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It’s Wise to Blend in

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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.”

Saul Bellow


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!


To reiterate:


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

fatal fantasy.


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.”

Ralph Moody



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


Right in Your Own Neighborhood

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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