No one seems to have an issue with folks keeping a fire extinguisher in the house, right? I mean, people don’t question your paranoia level even though there are fire departments just about everywhere. So I thought about just carrying a fire extinguisher for self defense too. I figured I could foam at least three people in the face before it emptied, and then it becomes an excellent impact weapon. After discovering that finding a concealed holster was near impossible, I gave up.
Once again, the news is awash with anti-gun stories, the Internet is buzzing about gun ownership and the right to carry, and the stupid has been turned up to 11. I am absolutely exhausted from being unfairly attacked by the media and others who blindly follow the disinformation and smear campaigns against law-abiding gun owners. It’s disheartening and extremely irritating to see so many myths, hyperbole and out-and-out lies being spread by people that are willfully ignorant and incredibly misinformed about making the choice to carry a firearm. You’re not alone if you feel like you’re talking to a brick wall when it comes to getting the average person to stop and simply listen to the facts about gun owners.
There is a term floating around the internet right now that seems to be used incorrectly every time I see it typed in a forum or comments section of a self-defense/pro gun post.... Victim Blaming.
When it comes to home defense, cheating is an acceptable, and desirable, strategy. If you’re ever forced to defend your loved ones in your home, and you find yourself in a fair fight, you tactics suck, or so the saying goes.
Put into more practical and actionable terms, when preparing your home defense strategy, it makes sense to identify all reasonable advantages and put them into action.
One big advantage you can easily implement is the addition of lights and lasers to your home defense gun. Neither of these tools replaces good gun handling technique nor are they designed to. They are designed to give you more options in a bad situation.
According to Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, “concealed carry laws that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people are exactly what the public demands to keep communities as safe as possible.” While that sounds good for a sound bite, the reality is dangerous. Criminals do not obey gun laws.
What about those of us who do? Why should we, the law-abiding citizens, place our fate in the hands of criminals?
“When am I justified to use deadly force?”
This question, or any of the thousands of variations of it, is probably the most common question asked of police use-of-force trainers and concealed carry instructors. Whether asked outright, or hinted at through a variety of ‘what if’ and hypothetical questions, the intent is always the same – to lock the instructor into a concrete response, which the student believes he or she can depend on later. Many people seek to know exactly when, and under what circumstances, they will be safe from criminal and civil prosecution if they use deadly force. This game poses grave danger to all who participate. Whether teaching police officers or civilians, I never play this game because no one wins.
It seems like every day there are examples of citizens using deadly force. Today is no exception. Not long ago, in the middle of a dark Texas night, a child alerted a father to the presence of a stranger in another child’s bedroom. This child happened to be a teenage girl, and the stranger was a teenage boy. The father responded to the bedroom with a firearm. The media reports that the homeowner confronted the intruder and his daughter. She denied being acquainted with the boy. The homeowner then alleged that the boy reached for something. Fearing for his life, the father shot and killed the boy, who turned out to be unarmed.
One of the biggest questions I get from new shooters attending one of my courses is whether they’re prepared for it with the right gear. This is understandable. Nobody wants to pay hard earned money for a course and then not be able to get the most out of it just because they didn’t bring the correct items with them.
With the passage of Illinois’ concealed carry law, all fifty states now offer their citizens some sort of opportunity to legally carry a concealed firearm. The intent of these laws is to allow citizens to protect themselves in life-threatening situations. Illinois’ law requires sixteen hours of training and/or approved experience to secure this right to self-defense through concealed carry. Having prepared curriculum for this training, I find there is one component of self-defense that is negligibly covered: articulation.