, find solid cover and concealment as soon as possible. "Cover" means it can protect you from grenade shrapnel or bullets. "Concealment" means...well, concealment. Is there a bank branch in the mall? Awesome, go there. Are you stuck in an Apple Store? You might be fucked.

Text the person you trust the most to not freak out. Be brief and clear. "At mall. Lots of shooting. We are safe. Copy?" If you don't get a response immediately, go to Trusted Bloke #2, same message. ROFL? Nope, it's an attack.
Based on what is being reported on the Kenya Mall Massacre, it would be better to be shot to death trying to escape than to be taken prisoner.

Kenyan Mall Attack Torture Claims Surface

This is from the Daily Mail, which is a UK tabloid.  However, tabloids in the UK are not what they are in the US.  They tend to nail down political material really well. 

The material in the story is graphic.  Do not click the link if you don't want details.

Kenyan Mall Attack Torture Claims Surface



If the reports are accurate, they're disgusting.  Even among extremists who think killing nonbelievers are okay, one hopes that there aren't many who are willing to torture people for fun.  The reports include eyes gouged out, noses torn off with pliers, ears torn similarly, fingers cut off using pliers.

The extremists also stabbed children.  Wouldn't it be better to convert the children to Islam?  Why not give adults a chance to convert, if your real goal is to bring glory to Allah? 

That can't have been their real goal.  These are sick people who wanted to hurt and torture others and used their extremist version of a faith as the excuse.  I can not think that anyone's deity would endorse or reward this behavior.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Armed Citizen

When a woman knocked on the door, Donald Kaighn-an NRA member, World War II veteran and gun collector-opened it. Her car had broken down so Kaighn allowed the woman inside to use the phone, a favor she returned by spraying the 84-year-old's face with lighter fluid and hitting him in the head with the can. Kaighn grabbed a Colt .32-cal. pistol while his assailant ran upstairs. He confronted her. "She said something like 'Stop or I'll shoot,'" Kaighn explained. "I immediately fired the gun. The woman briefly returned fire before leaping from the second story window with some of Kaighn's possessions. "I'm a member of the NRA and I subscribe to its policy of not being a victim," Kaighn said. "I don't want to hurt anybody." (WPVI-ABC6, Philadelphia, PA, 12/01/2009)

Police say 91-year-old Robert Thompson and his Rottweiler mix, Rett, were alarmed when they saw a prowler on the back porch trying to get into their home. "I started to let [Rettl out the door, and he was so anxious he got caught in the door," said Thompson, a Purple Heart World War II veteran. Rett pounced on the suspect and held him down. Thompson ran inside to calls 9-1-1 and get his gun. Upon his return, Rett released the suspect, who tried to get up and charge Thompson. The suspect changed his tune when the veteran fired a shot, narrowly missing him. "I think the guy was scared to death. He was screaming," said Thompson, who held the suspect for police. "If anyone violates my home they better be careful, that's all I got to say," he said. (News-Herald, Panama City, FL, 11/19/2009)

Four days after the Deadmon family experienced a home invasion, the robbers returned. Police say two of the suspects confronted the son, John­ Ross, in the garage. They told him they were after his father and dragged him inside the home. John-Ross broke free as his father, Randy, arrived with a gun. "They told my husband they had come back to kill him because we had reported [the robbery]," Sherry Deadmon said. John-Ross grabbed a shotgun the family kept ready since the first invasion. Father and son fired several shots, wounding one of the suspects. The intruders fled the home and were arrested by police. "This time they were ready for them," said Detective Chad Moose of the local sheriff's office. (Salisbury Post, Salisbury, NC, 10/31/2009)

It was just after 5 a.m. when Graham Ricks awoke to loud noises and realized someone was breaking the back door. "I always wondered, 'Was I going to be able to do what I needed to do if someone came in the house?'" Ricks recalls. He was about to find out. Police say he called 9-1-1, obtained a firearm and crouched behind a wall as the intruder jostled the door open. "He turned towards me and I saw he had a gun and I fired," Ricks said. The suspect fled the home, possibly injur­ing himself as he jumped from the porch. (WKYT-CBS27, Lexington, KY, 11/01/2009)

Dave Strickland arrived home to find his belongings in dis­array and an unknown vehicle in his garage. He quickly retrieved his handgun and shouted for anyone in the house to identify themselves. What hap­pened next is truly bizarre. According to police, a man came around the corner wearing only Strickland's boxer shorts. Strickland told the intruder he was going to call police and the "guy started ranting about him being the owner of the home and how he was going to come down here and kick me out of the house." The suspect made an aggressive move toward Strickland, who fired a shot and held the suspect for police. (KCNC­ CBS4, Denver, CO, 11/17/2009)

Nathan Brown remembers, "I heard three distinct bangs like someone was kicking in my door. It wasn't like a knock, it was emotionally charged. It scared me." Brown was especially frightened for his 2-year-old daughter, who was sleeping in a back room. Police say Brown got his gun and ordered whoever was on the other side of the door to go away. Two men shouted back and one of them broke the door's lock and charged inside. "I said, 'Stop, I'll shoot you!'" Brown recalls, but the men pressed on. "That's when I shot." Both intruders fled. Police found one of them nearby suffering from a gunshot wound. A full-time student and single father, Brown recently bought his first firearm out of security concerns. "I don't feel safe here, which is why I bought the guns in the first place," he said. (KPTV­ FOX12, Portland, OR, 11/27/2009)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S4

This isn't politics.  It's phones.  To be honest, politics is interesting me a bit less these days.  This topic is big with my friends on Facebook.  Should you get an iPhone 5s or a Samsung Galaxy S4?

Here's the straightest, least biased comparison I've seen so far:  iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S4

I am biased, and I'll give full disclosure about that below, but first I'll discuss features that make the Galaxy S4 a better phone.

Display:  
The Galaxy S4 has a larger, sharper display.  Apple keeps on making excuses about why their display isn't as large as every other smart phone out there.  It's really a matter of Apple ceasing to innovate and beginning to play catch up.  The reviewer at the above-linked article was kind: 
"The iPhone only packs in 35 percent as many pixels as the Galaxy S4 does, but it's hard to come down too hard on that 326 pixel per inch Retina Display. When looking at these two phones, we're really comparing 'plenty sharp' to 'ridiculously sharp.'"
Yes, and I'll take the sharper display.  It allows me to see things better.

Processor:
The iPhone 5s uses a dual core CPU running at 1.3 GHz.  The Galaxy S4 uses a quad core CPU running at 1.9 GHz (LTE) or an octa core running at 1.6 GHz (HSPA+).  Unless the Apple core is magical in some way I don't understand, that makes any version of the Galaxy S4 more powerful and faster than the iPhone 5s.

RAM:
iPhone 5s has 1 GB.  The Galaxy S4 has 2 GB.  The Galaxy S4 has twice the memory of the iPhone.

Storage:
Both phones come with either 16 GB, 32 GB or 64GB of storage, but here's the big difference:  you can install a microSD card in the S4 to add an additional 64GB of storage, so it can have twice the storage of the iPhone 5s.  Apple can't even argue aesthetics on this one.  The microSD card slips in under the battery cover, so it in no way interferes with the look of the Galaxy S4.  But then, you can't get to or replace your battery on an iPhone the way you can on an S4...

If speed, memory and storage matter to you as a phone user, you want the Galaxy S4.  It has at least twice what the iPhone 5s does.

I've focused on the core performance issues that matter to me and to most users, but if you'd like more reason the Galaxy S4 beats the snot out of the iPhone, here are extras:  11 Things Samsung's Galaxy S4 Can Do That The iPhone 5S Can't   Some things that might interest the average user:  The Galaxy S4 can play media at a full 1080p.  The iPhone can't.  The Galaxy S4 connects to your computer and charges the battery using a standard micro USB cable, which you can buy at any computer store.  iPhone uses a proprietary cable.

Only one question remains:  Why would anybody buy an iPhone 5s over a Samsung Galaxy S4?  I don't think most iPhone users are stupid (though some have proved they are:  iOS 7: users destroy iPhones after fake waterproof advert), they're simply not doing their research.  They still think iPhone is innovative and superior, but it's not.

I promised to get to my own biases regarding Apple, and I'll admit, I have a couple of major ones.  I do not like Apple's paternalistic approach to software.  Their "walled garden" of applications is stifling.  The fact that Apple for many years wouldn't allow Flash Player to be used (reportedly by order of Steve Jobs) because Flash Player favored PCs really annoyed me.  (Since PCs had 89% of the market at the time, Adobe's "bias" made perfect sense).  Finally, the idea that I should synch my phone using iTunes is a joke.  Maybe Apple has stopped doing that, but the fact they ever considered it the right way to synch a phone amazes me.  I used iTunes briefly years ago, because I like to buy my music, not pirate it.  One day, when iTunes wasn't running I decided to check my memory processes and found that iTunes was running multiple things and eating my system's memory even though I wasn't using the program.  I uninstalled it and started buying my music from services like Amazon.  I will never buy from a company that thinks their music buying service should be their phone interface.  Fortunately, now there's no reason to.  They're selling inferior hardware to people who don't research, relying on media hype and devoted users to keep their market share.  I'd like to say there's no way that's viable long term, but people throughout history have proven they'll buy inferior products if the right logo is stuck to them.  You're reading this, so don't be one of those people.  Get your money's worth and the better phone.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hey, Senator McCain, still think these are moderate, good guys?

Syria rebels reject opposition coalition, call for Islamic leadership

Via Routers:  
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Powerful Syrian insurgent units have rejected the authority of the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC), badly damaging efforts by Western-backed political exiles to forge a moderate rebel military force on the ground.
Among these groups are those who deliberately attack Christian towns because they're Christian, and if what I've heard is correct, have said they'll execute every religious minority in the country they're in power.

As mentioned before, there is no good guy in this fight.  We should not be involved.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A Brief Open Letter to American and Other Muslims

A Brief Open Letter to American and Other Muslims

This isn't my work.  I'm linking to Professor Dan Peterson.  He makes great points that I hope help in some way.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Shocked onlookers watched as a vehicle careened across a mall parking lot, nearly striking a tree. Inside, a man was savagely beating his girlfriend as she screamed for help. While others stood by and watched, a 27-year-old man with a concealed carry permit ran to the woman's aid, drew a Glock semi-automatic pistol and shouted at her boyfriend to end the assault. The boyfriend saw the gun and promptly complied. Police praised the armed citizen's actions. "For all we know, he could have saved her from serious injury," said Police Captain Norman Colyer. "I'm going to call him and tell him that when he gets ready to renew his [concealed carry] license, it's on me." (News-Telegram, Sulphur Springs, TX, 10/15/2009)

Police say Peter Gilmore was enjoying a visit with his son, James McGlone, when two armed men with stockings over their faces kicked open the front door. One of the suspects held a knife to Gilmore's throat and threatened to kill him. McGlone ran for the bedroom while the other suspect, armed with a tire iron, gave chase. The suspect may have assumed McGlone was running away, but he soon learned McGlone was arming himself. McGlone retrieved one of his father's pistols, aimed it as his assailant and told him to leave. Instead, the suspect struck him with the tire iron. McGlone fired a single shot, wounding the suspect, who fled with his accomplice. (Herald Tribune, Sarasota, FL, 10/26/2009)

He may be only 13 years old, but police say two burglars proved no match for Josh Cichy. He had just arrived home to what should have been an unoccupied house, but something wasn't right. "I walked down the hall and I saw two guys at the door and window," Cichy explains. He took fast action, grab­bing a powerful spotlight, an air pistol and a 20-ga. shotgun. First, he blinded the intruders with the spotlight and shot at them with the air gun, hitting one. "I think I got him right in the face," Cichy recalls. Then he fired the shotgun and the intruders fled the home. Cichy says he's familiar with firearms, thanks to his father. "I go hunting with my dad and friends, so I know what to do. I wasn't really scared, but at the end I was shaking because of the adrenalin, I guess." (Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI, 10/02/2009)

A Georgia woman was at home with her daughter and a visitor when she heard a commotion in the front room. To her horror, two men and a woman wearing masks had barged in and started robbing the visitor. Rather than panic, the woman grabbed her gun, cell phone and daughter and hurried into a closet. Meanwhile, according to police, the robbers took $100 from the visitor, tied him up and began searching for the woman. They opened the closet, but took one look at her gun and ran. They were in such a hurry that they had trouble opening the door and fired a couple of shots in desperation. The woman returned fire and the robbers fled the scene. (Associated Press, 10/19/2009)

Three thieves apparently weren't aware of David Massey's successful track record of repelling burglars from his rural home. Massey has had several burglary attempts at his home, including one in 2008 when he fired at one suspect and held another for police. In the latest incident, police say Massey discovered two women and a man break­ing into his home and confronted them with a handgun. The suspects leapt into an SUV and hurtled toward Massey. "They drove right across the center of the [driveway] circle towards me...I was in fear of my life," Massey said. 'They wouldn't stop, so I shot." Massey fired six shots in the direction of the vehicle's radiator. The vehicle veered out of control, missing Massey by mere feet and rolling onto its side. The suspects fled the vehicle and were arrested by police nearby. "I moved out here for the serenity," said Massey, who's determined to keep the home despite the burglaries. "I don't know how serene it is today." (Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, CA, 09/29/2009)

A great-grandmother and five of her relatives were enjoying a family trip when an armed robber stormed inside their motel room. Shout­ing orders, the robber forced the great­ grandmother to the floor, which actually positioned her closer to her .357 magnum revolver, a gun she inherited from her late husband and for which she had a permit to carry. As the robber threatened three generations of the woman's family and demanded money, she quietly got her gun. A shot rang out. "I thought I was shot," her son said. "I didn't realize my mother had shot him. It was mass chaos." The robber stumbled outside and died. "She said to me, 'God was with me tonight. You know I couldn't have done that myself," her son recalled. (The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH, 10/23/2009)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Don't buy from Starbucks

Starbucks Seeks to Keep Guns Out of Its Coffee Shops (New York Times)

I understand the owner's fatigue with the issue.  Even those of us who are very adamant in our positions are tired of it and wish we could just be done with it--provided it's settled in our favor, naturally.  That doesn't excuse making lawful firearms owners unwelcome, though.

The CE's statement really bothers me:
“I’ve spent a significant amount of personal time on this issue in the last several months and I’ve seen the emotionally charged nature of this issue and how polarizing it is on both sides,” Howard Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks, said in a telephone interview. “Nevertheless, customers in many stores have been jarred and fairly uncomfortable to see guns in our stores, not understanding the issue and feeling that guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience, especially when small kids are around.” 
Children and adults shouldn't be uncomfortable with the exercise of the 2nd amendment.  In fact, they should be comforted that the bad guys would look at all those lawful guns and find somewhere else to engage in criminal activity.  My child has already been taught safe handling and shooting techniques and is looking forward to her first range trip once I feel she'll be able to handle recoil.  Guns don't make her uncomfortable.  She's glad good people are willing to defend her from the bad guys.  Starbucks contributing to the fear of lawful firearms ownership upsets me deeply.

Even though they say that they won't refuse you service, if you're a CCW holder and you go in and are asked to leave, you're trespassing.  That's a misdemeanor.  It could cost you your CCW permit.  Why risk it?  Plenty of coffee shops will welcome people who are willing to put their own lives on the line to defend themselves or others.

Starbucks doesn't need the hassle of your business or your presence, so if you support gun rights, find a new place for your morning java.

A final note is that if you are an open carry advocate, part of making it clear that lawful gun ownership is nothing to be scared of is being polite and respectful.  Never be belligerent in your attitude.  Although I don't like the attitude from Starbucks, I also see their point and recognize some of it was caused by overly pushy advocates who mean well, but present their case in a hostile manner.  For more on that aspect of the situation, please read Starbucks and guns.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Strict Gun Control doesn't preven another mass shooting incident

DC has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation.  Much like in Chicago, it doesn't seem to do much good to prevent handgun homicide in general or mass shootings:

13 Dead in Washington Navy Yard Shootings Including Gunman
A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.
That is horrible.  It's a tragedy.  Could somebody with a CCW permit have mitigated the carnage?  Possibly, but DC doesn't allow that, and due to an executive order by Bill Clinton, military installations are gun free zones.  What we do know is the strictest of gun control laws doesn't stop these incidents.

Charles C. W. Cooke was even more forceful than I was in his piece, "Gun Control’s Dead End" at National Review Online.  He makes good points if you're interested.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Armed Citizen

Dressed in black hooded jackets and black masks, two men entered a Columbus, Ga., area home around 2 a.m. through a lower-level door. Upon hearing noises, the 47-year-old resident (who has been burglarized twice before) went to investigate. When he saw the burglars, the resident called out and the intruders reacted by charging toward him. The resident pulled a .357 Mag. pistol and fired at the men, possibly injuring one before they fled the home via a sliding-glass door. When police arrived, they were able to follow a trail of blood off the property, but the trail was lost in some nearby woods. No arrests were made. (The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus, GA, 09/10/2009)

"I didn't know who they were, and they kept asking, 'Where's the money?'" Bradley Fugate recalls of a frightening home invasion incident. Police say the armed suspects burst into the home shortly after Fugate opened the front and back doors to let some cool air inside. One of the men pushed Fugate's niece onto a bed and began rummaging through a safe. "That was enough for me and it allowed me to get my gun from where I keep it. ... I raised up and fired," Fugate said. The shot missed and the struggle led to the kitchen. "He turned around and raised his gun up at me. That's when I shot him," Fugate explained. The suspect was killed. His accomplice fled, later committing suicide during a standoff with police. "I ain't no hero, and I'm broken up about it," Fugate said. "I did what I had to do." (Dayton Daily News, Dayton, OH, 09/02/2009)

Rocking her baby to sleep one night, a Traverse City, Mich., woman heard her kitchen door open and saw a strange man enter her home. "She's just sitting there in the dead of night...and this guy comes in and scares the crap out of her," Traverse City Police Capt. Steve Morgan said. The woman ran into her bedroom and alerted her husband who retrieved a handgun and confronted the suspect, Aaron TwoCrow of Suttons Bay, Mich. On seeing the gun, TwoCrow ran from the house and was later arrested. Police say he appeared to be intoxicated, but gave no indication as to why he had entered the home. He was charged with misdemeanor illegal entry. (Traverse City Record Eagle, Traverse City, MI, 09/22/2009)

Police say a club-wielding intruder entered a home's unlocked front door while the residents were in­side. He snuck down a hallway, entered a bedroom and began stealing a coin collection. The homeowner heard the ruckus and accosted the intruder, who merely shouted threats and continued taking the coins. The homeowner left the room and returned with a handgun, firing a shot at the intruder. The suspect fled the property, scattering coins as he ran. He was being sought by police. (The Island Packet, Hilton Head, SC, 09/23/2009)

When a grocery store manager saw a woman walking away with a stolen bag of meat products, she yelled for the woman to stop. According to police, the brazen shoplifter got into her car. As the manager was writing down the license plate, the shoplifter sped toward her, striking the manager and causing her to fall onto the hood. She held on for dear life as the car sped toward an exit. A bystander saw what was occurring, so he blocked the exit with his vehicle and demanded the shoplifter get out of her car. With the manager still holding on to the hood, the shoplifter tried to maneu­ver around the vehicle. The bystander, a concealed-carry permit holder, drew his 9mm pistol and yelled at the shoplifter to stop. She again refused. Fearing for the manager's life, he fired a shot through the driver's side window, striking the suspect as she sped off. The car traveled about 200 feet before the wounded driver slowed down. The manager got off the hood unharmed. Police arrested the shoplifter at the hospital. (Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO, 09/03/2009)

Early one morning, a pregnant woman had no idea she would be targeted by a young adult in the midst of a burglary spree. Police say the suspect had already burglarized several cars and homes when he entered the woman's residence in the early morn­ing hours. She awoke and confronted him with a shotgun, prompting him to draw a handgun. Rather than firing a shot, the pregnant woman explained to the intruder that her gun was larger. He put his gun away and waited for police. (Press-Register, Mobile, AL, 09/11/2009)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

New York's Gun Problem

In this post, I'm actually not talking about how strict gun control doesn't work in New York, though it doesn't.

I'll be discussing the fact that New York's police force is more dangerous with their guns than lawful citizens are, and how it's not all their fault.

The story that sparked this post is in the New York Post (and no doubt elsewhere, but the Post loves descriptive writing).  You can read it here:  Cops shoot two bystanders on Broadway
Cops trying to subdue an emotionally disturbed man with a long rap sheet accidentally shot two female bystanders outside Port Authority Bus Terminal on Saturday night, source said.

One victim, 54, was struck in her leg — breaking two bones in her calf — as she stood leaning on her four-wheeled walker across from the terminal; a second woman, 35, was grazed in her buttocks.
This reminds me of a previous story.  You may recall the Empire State Building shooting.  A criminal determined to kill a man against whom he had a personal grudge did so.  9 other people were wounded afterward, and the media started in with anti-gun outrage, only to suddenly go quiet when it turned out the 9 innocent bystanders were wounded by police, not by the criminal.  The criminal killed only his intended victim, which is bad enough, but the police shot everyone else.

It is hard to hit a moving target, even if you train quite a bit.  Still, there's a real problem when police aren't adhering to one of the basic rules of shooting (know what's behind your target) and missing.

While training is part of the problem, another big part may well be the NYPD's modifications to their guns.  As I understand it, when they switched from revolvers to semiautomatics, they started having accidental discharge issues.  Officers unused to the light trigger pull of many semiautos were shooting themselves in the legs and feet while trying to draw their weapons (fingers outside the trigger guard until you're on target, guys--you can fix that with some training so it becomes automatic even in a panic situation).  New York's solution wasn't more training, though.  Instead, they had all firearms modified to a 12 pound trigger pull.  Non shooters probably don't understand.  There's a great explanation linked here.

To give you frame of reference, my very accurate handgun comes with a measured 9 pound pull for the first double action shot, then a 4 pound pull for each single action follow up shot.  You're never going to fire the first shot by accident, but 9 pounds isn't fighting your handgun to try to get a shot off.  4 pounds makes the follow ups easy and accurate.

When you have a fairly light gun with a really heavy trigger pull, even a great shooter who trains a lot is going to have more trouble hitting the target.  A patrol officer who only makes it to the range the mandatory minimum and can barely pass qualifications isn't going to hit anything he or she intends to in a panic situation, but a lot of unintended targets will be hit as we've seen at least twice now.

Training can be expensive, but I bet it's less expensive than 11 lawsuits for accidental shootings.  In my humble armchair trainer (and I'm not a trainer, just a guy fairly familiar with firearms), NY would be far better off doing the necessary training to have officers keep their fingers out of the trigger guard until the gun's up and on target and lessening the trigger pull resistance.  If you train enough, the movement becomes instinctive.  Most shooters who practice drawing will keep their index finger alongside the body of the gun even in a panic situation and won't shoot themselves, but can actually hit their intended target because they're not fighting a 12 pound trigger pull.

For the interested, in the first 11 seconds or so of this video, you can see clearly a proper draw:


The instructor is not in a panic situation, but the movement is so practiced that he'll draw that way from his holster every time, no matter what the situation is.  It's fast, but notice that his finger does not enter the trigger guard until the gun is up.  That's what the police need to do.

Friday, September 13, 2013

There's no point to U.S. citizenship any longer

There's no longer any real benefit to U.S. citizenship.  Yesterday California lawmakers approved a measure to allow driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.  Because why not, right?  They're here illegally, they (for now) drive illegally, they vote illegally, but they obtain taxpayer funded services legally, so they might as well drive legally.  Heck, in California, we're going to let illegal aliens practice law.

By they way, most industrialized nations on the planet, including Mexico, won't let you do anything legally in their country if you're there illegally.  No benefits, no voting, no taxpayer funded services.  No wonder illegal aliens want to come here.

So, if you wondered, "Why are Americans renouncing citizenship in record numbers?" you now have your answer.  Being a citizen just means the U.S. government will tax you even if you're living in another country and they're not providing you any significant services.  Owning a home legally just means they can track you down so you can't get free health care from an emergency room by being an illegal alien and giving a false name.

In short, if you're a U.S. citizen, you have fewer rights and receive fewer services in your own country than illegal aliens.  Aren't you stupid for doing things the right way?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dear Syrian Rebels

Dear Syrian Rebels,

The rest of the world might have more sympathy for your cause if you'd stop cutting the heads off of people who disagree with you.  (Yes, they did.  No, you don't want to look, I just linked it as evidence I wasn't making it up).

Not shooting your prisoners in the back of the head would be good, too, but I'd take that over having my head sawed off with a combat knife.

The other reason you should stop is that you might give the IRS ideas on how to really deal with their enemies instead of just delaying and denying applications for tax exempt status. 

Sincerely,
   The rest of humanity

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Help Kickstart WWIII


Hilarious and it makes great points.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Armed Citizen

The robber who burst inside a food market waving a gun seemed surprised to find eight shoppers inside. He ordered everyone to the floor, firing shots in the customers' direction and twice shooting store owner Mustapha Kassou. Police say that's when a man with a concealed-carry permit leapt to his feet and drew his .45-cal. Colt revolver. He told the robber to drop the gun. When the robber didn't comply, the armed citizen shot him, took his gun and held him for police. Onlookers encouraged the armed citizen to shoot the robber again, but he kept his cool and exercised better judgment. Kassou is recovering from his inju­ries. "[The armed citizen] saved a lot of lives," he said. "He was like an angel who came to save everybody." (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA, 07/15/2009)

Two men learned their neighbor had just filled a prescription for painkillers and quickly hatched a plan to steal them. Perhaps the men should've thought things through a little more carefully; they were aware that their victim owned a handgun. One of the men waited in a car while his accomplice entered the home and began viciously punching and choking the homeowner. Battered, the homeowner retrieved his handgun and shot the intruder, killing him. The other suspect was nabbed short­ly thereafter. The homeowner was treated for injuries. (The Evening Sun, Hanover, PA, 08/08/2009)

An electrician was asleep with his wife when they were awakened by a knock at the door. The man feared something wasn't quite right about the early morning visitor, so he put a handgun in his pocket just in case. As he opened the door, police say two suspects tried to push their way inside. The man drew the gun from his pocket and fired twice, hitting both suspects. The suspects fired a return shot as they fled. One of the suspects died nearby. Police were seeking his accomplice. (News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN, 08/06/2009)

Police say Henry Ward was lucky to be armed when a home invader attacked him with a piece of concrete. The bizarre event started when the suspect drove his pickup into a creek early one morning. He ditched the vehicle and began pounding the door of Ward's home. When Ward answered, the suspect began beating him with a piece of concrete. The assailant entered the home and approached the bedroom, where Ward's wife was calling 9-1-1. Ward quickly retrieved his .380-cal. pistol. He ran inside and shouted at the suspect, who charged him. Ward shot the suspect three times. The intruder ran outside and collapsed on the lawn. He'll face charges after his release from the hospital. (Stilwell Democrat-Journal, Stilwell, OK, 08/29/2009)

When a young woman ran to 70-year-old Virginia Hawes' home and said her boyfriend was assaulting her, Hawes phoned the police. Authorities say the young woman waited with Hawes, but her rampaging boyfriend showed up before police could arrive. Hawes warned him to stay off her property, but he ignored her. Hawes's 23-year-old grandson picked up a shovel and tried to block the boyfriend's advance, but he pushed the grandson and took the shovel. With the situation quickly escalating, Hawes ran inside to get her .38-cal. revolver. "I put the gun up and told him to get back or I will shoot," she recalls. "He called me an old [expletive] and he kept coming at me and holding the shovel." Hawes fired a shot. "He went down like a tree." she says. "I didn't want to hurt him but I didn't want him to hurt me." (Lansing State Journal, Lansing, MI, 08/23/2009)

An intoxicated man got into a fight with his girlfriend as she was driving him home from a comedy club. He demanded to be let out of the vehicle and his girlfriend complied. He walked to a rural residence and pounded on the door, claiming to be a police officer who wanted to ask them a ques­tion. When that didn't work, he said he had a knife and would stab the home's occupants. The male homeowner replied he had a gun, and he would shoot the suspect if he came inside. "The only smart decision he made was not to enter that home," Johnson County, Ind., Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Doug Cox said. "He's alive today because he didn't enter that house." Police found the suspect stumbling down the road. He told offi­cers he would beat them up and claimed to be an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation looking into a crime. Police checked with the FBI-the suspect is not an agent. (WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN, 08/13/2009)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Spring High School Stabbing -1 Dead, Multiple Victims

It's always sad to see these stories come out.  Spring High School in Northwest Harris County, Texas has had a multiple victim stabbing.  Source here.

I wish I could point to a factor in our society that we could change to stop these incidents, but they happen in China and in Europe, too.  Perhaps a focus on sanctity of life would make a difference.  I don't have much to say on this.  Mass casualty incidents are always awful.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Armed Citizen

NRA Member Lynn Bond's Fourth of July holiday did not go as planned. He was expecting a visitor, so he thought nothing of it when he heard someone arrive at his home. As he entered the garage, however, he discovered that a man wearing only boxer shorts was ransacking the place. "I asked him who he was and what the [expletive] he was doing there," Bond wrote in an e-mail to the "Armed Citizen" editor. According to police, Bond ordered the intruder to leave, but he refused. Bond retrieved his .45-cal. semi-automatic handgun and suddenly the suspect found Bond's demands much more persuasive. Police nabbed the suspect nearby and found drugs on him. A .22-cal. rifle belonging to the intruder was later discovered at the scene. (The Coldwater Daily Reporter, Coldwater, MI, 07/07/2009)

Police say an 18-year-old carjacker approached August Peters, 74, as he exited his vehicle. "Give me your car or I'll kill you," the carjacker said, putting a knife to Peters' throat. Luckily for Peters, he had an item that made him the physical equal of his youthful adversary-a firearm. Peters grabbed his pistol from inside the car and fired; striking the carjacker at least once. The suspect fled through a nearby home, struggling to run in his baggy pants, which fell off in the kitchen as he ran for the back door. Police caught up with the pantless suspect nearby. (Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX; 07/23/2009)

Two men trying to enter Cassidy Lockett's home had to be aware it was occupied. They'd likely seen Lockett in the front window as they arrived, and there was a lot of noise as she hurried her three young, frightened chil­dren into a bedroom. With the children secure, she phoned police and loaded her .22-cal. semi-automatic pistol. Police say the men, escapees from a nearby state prison, thrust a window open. One of the men leaned inside. "I was pointing the gun at him and, you know, I used a few choice words and told him to get out or I was going to shoot," Lockett said. The men fled the property, only to be caught within minutes by police. The next day Lockett's husband helped her pick out a new home defense firearm. "I'm definitely more prepared," she said. "We bought a 12-ga, shotgun." (Lewiston Tribune, Lewiston, ID, 07/27/2009)

A man dressed like a ninja-with a black shirt, black pants and a blue bandana over his face-allegedly forced his way into Bradley Harvell's home. Police say the man demanded money and shocked Harvell with a stun gun several times, causing him to collapse on his bed. All Harvell could think about was survival. "I'm 82 years old," said the military veteran, "I've made it this far, and I want to keep on living." Harvell gathered all the strength he could muster, retrieved his .357 S&W magnum revolver from under the bed and shot his assailant, killing him. Police arrested three others in connection with the home inva­sion, (Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee, FL,07/21/2009)

Margaret Parrish heard her pup­pies barking, so she went to check on them, "As soon as she cracked the door [an intruder] grabbed her by the hair, put the gun in her ear and said, "If you make a sound I'll blow your brains out," said John Parrish, her 83-year-old husband. The intruder bound Margaret's arms and legs with duct tape. John tried to help her but met the same fate. The intruder left to ransack the home, giving John time to wriggle free. "I had to get my gun," he recalls. Meanwhile the intruder tied up another man, Danny Carlson, and a 10-year-old girl who were also in the home. He had just finished tying up Carlson when Parrish arrived on the scene with his .22-cal. revolver. Parrish fired several shots and believes he hit the intruder, who fled. Carlson's leg was injured when the intruder returned fire, but he would be okay. "I don't know what that guy would've done if [Parrish] had not come up here," Carlson said. (The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Atlanta, GA, 07/16/2009)

It's been a while since Everett Skinner has been hunting, but he's always kept a shotgun handy to protect his family. "In this case, I'm glad I did," he said, recalling a recent incident in which a bear tore through a screen and climbed inside his Oregon home. His daughter, Nicole, was the first to hear the bear, and she rushed to her parents' room for help. Her father grabbed his shotgun. Skinner says he and the bear saw one another simultaneously. The bear stood up and headed toward Skinner, so he fired. "It didn't even faze him," Skinner recalls. He fired three more rounds, dispatching the bear. "We were very blessed that this didn't go badly," Nicole said, (Associated Press, 07/29/2009)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?