Lessons from the Antioch TN Church Shooting

On Sunday Sept. 24th, 2017 Emanuel Kidega Samson, a 25-year-old black immigrant from Sudan,  pulled into the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and immediately shot a woman dead as she left the church. Samson, wearing a ski mask and carrying two pistols then proceeded into the church and opened fire. A young 22-year-old usher named Robert ‘Caleb’ Engle confronted the gunman, but suffered ‘significant head injuries’ when the gunman pistol whipped him then continued on to shoot others. Some details are still unclear, but it’s believed that the perpetrator accidentally shot himself in the face during the confrontation with Engle. Engle then went to his car to retrieve his Continue reading “Lessons from the Antioch TN Church Shooting”

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So why is EVERYTHING ‘Racist’ now?

If you’ve been participating in forums or Facebook chatter or even just observing the media: everything is racist. Racist statues, racist police, racist President; why now? Though I believe most that are employing this tactic are far too shallow and uninformed to understand where this tactic came from, they are however following Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. You may or may not be familiar with this book, but both Clinton and Obama are big fans and employed his teachings throughout their lives. No, I think most who use these tactics are simply following the example of those two who they hold in such high regard. If you recall, neither of these individuals would actually debate an issue as it’s too difficult to defend failed ideologies, but rather would mock anyone who held an opposing view.

Rules for Radicals Rule 5:  “Ridicule is mans most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.” Continue reading “So why is EVERYTHING ‘Racist’ now?”

My 2 Cents on the National Anthem Protests

Unless you live in a vacuum I have to assume you’ve seen or at least read about NFL players refusing to stand for the National Anthem in an attempt to protest something. Some say these players are spoiled little brats protesting ‘injustice’ while being paid millions to play a GAME; I agree. Some say that regardless of whether they are right or wrong, they have the right to protest; I agree. However, when is it ok to protest on their employer’s time? I ask you, can you stand up at work and start protesting some perceived ‘injustice’ when you are supposed to be working? I have a sneaky suspicion that you would soon be looking for new employment. Now let’s take it one step further and imagine that your ‘protest’ was visible to the customers; right or wrong, it’s probably safe to say that some of those customers would be upset by your actions and take their business elsewhere. So when we’re talking about the NFL, who is the customer? Is it the owners, coaches, sponsors, and networks; to some extent yes, but the real customer, the real source of income, are the fans. So when you stand up at work and protest your perceived ‘injustice’ in front of the fans, you are likely to see many of those customers take their business elsewhere. Yes, these players can protest anything they like, but protesting in front of the fans is a big mistake and will prove costly in the long run.

As for that Colin Kaepernick guy who apparently started all this drama, he’s unemployed as he should be. Why would any NFL owner sign a trouble maker (whether they agree with him or not) who finished the 2016 season 1-10?

Final word; if you want to protest, fine protest, but do it on your own time.

4 Principles of Gun Safety

I know these should be 2nd nature to any and all gun enthusiasts, however when I do my safety review with first time visitors to the range, many act like it’s the first time they’ve heard them. So here you go:

  1. All guns are ALWAYS loaded.
  2. Never point a firearm at anything you’re not willing to shoot or destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  4. Be aware of your target and what’s beyond it.

Hope some of you find this useful, if it saves one accident or injury then indeed it’s worth it. Now get out there and practice!

Can You Access Your Gun When You Actually Need It?

A firearm is just a tool, and like any tool, it’s useless unless you can get to it when you need it. I’m sure many of you have felt that frustration of knowing you have a tool but just can’t find it; can you imagine the frustration of being unable to access your firearm in a crisis situation? Are your firearms safe from children or nosy neighbors while also being accessible?

Practicing your preps is undoubtedly the best why to stay sharp and practicing intrusion prevention/self-defense is no different. So try running through a few scenarios and in each one ask yourself: how would I or could I respond? What could I change to improve my level of preparedness?

  • You’re in the middle of dinner when 2 individuals attempt to kick in your door.
  • You’re relaxing in front of the TV when you hear a noise in the back yard.
  • You pull in your driveway and notice that your front door appears broken.
  • You’re lying in bed when you hear a suspicious noise coming from the kitchen.
  • You’re walking your dog when a suspicious person approaches you.
  • You’re fueling up your vehicle when you realize the gas station is being robbed.
  • You’re shopping with your family when a flash mob begins ransacking the store.
  • You’re in the shower (home alone) when you hear someone in the house.
  • You’re broke down on the side of the road when some rough characters stop to ‘help?’
  • You answer a knock at the door and the person tries to force their way in.

The possibilities are endless, but as you run through each scenario, ask yourself am I prepared or could I be better prepared? What could I do to improve my chances of survival? Can I stage my firearms better while still keeping them safe from others? I think most will find that if they actually follow through on this exercise they will make at least some changes and probably order a couple of small gun safes. Police are reactionary and can only do so much, it’s your job to protect yourself, your family and your property from those who would do them harm.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.