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If you think you’re a victim, you are right!

CaptureThe outcome of just about any stressful situation is going to depend on your mindset and preparedness. For example, if you’re driving down the highway at 70mph and a deer jumps out in front of you, things can go one of two ways. If you were never told what to do in that situation, and have never gone through what you would do if it happened, the probability that you will react correctly is very low. On the other hand, if someone explained what to do, and you have mentally rehearsed your reaction, it is more likely that you will avoid a collision or at least minimize the damage. This is because when we are under stress our brain is hardwired to focus on certain activities and eliminate others, resulting in the “fight, flight, posture, or freeze” response. So how do you know how you will react? How can you control your response to be what you want it to be? While you cannot completely change the way your brain is wired, there are a few things you can do.

 

Concealed Carry in D.C.

mpdc-logoOn September 22, 2014, after a federal court declared the District of Columbia’s gun ban unconstitutional, D.C. enacted a May Issue concealed carry permitting law. But what does that mean? Can people carry concealed in D.C. now? How do you get a concealed handgun permit?

As of October 23, 2014, just over a month after the law was passed, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) began accepting applications; and this is open to non-D.C. residents as well. Read more…

 

Interaction with Law Enforcement

traffic stopOne concern that many concealed carry permit holders share is what to do when interacting with a law enforcement officer while in possession of their firearm. I agree that it is a situation that makes many people nervous or uncomfortable, and knowing exactly what you are going to do if you are ever in that situation can make it much easier for you, so let’s take a look at this, keeping in mind that most law enforcement officers are just regular people, like you and me, who want to make it home after their shift is over. Before we dive in to what you should and shouldn’t do when interacting with an officer, there is a very important thought to consider. You don’t know what the officer’s previous call was… Read more.

 

 

Don’t Tread on Me

dont tread on meHave you ever wondered who designed the famous “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden Flag, or when it was designed? Or what motivated its adoption? I recently did some research on this, and was surprised to see that while it has only recently become popular again, it actually dates back to the 18th century. As a matter of fact, it was adopted by Commodore Esek Hopkins of the Continental Navy, during the first mission the Navy ever received. Read more…

 

Are CHP Holders Trigger Happy?

trigger happyMany gun-control groups argue that those with concealed carry permits are just looking for an opportunity to shoot someone while looking like heroes, but a recent event clearly contradicts that belief. Just last week a concealed handgun permit holder came to the rescue of a young woman without firing a single shot. Read more…

 

Educating Your Children About Firearms

safetyWhether you are a gun owner or not, it is important that every parent educate their children about firearm safety, because while you may not own guns, approximately 35% of all households in the U.S. have firearms, so your child may still come into contact with them. Deciding how to approach and tackle this subject with your children isn’t always the easiest thing to do, so I have tried to put some ideas on paper. Read more…

 

What is Brandishing

brandishingOne of the most common questions I hear when teaching concealed carry is, “What is brandishing?”, and I think it’s very important for anyone who carries a gun to know what the law says about brandishing. There are a couple of important points to analyze in the Virginia Code, and we are going to take them in the order in which they are mentioned. In the first sentence it includes “objects similar in appearance” which means that a person can be charged with brandishing even if they have nothing but a toy gun. Read more…

 

The Truth About Gun Owners, Gun Shows, and CHP Holders

imagesL5VN1KXRMany gun control advocates have argued that civilian gun ownership and concealed carry shouldn’t be legal because it breeds more violence, and believe that guns, even in the hands of law-abiding citizens, result in more violence. In an attempt to address these concerns, I decided to do some research on gun owners and concealed carry permit holders, and I found some very interesting information. In 2000, a study showed that law-abiding citizens use a firearm to defend themselves or someone else at least 989,883 times per year. Another study showed that only 0.2% of concealed carry permit holders committed a crime that prohibited them from carrying a gun in a span of 23 years, which compared to the 3.2% of US population which is under some form of correctional control, is a miniscule amount. Read more… 

 

How Do Criminals Choose Their Victims?

“In the rush to examine a criminal’s behavior, it is not difficult to become distracted by the dangling carrot of that criminal’s potential characteristics and forget about the value of understanding his victims.” – Brent Turvey

imagesMRSJXFVNLet’s talk about what criminals tend to look for. Much like a wild animal, a human predator wants an easy prey, which means they will seek out someone they perceive as weak, submissive, and unlikely to fight back. In 1984, Betty Grayson and Morris I. Stein conducted a study to determine the selection criteria used by predators. As part of their study, they videotaped over 60 people walking on a busy New York City sidewalk

without their knowledge over a three day period. This tape was later played for convicts of violent crimes who identified those they would consider desirable targets. Within seven seconds, the participants made their selections, and shockingly, there was a huge consistency. Read more…

 

D.C. Gun Ban Declared Unconstitutional

guns-in-DCOn Saturday, July 26, 2014, five years after a lawsuit was filed, United States District Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. struck down the District of Columbia’s long-standing ban on open and concealed carry as unconstitutional, saying “[t]here is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.” Read more…

 

Concealed Carry 101: Selecting Your Handgun

200x161xhandguns_png_pagespeed_ic_8O_bGoeL-pChoosing a gun can be a bit overwhelming when you realize how many options there are out there. However, there are specific factors you should take into account when selecting a firearm, which will help you narrow down your options. The first thing to consider is the intended use of the firearm. For the purpose of this series of articles, we are going to assume the firearm is for self defense, and discuss the factors you should consider as you shop for your concealed carry handgun. The first question you need to answer is, should I carry a revolver or a semi-automatic? Read more…

 

Concealed Carry 102: What Caliber is Right for You?

Bullet-Comparison1Choosing the caliber and ammunition for the gun you will carry is very important for more reasons than simply determining how well you can control your handgun. So what caliber handgun is the best? Contrary to what many people may believe, .45 is not the only right answer; as a matter of fact, there really isn’t one. It has been proven, in multiple studies, that bullet placement is a more reliable “fight-stopper” than the round itself. There are multiple factors to consider in your caliber selection. Read more…

 

Concealed Carry 103: How and Where Should You Carry Your Gun?

ConcealedCarryContrary to what many people may think, deciding how and where to carry your concealed handgun is more than just about comfort, although that is something to think about. First of all, make sure that your holster is made for your handgun, because if it doesn’t fit properly, it will wobble, or move around, which can be very irritating when you’re trying to go about your day without making it obvious that you’re shifting your gun around every time you sit down or stand up. Also, your holster should retain the gun while you run or do other physical activity, because it is not out of the question that you may have to do that one day. Another important aspect of the holster is to make sure that it completely covers and protects the trigger (which most holsters do). Having said that, the two most important things to consider when choosing your holster are speed and conceal-ability. Read more…

 

Are Mass Shootings on the Rise?

GA mass shootingRecently some questionable shooting statistics were released, saying that there have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. After the release of this incorrect information, CNN ran a story on this very subject, and it was refreshing to see them report unbiased facts. First of all, CNN only found 15 situations that could truly be classified school shootings, and of those fifteen, only one could be classified as a mass shooting (at least 4 victims). Criminologist James Alan Fox compiled data for all mass shootings in the last 35 years, which showed a relatively flat trend line. Some spikes and troughs are seen in certain years, but interestingly enough, mass shootings were more common in the early 1990’s than they have been in recent years. So, what has changed? Read more…

 

Can You Buy a Gun For Another Legally Eligible Person?

dontlie-campaign-logo-300x225When Abramski’s uncle gave him $400 to purchase a handgun for him, using his law enforcement discount, neither of them imagined it would lead to a Supreme Court case. Abramski went through a federal firearms licensee (FFL) to buy the handgun, and answered “Yes” to being the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on the form although he knew he would immediately transfer the gun to his uncle. Abramski was indicted on making a false statement regarding a fact material to the lawfulness of the sale, and making a false statement regarding information to be kept on file by an FFL. Read more…

 

What Would You Have Done Differently?

wilcox-300x168There has been a lot of chatter about the shooting in Las Vegas, and I think it is crucial for anyone who carries a gun for a living or for self-defense to stop and analyze what happened, and what could have happened or been done differently. For those who did not hear what happened, on Sunday June 8, 2014, two suspects, carrying two handguns and a pump-action shotgun, shot and killed two police officers and a concealed carry permit holder (picture) who tried to stop them. Read more…

How Would You Perform in a Gun Fight?

DSC04077-300x225When you make the decision to carry a firearm, you have to remember that your shooting skills may one day determine not only your survival, but possibly the survival of an innocent bystander as well. So when you strap that gun on every morning, you should be confident that if faced with a self-defense situation, your shooting skills will get you through it. Because of this enormous responsibility, I believe that everyone who carries a firearm should (out of personal responsibility) do more than go to a shooting range a few times a year. So, how do I propose you improve your shooting skills, and confidence? There are two strategies I recommend. Read more

 

Firearms and Fashion Show

images2What do you think of when you hear “Fashion Show”? Is there anything about that event that brings a firearm to mind? Maybe it should! On May 10, 2014 Edison’s Park Firewater Saloon in Chicago, Illinois held its second annual Firearms & Fashion Show, sponsored by two women. Read more…

 

 

The Safe Carry Protection Act

guns1-1024x576-300x168Just a couple of weeks ago, on April 23rd, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed what the NRA called the “most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history”, into law. The Safe Carry Protection Act will allow permit holders to carry into public places, including bars, nightclubs, schools, churches, and government buildings. Governor Deal stated, “People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules. The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefront of our minds”. Read more…

 

Jefferson’s 40 Year Battle for America

jefferson-297x300Many people believe that the political situation in the United States is worse than ever, and that the freedoms we enjoy have never been threatened in this manner before. However, Thomas Jefferson, one of the finest minds of the 1700’s, would probably disagree. Jefferson was born in Albermarle County, Virginia on April 13, 1743, and among the numerous accomplishments of his life, Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence, acted as the third U.S. president, served in the Virginia legislature and Continental Congress during the American Revolutionary War, and helped found the University of Virginia. All in all, Thomas Jefferson fought for the freedoms of the country he loved for forty years. Read more…

 

Should Guns Go To School?

columbineAfter the 1999 Columbine school shooting emergency plans were developed, but since more recent school shootings (such as that at Sandy Hook), lawmakers and school officials have been voicing concerns that these are not enough to protect the children from an active shooter. Because of this, even though a federal law prohibits carrying a firearm in a school zone, many states, communities, and school boards have passed exemptions giving certain permit holders permission to carry. Not only that, but several state legislatures and school districts in the country are moving to allow school staff to carry firearms on the school property to protect both students and teachers. Read more…

 

The Constitution’s 225th Birthday

“[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse.” – Thomas Jefferson (December 20, 1787) first congressDid you know that it was on March 4, 1789 (225 years ago) that Congress had its first session under the Constitution? At that point the Articles of Confederation had already been written, but in 1786 Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution because of defects they found in the Articles. Some states, though, including Massachusetts, opposed the new Constitution, because it did not reserve powers not delegated by the Constitution to the states, as well as its lack of constitutional protection for things like freedom of speech, religion, and the press, and the right to bear arms.

 

What Constitutes Self-Defense?

crime-sceneIn the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about several shootings in “stand your ground” states. Some of these have clearly been self-defense, other clearly not, and other still are highly controversial. Although Virginia is not a “stand your ground” state, I think it is important to talk about some of the more high profile shootings that have taken place in “stand your ground” states, not because it is comparable to Virginia law, but because it is important to keep in mind that we must abide by all of the stipulations of the law. Read more…

 

Does Law Enforcement Need AR-15s?

secret-service2-300x198Have you ever seen a police officer walking around with an AR-15 strapped on him or her? The most likely answer to that is probably no. Does that mean that they don’t have them? Absolutely not! Any police department that values its police officers is going to arm them to be able to stand up to more than a criminal with a handgun. After all, criminals can use rifles, shotguns, and bombs to commit crimes, too, right? Read more…

 

Stopping the Violence Epidemic

crime-scene2With gun control laws becoming more strict in Maryland, it’s obvious that the rate of violent crime in this state and its peaceful capital would have dropped in 2013, right? Wrong! On Sunday, December 29, 2013, the city of Baltimore recorded its 234th homicide, the highest in four years. Nonfatal shootings also increased after six years of steady declines. Read more…

 

Has Gun Control Gotten Out of Hand?

sockmonkey-300x130Did you ever shoot cans with a BB gun when you were growing up? Maybe you even learned a little bit of responsibility about not pointing it at people. Unfortunately, in some states, our children may not have that same opportunity to spend a nice Saturday afternoon in the backyard with their father, doing some target shooting with a BB gun. Our children may also have to start leaving their toy’s toy guns at home, too. Read more…

 

Gun Confiscation in the “Free World”

confiscationThomas Jefferson once said, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”, and that he “prefer[red] dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” However, here we are today, in “the land of the free” facing the very real possibility of gun confiscation. Is it possible that we, the people of the United States of America, have preferred peaceful slavery for so long that we have actually lost one of our most essential freedoms? Read more…

 

Could You Be Deemed a Prohibited Person by Mistake?

arrestOn May 24, 2012 Jeffrey L. Burtner tried to buy a hunting rifle in ButlerCounty but was denied, and told that he was a prohibited person. Having purchased firearms in the past, and knowing full well that he was not a prohibited person, Burtner filed an appeal, only to learn that the records showed that he had been involuntarily committed to ButlerMemorialHospital in 1992. Read more…

 

Why is Veterans Day Commemorated on November 11th?

veterans-dayDo you know the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? Do you know why we commemorate our veterans on November 11? According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, most Americans do not know the answer to either of these questions. Read more…

 

Any Attempt to Harm Children Will Be Met with Deadly Force

STAFF_HEAVILY_ARMED_1_500-300x300Unfortunately, we are all too familiar with shootings at schools all the way from Columbine to the most recent in Sparks, Nevada. So it comes as no surprise that so many people around the country are scrambling to find a solution that will save the lives of our innocent children. One such solution that has been proposed in several different states is to arm the teachers and school employees. This, however, is not an entirely new idea. Since 2008, in response to the Virginia Tech shooting, school staff members have been allowed access to guns in Harrold, TX, as well as in 13 school districts in Arkansas.  Utah has allowed teachers to carry concealed handguns if they pass a background check and undergo training since 2000. Hawaii doesn’t regulate guns in schools, and New   Hampshire only bans students from having firearms on school grounds. Read more…

 

Zero Tolerance in a Tolerant Society

zero-toleranceEvery day we hear about the heroic acts of our men and women in uniform, we see them on the news and in movies, we teach our society to be grateful for what they do to keep us safe. So, why does society punish our children for wanting to be like them when they grow up? For using their imagination, and pretending to be that hero in their make-believe games? For wanting to play cops and robbers, or being brave enough to want to defend other people? This year there have been multiple incidents of children being suspended from school for just that. Read more..

 

Did Hitler Ban Guns?

hitlerFor months now there has been a lot of talk about Adolf Hitler’s stance on gun control. Pro-gunners argue that he disarmed the Jews before attempting to exterminate them, but gun control advocates say that he did not ban guns. So, which is it? Who is right? They both are…sort of. Read more…

 

 

The Law that Requires You to Own a Gun

kennesawWhat would you think of a law that required you to own a gun for home defense? Would you agree with it? Would it make you worry about the possibility of random shootings and an increase in gun violence? There is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, near Atlanta’s metropolitan area, with just such a law. Read more…

 

 

My Day With TrackingPoint

Tracking-Point-Linux-Rifle-300x200I have been hearing a lot about Tracking Point, a brand new, state-of-the-art bolt action rifle which claims anyone can pick it up and shoot a target at 1,000 yards and hit it on the first shot. So, never having done long distance shooting before, I drove 563 miles to Ohio in order to put Tracking Point’s claims to the test. Read more…

 

United We Stand…Remember 9/11

911-2Twelve years ago tomorrow, the United States of America as we knew it, was changed forever, but not in the way the terrorists had hoped. On September 11, 2001, while evil men with no regard for human life attempted to divide and destroy us, and what we stand for, they were confronted with a very harsh reality; we are not easily defeated. Read more

 

The Facts, and Nothing But the Facts

Draw_From_Concealed_113124544_stdMyth: You are more likely to be injured or killed using a gun for self defense. Fact: You are far more likely to survive a violent assault if you defend yourself with a gun. {The Value of Civilian Handgun Possession as a Deterrent to Crime or a Defense Against Crime, Don B. Kates, 1991, American Journal of Criminal Law}… Read more

 

The 2nd Amendment’s Day in Court

supremecourt-300x99There has been a lot of debate regarding the 2nd amendment this last year, following the mass shootings in CO and CT. Everyone, from the President of the United States, to New York City Mayor billionaire Michael Bloomberg, as well as the National Rifle Association and every media outlet. There has been talk about federal gun bans, expanding background checks, and debating what the 2nd amendment does and does not cover…Read more

 

Virginia Gun Crime Drops, as State’s Firearms Sales Soar

burglar2Just last week, FoxNews.com published an article about the effect of the nationwide call for stricter gun laws in Virginia. Interestingly enough, Virginia’s gun-related crime has declined as firearms sales have increased… Read more.

 

Defenseless

burglarAbout four years ago, when I was 23 years old, I had all sense of security and privacy suddenly ripped away by three armed men who broke into my house while I was sleeping. I woke up to a noise at the front gate, as if someone had hit it. … read more

 

No Longer Defenseless

woman-at-gun-range-300x168I had always wondered how I would react if put in a life threatening situation… fight or flight? The day I had a gun to my head inside my own house, I quickly learned I was ready and willing to fight. Having established that, I had to get the right tools in order to fight effectively…. read more

 

The Firewalls to the Constitution Have Been Breached

images3Mark R. Levin, American author, lawyer, conservative commentator, and host of radio show The Mark Levin Show, who worked in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and was chief of staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese, has written five books, including his latest, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the AmericanRepublic…. read more