All You Have

All you have is all you have

by Drew Beatty

When it comes to a deadly force encounter, a perfect response isn’t among your menu choices. You will likely have very few choices at all in anything that happens, because if you are being attacked you are already behind the curve and are reacting rather than acting. So the choices you’ve made beforehand had better count.

Low Light

A Shot in the Dark

by Drew Beatty

Criminals like the dark. It hides their behavior and gives them an advantage to exploit over their victims. It is entirely possible that, if you ever face a critical incident, it could be at night, or at least low light. Have you ever practiced shooting in total darkness? What are the differences between shooting in broad daylight and shooting at night? I can tell you that there are stark differences.

Marijuana vs. Guns

Legal Marijuana? Say Goodbye to Your Gun Rights

by Dean Rieck

Many states have legalized marijuana, either for medical or recreational use. There is an ongoing debate about how this will affect health and crime, but one question most people are not asking is, "How does this affect your gun rights?"

The answer seems to be, if you use marijuana, you lose your gun rights regardless of state law.

Warrior Mindset

Sheepdogs and the Warrior Mindset

by Drew Beatty

On May 7, 2019, a brave young warrior, a sheepdog, was killed. He wasn’t a soldier killed in a war far away. He was killed just outside Denver in his English Class. His name was Kendrick Castillo. He was a mere three days from graduating high school, and he was killed defending his classmates from a wannabe mass killer. This young man and all his classmates who fought back that day exemplify the warrior mindset.

Who Is Your Attacker

Who Is Your Attacker?

Drew Beatty

We all have a vision of an attack we may be involved in. It’s natural and healthy for the defensive-minded person to project themselves into certain potential attack scenarios and work through them mentally – the home invasion, the carjacking, the terrorist attack, the co-worker who finally lost it. I think it’s also important to have an open-minded attitude and expand on those rehearsals in case expectation and reality differ.

Armed Encounter Fallacies 2

Armed Encounter Fallacies from Self-Defense Opponents

by Drew Beatty

In my last post I outlined some fallacies that are sometimes heard from proponents of the right to keep and bear arms and armed self-defense. The opposition has their fallacies too. These are often heard from media and politicians who oppose the right to keep and bear arms. Frequently these fallacies are used to incite fear and sway debate on various RKBA topics.

Armed Encounter Fallacies

Armed Encounter Fallacies from Self-Defense Advocates

by Drew Beatty

There are many fallacies pervading the culture of armed self-defense. Many of these are put forth into the marketplace of ideas by anti-gun zealots who want to motivate fear of firearms and firearms owners in the general public. This article isn’t about their fallacies, it is about ours. Proponents of armed self-defense also have pervasive cultural fallacies. Many of these will sound familiar to you.

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