Friday, May 31, 2013

Next Week: Break

Hi all,

Just a quick note to let you know that there will be no posts next week.  I will resume June 10th.  Use the break to catch up on any posts you may have missed!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

DGU of the Day: Women Shoots One of Three Home Invaders

This happened in Kansas City, the town I call home.  The homeowner saw the three men approach her house and took the appropriate action to secure her safety.  Here is the new report:

KMBC: Woman shoots back at would-be home invaders

I feel for this woman.  She is still probably very shaken up.  I am glad her and her husband had the fore thought to learn how to protect themselves.  This could have turned out very differently if all three men kept coming.  Six shots in a revolver versus three men is still long odds if they are determined enough and her shots miss or do not hit vitals.  Again, where is the wisdom in limited capacity for the law abiding?  There is none.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Across the Pond: The British Are Reaping What They Have Sown With Their Gun Control Laws

I do not like normally looking at other country's gun laws.  Everyone always tries to point to Australia, Europe, etc to bolster their argument for what gun control should be like here in the United States.  Truly, there is no one size fits all solution to fighting evil.  There simply is too much disparity in culture, qualifiers for crime statistics, socio-economic dynamics, etc to make a viable comparison.  Please read the the following article:

British police say armed patrols in place for 'foreseeable future' to deter violence

There are a few points I would like to make in regards to this article:

"The violence has left law-abiding families so terrified they welcome the patrols..."

First, even in America, we do not have our officers patrol on foot armed with rifles and grenade launchers in gang land.  That is just ridiculous.  The police cannot be everywhere at once 24/7.  There were some comments made in the Comments Section below the linked article that basically alluded to the fact that "they were becoming more like the United States" because of this.  No, trust me, even here in the fantastical "Wild West" that foreigners have in their head, we do not have our officers armed to the teeth to do foot patrols.

"The show of force is designed to calm residents of an estate plagued by gang shootings."

Second, these people clearly felt helpless to do anything about the violence in their neighborhood.  Even more disturbing was the acceptance of the armed presence as a fact of life.  Look, I get it, the culture is different in Britain.  But I can tell you right now that having a means to defend yourself and your family goes a long way to promoting your own self reliance and independence.  Dependency on government or anyone else to come save you in a life and death situation is ignorance of reality.  As I have highlighted in past DGUs:  You, and only you, are the first line of defense when faced with mortal threat.

Third, the fact that gangs have access and are using firearms should not be surprising.  Where there is a will, there is a way.  This is especially true for those who willfully choose to break the law.  British gun control for these two Luton estates is a failed experiment.  The only result is that the law abiding have no recourse with which to defend themselves and their community from the "threat of a 'marauding' terror attack".  They now must rely on a most likely slow and too late police response.

"Bedfordshire Police have also invoked Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, allowing them to stop and search without suspicion [probable cause]."

Lastly, because of the inevitable failure of gun control, Brits have to submit to their privacy being violated in an attempt to curb the violence that gun control was meant to end.  Obviously, Americans have the 4th amendment to protect them from such acts.  But, then again, in some states such as New York, these rights are starting to be eroded as well..  Is it a coincidence that these states have some of the most restrictive laws on the books in regards to the Second Amendment?

It is a universal truth and has been repeated through out history that the amount of liberty a society has is directly proportional to the sovereignty of the citizens' right to keep and bear arms.  The loss of liberty may be a gradual decline or lost in a quick, brutal crackdown.  But in the end, regulating the right to keep and bear arms inexorably leads to liberty shrinking and crime and tyranny rising.

UPDATE: After I wrote this blog post, the terror attack involving a British soldier being hacked and slashed to death in broad daylight occurred.  I won't be writing about that due to the overwhelming coverage already, but it is yet another example of how Britain's general law abiding citizens have no options to protect themselves.

DGU of the Day: Delivery Man Scares Off Would Be Robbers

I would never want to be a delivery driver.  Too much potential to get robbed or worse.  Here is an example where the delivery man was able to fend off his assailants.

Delivery Driver Scares Off Would-Be Robbers

Situational awareness is vital to everyone's safety, but even more so if you have to go into unfamiliar territory.  Practice keeping your head on a swivel in parking lots for starters.  Do not have your head buried in your smart phone.  It will go a long ways to make you look like a hard target and any would be attackers might pass you up because of this.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DGU of the Day: Homeowner Fends Off Armed Attacker Who Tried to Force His Way In

In light of Memorial Day, and remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms enshrined in the Bill or Rights, I find it frustrating that there are those out there who would try and revoke those freedoms under the guise of "reasonable" gun control laws.  I doubt the homeowner in the following story would agree with "common sense" gun control as it is currently being proposed:

Union home invasion ends with intruder killed

Think the homeowner thought seven rounds (a la New York) are all he would want when someone tried to break down the door?  If he did before, then I highly doubt it after this experience.  Reminds me of the statement: "You only know how many rounds you need AFTER the gunfight."

Thursday, May 23, 2013

DGU of the Day: Carjacker Gets More Than He Bargained For

It can happen anywhere.  Unfortunately, you have to stay vigilant.  Check out this DGU against a carjacking suspect:

Carjack suspect pulls knife on man with gun

It sounds like this guy was on a tear, first boosting a truck, carjacking another person for their truck and then assaulting another person in front of a restaurant.  Score one for a Sheepdog citizen who rose up to the occasion to stop this guy from continuing on his crime spree.  Hopefully, the creep gets the book thrown at him.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

DGU of the Day: Homeowner wounds suspect during shoot-out in SW Houston

A common theme with home invasions is that there is rarely one perpetrator.  This time there were three.

Homeowner wounds suspect during shoot-out in SW Houston

Glad there was no loss of life, but I also hope they throw the book at this scumbag.

Lessons To Be Learned From Moore, Oklahoma Crisis

As of this writing it has been about 36 to 48 hours since a reported F5 tornado obliterated a large swath of Moore, Oklahoma.  The death toll is now 24 with 9 being children.  If I was not working out of state, then I would seriously contemplate hopping in my truck and running down to see if I could lend a hand.  Folks did this for the crisis in Joplin, Missouri 2 years ago and I always regretted not being able to do something for them.

Rahm Emanuel, the current mayor of Chicago once used the phrase, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."  The context he said that in was of making political hay from people's woes and misfortunes.  Despicable.  However, the phrase in the context of what happens in mass natural disasters can be applicable.

First and foremost, do not waste the chance to help others.  If you are too far away to help, then send prayers and donations.  Several local churches and non-profits are organizing as I type this to collect physical goods to truck down to Moore.  Every little bit helps.  Spiritual support is equally if not more important.

Second, do not waste the opportunity to learn from the situation.  It was reported that this tornado was unique in that it quickly escalated from a few cells to a full blown F5 within 15 minutes.  The time to get the word out was minimal.  However, what little warning was given did include advice to evacuate if possible.  This was especially true for anyone who did not have a basement or safe room.  Always, always, always, take a threat from Mother Nature seriously.  Many people did just that and preserved their lives because of it.

Finally, do not waste time putting together a bug out bag because you think it will not happen to you.  No part of the country is immune to significant natural disasters.  Have at least 72 hours of the basic necessities including food, water, first aid and personal protection.  Even having some basics will put you ahead of the game when you have to grab that bag, hop in your vehicle and get out of Dodge.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DGU of the Day: Kentucky Man Shoots Suspect During Home Invasion

This gentleman defended himself during another increasingly common home invasion:

Kentucky Man Shoots Suspect During Home Invasion

Note his attitude towards the assailant.  A lot of gun owners are painted as trigger happy and gun crazy.  I am sure there are those kinds of folks out there, but this man is a credit to all gun owners.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: A Failure of Civility

I just finished reading A Failure of Civility.  To sum it up, it is a manual on how to prepare for a crisis up to what the author's call "A Failure of Civility".  Think of this as "Without Rule of Law" (WROL).  What makes this manual unique is that they acknowledge the fact that most folks will not be able to "go it alone" or "bug out".  The vast majority of us only have one place to live and do not know how to live off the land.  Instead, you must coordinate with your neighbors and any friends who may come to stay for the crisis in order to survive.

The authors were both U.S. Army Special Forces.  Army SF are trained to turn little groups of people with no training and teach them the skills to defend themselves and be self sufficient.  This experience and knowledge lends itself very well to the material.

The main themes in this manual are as follows:
  • Organize your Neighborhood Protection Plan.  This ties into the idea that you cannot expect to survive "a failure of civility" on your own.
  • Realize that there are different levels of "crisis".  The authors do a good job of defining these levels and how to respond to each level.
  • Prepare NOW while you have the time, but more importantly TRAIN how to defend yourself and to become self sufficient.
This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the content of the manual.  Other folks who have reviewed this book have mentioned that a lot of the information in the pages are repetitive.  The authors did note that they indeed would be repeating themselves due to the importance of the points they are trying to get across.  I read the manual with the mindset that they were speaking directly to me.  This is a technique that folks use during speeches to get their point across.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who believes in hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.  Check out the link at the beginning of this post for the website that you can snag this book at.  It even has a generous 80 page preview so that you can see exactly what kind of material they cover.

If you have read this book, then please comment below and let me know what you think.  I am curious if others think the Neighborhood Protection Plan is a feasible idea as presented. I am particularly interested in  the part about getting your other neighbors in on it.  I do not know how successful I would be, but I am seriously considering putting some feelers out to see if anyone would be interested.

DGU of the Day: Dallas Police Don't Arrive On Scene For AN HOUR While Robbery Was In Progress

There are two items I'd like to point out in this DGU:

  • Cho was armed with a .38 revolver vs. 4 armed men.  6 shots vs. 4 men.  Still think you do not need more than 7-10 rounds?
  • "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away"... or, in this case hours away.
Here's the link to the article.  Scroll down to the end of the article to hear the 911 call placed by Mr. Cho:

This is absurd.  In the audio, the dispatcher has established that there was a robbery involving armed men.  The excuse given was that she did not her Cho say "shot"?  Really?  If you knew enough that there was an armed robbery possibly still in progress, then don't you think you should err on the side of caution and get the Calvary over to the scene ASAFP?

Folks, YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE FIRST RESPONDER!!!!  Our LE has its place, but don't let some bureaucratic hack like Vice President Biden or Mayor Bloomberg try to convince you that government will always be there to pull your butt out of the fire.  They come to clean up the mess.

Friday, May 17, 2013

DGU of the Day: Homeowner fends off two home invaders with no shots fired

Multiple home invaders in today's DGU.  Yet, another reason magazine capacity limits are ridiculous.  The only way to determine how many rounds you need is after a gunfight.

Keep letting your representatives know that gun control only limits the law abiding.  Luckily in this incident, the owner did not have to fire.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

DGU of the Day: Issaquah homeowner shoots, wounds intruder

Yet, another bold home invader is defeated by the would be victim:

Issaquah homeowner shoots, wounds intruder

If you think thieves or intruders won't strike when you are home, then think again.  I think it makes a good case for having some kind of protection in the home.  That choice should be up to you and not some fat cat in the government.  They won't be there to save you when the rubber meets the road.

Remove Toxicity From Your Life

We as humans are imperfect.  Yet, in American society, we are constantly bombarded with images of what is perceived as "perfection".  I contend that this is leading to a level of toxicity in our lives.  An obvious example of this is reality TV.  Who in their right mind thinks that "The Bachelor/The Bachelorette" is a healthy way to date?  Yet, it is promoted as entertainment.

I can hear some of you thinking, "Yeah, but we know it is only a TV show."  Unfortunately, the current generation growing up with this type of "entertainment" are assimilating this into their psyche.  There is a reason it is called TV programming.  The adage "You are what you eat" applies to what you also consume with your senses.

Keep in mind that Americans are "connected" to media more thoroughly than at any point in history.  TV, the Internet, smartphones, tablets, billboard advertising, snail mail, etc.  The list goes on and on.  We simply cannot escape the influence, but we can limit it (more on that later).

So, what does the above have to do with the title of this post?  I contend that we as American consumers are being bombarded through media with messages, images, etc. that are limiting our potential.  In essence, we are being poisoned.  How so?  Read on.

If a standard of "perfection" or "normalcy" is set at a level that, in reality, is so far off the mark that it is not feasible or simply not true, then our expectations will never be met.  If our expectations are not met, then we become bitter, resentful and frustrated.  In essence, if we never achieve the standard of "normalcy" that we perceive as attainable, then we stagnate or give up on our true potential.

Let me illustrate this with an example.  1/3 of Americans are classified as obese.  Let us put aside the diet aspect of this demographic.  Images on reality TV shows, commercials, and entertainment always show lean, fit, beautiful people.  Obese people perceive these people and their lifestyles as the standard of "perfection".  Partying, unhealthy eating, drinking and behavior are, on the whole, glorified.  Is it any wonder that when an obese person tries to lose the weight that they generally fail?  They have been led to believe that they can slim down and still maintain the lifestyle they see depicted in media.  When they cannot shed the weight, or when they do and then balloon back up, then they quit.  No where in the media do you see that it takes disciplined exercise and eating to lose the weight.  "The Biggest Loser" is the only one that comes close.  Unfortunately, it falls short because, again, people cannot truly perceive the effort that goes into losing the weight.  They do not see all of the behind the scenes effort and support that the contestants get in production of that show.

This may be an imperfect example, but hopefully you understand what I am driving at.  Do not let the media dictate to you what is "normal".  Do your own research.  In other words, find out what is real.  A healthy dose of true reality is what is needed to counter the toxins in your life.

Here is a short list of what I consider toxins in today's media/culture:

  • Depictions of sexual promiscuity as normal
  • Depictions of hard partying without any consequences
  • Social Media as a substitute to real spoken dialogue between two human beings
  • Polling of any sort (most polls are biased)
  • Interjection of opinions, biases, etc. in news reporting and passed off as "just the facts"
  • And many other items that are not based in true reality or true facts with the appropriate context that they were originally presented in.

An even better solution is to avoid those media sources that are toxic.  For instance, try to not watch TV for an entire week.  You can read the news on the Internet if you want to stay abreast of what is going on in the world.  However, keep in mind that even the news is toxic to a degree.  CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc. all have a bias.  You might find yourself with extra time on your hands.  Use it to improve your reality.  Take a walk.  Learn a new skill.  Volunteer to help others.

To summarize:

  • Media is poisoning are expectations and reality of the world, culture, and ourselves.
  • To counter the toxins introduced by the media, seek out the truth on all subject matter, not relying on the media to spoon feed it to you.
  • Make an effort to avoid the toxins by replacing them with healthy activities such as physical exercise, quality family time, spiritual pursuits and self improvement.
Until next time...

Monday, May 13, 2013

DGU of the Day: One Year Ago: SLC Man Stops Knife Wielding Attacker on Stabbing Spree in Store

I prefer current events, but sometimes it's nice to revisit the past.  This happened almost a year ago, but is another fine example of a DGU where shots were not even fired and lives were saved.


It is unfortunate that these incidents are not recorded nor are they widely covered at the national level.  This man is a hero.  It is up to you and I to spread the word that responsible citizens who carry a firearm for protection indeed save lives.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Quick Update

Sorry folks for the inactivity over the past few days.  I was without Internet access while enjoying my vacation.  I will start anew this upcoming week.  I am also going to make a renewed effort to at least post once a day which will most likely include several DGUs.

I do have a favor to ask.  Whenever I post a DGU, then would you please share that post on your own social media?  I want to make sure that the message is clear that guns save lives and the idea that enacting gun control in order to "save just one life" makes no sense when the law abiding are limited in how to defend themselves.  These "common sense" laws can just as easily cause someone to lose their life if they do not have enough rounds in their magazines or if they are better shots with a Personal Defense Rifle than a handgun.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DGU of the Day: Gas Station Owner Defends Himself and His Business with AR-15

These two thieves got more than they bargained for.

Gas station owner thwarts robbery

Some of you may point out that they were only there for the money.  There is no way of knowing a criminals intentions.  They just as easily could have had guns and lit the store owner up on sight.