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November 4th, 2015

The Real Politicians of D.C. and inequality... 
 
 We have opened up the registration for the Children Firearms Familiarization Course on the 12th of December to members and non-members this week. We still have five spaces left. This course will be open to ten adults, and their children age 10 - 14. The only requirement is that the child is comfortable on camera, or at least not camera shy! Additionally, we have virtually unlimited seats (as we can always add more tables) at the Personal Security Workshop Series on Friday, Dec 11th. You can download the Flyer here. This a condensed version of three workshops.  We’ll start with a Current and Emerging Threats Brief, Preventative Defense, Travel Security, and Anti-Kidnapping. The cost includes breakfast and lunch, and snacks provided by the Pala Resort and Casino. Hopefully, you can take advantage of this opportunity to get an inside view of the Predict and Avoid strategies used by professionals in high threat environments to ensure they don’t need to use the other skills we teach! 
 
    In Chicago, the Department of Education is threatening to cut federal funding to push a progressive agenda of supporting transgender students. A biological male, who registered as a female, who identifies himself as a female and was allowed to play on a girls sports team, has partnered with the ACLU to seek unrestricted access to the girl's locker room. The school district has required the student to shower and change separately, and the board of education has determined that the student's rights are being violated by the policy… What I am curious about is, are we claiming that 16-year-old males and females have no right to gender privacy? Meanwhile in Houston, voters rejected an equal rights proposition on the mantra - “No men in women restrooms”. As we continue to create special protections for smaller and smaller subsets of the population, we erode the liberty and freedom of the many. Read Inequality for All again if you missed it, but this issue is going to define whether we maintain our position as the bastion of freedom in the modern world or legislate ourselves into a position of sacrificing the rights of the many in defense of the few.
 
  When I look back at the disagreements between our Founding Fathers and the written record of their discord, one blatant difference is the civility of the engagements we see in today's politicians. We seem to have become enamored with "blowhards", regardless of substance. Donald Trump’s inability to articulate any workable strategy or policy to support his popular taglines would be a good example, and yet, aside from the past week, he is the odds-on favorite. He is only outperformed by the president’s oratory directed at any and all critics of his failing policies. Can you imagine attempting to negotiate or work with someone who never misses an opportunity to get on national television and spew personal insults and divisive rhetoric? His performance at a New York Fundraiser was amusing, and while I agree that the CNBC debate was far less challenging than the execution of national policy, his commentary is simply beneath the office of the presidency. More relevant is Mr. Obama’s staggering failing concerning Putin in Syria, and the Ukraine. Additionally, he and the other Democratic candidates in 2008 canceled a Fox News debate over fears of potential bias - meaning they didn’t even have the stomach to show up… This type of rhetoric passes for leadership? Not to be left on the sidelines, Paul Ryan came out this week calling the president “untrustworthy” with only a single day under his belt in the speakers chair. If you expect to please people my experience is that your opening line should consist of something other than "liar, liar pants on fire”. At what point did we allow our politicians to act like children on the national stage and use that playground as a reality TV show to cast the next season of the "Real Politicians of Washington, D. C.”?
 
 Stay Safe and have a great week!
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Handgun Defense Ammunition Terminal Ballistics

As gun ownership and concealed carry steadily rise throughout the United  States, more people are seeking information on finding the training and the tools to best prepare themselves for personal defense.  While there is no shortage of literature provided by gun and ammunition manufacturers, there are too many variables to unequivocally cite a single gun and ammunition combination which is the best or most effective for all shooters in all circumstances.  This article will discuss Handgun Defense Ammunition Terminal Ballistics in order to provide the information to help you determine what may be “best” for you.

As stated above, there is no shortage of ammunition advertisements making outrageous claims disguised as scientific research. This is especially true in the case of the G2 RIP (Radically Invasive Projectile). 

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~Howard Hall

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Main 1Gun Review: EAA Windicator  .38 Special/.357 Magnum Revolver

In regard to the third “F” in Fit, Function, and Finances… does a quality gun necessarily have to be expensive?   We’ll take a look at that question in this review of the EAA Windicator .38 Special/.357 Magnum Revolver.

Aside from the firearms I’ve used in conjunction with my military career, I’ve spent my “other” shooting career focused on firearms for competition, sporting, and personal defense. 

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The Development of Shooting Specifica Physical Skills

Abu Bakr Al BaghdadiWhile physical skill development is discussed at length in training manuals for sports such as martial arts, cycling, powerlifting, and running, very little is written on how to apply periodization techniques to shooting. The application of modern training techniques in developing physical skills has massively changed the way professional athletes train. Over the years performance has massivley increased across the board. Unfortunately, those concepts have in large part eluded the vast majority of shooting enthusiasts and professional instructors. … Read more »

Child Abduction






This week we received a few comments and emails about protecting children from kidnappers, most likely sparked by the brazen attack in 
Encinitas, Californialast week by two men who attempted to force a seventeen year old girl into a van. Regardless of what the media chooses to report, the actual number of cases of child abduction are exceedingly rare. Far more often, child abduction is the result of disputes over custody. Exponentially topping that number is the number of runaway/throwaway children who end up exploited at the hands of human traffickers. TheNational Center for Missing and Exploited Childrenprovides detailed data on all of these occurrences. … Read more »


Children, Guns, and Education

This morning we woke up to the news that a 12-year-old was shot by police over an airsoft gun for failing to follow their instructions and display his hands. Initial reports are that this gun had been modified to remove the orange identifier from the barrel. We have seen a number of children with toy guns shot over the years by police who were responding to a report of a person with a firearm. Typically it is a kid in the 10 – 14-year-old range. Older teens seem to have the common sense to know that walking around with a replica is going to cause some real problems. Younger kids with no exposure to guns other than what they see in the movies are the ones at risk. We have a responsibility to make children safer, and education is the key.Read more »

 

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Throw Back Thursday (November 2014):

Remington 887 Gun Review

California Gun LegislationRemington has taken the venerable and reliable shotgun and pulled it into the 21st century. For the most part pump action shotguns have changed little since John Browning’s model 1893, and most innovation (after double action bars) was a plethora of accessories you could add on to your favorite gun to make it as tactical, or look like bush. There was no reason to re-invent the wheel, so Remington refined it instead. I first picked one up when I borrowed Howard Hall’s to attend a weeklong shotgun course. Lucky me, Howard had obtained his recently and despite his intimate knowledge how a fellow Marine can break things, offered me the chance to “break it in”. Challenge accepted sir. I did in fact bring it home in one piece.

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Real Heroes Don't Wear Capes:
Justin D. LeHew

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Gunnery Sgt. Justin D. LeHew, USMC

Awarded the Navy Cross — For Actions During Operation Iraqi Freedom

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Gunnery Sergeant Justin D. LeHew, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Amphibious Assault Platoon Sergeant, Company A, First Battalion, Second Marines, Task Force Tarawa, First Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 and 24 March 2003. As Regimental Combat Team 2 attacked north towards An Nasiriyah, Iraq, lead elements of the Battalion came under heavy enemy fire. When the beleaguered United States Army 507th Maintenance Company convoy was spotted in the distance, Gunnery Sergeant LeHew and his crew were dispatched to rescue the soldiers. Under constant enemy fire, he led the rescue team to the soldiers. With total disregard for his own welfare, he assisted the evacuation effort of four soldiers, two of whom were critically wounded. While still receiving enemy fire, he climbed back into his vehicle and immediately began suppressing enemy infantry. During the subsequent company attack on the eastern bridge over the Euphrates River, Gunnery Sergeant LeHew continuously exposed himself to withering enemy fire during the three-hour urban firefight. His courageous battlefield presence inspired his Marines to fight a determined foe and allowed him to position his platoon’s heavy machine guns to repel numerous waves of attackers. In the midst of the battle, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle was destroyed, killing or wounding all its occupants. Gunnery Sergeant LeHew immediately moved to recover the nine Marines. He again exposed himself to a barrage of fire as he worked for nearly an hour recovering casualties from the wreckage. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Gunnery Sergeant LeHew reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

 

Each week we recognize a hero from a different service so we never forget their actions and dedication to this country.
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The More You Know:

The History of the Uzi

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Trick-or-Treat: Elderly Couple Stops Burglars on Halloween Night

D808FusibleGlassDecalTrickOrTreatWhiteEnamelWhen an elderly couple from Helena, Arkansas heard a knock on the door, followed by a festive “trick-or-treat”, they could have never expected to open the door and find the end of a shotgun barreling down at them. Unfortunately for this couple, that is exactly what they found on Saturday, October 31st.

Police responded to a 911 call around 6:30 pm in the suburbs of Helena, Arkansas reporting an attempted home-invasion. The elderly couple, who was not named, had settled in to enjoy another Halloween night. When the wife heard a knock and the familiar saying, she opened the door with candy in hand; however, there were four men, armed with at least two weapons who then forced their way into the residence. The husband, who was sitting near by in a chair, saw the shotgun pointed at his wife and immediately reached for his firearm which was near by to his person. (Somehow, these stories always have the elderly man with the firearm near by….and we are thankful for that!) The man fired one shot, which struck the ceiling, and all four burglars fled the home. 

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Headed to Chipotle? E.Coli Outbreak Closes Over 40 Chipotle Locations

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Sad news for the restaurant’s many fans — over 43 Chipotle locations have been temporarily closed in the wake of a recent E. Coli outbreak. Reports are indicating that 19 people in the state of Washington and three people in the state of Oregon have confirmed cases of E. Coli infections; all 22 of those infected had eaten at a Chipotle just days before contracting the bacteria. After hospitals began to contact Chipotle locations notifying them of the suspected outbreak the chain restaurant, which is popular for its non-GMO, organic meat and ingredients, the higher-ups opted to close down over 40 Chipotles across both states.

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Here is How the Media Reports Violent Crime

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We have all become accustomed to the patterns that emerge after most instances of violent crime in America. Many news outlets jump to the same conclusions, often skewing facts and story-lines to appease the political interests of their viewers. So much so that we often find ourselves searching for the most local news station reporting on the incident in hopes of some solid, factually-based updates. (Hint: stations/reports that begins with a “K” is usually good to go! )

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Previously Convicted Felon Sentenced for Stealing 111 Firearms from Smith & Wesson

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Yesterday the Department of Justice announced that Elliot Perez, a 30-year-old convicted felon, would be sentenced to 17 years in prison following his conviction in a firearms trafficking case from 2013. Mr. Perez was working for Pace Motor Lines for only one month when he launched an elaborate plan to steal over one hundred firearms from Smith & Wesson. Mr. Perez was scheduled to pick up five crates of weapons from the company, however, he picked up an extra three crates;

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