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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

sensibilities”.

 

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

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 vk.farnam@gmail.com)

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When You Know the Storm is Coming.

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We know there are all kinds of great lists out there, especially pertaining to emergency preparedness.  We love this one by blogger, Mike Smith, and wanted to share …

Get them done immediately!

  • Get prescriptions refilled now, especially if your doctor must approve the refill.
  • If you have a relative at home that requires electricity for life-assistance purposes, you will want to move he or she outside of the higher wind zone.
  • If you can get an electrician to install a generator, get it done. Do not try to install a generator yourself. 
  • If you don’t have a generator, get a power inverter or two. Radio Shack and similar stores sell them. They are a “poor man’s generator” and will keep your cell phone, laptop, and similar items charged. Tell the person in the store what you want to run off it so you get one of the right size. Do not try to run the inverter for hours at a time as that is tough on your car’s battery. Charge the cell phone (for example) and let the charge run all the way down, then use the inverter to recharge.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full.
  • If you live in a 250-year flood plain (you can check at city hall or your library) or on the coast figure out your evacuation strategy now. Make your list of things you will take with you. Be prepared to leave at short notice.
  • Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could become airborne.
  • Fill a few gas cans (the type you would use for your mower) to have extra in the event of power failures.
  • Purchase extra food staples. Without power, stores will be closed. Things that require less preparation are better. Bottled water is especially important. Get a Coleman stove.
  • Purchase extra batteries for your cell phone and other essential equipment.
  • If you need insulin or other medicine that must be kept chilled make plans now.
  • Consider what you would do if you were without electricity for a two weeks. If you have an invalid living with you that requires electricity, there will be areas that will be without for weeks. Be proactive.
  • If you live in a heavily wooded area, does someone in your vicinity have a gasoline-powered chain saw? Does it have fuel and a reasonably good chain/blade? Test it, now.
  • Get to an ATM. Without power, credit card readers and ATMs will not be working. In a disaster, cash is king.
  • If you are in the high wind or flood area, thoroughly photograph your home and possessions now. You will need it for insurance purposes. This includes trees, shrubs, etc. Then, if using a digital camera, upload to internet so it will be there after the storm in case the worse happens. Be nice to insurance adjusters!

Whether you evacuate or not, stockpile some good books, magazines, board games and keep a good attitude. Look at this as one of life’s adventures.

There is nothing wrong with a few prayers!

(found on http://www.mikesmithenterprisesblog.com/ )

If You Are Always Ready, You Never Have to Get Ready!


Barrel of a Gun

By Paul Seyfried

I don’t know where you are reading this—on a desktop computer or mobile device—but for the sake of argument, let’s say a convicted felon is kicking in your door right now. The only weapons you have to fight him off are the items within a 3-foot circle of your current position. How much trouble are you in?

I’ve said it before: If you are more than three seconds away from your primary self-defense weapon, fix that right now.

My primary defensive weapon is a firearm. But that is only a tool. More important is your understanding of the righteous use of violence as it applies to legal self-defense. In short, are you mentally ready to fight? Will active self-defense be your default setting when the time comes? Gear and gadgets do not matter if you are not ready, willing, and able to use them. If, in the face of great and immediate danger, you don’t automatically reach for a weapon, look for cover, and start thinking about your defensive options, you will be well behind your attacker when the fight starts. That’s no good.

Too many people get caught in sequential thinking that goes something like this: What is happening? Is this really happening? This can’t be happening. I don’t believe this is happening.

By the time those thoughts bounce around your head, you are swinging seriously behind the attacker’s fastball.

Right here and right now clear your head of all that crap. Make the decision to accept that bad things happen. They can happen to you. Understand that when you see, feel, or even sense that they are starting to happen, you need to take action. The time for thinking about what is happening has already passed and you need to take some action or get into the fight.

This does not mean that you need to charge into an aggressive confrontation. Taking action can be as simple as crossing the street to put some distance between you and a potential threat. If you carry your firearm in a purse, get your hand on your gun early and be ready to draw if the situation warrants it. Think about taking defensive action. Self-defense is more than fighting, and it starts with the idea that you will someday have to fight.

In self-defense circles we talk about mindset all the time. There is a reason for that. Think about this: Your attacker is a predator. Before he strikes he stalks, assesses the risk, seeks a suitable location, and waits for the most opportune moment. He has planned his attack and counts on the fact that his element of surprise will give him the advantage. To defeat this type of predator, you need to be as vigilant as he is cunning. You need to be prepared. Most importantly, you need to be willing to act with equal violence and aggression to stop the violent assault. If you are standing there flat-footed trying to figure out what is going on, your chances of winning the fight are greatly reduced.

And make no mistake about it. I want you to win the fight. I don’t want you to simply “survive.” This is a fight for your life. You need to prevail. You do that by being prepared.