Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DGU of the Day: Multiple Home Invaders Stopped In Their Tracks By Armed Homeowner

Quick action saved these folks from multiple attackers in a home invasion:


You know when the bleeding heart protectionists say to limit the magazine capacity in order to save just one life?  Answer them with stories like this where there are multiple assailants.  It is not like the movies where you would never miss and one shot will bring them down.  If these guys had decided to press their attack, then the homeowners would probably have needed every last round.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DGU of the Day: Philly Area Man Uses His AR-15 To Defend Against Intruder

Here's another Defensive Gun Use (DGU).  The man used his personal defense rifle to stop an intruder who forced his way into the couple's apartment:

Elkins Park man killed after forcing his way into apartment

This man had every right to defend himself and his companion with his tool of choice: The AR-15.  There is a reason that our police use this rifle.  It is easy to use for both genders and is highly accurate.  This is another example of how it is not the tool that should be focused on, but how it is used.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

S. 743: Marketplace Fairness Act

Just a heads up to everyone, please write your senators in opposition to yet another proposal to generate another source of taxation. You can read the details of the bill here:

Marketplace Fairness Act

I wrote a letter to both of my senators stating the fact that in an economy in the gutter does not need more taxation and regulation.  I will be following this closely along with some of the other big bills passing through at the moment (::cough:: immigration ::cough::).

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Robber loses against armed would be victim

In an effort to raise awareness that firearms are used for the defense of life and liberty, I am going to be posting Defensive Gun Uses (DGU) that I come across in the news.  I want to try and post one a day, but keep in mind that a large number of DGUs are successful without even firing a shot.  These do not get reported because they do not garner ratings and are harder to quantify in police reports.  So without further ado:

Robber shot dead by would-be victim outside Ft. Worth store

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston: Lessons That Can Be Learned.

Before I begin, I want to say that my prayers and heart goes out to all of the affected in the Boston area.  Hopefully, the people of that city will pull together and find the bastard(s) that did this by giving law enforcement the tips they need to bring them to justice.

For the past few years, security experts have been saying that it has not been a question of "if", but "when" the next terrorist attack would hit us.  We have had a lot of close calls including the Christmas Underwear Bomber and the New York Times Square bombing attempt.  It is a credit to our law enforcement and intelligence operatives that we dodged bullets this long.  Unfortunately, we were unable to dodge this one.  I hope it does not develop into the new normal.

With all of the repeated coverage of the facts thus far in the roughly past 36 hours since the attack there are a few lessons that we as individuals can take to heart and possibly put into practice:
  • Medical Training and Equipment/Supplies:  Basic knowledge in First Aid, CPR and/or AED devices can go a long way in an event such as this.  Basic First Aid includes knowing how to immobilize a person with broken bones, treatment for shock and how to slow down or stop blood loss.  An equipment option is to carry a small first aid kit.  I personally carry an Adventure Medical Trauma Kit if my clothes or pack space allows along with a CAT-T tourniquet.  Overkill, you say?  Perhaps, but I have heard of folks using them to save lives in bad car accidents where an artery has been nicked.  Also, accidents happen at home, at the firing range and everywhere in between.  The old Boy Scout motto "Be Prepared" applies.
  • Situational Awareness:  I hate to be a wet blanket, but unfortunately, in this day and age, it is good practice to be aware of what is going on around you and to not be oblivious even at fun events.  Make a habit of actually seeing what is going on around you.  We do not know how the terrorist(s) planted their bombs without being detected.  Hopefully, people may have noticed these folks dropping off backpacks/duffels by or near the locations where the bombs went off.
  • Get off the X:  In military parlance, the X is the target.  You do not want to be on the X!  If bad stuff starts to happen, then get the heck out of there!  Of course, if you think you can help, then only you can make that judgement call.  In Boston, obviously, some were in shock and some were aiding the wounded.  If you are not injured and cannot render aid to the fallen, then get out of there.  Security experts agree that some bombers detonate a second round of explosives in order to catch first responders so keep that in mind if you decide to stick around for whatever reason.
I hope and pray that this is resolved quickly and that our future security is tightened.  Evil does exist in this world.  How we as good people respond to evil determines the impact it will do to our society.  Stay safe out there.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Safety Tip: Running On Hilly Roads

I have been doing some running to keep in shape as well as to get ready for the Tough Mudder in September.  Just a small tip when running on the street when no sidewalk is available:  In hilly terrain, be sure you are running on the right side of the road at the lowest point of the hill.  This allows the cars behind you the maximum amount of time to see you.  Cross over to the left side when coming over a crest.  Cars coming over a hill will not have time to move over if you are in the oncoming traffic lane as you crest the hill.  Stay safe out there!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Opposing Gun Control Is Common Sense


Let me break this down for you.  Whether or not a law is a good law or an onerous law is determined by the potential for it to be misused to the detriment of the law abiding.  This is the litmus test.  Now, look at the gun laws that have passed in New York.  It has already led to confiscation.  The Blaze and local New York news outlets have reported that one gentleman in particular has had his 2nd amendment rights violated.  Not only that, but they broke medical privacy laws (HIPAA laws) in order to justify the seizure!  

See link for the full story.  Note that the lawyer representing the gentleman is also representing others in the same boat (although their cases' details are not made known in the report): A FORM OF GUN CONFISCATION HAS REPORTEDLY BEGUN IN NEW YORK STATE — HERE’S THE JUSTIFICATION BEING USED

Pretty outrageous, to say the least!  And just as I predicted in my post "President Obama's Executive Orders On January 16th, 2013: Why You Should Be Concerned Part One", HIPAA laws which protect your privacy are now being violated in order for jack booted thugs to take your guns.  The exact scenario I laid out in the post is what has happened to this gentleman.  He happened to be on some anti-depressants at one point in his life and no longer uses them.  Who knows how many others are out there who either have not been able to afford a lawyer or have been too afraid to come forward and fight for their rights?

So, you tell me, what does the litmus test tell you about the NY SAFE Act?  Keep in mind that the people who passed this law are cut from the same cloth that the statists in Washington are.  If you punish the law abiding with draconian gun laws, then it is only "common sense" for us to oppose it.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Caches: Keeping Your Eggs In Multiple Baskets

In case you are wondering, "cache" is pronounced like the word "cash".  But what exactly is a cache?  A cache is basically a bundle of goods stashed away in a separate location.  You sometimes here it used when referring to a weapons cache.  However, the idea of a cache is actually an important and useful idea for a variety of reasons.  I would like to touch on some of those in order to give you some of your own ideas when going over your preparedness plans.

Convenience

Convenience is one of the most practical reasons for having a location with a cache of goods.  An example of my own:  I have items that I leave at my client site that I fly into every week.  My client site cache includes bottled water, pouched meats (chicken, tuna), pouched rice, nuts, etc.  It also includes many of my hygiene needs including body wash, toothpaste, etc.  I even have a small pocket knife I leave behind.  It would be incredibly inconvenient for me to have to check my bag because of the knife.  I certainly could not carry on anything above 3 oz in regards to the liquids.   It really is comforting to know that when I arrive at my site for the work week that I have some things that I would normally have if I was home.  And the fact that I did not have to pack it all up is a bonus!

Mitigating Loss

Those who take disaster preparedness seriously would do well not to have all of their eggs in one basket.  The reasons for this are obvious.  If your home goes up in smoke, and you did not have any caches, then your preps just went up with your home.  I actually know a married couple and another gentleman that lost a vast majority of their possessions to a home fire.  Hearing their stories starts the wheels turning in your head on how to prevent a total loss.  Caching certain items goes a long way to getting back on your feet.

Networking

The first thing that popped into my head when I first started thinking of caching some items was secret locations in the woods where the cache would be buried underground and a map where X marked the spot.  This of course could be done, but unless you own the land and can water proof that container chances are that the contents will either be water damaged, inaccessible (or at least not easily accessible) or outright vanish.  An easier way to cache items is to simply work out a deal with your trusted friends and family.  Ask them if they would not mind storing some of your items.  If they have a crisis of their own, then they are welcome to use the items.  Otherwise, they leave the cache alone in case you need it.  It is a win win for both parties involved.

Those are three main reasons that I like the idea of caching supplies.  Now, what items should you cache?  That all depends on a few things:

Priorities

Are you simply trying to mitigate loss?  If so, then I suggest having physical and digital copies of your important documents in the cache (secured in a lockbox if possible).  You also might consider some petty cash, clothes, digital pictures, etc.  Are you putting back food in case of a disaster?  Canned or freeze dried foods along with bottled water, purifiers and water treatment tablets would probably round out your food cache.

Proximity

How far away are you from your caches?  If you have perishable goods that may need to be rotated out, then it would probably be wise to only store what you would feel comfortable losing in the event that you cannot make it to that location for an extended period of time.

Size and Weight Constraints

How big is your cache?  How portable is it?  Ideally, in a catastrophe such as your home burning down, there should be some way for you to take items from your cache and transport those items in the event that you show up with nothing besides the clothes on your backs.  In other words, if the cache needs to be utilized, then are you physically able to take possession and put the items to use?  A good idea might be to include a backpack or to store your items in a case.  Pelican cases that the army uses are great for this sort of use.

A cache of convenience is not as critical to keep stocked.  However, the idea of an emergency cache is that you have an alternative means to supply and support yourself in case of a disaster.  These items should not be utilized at all (perishable stock should be rotated out, of course) unless there is a legitimate need.

These are just some thoughts that I wanted to share with you all.  I hope you enjoyed reading.  Let me know if you have ideas or comments in regards to caches.  As always, please share the blog with others that you feel would like to read.  Also, follow me on Twitter @P_Patriot1 and Like the Prairie Patriot Facebook Page,