Are You Mentally Prepared For A Self-Defense Encounter?

H/T Concealed Nation.

I do not think most people are mentally prepared for a self-defense encounter.

It’s easy to say. “I’d just draw and fire.” The reality is that violent encounters can come at us in less than a second, and we can absolutely be caught off guard. Rarely do these encounters happen in the ways that we’d think, because a lot of what we think will happen is shown to us in movies and on TV.

Seldom do people step out of that world and into reality, and that’s where the videos like the one below come into play. They show us what really happens, and how we as armed citizens can address them. Even better, they show us how to prepare ahead of time, so that we can try to be as prepared as we possibly can.

You’re never going to be prepared for every single scenario, and that’s ok. But striving to get as much knowledge and training as possible is a great road to travel.

Your mental state, yes even outside of a scenario such as these, is important to maintain at a high level. We think that we’re invincible sometimes, and even believe that we are mentally prepared. Evidence shows us that many aren’t as prepared as they had thought after they’ve experienced a bad situation.


The Right to Armed Self-Defense, in the Light of Law Enforcement Abdication


By David E Bernstein. October 5, 2020

The author describes the argument that the right to armed self-defense is obsolete, going into the most detail of anything published thus far about this past Summer’s violence and the anemic law enforcement response, and then provides examples of individuals and groups that countered the violence with armed self-defense.
This very extensive work can be accessed from here or downloaded from JPFO.

This article defends the position that the right of armed self-defense remains important today, in particular in light of the civil unrest of the Summer of 2020. The article proceeds in three parts. The first part will summarize arguments from various prominent commentators that the right to self-defense with firearms is anachronistic in the contemporary United States. These critics argue that Americans can and should rely solely on their local professional police force to protect them.”

“The second part of the article will focus on how this argument has been undermined by recent events. This part documents in great detail the failures of law enforcement in reaction to looting, rioting, and other forms of illegal behavior that threatened the well-being of the public. First, many police departments received implicit or explicit orders from their political supervisors to “stand down.” Second, in many instances, the police themselves were unwilling or unable to combat lawless behavior. If police consistently fail to enforce law and order, the argument against the individual right to bear arms for self-defense purposes significantly weakens.”

“Finally, the last part of the article will discuss examples of individuals and groups of citizens using firearms in self-defense during the recent unrest in the absence of effective law enforcement. Some of these episodes are open to criticism, whether on the grounds that one believes that it’s never worth using or even threatening to use deadly force to defend property, or because the line between justified self-defense and unjustified vigilantism is not always a clear one. Nevertheless, if law enforcement is unwilling or unable to preserve basic law and order, it’s both inevitable that citizens will try to fill the breach, and desirable that law-abiding individuals should be given the means to do so.”

Man Allegedly Tries To Rob Cab Driver at Gunpoint Ends Up Getting Shot with Own Firearm

H/T Western Journal.

It is a shame the shot was not fatal.

An 18-year-old Oregon man ended up being shot with his own gun when an attempt to rob a taxi went astray.

The incident ended early Tuesday with the arrest of Josiah Johnson, 18, who was charged with first-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The driver of the cab, whose name was not released by police, told authorities he picked up Johnson in the Portland suburb of Gresham.

According to the driver, Johnson wanted to go to Aloha — a roughly 30-mile ride. The driver wanted either pre-payment or collateral, so Johnson gave him his cell phone.

When they reached their destination, Johnson tried to use a phony $100 bill to pay the fare, police said.

The driver recognized the fake money and rejected the bill.

Johnson then allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the back of the driver’s head.


Johnson began to yell at the driver, who told police he could not understand the man.

The taxi driver did, however, see an opening to get the gun away from Johnson, which led to a struggle.

During the struggle, the gun fired. Johnson was hit in the left hip and the bullet “exited out his left buttocks,” the police release said.

From there, police said the struggle moved outside the cab, where the driver was eventually able to get his hands on the gun and toss it away.

Nearby residents heard the altercation and responded to the driver’s calls for assistance.

They helped the driver restrain Johnson and called 9-1-1.


Johnson was treated at a local hospital before being jailed.

2 Armed Teens Tell Concealed Carrier To Empty His Pockets, But He Emptied His Magazine Instead

H/T Concealed Nation.

These two thugs picked on the wrong guy to try and rob.

DES MOINES, IOWA — Two teenagers with guns thought they had an easy target in the early morning hours on Monday. Around 5:45 am, they put their plan into action.

Authorities said detectives learned that both teens were armed with handguns and approached the victim and demanded that he empty his pockets. The robbery victim, a concealed weapon permit holder, drew his weapon and shot both of the suspects.

Authorities said 16-year-old Liem Deng, of Des Moines, died from his gunshot injuries. Another 16-year-old male is in the hospital with injuries; authorities said he’s expected to survive.


The concealed carrier called 911 immediately following the shooting and gave his account of what happened. It lined up with evidence at the crime scene, along with multiple witness accounts, and no charges will be filed against him.

The teens were obviously down the wrong road in life, and hopefully the surviving teen will learn from this incident and make changes in his life.

As for the concealed carrier, I hope that he has another firearm that he’s proficient with and can carry, because it’s very likely that police have the gun that he used in an evidence locker.

Kyle Rittenhouse Lawyers Release Statement of Kyle’s Actions on 25, August 2020

H/T AmmoLand.

I think when the truth finally comes out it will be revealed that Kyle Rittenhouse shot in self defense.


U.S.A. –-( As the news and video of Kyle Rittenhouse defending himself with a Smith and Wesson AR15 rifle against several attackers circulated on the Internet, numerous attempts were made to start donations for people to contribute to his legal defense. Both Gofundme, Fundly, and other accounts were started, only to be taken down by corporate owners almost immediately. Accounts used to fund bail for Antifa and BLM were left up.

Well-known tort lawyer Lin Woods and prominent criminal attorney Pierce Bainbridge stepped up and said they would represent Kyle and family pro-bono, without charge. Numerous other lawyers also agreed to help.


Lin Woods also established a 501c(3) organization as a means to collect funds for Kyle’s defense.

Kyle’s lawyers have released this statement of what happened on the 25th of August in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Of particular interest are the facts that Kyle Rittenhouse was already working as a community lifeguard in Kenosha, and the rifle he used was purchased in Wisconsin. The entire statement is copied below. From

VERNON HILLS, ILLINOIS/ August 28, 2020/ Pierce Bainbridge is honored to represent 17-year old Antioch, Illinois resident Kyle Rittenhouse, who has suddenly found himself at the center of a national firestorm and charged with murder after defending himself from a relentless, vicious and potentially deadly mob attack in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

On August 25th, 2020, Kenosha spiraled into chaos following the Jacob Blake shooting. The Kenosha Mayor and Wisconsin Governor failed to provide a basic degree of law and order to protect the citizens and community buildings in Kenosha. The city burned as mobs destroyed buildings and property, and looters stole whatever they wanted. Rioters defaced storefronts, the courthouse, and many other public and private locations across the city.

After Kyle finished his work that day as a community lifeguard in Kenosha, he wanted to help clean up some of the damage, so he and a friend went to the local public high school to remove graffiti by rioters. Later in the day, they received information about a call for help from a local business owner, whose downtown Kenosha auto dealership was largely destroyed by mob violence. The business owner needed help to protect what he had left of his life’s work, including two nearby mechanic’s shops. Kyle and a friend armed themselves with rifles due to the deadly violence gripping Kenosha and many other American cities, and headed to the business premises. The weapons were in Wisconsin and never crossed state lines.

Upon arrival, Kyle and others stood guard at the mechanic’s shop across from the auto dealership to prevent further damage or destruction. Later that night, substantially after the city’s 8:00 p.m. curfew expired without consequence, the police finally started to attempt to disperse a group of rioters. In doing so, they maneuvered a mass of individuals down the street towards the auto shops. Kyle and others on the premises were verbally threatened and taunted multiple times as the rioters passed by, but Kyle never reacted. His intent was not to incite violence, but simply to deter property damage and use his training to provide first aid to injured community members.

After the crowd passed the premises and Kyle believed the threat of further destruction had passed, he became increasingly concerned with the injured protestors and bystanders congregating at a nearby gas station with no immediate access to medical assistance or help from law enforcement. Kyle headed in that direction with a first aid kit. He sought out injured persons, rendered aid, and tried to guide people to others who could assist to the extent he could do so amid the chaos. By the final time Kyle returned to the gas station and confirmed there were no more injured individuals who needed assistance, police had advanced their formation and blocked what would have been his path back to the mechanic’s shop. Kyle then complied with the police instructions not to go back there. Kyle returned to the gas station until he learned of a need to help protect the second mechanic’s shop further down the street where property destruction was imminent with no police were nearby.

As Kyle proceeded towards the second mechanic’s shop, he was accosted by multiple rioters who recognized that he had been attempting to protect a business the mob wanted to destroy. This outraged the rioters and created a mob now determined to hurt Kyle. They began chasing him down. Kyle attempted to get away, but he could not do so quickly enough. Upon the sound of a gunshot behind him, Kyle turned and was immediately faced with an attacker lunging towards him and reaching for his rifle. He reacted instantaneously and justifiably with his weapon to protect himself, firing and striking the attacker.

Kyle stopped to ensure care for the wounded attacker but faced a growing mob gesturing towards him. He realized he needed to flee for his safety and his survival. Another attacker struck Kyle from behind as he fled down the street. Kyle turned as the mob pressed in on him and he fell to the ground. One attacker kicked Kyle on the ground while he was on the ground. Yet another bashed him over the head with a skateboard. Several rioters tried to disarm Kyle. In fear for his life and concerned the crowd would either continue to shoot at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to fire multiple rounds towards his immediate attackers, striking two, including one armed attacker. The rest of the mob began to disperse upon hearing the additional gunshots.

Kyle got up and continued down the street in the direction of police with his hands in the air. He attempted to contact multiple police officers, but they were more concerned with the wounded attackers. The police did not take Kyle into custody at that time, but instead they indicated he should keep moving. He fully cooperated, both then and later that night when he turned himself in to the police in his hometown, Antioch, Illinois.

Kyle did nothing wrong. He exercised his God-given, Constitutional, common law and statutory law right to self-defense.

However, in a reactionary rush to appease the divisive, destructive forces currently roiling this country, prosecutors in Kenosha did not engage in any meaningful analysis of the facts, or any in-depth review of available video footage (some of which shows that a critical state’s witness was not even at the area where the shots were fired); this was not a serious investigation. Rather, after learning Kyle may have had conservative political viewpoints, they immediately saw him as a convenient target who they could use as a scapegoat to distract from the Jacob Blake shooting and the government’s abject failure to ensure basic law and order to citizens. Within 24-36 hours, he was charged with multiple homicide counts.

Kyle now has the best legal representation in the country. With help from Nicholas Sandmann attorney L. Lin Wood, Pierce Bainbridge and multiple top-tier criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin immediately offered representation to Kyle.

Today, his legal team was successful in working with the public defender to obtain a several-week continuance of his extradition hearing to September 25th. This at least partially slows down the rush to judgment by a government and media that is determined to assassinate his character and destroy his life.

Kyle, his family, the team at Pierce Bainbridge and his other lawyers intend to fight these charges every step of the way, take the case to trial and win an acquittal on the grounds of self-defense before a jury of his peers.

The legal fees and other costs of Kyle’s defense will be provided through donations to #FightBack Foundation Inc., a Texas 501(c)(4) foundation created by John Pierce and Lin Wood to protect law abiding American citizens whose rights are being trampled on by state and local governments that are more concerned with appeasing mobs than protecting those rights.

Pierce Bainbridge founder John Pierce praised Kyle’s strength and resilience. “A 17-year old child should not have to take up arms in America to protect life and property. That is the job of state and local governments. However, those governments have failed, and law-abiding citizens have no choice but to protect their own communities as their forefathers did at Lexington and Concord in 1775. Kyle is not a racist or a white supremacist. He is a brave, patriotic, compassionate law-abiding American who loves his country and his community. He did nothing wrong. He defended himself, which is a fundamental right of all Americans given by God and protected by law. He is now in the cross-hairs of institutional forces that are much more powerful than him. But he will stand up to them and fight not only for himself, but for all Americans and their beloved Constitution. We will never leave his side until he is victorious in that fight.”

Further updates will be provided as the investigation and legal proceedings unfold.



Woman Shoots Armed Robber, At St. Louis Convenience Store

H/T Bearing Arms. 

Hopefully some overzealous anti-gun prosecutor does not try to file charges against the shooter even though the shooting in self-defense.

St. Louis is one of the many Democrat-controlled locales that’s seen a sharp increase in the number of shootings in their city, but on Wednesday night at least one victim was able to fight back. KSDK-TV reports that after an armed robber targeted a convenience store in the city Wednesday evening, he received an unwelcome surprise.

The robbery happened at around 11:35 a.m. at New Carrie’s Corner Market at 4500 Athlone Avenue in the O’Fallon neighborhood. A man entered the store, pointed a gun at two victims and demanded money from the cash register, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said.

As one of the victims, a 55-year-old man, was getting money out of the register, a 46-year-old woman pulled out her own gun and fired shots at the suspect.


According to authorities, the armed robber took off running when the armed citizen began firing. He managed to get away with some cash, but thankfully neither of the victims of the robbery were injured.

The quick response from the armed citizen comes at a time when the Trump administration is taking steps to crack down on the increased violence in the city. U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen announced this week that 25 people have been arrested on federal charges in the city as part of the Department of Justice’s Operation LeGend.

Of those, 21 people have been charged with drug trafficking offenses. The other four have been charged with various crimes including robbery and firearm violations.

“Operation Legend – Saint Louis represents a unique federal partnership with local law enforcement to address the increase in homicides and violent crime in Saint. Louis in 2020,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen. “Today’s announcement highlights the impactful work the brave men and women of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, DEA, ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service and Missouri State Highway Patrol have accomplished in Operation Legend’s early stages.  Of course, there is more important work to be done.”

While the increased presence of local, state, and federal law enforcement in St. Louis is a welcome sign, it’s also good to see armed citizens like the anonymous woman mentioned above who are standing up for themselves and even total strangers in the face of violent criminals. After all, most of the policing that Jensen talked about deals with post-crime investigations. While it’s absolutely critical that arrests get made, when it comes to thwarting crimes in progress, it’s rare that any law enforcement officer will be in the right place at the right time to stop an ongoing armed robbery, carjacking, or home invasion. Most likely, the intended victims of those crimes is going to have to square off against those criminals by themselves, and being armed for self-defense helps to even the odds of survival.



Texas Woman Stops Armed Burglar Thanks To A Gun Of Her Own

H/T Bearing Arms.

This Texas woman is alive today beyond any doubt because she had a gun.

Here’s a story you won’t hear “gun safety” activists like Shannon Watts talk about, even though it involves a strong, empowered woman using a firearm responsibly to ensure her own safety. A Bell County, Texas woman is alive and well today thanks to the fact that she was armed for self-defense when a stranger broke into her home on Monday night.

According to Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange, the woman was on the second floor of the home when she heard a banging at her front door. It wasn’t a knock, but more like someone trying to break in the door, so the homeowner grabbed her pistol and headed downstairs. That’s where she ended up confronting the intruder, who was also armed but apparently wasn’t expecting to see a homeowner with a gun.


The burglar quickly fled through the front door and hopped into a car with several other individuals, speeding away into the night. Their getaway was short-lived, however, as the car was pulled over not far away in the county seat of Belton.

The sheriff’s department said all four people inside were arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation. Deputies said they did not find a weapon in the vehicle.

The suspects were identified as 20-year-old Corey Henderson, 19-year-old Marquis Henderson, 18-year-old Devonne Palmer, and 20-year-old Raven Singleton.

Harker Heights police said one of the suspects, Marquis Henderson, was also wanted for a shooting at a Bush’s Chicken in January.

Police issued a warrant for Henderson’s arrest on Jan. 27 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He’s accused of shooting a man at the Bush’s at 250 Commercial Dr. on Jan. 22. The victim survived.

Henderson was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $500,000.

Not only did the armed citizen protect her own life with a firearm, her actions helped lead to the arrest of Marquis Henderson as well. Like the vast majority of defensive gun uses, the armed citizen protecting herself in her home never had to pull the trigger; the presence of the firearm in her hands was enough to make the intruder who’d broken in decide he didn’t want to engage in a shootout with an armed victim.

Anti-gun politicians and gun control activists can pretend that they don’t want to pass any laws that would stand in the way of this homeowner protecting herself with a firearm, but have you noticed that those supposed supporters of the Second Amendment and “common sense gun safety laws” can never bring themselves to praise armed citizens like this lady in Texas?

In truth, their definition of “gun safety” is “don’t own a gun,” which means they simply can’t praise any armed citizens, because they don’t want to do anything to actively encourage gun ownership. Instead, Shannon Watts and the gunsense crowd will simply bury their heads in the sand and refuse to acknowledge self-defense stories like these while they fight to ensure that these kinds of stories never happen at all.



USCCA Minute, True Stories of Responsibly Armed Women, Dawn’s Story ~ VIDEO

H/T AmmoLand.

Women can take a lesson from Dawn and her life.

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USA – -( I want to tell you a little bit about a friend of mine named Dawn and her story.

Now, Dawn’s Story begins in 2006 when out of the blue, a guy that she used to date started calling her and blowing up her phone over and over and over to the point of harassment. Dawn wasn’t quite sure what was going on or what to do with the situation.

And unfortunately for her, it became a nightmare. Six years of relentless stalking by this man. And for Dawn, this was not a time when she was involved with firearms. In fact, her method of operation was hiding. I think a lot of women can relate to that. To try to get away from her stalker instead of standing up to him or getting self-defense training. She chose to basically close the doors and hideaway.

Unfortunately, the stalking was so bad that she lost her job and lost those full six years of her life. Thankfully, he was put away, finally, for two felony counts of aggravated stalking. He wasn’t supposed to get out of jail until 2017.

After he went to jail, Dawn was basically a new woman, still scarred by the event, but challenged by it as well. Knowing that she never wanted to experience this kind of trauma again. So what did she do? She got training and she went out and bought her very first firearm. Fast forward to just two years ago. Dawn gets a call out of the blue from a detective warning her that her stalker was released two years early with no warning.

Now, Dawn had a choice she could have gone back to her mode of operation from years ago. She could have gone back to hiding. But instead, she chose to live her life with her firearm on her side. Now, I would like to share a couple of quotes directly from Dawn so you can really feel and relate to all that she was going through and how she feels now.

“Women are becoming their own heroes and are refusing to be victims. And we’re seeing the number of women getting concealed carry permits growing substantially. This is a strange and amazing confidence that comes with knowing you got this. No matter what you got, this might be not to mention the average response. Time for law enforcement is seven minutes. And a lot can happen in seven minutes. With me, it was time to put my money where my mouth was. I will not live like that again. I will continue to talk about it and live out loud and if need be. I will be my own hero.”

Now, Dawn’s story is definitely one of resilience and triumph.

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Sheriff Offers Free CCW Classes So Churches Can Shoot Back

H/T Breitbart.

It would be great if more Sheriff’s would hold these classes.

The sheriff in Butler County, Ohio, is offering free concealed carry weapons courses so churches can form a security team and shoot back, as did the church that was attacked in Texas.

Sheriff Richard K. Jones put out an announcement, saying, “Unfortunately, in these days and times, no place is immune from mass shootings and we want our citizens to go to church without worry and fear felling safe and secure to worship with their families and their fellow church members.”

To that end, Jones’ office is offering “free CCW classes to churches that have or are implementing security teams.”

On December 29, 2019, Breitbart News reported an attacker pulled a gun and began shooting inside West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. Within seconds he was shot and killed by a member of the church’s security team and surveillance video showed other members of the team–all in plain clothes–draw guns and close in on the suspect as well.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) praised the armed congregants as “immediate responders.”

Never Again Again


By L. Neil Smith. January 6th, 2020. (
Attributed to L.Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

I may not get around very much these days. I may not see and hear everything that’s going on. But in all of the “news” coverage of the vicious attacks on Jewish people in the streets, lately, or even in their own homes at Chanukah, there has been a highly conspicuous absence of one vital concept. Forget all of the mindless blather about “hate”. Hate is a ghost. It’s an immortal ghost. Trying to fight hate is like trying to nail Jell-o to a wall. After all of the empty, futile moaning and groaning on TV, what we have here is a practical problem that can only be solved by practical means.

I have been called a widely-recognized expert on the ethics of self-defense. I am a freelance writer by trade. I am not religious at all. Yet I was chosen to write for a Jewish civil rights organization about twenty years ago. I wrote two books for them and hundreds of essays like this one. In the end, they were generous enough to make me an honorary Life Member, something I treasure as much as my hard-earned rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America.

That organization was, and remains today, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. It was the conviction of their illustrious founder and leader, the late, great Aaron Zelman, that if Jews had possessed personal weapons in Germany in the 1930s, and refused to give them up, there would never have been a Nazi Holocaust. Many a hand-wringing “liberal” idiot — for example, the thick-headed, myopic leadership of the Anti-Defamation League, which might be more accurately labeled “We Who Refuse To Learn From History” — argued with Aaron about that, but I agreed with him wholeheartedly, having written the first novel that I know of — 1980’s The Probability Broach — advocating that everybody in society should be armed. I was more than happy to help him spread the message any way I could.

The historical problem of Nazi Germany in the 1930s might have been solved the Swiss way, with a competent battle rifle — yes, a “weapon of war” — in every home. Try not to faint on the coffee table, Mrs. Grundy. Today’s war against soulless evil and mindless violence needs to be fought with different weapons, personal weapons, weapons that we carry with us all the time. That recent attempted mass shooting in a Texas church should give us a clue. The murderer was armed with some kind of shotgun. The cool, heroic defender put him down with a single round from a SIG Sauer P229, a lightweight and handy concealable high-capacity 9mm pistol. I have professional objections to that caliber (most of the time, it’s inadequate), but it did its job in this case, and if it hadn’t, there were six other defenders in the church with their guns out. Of course there should have been sixty.

In some ways, the specific caliber doesn’t matter. I, myself, prefer weapons that “begin with a four”, like .40, .41, .44, or .45. Yet I have long believed that if each and every human being in America (or anywhere else), man, woman, and responsible child, carried at least a tiny .380 automatic (look it up), or a “snubbie” .38 Special revolver in his pocket or her purse, street crime would completely vanish. Vile predators like Jeffrey Epstein and his evil helpers would have to find other ways of amusing themselves. History is full of ample demonstrations that would-be criminals and bullies detest the idea of their victims fighting back, and won’t risk being injured or killed by someone they wanted to rob or rape. .380 and .38 Special may be relatively small and weak, as these things go, but they can injure or kill. An early 20th century ad for Savage automatic pistols said it best: Banishes Fear!

Please understand that it doesn’t matter why some goblin wants to maim or murder Jewish people (or anybody else, for that matter) if he (or she) is deterred by the knowledge that his potential victim can easily humiliate or kill him. And how much longer would organized thugggery like Anti-fa or Black Lives Matter last if they understood the mortal risk they were taking when they try to hurt people? Most politicians are horrified by this because — for reasons that would require another whole essay — they identify with criminals and killers, and not with you. They are the enemy, as much as any rapist or home invader. Politicians don’t want you to be armed and are doing everything they can to stop it.

Don’t let them. I have always believed strongly that, given history and human nature, the Second Amendment is more than merely the declaration of a right to own and carry weapons, it is an absolute imperative. A free society and civilized order depend on it. Thomas Jefferson agreed with me, writing, “Take your gun with you on all your walks.” There will always be weaklings and cowards who object to this. I heard some female newsie weenie-wailing that she was terrified at the idea of sitting next to somebody in church who had a gun. To her, I would say, fine, let Darwin choose his own. It’s time for the rest of us, men, women, responsible children, and even little old Jewish grandmas to start packin’.



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