I don’t own a shield but I did seriously consider one at one time. The below video shows an issue one user is experiencing with his that you need to be aware of. If I owned a shield I would be paying extra attention to that area.
There’s a lot I would like to say, but others have already done so quite eloquently. For example Borepatch has penned:
Thirteen years after the attack on Pearl Harbor it was December 1954. The risk of an attack by assets of Germany or Japan in December 1954 could reasonably be called low.
We are thirteen years past the attacks on the United States that occurred on September 11th, 2001. Would anyone be surprised if the United States was attacked again today? Tomorrow?
George Bush’s biggest mistake was not going to Congress on September 12, 2001 and asking for a declaration of war.
While JayG summed up the rest of my feelings about what should have been/needs to be done with the following:
I don’t give a hairy rat’s patoot if they love us. I don’t care if they respect us. I want them to fear us. I want the next terrorist @$$hole who talks about blowing something in America up to be shot by his own compatriots, out of pure unmitigated fear that we might hear about it and come back and do to them what we did to the last group that messed with us.
I wanted to say something like that but instead my thoughts are drawn elsewhere. I think about people I knew who didn’t survive the conflict that goes on to this day. Friends who came back broken. Some physically, some mentally and some physically and mentally. Watching parents bury their children and children bury a parent. I remember that day when the attacks happened and the frantic call from my new bride asking if I could be recalled to duty. I assured her my time had passed and that the only way I would be going back is if I volunteered, and ailments that surfaced since my separation prevented that.
What I never told her is how much I wished I was still there, but my career had been destroyed by a woman who hid her illness well until she couldn’t resist the urge to abuse a young child. Protecting that child had become the focus of my life towards the end of my career and repairing the damage is a work in progress to this day. Now thirteen years later as my body still keeps trying to fail me, I still feel like the retired firehouse dog on the porch. I watch those who are able rush to the fight and wish I could go with them. In the end all I can do is what I can to support those going, those there, and those who came back. My favorite charity is americansnipers.org I suggest you read up on them and if you like them and can do so toss them a donation.
Sorry for the dearth of posting, work took off like a scalded ape. Hopefully things will calm down next week. In the meantime I’d like to give a quick shout out the the crew at Imminent Threat Solutions. I had an issue with placing an order and emailed them late one night about the problem. I had a response early the next day and was able to take care of my order with their help. You just can’t beat customer service like that! If you get a chance give them a look. Their forums are pretty neat (though I don’t participate very much), their store has some pretty good (and useful) stuff and their blog is full of great advice.
This title is not likely to make a few of my pro-gun acquaintances upset, but I believe it to be sound advice in spite of the current civil unrest. Allow me to explain before you march with your pitchforks and torches.
Deciding to prepare to defend yourself with lethal force is a heavy decision. It is also one that requires some preparation you can’t just go buy a gun, a box of ammunition, maybe fire a few rounds at a range stick it in the closet and assume you are protected. A firearm is much like a musical instrument, you need training and practice so that when it comes time (and hopefully it never does) you can use it proficiently.
So what should a defenseless St. Louisan do? In my opinion they should do the same thing as an armed St. Louisan. Pay attention to the news reports so you know where the trouble spots are, keep an eye out for potential trouble and avoid both if you can.
Once things settle down if you still think you want to add a firearm to your security plan I heartily encourage it. I think you should start by doing some research before heading down to the gun store though. I recommend you start with Massad Ayoob’s “In the Gravest Extreme” due for an update very soon. Other books I recommend include “Counter Ambush” and “Defend Yourself” by Personal Defense Network’s Rob Pincus.
Once you buy your gun, it’s time to get training. The NRA has thousands of certified instructors where you can go to learn the basics. I also recommend getting a CCW permit if you selected a handgun as your defensive firearm. Then you should look into advanced training. If you’re in the St. Louis area I have heard good things about Asymmetric Solutions, you can also look at courses from Combat Focus Shooting (headed up by the previously mentioned Rob Pincus). Additionally you could attend courses at Gunsite, Thunder Ranch and the Ayoob Group. To keep your skills sharp I recommend participating in matches like those put on by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).
Purchasing a firearm for self-protection is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is one that will require careful forethought and a commitment to learning and practicing a lifesaving skill. It is not something one should do in a rush, but rather done in a careful methodical manner where you examine all of your options and make the choices that best suit you.
During the riots in St. Louis store owners armed themselves and successfully protected their businesses. Much like the store owners in Los Angeles during the riots after the verdict was handed down exonerating 4 police officers in the beating of Rodney King, it is up to ordinary civilians to protect their livelihood. During such incidents Police are always overwhelmed and only by utilizing principles like #7 of Sir Robert Peel’s can the effects of the violence be diminished.
(Story) In spite of opposing it and using the amendment for fund raising Bloomberg’s many front groups did little else to oppose it (not counting a failed lawsuit). Now of course they’re not happy with it.
According to one source the vote was 61-39%, that’s 39% that don’t understand the importance of the Bill of Rights.