Attack Reaction

How will YOU react when you're attacked?

When was the last time you were in a fight? We're talking about a real, physical altercation where someone was punching you in the face or wrestling with you on the ground and trying to hurt you.

If you're like most men, your last fight was probably in grade school, assuming you've been in a fight at all. If you're a woman, you've probably never been in a fight.

Post Shooting Syndrome

12 Effects of Post Shooting Syndrome

Defending yourself with a gun is not something any rational person ever wants to do. It's something you do only when there is no other choice.

And the personal toll it can take on your mental wellbeing can be surprising, often referred to as "post shooting syndrome." TV dramas and blockbuster movies portray good guys shooting bad guys in heroic fashion. But in the real world, it seldom feels heroic.

Compliance Safety

Compliance Doesn’t Always Ensure your Safety!

by Greg Ellifritz

Many of my students tell me that, should they ever be robbed, they plan on complying with the robbers' demands. While I can't presume to tell anyone the individual best course of action during a dangerous situation, I can provide some general statistics about past events.

Police on Gun Control

What do police officers think about gun control?

One of the most common themes you see in the mainstream media is that police are strongly behind strict control of firearm ownership. But where is the evidence?

PoliceOne, a news source catering to the law enforcement community, recently reported on the most comprehensive police survey ever conducted on the topics of gun control, gun violence, and gun rights. The results were eye-opening.

Criminal Self Image

Criminals think of themselves as "good people"

Recently we discussed how criminals don't think the way ordinary people do. According to Stanton E. Samenow Ph.D., criminals think in stark, black and white terms that leave no room for reason, negotiation, empathy for victims.

To follow up on this idea, here's another somewhat startling observation: many criminals actually view themselves as good people despite their bad actions.

Criminal Thinking

CAUTION: Criminals don't think like you do!

by Dean Rieck

A couple years ago, I attended a 3-day handgun class at Tactical Defense Institute in West Union, Ohio. One of the many ideas that stuck with me was what the training center's owner, John Benner, said in the classroom portion of the training:

"Criminals don't think like you or me. Their minds work differently. They want what they want and all you are to them is an object in their way."

Riots and Mobs

Escaping from Riots and Flash Mobs

by Greg Ellifritz

I've read some articles by various "tactical gurus" advising that if people get caught up in a riot or confronted by looters, they should start cutting throats and shooting everyone in the face with their 9mm pistols to facilitate escape. There's certainly a time and place for such actions, but if you are smart, it will never come down to that. Let me share some of my experiences….

Vote Sean Maloney

Vote Sean Maloney for NRA Board of Directors

Sean Maloney, co-founder of Second Call Defense, is seeking election to the NRA Board of Directors.

If you are an NRA voting member, you should have already received your ballots. We ask that you VOTE FOR SEAN MALONEY.

Endorsements include Buckeye Firearms Association, Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Ohio Gun Collectors Association, Dick Heller (DC vs. Heller), The Colorado Second Amendment Association, Laura Carno (Founder, I Am Created Equal), and Timothy Knight (Founder, of the Colorado Recall).

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