Been real busy lately

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.

If You Live in St. Louis Now is NOT the Time to Buy Your First Gun

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.

This looks familiar

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.

Missouri goes strict scrutiny WRT gun rights

(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.

Student Threatened by Stalker May Have to Leave Ivy League School

The most interesting part of this story to me is the anti-civil rights activists push for more misdemeanors to be added to the prohibited persons list. If they really believed what they were selling they would have told the press that since Dartmouth is a “Gun Free” Campus she will be safe anywhere on University grounds. Dartmouth administration should tell her the same and be willing to put their money where their mouth is.

Anything less is an admission that these laws are useless.

Kurdish Female Peshmerga Fighters Take Oath to Fight ISIS in Iraq

Via Gateway Pundit we have a story of Female Kurds taking an oath to fight ISIS. This is a desperate situation for the Kurds who have few allies in the region. These women are literally going to be in a fight to the death. I really wish we had leaders willing to provide them what they needed to win the fight.

Good tips for men and women

Tatiana Whitlock gives some excellent tips for women who carry concealed. Some of them apply to men too. How many of you practice in the clothes you wear every day?