This would be a great reason to point out why should always carry except for one problem. The gangs involved are in the gun control paradise of California.
According to this article two rival gangs have made a bet, or should I say challenge to see which gang can kill 100 people in a span of 100 days. Since concealed carry permits are next to impossible to get the chances of the gangs encountering armed resistance is slim. However, don’t worry the City of Los Angeles just banned high capacity magazines, so the gangs are going to have a very difficult time achieving their goal.
Horrid as this story is don’t expect the Police to be held accountable for not protecting her or her family. They have no duty to protect you.
That’s Kevin’s question over at Misfires and Light Strikes (go read up on why the NRA was founded).
I don’t think we’d see much of a change from what we have now in the NRA. You’d need a strong political arm to fight back the anti-rights activists intent on turning us into a nation of victims. You would also need public relations and finally (most importantly), training.
I do think that we need stronger advocates for reality based training as well as places to train. It used to be small arms practice was held every Sunday after church. Now fewer people go to church and places to shoot aren’t as close as the town square. We would still want to focus on rifle marksmanship for those who would serve overseas. We’d also need to cover concealed carry, pistol marksmanship, threat deescalation, weapons retention and threat avoidance.
I used to belong to a loose knit group of individuals who did just this. We would “formally” meet twice a month and practice handgun tactics. On occasion we would also throw in combat rifle and shotguns as well. We had military (current and former) law enforcement and others participating. If someone went to a gun school like Gunsite they would share what they learned and we would all improve. Besides making better shooters this created a real sense of community where people helped people and there were no strangers. I don’t think this group still gets together, but I moved away a life time ago. Wish I could find something like that again.
Oleg Volk makes a case for it here. My first introduction to the .25 ACP was when two friends in Law Enforcement were shot on separate occasions with one. One after receiving multiple hits to the chest plucked them out of his leather jacket. The other has to have the bullet that struck him in the ankle removed from his hip. Before anyone asks it was a cheap gun that fired when it hit the pavement. So it was aimed up. The next time it came across my radar was when someone called the owner of the gun shop I worked in looking for one for his wife (the .25 has long been considered a lady’s gun). The owner asked him how good his divorce lawyer was under the premise that if his wife ever found out what the inexpensive (he was looking for a Jennings) under powered gun wasn’t capable of she’d leave him.
While I personally have no use for the cartridge. I can see where it may be useful to some. At the very least it will give you an object of some weight to beat someone with after you’ve emptied it. If you’ve inherited a Beretta or Baby Browning and it’s all you have or can get it is better than a harsh word.
I won’t be adding a .25 ACP to my safe. I’m content with the sub compact 9mm I have that my tailor has cut suits for that make it disappear. But for others the .25 might just be their best chance.
The nice folks over at The Havok Journal have conducted a Red Team Exercise on what a terrorist attack on America would look like. (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)
The analysis is well thought and represents just a portion of what could happen. It should be enough to give those mildly interested pause. The one audience that it won’t reach will be the same ones who were asking “why do they hate us?” after the 9-11 attacks. The same ones who today feel we must make nice with our ideological enemies.
For those of us who live in reality there is some things we can do but it comes without guarantees. Those seeking our destruction are well funded, about to get better funded and have the skill and resources to launch an attack anywhere. The lack of a guarantee doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare, we should still get our concealed carry permits (where needed) and carry everywhere we legally can while avoiding the places we can’t. We should consider keeping individual first aid (trauma) kits and the training to use them, and also planning for getting home if our primary means of transportation becomes unavailable.
As you go through your daily routine look around and think “what if?” Ignore the rules, think about what someone with nothing to lose is capable of. When you have some ideas think about what you can do (within the rules you have to follow) to minimize your risk first and if possible thwart the adversary as well. Plan, prepare and equip accordingly.
Tam nails it as only she can:
The douchebag should have gotten one or two shots off before someone in the row behind him casually plugged him in the back of his grape.
These weirdos are gonna weirdo until it becomes painfully obvious that any attempt to do something like this means nothing but a swift and ignominious dispatching by your intended victims and a footnote in the crime blotter on page twelve.