Biden’s Anti-Gun Push Proves “Unity” Was Always A Lie

H/T Bearing Arms.

If you believed that Joe Pee Pads  Biden wanted unity you are a moron.

President Joe Biden said he wanted to unify a fractured nation. He campaigned as a moderate, something only the media bought, but he did everything he could to present himself as someone who could unite us all. Yet he also campaigned on gun control, which should have been a big red flag.

 

But hey, people campaign on stuff all the time, then never deliver it. They make a show of trying to do it, just so they can say they tried, but they knew it would never fly and are fine with that.

Yet Biden has already made inroads on gun control and is still pushing for more, thus proving his claims of seeking to unify us were nothing but a lie.

Just months into President Joe Biden’s tenure, his early calls for “unity” look not only insincere—something we expect of any politician—but positively laughable. Last week, he threatened executive action to tighten restrictions on privately owned firearms in a move bound to infuriate gun owners, including millions of people who purchased tools for self-defense for the first time amid the chaos of the past year. Much of the country is certain to ignore his dictates, including state and local governments who have already vowed that they won’t enforce such rules. Forget unity—the president has found an effective means of deepening the country’s divisions.

“I asked the Attorney General and his team to identify for me immediate, concrete actions I could can take now without having to go through the Congress,” the president huffed from the White House on April 8. “And today, I’m announcing several initial steps my administration is taking to curb this epidemic of gun violence.”

The legality and wisdom of his proposed restrictions on arm braces and “ghost guns” aside—Jacob Sullum ably dissected those schemes elsewhere—Biden’s plan to bypass Congress is a wild departure from his insistence at his inauguration that “my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.” After all, he’s bypassing Congress specifically because lawmakers are very definitely not unified around an anti-gun agenda. That includes Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), from Biden’s own party.

The issue of gun control is easily one of the most divisive issues we currently have in American politics. Anyone looking to unify the country should really steer clear of this one because while anti-gunners wouldn’t like it, they’re also going to continue getting what they want at various state levels. They’re not going to feel like they lost. Not really.

But gun rights activists, on the other hand, aren’t interested in playing nice on this. We played nice over the decades and all we saw was more and more encroachment on our Second Amendment rights.

The truth of the matter was that when Biden claimed he wanted to unify us, he really intended to take a big, steaming dump on the gun rights crowd. He never wanted to unify with us. He just wanted to play some lipservice the media would lap up and then go about dismantling our Second Amendment freedoms.

It was a lie from the start and we all knew it.

The problem is, he’s now shown it to be the lie we all knew it to be, yet few in the mainstream media are willing to call him out on it. That’s alright. I’ll be thrilled to do it for them.

CNN Actually Fact Checks (Some Of) Biden’s 2A Lies

H/T Bearing Arms.

CNN commits a small act of random journalism fact checking some of Joe Pee Pads Biden’s gun control lies.

Last week Tom Knighton covered quite extensively the subject of Biden’s announcement on executive action on guns in: Biden Lies About Background Checks & More During Anti-Gun Presser. The subject of these actions is so hot that many will be talking about them for weeks and months to come. Something we all need to appreciate is that what Biden can do without the full support of our congresscritters is very little. The most “teeth” that any of his actions has revolves around the head of the ATF (or AFT if you ask Biden) appointment. Aside from putting anti-gun, frothing-at-the-mouth, freedom haters in charge of different agencies, his hands are largely tied.  Still, freedom-loving Americans will have a hard time navigating through certain sections of the executive branch because of this.

 

In an article from CNN we can find some really interesting fact checks to chew on. To be completely fair, hat tip goes out to Braden Langley, from the Langley Outdoors Academy. It was a recent video that he put out that directed me to the article in the first place. Holmes Lybrand, Tara Subramaniam and Daniel Dale, the authors of the piece really did some due diligence while working on it.  Some select bits that I extracted for you to ruminate on:

Biden claimed that “the only industry in America — a billion-dollar industry — that can’t be sued — has exempt from being sued — are gun manufacturers.”
Facts First: This is false. Gun manufacturers are not entirely exempt from being sued, nor are they only industry with some liability protections.

Biden claimed that “If you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check.”
Facts First: This framing from Biden is misleading, since it leaves the false impression that gun shows are exempt from background check laws.

He said that states with red flag laws have “seen a reduction in the number of suicides in their states.”
Facts First: This needs context. Research on this subject is limited, some of the available research data is mixed, and suicide rates have increased around the US in the 21st century.

These are just the highlights of a fairly well done article. To navigate through all the lies and rhetoric that we were bombarded with, do read the article in full as well as Knighton’s. There is nothing Earth shattering here though, as most civil rights minded persons already know these facts.  What is groundbreaking here is the that this was an article from CNN. The cable news network is not usually yelling from the rooftops about protecting our Second Amendment rights. To be perfectly honest, very few, if any main stream television news outlets meet, never mind exceed, the amount of coverage the 2nd Amendment rightfully deserves.

I won’t be holding my breath that this is the start of a new trend towards fairly covering the gun control debate on the part of CNN, but it’s worth noting that the media is capable of doing its job when it wants to. It’s just a shame that so few reporters are actually interested in doing so.

US Government Scientist Reveals New COVID Monitoring Device That Gets Implanted Under Skin

H/T Western Journal.

I do not care what this chip could do I would not take one.

Technology and medicine could produce an implant that allows a person’s health to be tracked.

Retired Army Col. Matt Hepburn, who worked for years with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, talked about the project in an interview that aired Sunday on the CBS show “60 Minutes.”

Hepburn — who still works for the Army as a physician and as “joint product lead,” according to his LinkedIn page — showed off the implant to Bill Whitaker of CBS, who noted how the device could be used.

“Consider a ship like the USS Theodore Roosevelt — hobbled last year when 1,271 crew members tested positive for the coronavirus. What if everyone on board had their health monitored with this subdermal implant, now in late-stage testing?” Whitaker said. “It’s not some dreaded government microchip to track your every move, but a tissue-like gel engineered to continuously test your blood.”

“It’s a sensor,” Hepburn said, displaying one of the creations.

“That tiny green thing in there, you put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body and that signal means you are going to have symptoms tomorrow,” he said.

Hepburn likened the sensor to the “check engine” light on a car.

“Sailors would get the signal, then self-administer a blood draw and test themselves on site,” he said.

Results would be almost instant, he said.

“We can have that information in three to five minutes,” Hepburn said.

“As you truncate that time, as you diagnose and treat, what you do is you stop the infection in its tracks.”

The news outlet Defense One outlined how an implanted sensor developed by the company Profusa, which is funded by DARPA, would work.

“The sensor has two parts. One is a 3mm string of hydrogel, a material whose network of polymer chains is used in some contact lenses and other implants. Inserted under the skin with a syringe, the string includes a specially engineered molecule that sends a fluorescent signal outside of the body when the body begins to fight an infection,” the report said.

“The other part is an electronic component attached to the skin. It sends light through the skin, detects the fluorescent signal and generates another signal that the wearer can send to a doctor, website, etc. It’s like a blood lab on the skin that can pick up the body’s response to illness before the presence of other symptoms, like coughing.”

Last year, many social media users spread claims that Microsoft founder Bill Gates proposed implanting microchips in everyone to stop the coronavirus. Reuters later ruled that claim was false.

Camp MacKall (not without a problem or two)

Pacific Paratrooper

Gen. Joseph M. Swing

The following story has been condensed from the “Angels: A History of the 11th Airborne Division” by MGeneral E.M. Flanagan Jr.

The 511th made waves for the 11th A/B Div.

General Swing, realized he was commanding an outfit of cocky paratroopers with special jump pay and glider troops who had no voice in their assignment and no extra pay to compensate for being forced to go to war in a rickety, undependable glider in equal hazardous duty. Unless he took some drastic action, the division would be split.

Reports filtered back to Gen. Swing at Camp MacKall that the 511th troopers were full of arrogant, rowdy hell-raisers lacking in discipline. But when the regiment joined up with the 11th Airborne, Swing was ready for them. Henry Muller [G-2 officer] remembered:

Lt.General E.M. Flanagan

“It was quite a shock to us. Gen. Swing, who had heard terrible…

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Do You Carry a .22 For Personal Defense?

H/T The Truth About Guns.

A friend of mine used to say he would sooner be missed by a .45 than hit by a .22 as a.22 had a tendency to go in you and bounce around causing lots of damage.

Whatever you may read on the intertubes, not everyone is a high speed, low drag tactical operator. They don’t walk around all day strapped with an optics-equipped, suppressor-ready pistol that packs 17+1 rounds of ammo in a drop leg holster (in addition to a couple of extra magazines).

Here in the real world, lots of people choose to buy guns that don’t intimidate them. Guns that are easy to load and easy to shoot. When they were standing at the gun counter, they only wanted to make sure they were buying something that would go ‘bang,’ not a pistol that a Navy SEAL might carry.

So yes, many of these people bought handguns chambered in .22LR for personal defense, either to carry or for home defense purposes.

Federal Punch 22 .22LR personal defense ammunition
Courtesy Federal

We know…you’re horrified. I wouldn’t be caught dead carrying a pop gun like that! Shooting a bad guy with a rimfire round will only make him angry! 

But the first rule of self-defense is…have a gun. The reality is, lots of people actually do rely on .22LR for personal defense. And if your personal defense gat is a .22, you’ll want to fill it with the best ammo for the job.

In light of that, back in January the people at Federal Premium introduced Punch 22 ammunition for short-barrel .22LR handguns.

 

 

As their web site notes . . .

Self-defense isn’t one size fits all. Punch 22 LR from Federal Premium uses a first-of-its-kind nickel-plated lead-core bullet pushed at maximum velocities to achieve the deepest penetration through short-barrel handguns. So, whether you want to carry a 22 LR pistol as a backup gun, don’t feel comfortable with centerfire pistols, or simply want to get more versatility from your rimfire, Punch makes the 22 LR cartridge a viable choice for the first time ever.

Our favorite part is the MSRP of $9.99 for a 50-round box. If only.

The people at Federal, who know a thing or two about the ammunition market, recognized that in a country of 100 million or so gun owners, many of them will be very content and sleep quite well at night owning a handgun that’s chambered in .22LR. Hence Punch 22.

As for the question of penetration . . .

Federal’s engineers tested Punch 29-grain 22 LR ammunition against three other small-caliber loads: 25 Auto 50-grain FMJs, 32 Auto 60-grain HPs, and 32 Auto 71-grain TMJs. The 25 Auto, 22 LR Punch and 32 Auto TMJ reached the FBI protocol minimum penetration threshold of 12 inches in 10 percent gel (the 32 Auto 60-grain round penetrated an average of 8.5 inches). Of the three loads that reached the minimum depth, only the 32 Auto out-penetrated 22 Punch.

So what about it? Do you own or carry a .22LR for personal defense? Know someone who does? Have you recovered yet from reading that there are people who do?

History of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

H/T Trip Savvy.com.

I learned quite a bit about the grilled cheese sandwich.

The concept of the grilled cheese sandwich is not a recent one. Humans have been combining bread and cheese for centuries. Even the Ancient Romans put together recipes for cheese melted on top of bread. Across America, you’ll find creative takes on a grilled cheese sandwich formally created in the early 1900s.

American Grilled Cheese Sandwich History

The modern American grilled cheese sandwich is a more recent invention. In the early 1900s, a young man named James L. Kraft was pushed out of his partner’s business and stranded in Chicago with only $65 to his name. Kraft bought a mule, purchased cheese wholesale, and then sold it to local grocers. He soon realized that the major drawback for his cheese customers was spoilage; most restaurants and store owners did not have refrigerators so cheese wheels had to be used within a day of cutting.

In 1915, Kraft invented a way to manufacture a blended, pasteurized cheese that he called “processed cheese.” This pasteurized cheese could be transported across the country without spoiling. He patented his invention in 1916 and soon began selling Kraft cheese across the nation. He sold packaged bulk cheese and grated cheese.

 

Early grilled cheese sandwich recipes were made by mixing the grated cheese with a binder, such as salad dressing, white sauce or mustard, and toasting the sandwich between two slices of buttered bread. These were called “Toasted Cheese Sandwiches.”

During World War I, the United States Army purchased 6 million pounds of Kraft’s cheese. In World War II, Navy cooks prepared countless “American cheese filling sandwiches” for hungry seamen. 

 

Depression-era families found processed cheese to be a cheap and filling meal. Kraft sold nearly 8 million boxes of its macaroni and cheese during the Depression, under the marketing campaign that you could feed a family of four for 19 cents. School cafeterias purchased cans of tomato soup to go with toasted cheese sandwiches to satisfy the Vitamin C and protein requirements for school lunches, leading to the classic childhood combination.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Grow in Popularity

Soon, grilled cheese sandwiches were everywhere. A 1934 Washington Post article explained, “Sunday night is a grilling time… Grilled cheese sandwiches are no new thing. We get them in drug stores for lunch and at tea rooms for supper. But when the housewife begins to grill there is no limit to the combinations she may use and the delicious Sunday night suppers she may serve. Open-face sandwiches of cheese and tomato grilled, offer a combination of flavors sure to please the palate.”

 

In 1949, Kraft Foods introduced Kraft Singles, individually wrapped slices of processed cheese, and it became even easier for home cooks to make grilled cheese sandwiches. 

In Search of Creative Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Today, grilled cheese is making a resurgence with gourmet versions popping up in restaurants across the country and people exploring international varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches.

In the U.S. cheddar has become the most popular cheese to use in the sandwich. But in Oregon, visitors have discovered grilled cheese heaven. In southern Oregon, Rogue Creamery, famous for blue cheese, puts together such interesting combinations as their house-made mild white cheddar and a mild Rogue blue to create a noteworthy sandwich. They offer recipes for even more creative options, like a Crispy Rosemary TouVelle grilled cheese sandwich.

 

In Portland, Oregon head for the popular Grilled Cheese Grill food truck complex in the hip Alberta Street area. Inviting you to “come by for a taste of your childhood,” they have over the top creative versions, too. Very popular is the famous “Cheesus,” They replaced the bun with two grilled cheese sandwiches filled with Tillamook cheddar and classic American cheese. The inside of the sandwich contains more traditional condiments and a one-third-pound burger.

Food & Wine Magazine compiled a list of the Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S. and includes such cheesy delights as the Crabby Melt from Grilled Cheese & Co in Catonsville, Maryland. The local chain serves up the regional favorite made with local crab and jack cheese on top of homemade “crabby dip.”

 

You could easily put together a road trip across the U.S. to taste gourmet grilled cheese offerings, the sandwich born as a simple toasted white bread sandwich with American cheese.

275 Sheriffs Sound Alarm on Border Crisis, Send Letter with Demands to Biden

H/T Western Journal.

Sadly Joe Pee Pads Biden does not give a Damn about the crisis at the border.

A large group of sheriffs signed a letter addressed to President Joe Biden this week asking him to take urgent action to stop the border crisis.

Apprehensions at the southern border in recent months have shattered past records, creating significant strain on law enforcement working to keep track of migrants coming into the country.

“America’s Sheriffs are deeply troubled about the dangerous impacts your administration’s border policies are having on our citizens, legal residents and communities,” the bipartisan group of 275 wrote Tuesday.

“You must act now before our nation’s public safety resources are overwhelmed with the criminal side effects of unchecked illegal immigration, including transnational gangs, guns, dangerous drugs and human trafficking.”

The sheriffs from 39 states pointed out that despite the situation at the border being unprecedented, the Biden administration has taken no responsibility.

“In a myriad of ways, you and your administration are encouraging and sanctioning lawlessness and the victimization of the people of the United States of America, all in the name of mass illegal immigration,” they wrote.

“We, the undersigned sheriffs, like you, took oaths and made promises to the American people that we would uphold and enforce the rule of law,” they continued. “America’s Sheriffs believe that the citizens we serve have an absolute expectation that our efforts will be rooted in public service rather than political self-service.”

“These local law enforcement officials have been dealing with the impact of unsecured borders for decades, as criminal cartels have taken root in their communities,” Federation for American Immigration Reform President Dan Stein said in a news release. “Every day, as the Biden administration releases people we know nothing about, into communities all across the nation, the threats to public safety and public health grow evermore grave.”

“President Biden has the obligation and the ability to restore policies that were in place when he took office that had checked the flow of migrants crossing our borders. He has a moral and constitutional obligation to do so immediately,” Stein continued.

The sheriffs asked Biden to immediately change his policies and revert to certain policies of former President Donald Trump’s administration.

“In the interests of ending the undermining of our laws and the increased risks to the safety and security of the people of the United States of America, we respectfully request that you immediately reverse course on your pro-illegal immigration policies, resume the border wall construction, and embrace the common-sense, public-safety-supporting border policies of the previous administration,” the sheriffs wrote in their letter.

“America’s Sheriffs stand ready to work with you and your administration if you are willing to move in the right direction. Until that time, all of us will continue to uphold our oaths, enforce our sovereign authorities, fight for public safety, and keep our promises to the American people who have placed their trust in us.”

After Biden halted the construction of the border wall and reversed many of Trump’s immigration policies, such as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, migrants felt it was a signal they could start coming in large numbers.

As crossing the border without documentation is illegal, migrants — thousands of which are unaccompanied minors — have to be detained in order to be processed.

In March, 18,890 children crossed the border, a 100 percent increase from February, according to Customs and Border Protection data.

It makes sense sheriffs even outside border states signed the letter, as migrants may be sent to many different places throughout the country.

Unfortunately, the administration seems to have no urgency to take decisive action to stop the crisis.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas indicated this week that border wall construction may resume soon, but there do not seem to be plans to reinstate any of Trump’s protocols.

In addition, Roberta Johnson, who has been a key leader in efforts at the border, will be stepping down at the end of this month, adding to the lack of leadership during this time of peril. Even so, Johnson believes the crisis will be left in good hands.

“They continue to drive toward the architecture that the president has laid out: an immigration system that is humane, orderly and safe,” she told The New York Times. “I leave optimistically. The policy direction is so clearly right for our country.”

As law enforcement is strained without any clear course of action, Biden’s legacy will certainly be tarnished.

Black Crime Facing Down the Elephant in the Room

H/T Town Hall.

The Great Society helped destroy the black family by removing any incentive for black fathers to stay around and raise any children they father.

recently wrote about the mysterious killings of endangered white rhinos in South Africa’s Pilanesberg Park years ago.  The killers turned out to be gangs of aggressive teen elephants who, raised without fathers or role models to “curb their youthful exuberance,” grew up to be troublemakers.  The delinquents fell in line after park staff relocated adult male elephants to the park who “kicked butt” with the compassion of a father and established a new hierarchy.  

 

The violence and killings of white rhinos stopped.  

I compared the young elephants to young blacks in urban cities who were raised without fathers or healthy role models and have grown up extremely violent and extremely dysfunctional. That dysfunction is passed down to succeeding generations because rather than making the hard decisions to accurately define and solve the problem, leaders and activists excuse the bad behavior by blaming all the mayhem on slavery and Jim Crow. The message?  “It’s not your fault.”

How’s that working?  

Blacks are a third of the population in Chicago but commit 80 percent of all shootings, author Heather Mac Donald told Tucker Carlson on a recent show.  In Los Angeles, blacks commit 44 percent of all violent crime but make up 9 percent of the population.  In St. Louis, blacks are less than a third of the population but commit 90 percent of all homicides. In New York City, blacks commit about three quarters of all shootings although they’re 23 percent of the population.

On Monday alone, 16 people were shot and two killed in Chicago, a city led by blacks.  Two teenage black girls killed an Uber Eats driver in D.C. during a foiled carjacking.  A knife-wielding black man, 25, was shot dead after he rammed his car into a barricade at the Capitol, killing one policeman.  A deranged black man who had been released from prison after killing his mother was caught on camera kicking, stomping, and beating a random 65-year-old Asian woman, while others, including a security guard, watched.

With all the talk of structural racism, equity, and white supremacy, violence has not only gotten more brash, but it’s becoming institutionalized. Yet, if the woke crowd were successful in transforming the country into an “anti-racist” paradise, we would still be light years away from fixing the dysfunction and disparities in urban cities.  

Blaming black crime on slavery and Jim Crow completely ignores the elephant in the room.

“We need to be courageous and come up with alternative explanations that are difficult to articulate but they must be said,” McDonald told Tucker.

Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, has spent the past few years getting his hands dirty with an “alternative explanation” that is slowly transforming one of the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago. Rather than blaming cops, he’s laser-focused on tackling urban crime at its root: broken families.  

In the new documentary “What Killed Michael Brown?” Shelby Steele and his son, Eli, spoke with Pastor Brooks, who set up his church in 2000 in the heart of Woodlawn, Illinois. It’s now a congregation of 2,500.

“I believe the church is the hope of the world,” said Brooks.  “What greater place that needs that hope than a place that’s experiencing high levels of crime [and] broken families? We’ve seen a lot of young guys in the neighborhood who don’t value their lives.  A lot of it is a result of not having someone to encourage them that ‘You can do better,’ … But if you don’t have those messages going forward, it’s hard for you to value life when everybody is shooting and killing.”

That was true for ex-Black Disciples gang leader Varney Voker who, as a child, watched his mother smoke weed and deal drugs. He wanted to be like her. But he did better. Voker grew up to build a crack-heroin business that brought in $60,000 a day.  

Legendary in Chicago as one of “The Bentley Twins” (he and his twin brother drove Bentleys), Voker told Steele about how he returned from an 11-year prison sentence to find his old neighborhood under new leadership. While looking for old connections to rebuild his empire, Voker’s friend told him he had to go to the church.

“I’m like, who am I meeting?” he said, recounting the story.  “Guy (said), ‘You meeting the pastor.’  I said, ‘I don’t want to talk to no pastor, bro, I just came home.  He goes, ‘No, you have to talk to him because he runs the neighborhood now.’”

When they finally met, the pastor said to the ex-gang leader: “OK, um, I know who you are; I heard a lot about you – glad to see you home, but I’m the new sheriff in town.”

By making himself the “biggest elephant in the room,” Brooks established a new hierarchy in Woodlawn where young blacks saw him as a father figure.  Over the years, Brooks has created an environment where young people can learn a trade, become self-sufficient, and be role models for others.  It is this painstaking cycle of creating and reproducing role models that Brooks believes will transform the neighborhood.  In fact, he wants Woodlawn to be the petri dish that will offer proof that urban areas nationwide can grow themselves out of dysfunction and close crippling disparities.  

“It’s easy to say, ‘the white man, the white man’ when in reality we need to take a closer look at ourselves,” he told Steele. “We’re telling them educationally – you’ve got to get it together.  Economically, you’ve got to get it together.  Family and spiritually, you have to get it together.   And you have to take responsibility.”

It is the Corey Brooks of the world – not the Cory Bookers – who will do for troubled urban cities what trillions of government dollars, angry protesters, and pampered TV pundits have failed to do.  They ignore the elephant in the room, then make books and monuments to themselves about the problems they created and pretended to solve.  

But men like Pastor Brooks stare the elephant in the eye, hammer stakes in the ground, and commit to the dirty, back-breaking labor of changing the destiny of generations of broken human beings.

If America is lucky, Brooks and people like him, just may be replicating an army of men and women in their own images.

Author’s note: Pastor Corey Brooks’ outreach arm, Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny), is raising private funds to build a community center that will house a charter school, skills training, and recreational opportunities.  For more information, go to http://www.projecthood.org. 

Carjackers Stopped by Armed Driver – Armed Citizen Stories

H/T AmmoLand.

It was luckily the car driver was armed and was able to defend himself.

 

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- We start with this news report from Fox29 news in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

You drive for Lyft. You get a call to a residential area in Philadelphia at 5 on a Sunday morning. When you pull up to the location, two teenagers run up to your car. One of them has a gun. Your attacker orders you to get out of your car and give him the keys.

You are a gun owner. You have your Pennsylvania License to Carry a concealed firearm. You’re armed this morning. You present your firearm and shoot the armed attacker nearest you.

Your attacker drops his gun. The other attacker puts his arms up in the air, so you don’t shoot him. The wounded attacker shouts to someone in a car nearby and that car drives away. You step away from your car, look around, and then call 911.

Police arrest your two attackers. EMS takes your wounded attacker to the hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury to his leg. Police also recover your attacker’s gun. It is a BB gun. The attackers who remained at the scene are 14 and 15 years old.

Lyft says you’re not supposed to carry in your car, but an unarmed driver was carjacked in Philadelphia yesterday. You didn’t want that to happen to you.

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Our armed defender did a number of things to save his life. Well before this incident, he recognized that driving the public around is a dangerous job. The defender went to the time and trouble of being publicly armed in Philadelphia. He got his permits. Day after day, he dressed around the gun and carried concealed.

On the morning when he was attacked, our defender recognized what appeared to be an immediate, unavoidable, and lethal threat. It sounds like he kept his head and chose his moment to defend himself. When he had an opportunity, the defender shot his immediate attacker until the threat stopped, then the defender stopped shooting. He did not shoot at the second attacker or at the other car because they were not an immediate threat at that time.

After he defended himself, our defender stayed at the scene. He called 911 and made a statement to the police.

Our society changes everyday. Rideshare services now bring hot food to hungry people at all hours. They are also delivering fresh cars to criminals. The carjacker gets to order up the time and location of their robbery. As he places his order, the carjacker can select or reject the make and model of the car.. and the appearance of the driver.

Carjackings are up across the country, but particularly for rideshare drivers.

There are a number of things that were not mentioned in the news report. Let’s look at what we would want to do if we were in a similar situation.

The defender shot his attacker in the leg. Typically that is hard to do from inside the car, so it looks like the defender might have fired as he opened the door and got out of his car. Shooting from inside your car or shooting as you get out of your car are not the presentations we’re taught in our concealed carry class.

If you can, take a class that goes beyond firearms safety and the minimum required for your carry permit. We can learn to shoot from unusual positions. We can also dry practice our shooting from a seated position.

It is harder to find good opportunities to live fire from unusual positions. For example, I could not usually draw and fire from a seated position at my public range, but I could do so during competitions. In that setting you can learn by watching others as well as from your own experience.

We talked about firearms training, but we also have to talk about the judgments involved. Every shot we take will be judged against the legal standards for justified self-defense. Our defender shot when he faced a threat, and he stopped shooting when that threat was sufficiently diminished. The law is not a fool and it recognizes that it takes a moment to realize our situation has changed. We don’t have to be perfect but we want to be responsible with every shot we fire.

There is more we can learn from this news report. These two attackers were not alone. There was at least one additional accomplice in the car that drove away. Multiple attackers are the rule rather than the exception. That is why we want to look around after we’ve addressed the immediate threat.

There is no easy rule to follow when we decide between moving to safety or staying at the scene. There could be greater safety if we flee. We have to weigh that against the possible loss of evidence or witnesses if we run away. In this case, the second attacker might grab the BB gun and disappear. It is unlikely that the wounded attacker would tell the truth about the attack. Criminals usually run and we don’t want to run if we don’t have to. Each of us will have to weigh the pros and cons of that decision in the moment.

Once we’re safe, we want to call 911. Stay on the call and say little. We give our location. Ask for police and medical support. Say that someone is wounded and the scene is secure. Say that there were additional attackers. Give a description of their car and the way they were headed as they left. Tell the dispatcher what you look like including how you’re dressed.

I suggest you stay on the call so you know when the police are about to arrive. Put your gun away, preferably back into your holster. If not, then put your gun back into your car and lock the doors or trunk.

Give a brief statement to the police when they arrive. Tell them the essential facts and then state your willingness to cooperate. We can say something like this.

I was attacked and I called 911. That man pointed a gun at me and I defended myself. That man was also one of the attackers. I called you as soon as I could. Please arrest them. I’ll press charges and testify in court. I’ll cooperate and give a complete statement after I’ve spoken to my attorney.

Of course you want to tell your story, but now is not the time. You may be handcuffed. You may be arrested. You may be taken to jail until you post bail. You are a mess and this is not the time and place to state your legal case.

Have a legal plan and call them. Your lawyer will negotiate you bail. He will ask you to go over what happened several times, preferably at least once after you’ve had a chance to sleep. Let your lawyer take everything you say and put it into a coherent report. Having an experienced self-defense lawyer also makes it harder for a prosecutor to throw unwarranted charges at you. It happens, and you don’t want to face that alone.

We can plan to save lives, both before, during, and after an attack.

 

SHOULD YOU CARRY A HANDGUN IN THE SMALL OF YOUR BACK?

H/T Guns In The News.

The small of your back is a bad carry idea.

When it comes to the concealed carry of a defensive handgun, there are a variety of acceptable ways to do it and there are some bad ideas. Small of the back (SOB) carry is one of those bad ideas. This is primarily because it is an unsafe way to carry a defensive handgun, but there are other factors at play as well. Let’s look at the reasons SOB carry should be avoided and let’s start with comfort.

Comfort

Though it may seem like your lumbar region is a great little alcove to hide a handgun, the first time you sit in a chair and lean back your mind will change. Most of us spend our days seated at a desk and having a glob positioned in that area makes sitting uncomfortable. Even those who spend a great deal of time on their feet during the day will have to sit at some time and with SOB carry it will be unpleasant.

On the other hand, if you are on your feet SOB carry can provide deep concealment with the right cover garment. However, at the same time, if you bend over it becomes almost impossible to maintain that concealment unless you’re wearing a trench coat. Additionally, accessing a handgun carried SOB is slower than almost anything but ankle carry.

Access

When it comes to access, when compared to common inside-the-waistband (IWB) or outside-the-waistband (OWB) carry on your strong side or in the appendix position, it’s slower and harder to access and draw a handgun that is carried in the SOB manner. In fact, drawing from a shoulder holster is easier, faster and safer than drawing from SOB carry. Clearing the cover garment is just one of the problems.

With a shoulder holster it is fast and easy to just reach inside your coat and access the handgun. And, with hip and appendix waistband carry, sweeping aside or tugging the cover garment above your holster is easily done with the support hand. With SOB carry you really have no practical method of ensuring your cover garment is clear for access to the handgun or for the draw. Accessing the handgun is even more problematic if you’re seated or lying on your back.

Safety


The biggest reason SOB carry is a bad idea is because of safety and there are two aspects of safety that need to be considered. It’s not uncommon when attempting to defend a violent attack for you to be pushed or knocked to the ground. If you’re carrying in the SOB method and you land on your back with a gun pressing against your L-3 vertebrae, you could potentially end up with an injury without a shot fired—from your own gun! And too, trying to draw a handgun positioned in the small of your back while a 200-pound attacker is on top of you will be difficult.

The above-mentioned comfort, access, and safety reasons should be enough to discourage the practice of SOB carry and they’re all relevant concerns. But let’s talk about what might be the most important reason not to carry a handgun in the SOB position and that’s the safety related to the actual presentation and holstering of the handgun.

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Both are almost impossible to do without pointing the gun at important parts of your body. Regardless of if the handgun is carried in the SOB method with the butt pointed up or down, you will most assuredly sweep the muzzle across your hip. Can you draw a handgun from the SOB position safely? Yes, but the process is slow and does not involve motions that are conducive to a smooth, fast, and tactical presentation.

There is a reason that Galco Gunleather, a company that is arguably the foremost manufacture of defensive handgun holsters in the world, does not offer a holster suited for SOB carry. Galco has been making premium defensive handgun holsters for half a century and they do not make an SOB holster because an SOB holster is, well, a sub-optimal idea.