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A John Farnam “Quip” – July 7, 2017
“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance, when the
need for illusion is deep.”
It represents enormous conceit to believe that police can do anything
to stop crime, particularly violent crime. What we do is deter/displace it.
We discourage it at a particular moment, and thus move it to other places.
That’s about it!
There is nothing we can do to “make people obey the law.” All we can
do is make them wish they had. In most of Western Civilization, our
tools for accomplishing the latter are extremely limited and largely
ineffective, and becoming less effective all the time!
As individual Operators, we can make ourselves, our routine, and our
personal environment, as invisible and unattractive as we are able, to both
conventional criminals and violent leftist political ideologues. There is
little we can do to influence world events, which are currently more
than a little frightening and ominous.
Something every Infantry Officer learns early in his career:
“Any position can be taken, when the attacker is willing to pay the price.”
Thus, sufficient determination and commitment will overcome all
“access controls.” When VCAs must be physically stopped, you will have
no choice but to personally, decisively effect the “stopping”. You’ll
get dirty, maybe wet!
“Proactive security” is mostly myth. Some still insist that people with
evil, violent intent can somehow be “detected” shortly before they
carry out their terrible crimes. Mostly wishful thinking, and “false positives”
create all kinds of civil-rights issues!
The only reliable predictor of individual future behavior is
individual past behavior. Best advice is to have nothing to do with
people who have displayed toxic behavior in the past. Get away from
them, and get them out of your life!
1) The only authentic “first responders” to precipitous, violent
criminal acts, are prospective victims directly at the scene, at the
critical moment. Even then, they are effective in preventing/limiting
carnage only when armed, trained, alert, and pivotally decisive.
2) Imagining that it is possible to predict/prevent spasmodic, violent
criminal acts through “scientific preemptive measures” represents a
fatal fantasy. Don’t bet your life on it.
3) Imagining that “access control,” no matter how sophisticated nor
formidable, will suffice to protect you from harm, represents another
4) Imagining that police/security personnel will arrive “in the nick
of time” represents yet another fatal fantasy.
5) Imagining that it is somehow “immoral” to effectively defend oneself,
including the precise application of deadly force, is a foolish concession to
naive liberals/leftists. Liberals are only too anxious to “sacrifice”
the lives of others (but never their own), in order to “preserve their
6) Only the well-armed, well-trained, aware, and otherwise
well-prepared have any chance of living through a violent attack by
traditional VCAs, or as we’re seeing in increasing numbers, violent leftist ideologues.
“There are only two kinds of men in this world: Honest men and
dishonest men. Any man who says the world owes him a living is
dishonest. The same God who made you and me made this Earth. And, He
planned it so that it would yield every single thing that people on it
need. But, He was careful to plan it so that it would yield up its wealth only in exchange
for honest labor.
Who insist on sharing that wealth, while contributing nothing, are dishonest.”
John S. Farnam, president of Defensive Training International, is one of the top handgun instructors in the world. He has personally trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, as well as non-police, in the serious use of firearms. In addition, he has authored four books on the subject — “The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning,” “The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting,” “The Street Smart Gun Book,” and “Guns & Warriors – DTI Quips Volume 1.” (For all book orders, contact Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org)
John S. Farnam, president of Defensive Training International, is one of the top handgun instructors in the world. He has personally trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, as well as non-police, in the serious use of firearms. In addition, he has authored four books on the subject — The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning, The Street Smart Gun Book, and Guns & Warriors – DTI Quips Volume 1.
John is a regular contributor to TACDA’s publication, the “Journal of Civil Defense”. Here are his thoughts about an incident which occurred close by in Draper, where the TACDA offices are located:
“Early Sunday morning, a veteran police sergeant was shot to death
during a traffic stop in an upscale neighborhood (suburb of SLC).
He stopped his beat-car near a vehicle that was parked on the side of
the road in an awkward manor. A man and a woman were standing near the car.
Without warning, the male produced a pistol and opened fire on the
officer, still strapped in his seat.
The officer accelerated to get out of the line of fire, and tried to
radio for help. He lost consciousness and crashed into a tree three
blocks away. He was transported to a local hospital where he subsequently died.
Details on range, ammunition, number of shots fired, and impact
point(s) were not disclosed.
Church services were canceled, and residents were told to stay in
their homes, as hundreds of officers, from multiple jurisdictions,
swarmed the area in an effort to contain what some calculated could
have been a shooting spree
What was ultimately discovered was the couple, both shot, still near
their car. The male suspect apparently shot the officer first, then
the woman, and finally himself. Both the woman and the male suspect
were seriously, but not fatally, injured. They are both currently hospitalized.
Of course, local politicians immediately held a news conference, with
all the usual, hollow promises about those guilty of this crime being
‘brought to justice,’ ad nauseam.
Both suspects were described as ‘transients,’ with the usual, ‘routine’
extensive criminal histories.”
Comment: These are the kind of unstable, ever-dangerous “habitual
criminals ” who used to be confined to mental hospitals and prisons.
Many are still in prisons (thank Heaven!), but many others, like
these two, are currently at-large, and there is no fence between them and you!
The point is that we, police and non-police, need to continue to be
extremely cautious about such “transients,” “homeless,” and
“emotionally-disturbed.” They are all unstable and can be exceedingly
dangerous, even homicidal, under the right circumstances, as we see.
Most look “harmless,” and most usually are, but you only need to be
naively wrong once!
They need to be deliberately avoided. Approach, when necessary, must
always take place with appropriate caution. There is much you’re not seeing!
When you don’t know everything, you really don’t know anything!
John S. Farnam