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Chicago CCW Permit Holder Becomes First To Engage Criminals

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Published on: April 8, 2014

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A 53-year-old South Austin man with a valid concealed carry permit was able to shoot at two men who tried to accost him outside of his home early this morning.

The incident happened about 2:40 a.m. on the 5400 block of West Van Buren Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.

The man was walking from his garage to the front of his home when two males in hoodies appeared in a gangway between his home and the neighbor’s home, Sullivan said.

One of the two men pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed at the man who took out his own gun and managed to fire several times at the males, Sullivan said.

The males fled the area without being struck and the shooting did not result in any property damage, police said.

After the shooting, police responded and determined that the man was shooting in self-defense. The man had a valid firearm owner’s identification card, a valid concealed carry permit and police were able to determine that he had completed a required concealed carry class and was properly trained, Sullivan said.

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The Medieval—and Highly Effective—Tactics of the Ukrainian Protests

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Published on: March 9, 2014

Ukraine’s Euromaidan movement is in control of the capital. The autocratic and ostrich-raising Pres. Viktor Yanukovych has fled Kiev, and the Ukrainian parliament has voted him out of power.

For now, it’s a dramatic victory for the protesters, who have sought closer ties with the European Union and an end to the corruption represented by Yanukovych. It’s especially stunning considering the protesters had—on several occasions—seemed close to defeat.

But to understand why the protests succeeded in toppling Yanukovych, it’s worth taking a glance at its strategies and military-style tactics. The protesters not only built a broad and inclusive coalition, but innovated where it mattered most: on the streets.

Really, it turned medieval.

Protesters shot fireworks with makeshift launchers. In combination with throwing stones and using slingshots, they overwhelmed disoriented Berkut special forces units, who were pelted with flying objects as fireworks exploded around them.

Protesters wore military helmets and carried makeshift—or captured—shields. Wooden boards were used to protect their lower legs from shrapnel the police taped to exploding stun grenades.

Among the array of homemade weapons, some were perhaps a little too ambitious. A crude trebuchet—a type of medieval catapult which uses a counterweight to fling objects—was overrun and dismantled.

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How to Disappear from the Internet in 9 Steps!

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Published on: March 8, 2014

 

The infographic, pictured, from London-based WhoIsHostingThis, details the nine steps needed to remove yourself from the web. It includes deactivating accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+

THE NINE-STEP VANISHING ACT

1. Close your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn accounts.

2. Search for yourself online and close any accounts you’d forgotten about.

3. Falsify information on accounts that can’t be closed or deleted.

4. Unsubscribe from mailing lists.

5. Delete search engine results.

6. Contact websites directly and ask them to remove details about yourself.

7. Ask data clearing houses – companies that collect and sell data to other firms – to remove your records.

8. Ask to be unlisted in phone books and online directories.

9. Delete your email accounts.

IDPA Competition: “It’s Like a Lay’s Potato Chip, You Can’t Just Have One”

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Published on: February 20, 2014

After nearly 10-hours of coaching me through my first International Defensive Pistol Association Nationals, world shooting champion and Smith & Wesson Team Captain Julie Golob left the range with a smile on her face, and I did too. My first shooting competition was an overwhelming success. I shot pretty well for my first go-round, but more importantly, I got to spend time with incredibly special people who really care about sharing their sport.

The match Wednesday morning started early with registration at 7 a.m. All I had to do was show up with my ammo, eyes, ears and belt. Julie took care of the rest. Not only did she let me borrow her M&P Pro, but she also kept my magazines full all day. We made our way through thirteen stages, each providing a different real life scenario. She guided me through each stage, encouraged me to focus on the task at hand, taught me new things about cover, reloading, IDPA rules and was a tremendous help when it came to explaining which targets to shoot first in order to have the greatest tactical advantage.

“When the light goes on, when someone has that aha moment, when they have a great stage and see their potential, it’s really fun to be a part of that,” she tells me after a long day on the range. It’s clear Julie’s generosity and personal dedication to mentorship have benefited the shooting sports a huge deal. Not only does she share her knowledge at the range, but wrote an entire book to help newbies get acclimated to the sport.

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An Ex-Cop’s Guide to Not Getting Arrested (Living in the Police State – A Primer)

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Published on: November 22, 2013

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Dale Carson is a defense attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as an alumnus of the Miami-Dade Police Department and the FBI. So he knows a thing or two about how cops determine who to hassle, and what all of us can do to not be one of those people. Carson has distilled his tips into a book titled Arrest-Proof Yourself, now in its second edition. It is a legitimately scary book—369 pages of insight on the many ways police officers profile and harass the people on their beat in an effort to rack up as many arrests as possible.

“Law enforcement officers now are part of the revenue gathering system,” Carson tells me in a phone interview. “The ranks of cops are young and competitive, they’re in competition with one another and intra-departmentally. It becomes a game. Policing isn’t about keeping streets safe, it’s about statistical success. The question for them is, Who can put the most people in jail?”

Which would make the question for you and me, how can we stay out of jail? Carson’s book does a pretty good job of explaining—in frank language—how to beat a system that’s increasingly predatory.

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CCW Holder SHOOTS Black Teen Trying to Knock Him Out (Knockout Game) in Michigan

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Published on: November 22, 2013

A game called “Point-em-out, Knock-em-out” has made its way to Lansing, and it’s exactly how it sounds. The game consists of someone being randomly targeted, then attacked.

It’s a game that has been growing with popularity on the internet, with teenagers filming themselves punching unsuspecting victims. Lansing had its first case of the game brought to light this summer, but it’s possible that it has been happening under the radar for months.

On February 26th a man waiting for his six-year-old daughter to be dropped off from school, had no idea he would be the city’s first reported victim.

“I saw the van circle twice, and the second time three kids came out. I didn’t suspect anything. I hadn’t any enemies, or any reason to believe they would be looking to do anything to me.”

We are not revealing the victim’s identity for his protection.

The victim was attacked by 17-year-old Marvell Weaver. But Weaver did more than try to knock his victim out, he tried to do it with a taser. Luckily for the victim, the taser didn’t work and he was able to protect himself with his concealed-carry .40 caliber pistol.

“He shoved something into my side. I wasn’t sure what it was. It had some force to it. I wasn’t sure if it was a knife or a gun,” said the victim.

Weaver was shot twice, in the leg and an inch away from his spine. He’s been sentenced to a year in jail for the attack, but he admits he’s getting off easy.

“It was just a lesson learned. I wish I hadn’t played the game at all,” said Weaver.

But Weaver say’s this wasn’t the first time he’d played it. Before he was caught, he and his friends had attacked random people on several occasions.

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Man Fires Gun While Discussing Gun Rights In Vitamin Store, Flees Saying, “I Can’t Go Down For This”

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Published on: November 15, 2013

A man in Wilkesboro, N.C. was engaged in a spirited discussion about gun rights when his gun went off Tuesday.

The man has not been identified because, rather than stay and make a stand in favor of his right to bear arms, he hightailed it out of there.

The incident happened in a GNC nutrition store on Winkler Street in Wilkesboro sometime around 6:50 pm in the evening. The customer was talking to an employee of the store at the time.

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Gunman in clown suit kills senior Mexican drug cartel member (Awesome Spook Hit Baby!)

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Published on: October 19, 2013

A gunman in a clown costume shot and killed the oldest brother of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug trafficking families in the resort of Los Cabos, authorities said on Saturday.

Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, a former leader of the Tijuana Cartel, was shot in the head late on Friday at a family gathering in the southern tip of the state of Baja California Sur, a spokesman for state prosecutors said.

“A person dressed as a clown took his life,” he said.

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Yesterdays Food Stamp Riots Should Be A Wake Up Call For The Nation

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Published on: October 14, 2013

As I’m sure most of you are aware, the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system in 17 states went down for a time yesterday, leading to no small amount of worry for those affected who rely upon the program to supplement their family’s dietary needs.

Thanks to the modern social media technology, the worry became hysteria rather quickly. I watch it all unfold via Twitter as the hashtag #EBT trended. There were those lamenting their misfortune wondering how they would feed their children, and despicable souls taking pleasure in their discomfort. I found myself praying for the souls of both.

Of course, it was all just a momentary computer upgrade glitch (or so we’re told), and the system is back online today.

There are lessons to be learned from this, the primary lesson being that the psychological shock of an interruption of services can hit far faster and wider than the actual effects of such a shutdown.

One of the immediate bits of disinformation spread last night were cries that the EBT cards of whites were working, but not the EBT cards of blacks. This statement is categorically false; in the areas where service were lost, it was a system-wide crash and everyone was affected.

Agitators used the tension in an effort to instigate racial strife.

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The Flash Mob Attack – How To Defend?

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Published on: October 6, 2013

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – All eight suspects are in custody after a brutal attack in Five Points early Monday morning which left the teenage victim in critical condition, according to Columbia police.

CHICAGO, IL (WLS) — The recent series of mob-style attacks on Chicago’s Near North Side mark the first major hurdles facing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s new police superintendent Garry McCarthy. The latest attack happened Tuesday night. A witness tells WGN 15-20 teens beat and robbed two people at Chicago and Wabash

AKRON, OH — Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ”This is our world” and ”This is a black world” as they confronted Marshall and his family.

NO. VIRGINIA – Three people were beaten by mobs in Northern Virginia in two separate incidents that occurred within five minutes of each other on Saturday night, authorities said.

These events have consumed the discussion at most self-defense focused websites in the last few weeks. Accompanying the discussion is the usual hand wringing regarding what to do if one is beset by a gang of thugs bent on your destruction. Well, I have my views on this which will no doubt shock the senses of the Doodley Doo Rights of the gun world.
First, this was not some group of young teenaged honor students. In all cases it was a group of urban thugs. Second, they were not there to practice for their debate on the ills of capitalism. Third, they understand only one thing…violence. So understand who they are and be ready to speak their language.

Brainstorming Response Options in the Nairobi Mall Incident

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Published on: October 5, 2013

The mystery Brit with pistol tucked in his waistband helping hostages out of the mall

The mystery Brit with pistol tucked in his waistband helping hostages out of the mall

 

As I write this, Kenyan officials just declared the terrorist hostage siege in a Nairobi shopping mall to be over. A current count of fatalities is at 75, with nearly 200 more reported injured in the three day event. For those of you who haven’t heard about this terrorist attack, here is a brief description….

Approximately 10-15 terrorists from the Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked a Nairobi shopping mall Monday around noon. al-Shabaab is a Somali Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist group. The group live tweeted to their followers during the attack at the mall. Apparently, al-Shabaab planned the attack for quite some time, actually renting a storefront in the mall where they could amass their weapons and explosives. It took three days of heavy fighting for the Kenyan defense forces to re-take the shopping mall.

I will do a complete tactical debrief on the incident once more information is released. Right now I want to focus on a single issue. Early in the attack, a former British Royal Marine (who was employed as a security contractor) armed only with a handgun, engaged the terrorists and made multiple entries into the mall to save injured hostages. The man has also been identified as a former Irish Army Ranger. Please read the news story below about his heroic acts before moving on to the rest of this article.

Ex Royal Marine with a handgun saved 100 lives as terrorists ran amok

In essence, this man was placed into a position similar to that of any of my readers who carry concealed handguns. He was alone, armed with a handgun and had to make a choice about what to do when the mall he was in came under attack. Put yourself in his shoes. What would you do in that scenario?

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The Navy Yard Active Killer – What Can We Learn? (Tactical Analysis)

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Published on: October 5, 2013

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Injured person being treated on the sidewalk outside the building

 

Officials are remaining tight lipped about the Washington Navy Yard active killer incident that occurred a week ago. Not much information about the attack is being released. Most sources have determined that the killer gained access to the facility where he worked by using his own pass card. He carried a sawn-off Remington 870 in a duffel bag to a fourth floor bathroom where he removed it. He started firing down a hallway and then from an elevated position down into a full cafeteria below.

At some point during the attack, he killed an armed security guard, took his Beretta 9mm handgun, and continued the rampage until he was shot by responding cops approximately 35 minutes later.

Even though we don’t have much information, there are a few known facts that we can use to make better decisions in the future. Here are a few of the “lessons learned”:

1)Battlefield Pickup- In the Active Shooter Response classes I teach, I always talk about the idea of Battlefield Pickup in a multiple attacker situation. That means using your CCW piece to kill one of the shooters and then using his weapon (if yours is inferior or runs out of ammunition) to engage others. The killer here used battlefield pickup as well. When he ran low on shotgun ammunition, he killed a security guard and took the guard’s handgun.

Think about that for a minute. Would you be an obvious target in an active shooter event? You would be if you were open carrying your handgun (cops included). What other indicators could a killer use to identify you as a person who is carrying a gun? That NRA belt buckle? Your 5.11 tactical vest? Get rid of that stuff or save it for when you go to the range. You want to blend in, not stand out in any situation like this.

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Oath Keepers is Going “Operational” by Forming Special “Civilization Preservation” Teams

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Published on: October 5, 2013

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Oath Keepers is instructing its 30,000 members nation-wide to form up special teams and sub-teams in each Oath Keepers chapter, at the town and county level, modeled loosely on the Special Forces “A Team” (Operational Detachment A ) model, and for a similar purpose: to be both a potential operational unit for community security and support during crisis, but also, as mission #1, to serve as training and leadership cadre, to assist in organizing neighborhood watches, organizing veterans halls to provide community civil defense, forming County Sheriff Posses, strengthening existing CERT, volunteer fire, search-and-rescue, reserve deputy systems, etc., and eventually to assist in forming and training town and county militias (established by official act of town and county elected representatives). We want our chapters to organize themselves as a working model that we can then take to other veterans organizations, such as the VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, etc. in each town and help them establish such teams within their already existing veterans halls. And likewise, to serve as a model and training cadre to help churches, neighborhood watches, and any other civic organization organize.

We are basing this on the Special Forces model, which has a twelve man “A team” of specially trained soldiers who are inserted into a community to train and lead that community in resistance to oppressive regimes (hence their motto: “De Oppresso Liber). SF’s primary mission is to teach, organize, and lead, rather than to directly fight. They can fight, of course, but they are most dangerous as a force-multiplier by helping an entire community to fight. We will do the same – be force multipliers to help prepare communities so they can preserve civilization by providing their own security, disaster relief, infrastructure preservation, emergency communications, strategic food reserve, and medical care.

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Ex Royal Marine With a Handgun Saved 100 Lives as Terrorists Ran Amok During Kenyan Mall Shooting

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Published on: September 25, 2013

Our saviour: The soldier, whose gun is circled, helps two women to safety. His identity has been protected for security reasons

Their saviour: The soldier, whose gun is circled, helps two women to safety. His identity has been protected for security reasons.

A former marine emerged as a hero of the Nairobi siege yesterday after he was credited with saving up to 100 lives.

The ex soldier was having coffee at the Westgate mall when it was attacked by Islamists on Saturday.

With a gun tucked into his waistband, he was pictured helping two women from the complex.

His story emerged as sporadic gunfire continued to ring out from inside the mall early today as Kenyan security forces battled Al Qaeda-linked terrorists into a fourth day.

Despite Kenyan police assurances that they had taken control of the building, a security expert with contacts inside the mall said at least 10 hostages were still being held by a band of attackers, possibly as many as 13.

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Man Uses Spear to Save Girlfriend from Mountain Lion

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Published on: September 25, 2013

Mountain lions rarely attack humans unprovoked, but can be a formidable danger if they choose to do so.

In what is perhaps North America’s first recorded case of a spear being used to kill a cougar in self-defense, a British Columbia resident is being hailed as a hero after he used the tool to save his common-law partner from a mountain lion near their home on remote Flores Island on September 8. According to The Globe and Mail, the 60-year-old woman was being mauled in her garden when the unidentified man heard her screams. Officials say that the man took up a spear, likely made for boar hunting, and stabbed the large cat several times. The mountain lion ran off and the man was able to procure help for his injured girlfriend.

“That’s a significant amount of bravery that he showed,” conservation officer Ben York told The Globe and Mail. “I understand why he did it, but it still takes a lot of bravery to do what he did and I’m glad he was there to rescue her. You know it could have turned out a lot differently if he hadn’t been around.”

Early reports indicated that the woman’s wounds are significant, including puncture marks from powerful bites and heavy damage to the victim’s scalp. She underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

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