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CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE NON-SWORN : HOLDING SOMEONE “AT GUNPOINT”

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Published on: September 29, 2014

Executive summary: Usually a bad idea, often a very bad idea.

Can/should I hold someone at gunpoint?” A common question when the topic of guns and defensive use of deadly force is discussed. The questioner’s “gunpoint” hypothetical usually poses a home invasion, robbery attempt of the questioner, or “in progress” interdiction of someone committing a property crime, or a violent crime against the questioner or another person. The question is another one to which I respond with my smart aleck lawyer’s answer: “I don’t know, can/should you?” It lends itself to analysis similar to what I discussed in prior MSW posts on the use of deadly force – my paradigm:

CAN / MAY / SHOULD / MUST

For the purpose of this post, holding someone “at gunpoint” is not necessarily muzzling the threatened person(s), openly holding an exposed firearm in any specific “ready” position, or a mode of “display” permitted or prohibited by a state “brandishing” statute. I use the phrase here to mean the display of a firearm coupled with the express or implied threat that a failure to obey commands will result in the use of deadly force, that is, the gunpointer WILL shoot. (If unprivileged, usually considered a serious felony, such as an armed assault or assault with/by deadly weapon). Consider the following for your analysis of the SHOULD element of the paradigm.

The CAN: Yes, it has been done. By the aged and frail, even when outnumbered. You can find the stories on the internet. Surprisingly, stories on gunpoint failures are absent. (The embarrassed don’t admit, and the dead don’t speak). Reality check: Anything beyond a brief taking of someone at gunpoint and then allowing/urging them to make a hasty retreat is rather complicated. It requires command presence/confidence for an extended period of time, advanced tactical skills (CQB, firearm, improvisation, less lethal), and most important – in-hand firearm retention training. Gunpointing is difficult at best against one adversary, and almost impossible to effect solo over multiple adversaries. (Unless one or both are incapacitated — see example here). Your hypothesized home invader and robber are not likely first time rodeo attendees. He/she/they may have planned in advance to implement a response (you can bet it is ugly) if caught in the act or resisted by an uncommitted homeowner/victim. Questions to ask yourself: Do you know the experience, skill, or mindset of the adversary? Does he/she have a second/concealed weapon? Does your adversary know that action usually beats reaction? Can you multitask with a gun and phone in hand to secure family members or other innocents, handle possible criminal confederates, admit/direct responding LEOs? Does your gunpoint position give you overwatch on avenues of ingress? What is the adversary willing to risk? What are you? Are the interests of other innocents simultaneously at stake? Do you feel lucky?

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Crazed Muslim Stabs Two Women – BEHEADING ONE in Oklahoma Before Being Shot by a GOOD GUY WITH A GUN

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Published on: September 26, 2014

'Killer': Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, allegedly attacked two women after entering a food distribution center on Thursday - beheading one of them. He was eventually stopped when he was shot by an off-duty officer

  • Alton Nolen, 30, had just been fired when he drove up to Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma and ‘attacked the first two people he saw’
  • He beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, before Mark Vaughan, an off-duty officer and the company’s former owner, shot him
  • Nolen and Johnson are both being treated in hospital
  • Co-workers revealed that Nolen, who has an extensive rap sheet, had recently converted to Islam and had tried to get them to convert as well
  • In 2010, after he eluded cops and sparked a massive overnight manhunt, he was ordered to take an anger management course
  • 911 call reveals the chaos inside the entrance to the building after the suspect entered and attacked at random before he was gunned down

Gabe Suarez: Multiple, Accelerated OODA Loops

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Published on: September 16, 2014

Man at car

Many, no doubt, have seen this video and have formed some opinion about what should or should not be done in a scenario like this. I have polled several police officers from the lowly rank of officer, like myself, to assistant chiefs. I have polled detectives and am awaiting some results from a few other agencies. What I found was not that surprising. I found that 50% of the people I talked to stated that they would shoot before seeing a gun based on the man’s behavior. The other 50% stated that they would wait to see a gun before they engaged.

I heard and read several responses on the Warrior Talk Forums, where “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” was applied to a scenario like this. If one shoots this guy to the ground and it turns out that he didn’t have a weapon, they argued that one would be screwed legally (criminally & civilly). Others argued that if you didn’t shoot or if you waited to visually acquire a gun before shooting, it would be too late. The “good guy” is behind the power curve and may not catch up to the event happening to him or her. If this is the case, your chances of being shot and/or killed increase. For me, I tend to err on the side of winning the physical fight and shooting him to the ground before visually acquiring a weapon based on the violator’s behavior. That is me, though. Every person has to decide for themselves at what point their “Red Line” has been crossed and its time to engage. Whether or not I’m pursued criminally or civilly is a real possibility……unless……I’m dead. Then it doesn’t matter.

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CONCEALMENT – UNSEEN IN THE BEST PLACES

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Published on: September 13, 2014

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This is the first in a series of articles discussing how to carry a weapon without detection, as well as how to detect others that may be carrying weapons. I have been carrying concealed firearms all of my adult life. I carried in spite of regulations before my life in law enforcement. I carried officially during off duty hours and while working various plain clothes as well as undercover details as a police officer in Southern California. Later, I carried weapons as a “private businessman” in various non-permissive environments overseas in Africa, and Latin America as well as Europe. There are some things to consider and some points to always observe.

1). Always carry a gun, the biggest gun you can conceal (which means “hide”) for the job at hand. If you cannot carry a big gun, carry a small gun. A Walther PPK in 32 ACP in the hand is better than a Glock 21 at home.

2). If you can’t carry a gun, carry a knife. Actually, you should always have a knife whether you have a gun or not. Be as good with the knife as you are with the gun. The power of the will to use the weapon is 90% of the matter.

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Darwin Award: Dumb Instructor Gives Full Auto Uzi to 9 Year Old & Gets Shot to Death

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Published on: August 26, 2014

Scene: The tragedy unfolded at Bullets and Burgers, an activity center 25 miles south of Las Vegas

A firearms instructor has died after he was shot by a nine-year-old girl when she fired an Uzi at a shooting range in the Arizona desert.

Mohave County sheriff’s officials said 39-year-old Charles Vacca, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, died at the hospital on Monday after he was shot at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range.

Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Vacca was standing next to the girl when she pulled the trigger. The gun recoiled and it went over her head.

The paper reported that the girl had successfully fired the 9mm weapon several times in “single-shot” mode before Vacca changed the setting to “fully automatic” mode.

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thumbTrick Shot – Shooting a Rifle Upside Down (Video)

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Published on: August 26, 2014

Gunsite Academy : Welcome To Gunfighter School!

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Published on: August 26, 2014

“This is a fighting school, not a shooting school.”

Rangemaster John Hall set the tone as he welcomed us to the 250 Pistol class is that is the core of the “Gunsite experience.” The 19 students in the class paid close attention as Hall introduced us to the concepts that Jeff Cooper introduced in the Arizona desert for the first time 38 years before. Nineteen of us were taking part in a five-day class to learn how to fight with a pistol, using methods that have become the standard by which all other forms of handgun fighting are judged.

Our four instructors averaged roughly 25 years of experience. Hall, who was performing rangemaster duties, has an Army and police background, including time as a SWAT team leader and department rangemaster. Bob Whaley has retired from nearly three decades of police work, including 15 years in St. Louis SWAT. Sergeant Major Walt Wilkinson spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, include 26 years in Special Forces. Provost Chris Curry spent 22 years in the Marines.

The students themselves were an interesting mix.

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Record Number of Real Moms Demand Guns! (Bloomturd Weeps)

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Published on: August 25, 2014

Sales numbers reported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) show that gun ownership among females is at an all-time high.

Numbers from 2011 and 2012 showed a “79 percent… increase in female customers,” and female concealed carry permit holders are making up a larger and larger percentage of overall concealed carry permit holders throughout the country.

For example, NSSF quoted numbers from USA Today showing that “women now make up about 22 percent of concealed pistol license holders” in Florida and Washington state. They made up over 30 percent of concealed carry permit holders in Tennessee by the end of 2013.

On May 22 Breitbart News reported that a growing number of grandmothers were also buying guns and getting concealed carry permits to protect themselves and their grandchildren. Fox 8 Cleveland reported that grandmothers were “one of the fastest growing groups to get a firearm.”

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Carrying A Defensive Handgun In Urban Environments

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Published on: August 20, 2014

A violent crime can occur anywhere at any given moment. However, it should not be a surprise to anyone that violent crime occurs more often in urban environments than in suburban or rural communities. A person venturing into a well-populated city for business or recreation would be well advised to conduct some pre-trip planning to ensure a safe stay. Accordingly, persons who are concerned about big city crime may wish to legally carry their firearms for personal protection during their visit. Appropriate arrangements should be made to ensure a hassle-free and safe experience.

The first consideration for carrying a firearm in the city is to ensure you are aware of any local ordinances regarding firearms. In some states, such as Michigan, firearm laws are “pre-empted” at the state level. As such, firearm laws are uniform and the same all across the state. However, in other states, such as North Carolina, gun laws may vary depending on what county you are visiting. Furthermore, different cities within a county may have varying laws at the city level. Failing to know the laws of the city you are visiting is not a legally valid excuse of running afoul of them.

You should be aware of the statutorily defined “gun-free zones” in the city you are visiting. In addition, you should also research all of the businesses on your itinerary to see if they have any company-specified bans on carrying firearms for visitors. If your plans involve traveling to and entering these areas, you must decide upfront what you are going to do with your gun. You may elect to leave your firearm in your vehicle, if local law allows you to do so, but please be mindful that criminals frequently prowl parking lots of “gun-free zones” looking to steal firearms from unattended vehicles. Thus, if you must leave your gun in your car, it would be wise to secure it in a car safe.

If the risk of having your firearm stolen from your vehicle is too great for comfort, you may want to have it secured in a safe in your hotel room or in a safe at the hotel’s front desk. Do not just leave your firearm unattended in a hotel room, despite how well you think you can hide it. If there are no safes available at the hotel or you can’t securely store your gun in your vehicle, you’re best bet may be to leave it at home.

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thumbVideo: ‘The View’ Goes Pro-Gun (Pigs Fly!)

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Published on: July 31, 2014

Looks like Bloomturd ignored an important consideration – women aren’t as dumb as he thinks they are. This PSA will convince women that their only real defense against crazies and scumbags is the right to self defense, and a firearm is the great equalizer in that equation!

Identifying SHTF Indicators (Must Read for Urban Dwellers)

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Published on: July 21, 2014

I had a couple really good questions this past weekend about looking for indicators signaling a SHTF situation. How can we tell an emergency event is going to happen before it happens? What can we look for? Those are very good questions but they’re not easily answered. We’ll work on breaking it down here. I want each of you to have a way forward to start developing your own Early Warning Indicators (EWI) for whatever threats you may be expecting.

To best describe EWIs, I’ll start with an analogy. Intelligence analysts identifying EWIs are a lot like insider trading. Inside traders who buy or sell a company’s stock do so because they learn sensitive information signaling a shift in the real or perceived value of that company. Inside traders sell off a company’s stock before news comes out that the company didn’t meet analysts’ earnings expectations. Alternatively, they buy a company’s stocks because they learn that a company will exceed earnings expectations, and then they stand to profit once that news is published and the stock price increases shortly after.

Another fitting analogy is a warning from a fire alarm or tornado siren. The ‘intelligence analyst’ in this case smells or sees smoke and then pulls the fire alarm (or the smoke sensor goes off automatically). Meteorologists or eye-witnesses confirm that a tornado or tornadic activity is in the area, and then the sirens go off, alerting nearby residents of the need to get to cover.

Governments around the world encourage (pay) intelligence analysts to identify EWIs in order to predict future ‘moves in the market’ of conflict and geopolitics. But identification of EWIs is only one part of the equation. Without the ability to ‘see’ the battlespace, intelligence analysts aren’t effective. We need the brain (the analyst) in order to identify EWIs, and we need the eyes and ears (the collector) to inform the brain about the environment. Developing eyes and ears is a critical step but we won’t talk about that now (go to the Collection category of this blog to read all the intelligence gathering articles).

So once intelligence analysts have all this information coming in, we start to get a good picture of the full spectrum of threats in the battlespace. Now there are four types of threats: Conventional, Irregular, Catastrophic, and Disruptive.

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Guns in the Home

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Published on: July 6, 2014

In the July issue of Townhall Magazine, BearingArms.com’s editor Bob Owens explains why hiding your firearms isn’t enough–they must be put under lock and key.

In May I wrote a post at BearingArms.com that I thought was rather straightforward, discussing some of the responsibilities of gun owners.

When you decide to own a firearm, you are not just exercising a right, but taking upon yourself a responsibility to use that firearm rationally, intelligently, and safely at all times, without exception.

That responsibility includes knowing and practicing the safety rules religiously at home, the range, in the field, while carrying, and during transport.

That includes storing your firearms in such a manner where they cannot easily be accessed by the unauthorized (children, the mentally ill, infirm, etc.) or petty criminals.

The National Rifle Association issues a similar gun safety rule: “Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.” Additionally, the National Shooting Sports Foundation states, “It is your responsibility to prevent children and unauthorized adults from gaining access to firearms or ammunition.” In short, the safe storage of firearms is hardly a radical concept.

I was therefore quite surprised when a number of individuals attacked that position, claiming that educating children not to touch guns was enough. Several even took the position that by advocating for the same position as large gun rights groups and manufacturers I was championing gun control.

Whoa!

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Armed with Handguns, Ukrainian Jews Set Up Volunteer Self-Defense Force (Why We Stay Armed)

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Published on: May 27, 2014

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A small group of Ukrainian Jews has formed a self-defense force armed with their personal handguns, five bullet-proof vests and baseball bats with the aim of deterring attacks on members of their community.

Kiev Shomrim – the Hebrew name of the group meaning “Kiev Guards” – appealed for help to purchase equipment, writing on Facebook, “There have been four recent ATTACKS on members of the local #Jewish community in #Kiev, #Ukraine. Although very friendly to the local #Jews, local law enforcement is NOT able to provide adequate security in light of the current situation in the country.”

In their plea, they said that their initiative has the approval of the overstretched Ukrainian police force and Kiev’s chief rabbi.

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EMP Attack On Power Grid Could Kill 9-In-10 Americans

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Published on: May 12, 2014

Expert testimony before Congress on Thursday warned that an electromagnetic pulse attack on our power grid and electronic infrastructure could leave most Americans dead and the U.S. in another century.

That dire warning came from Peter Vincent Pry, a member of the Congressional EMP Commission and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security.

He testified in front of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event could wipe out 90% of America’s population.

Most people’s eyes might glaze over upon mention of the committee name, the title of the hearing — “Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): Threat to Critical Infrastructure” — and the general subject of EMP. But it is a real threat and not the stuff of science fiction.

Some attention has been paid to the potential cataclysmic effects of a natural phenomenon such as a massive solar storm, an event that has occurred in America’s horse-and-buggy era when it did not matter.

Today an electromagnetic pulse event would be devastating. It wouldn’t need a solar storm, just a solitary nuke detonated in the atmosphere above the American heartland. We would envy the horse-and-buggy era.

“Natural EMP from a geomagnetic superstorm, like the 1859 Carrington Event or 1921 Railroad Storm, and nuclear EMP attack from terrorists or rogue states, as practiced by North Korea during the nuclear crisis of 2013, are both existential threats that could kill 9-of-10 Americans through starvation, disease and societal collapse,” the Washington Free Beacon quoted Pry as saying.

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NRA Recruiting More Female Firearm Instructors

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Published on: April 27, 2014

The group wants to increase the amount of NRA certified female instructors nationwide.

If you’re a woman and you’re licensed to shoot, the National Rifle Association wants you! The group wants to increase the amount of NRA certified female instructors nationwide.

Ariel Lewis grew up knowing how to shoot. Her parents were military and her grandfather was a hunter.

“It’s just kind of a thing where you want to be one of the boys. You want to be able to do what they can do,” she said.

Now, Lewis is an NRA certified firearms instructor. She’s one of two at Sharpshooters indoor gun range in Greenville. She’s noticed the rise in women wanting to learn, often wanting a fellow female instructor.

“Men come in and kind of want to take charge and bark orders, so you need a woman to kind of slow it down and approach it at a different level,” she explained.

It’s a trend not going unnoticed by the firearms industry with pink and pastel guns infiltrating the market. Now, the NRA is responding. They say they’re trying to boost the current 8,000 females teaching across the nation.

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