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."

Killing is Homicide

Killing in Self Defense IS Homicide

Here's a fact many gun owners have a hard time understanding: when you take someone's life, even if you do it in self defense, it is considered a "homicide."

But isn't self defense a time-honored right of every individual? Yes.

Self defense is a natural right. If someone threatens you with death or great bodily harm, you have the right to defend yourself, and that includes using deadly force. This right is built in to our laws.

Your First Gun

10 other things to do when you buy your first gun

Americans love guns. Depending on what survey you look at, anywhere from 20% to 50% of U.S. residents have at least one gun in their home.

But Americans are also more in love with the hardware than in training, laws, or safety. Too many people buying a gun for self defense, make the purchase, take the gun home, put it in a drawer, and never touch it again until their life is on the line.

Unarmed and Dangerous

Does unarmed mean not dangerous?

If you've been following the continuing story of the police officer who shot a teenager in Ferguson Missouri, you will have noticed a theme that runs through all the reporting, even in conservative media where reporters generally align with self-defense rights.

The theme is summed up in one word: unarmed.

Here are just a few random examples from among thousand of references online, on TV, and in print news:

Gun Control Myths

5 Common Gun Control Myths

If you've ever talked about guns or concealed carry with a group of people, you've probably encountered that one person who tried to convince everyone that guns are evil and do more harm than good.

Typically, it's someone who doesn't own a gun, has never shot a gun, and knows next to nothing about guns outside of what they've seen in movies and TV shows. The myths they've come to believe are not just incorrect, but wildly wrong and almost always originate with professional gun control fanatics.

Hating Your Attacker

Is deadly force legal if you HATE your attacker?

When we talk about using deadly force legally, we generally define it like this:

Deadly force is justified only to prevent the imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.

So, you're in your house minding your own business. A man bursts through the back door waving a machete. And you shoot him because you fear for your life. Pretty simple concept, right?

But what if in addition to fear you also feel "hatred" toward the person you shoot? Should that make any difference?

Avoidance

Avoidance: A Key Self Defense Tactic

Most self defense firearms training focuses on shooting tactics: grip, stance, draw, trigger control, clearing drills, and so on.

This is all important stuff. When you make the decision to own or carry a firearm, you'd darned well better make sure you know what you're doing when you decide to use the gun to defend yourself or others.

You Never Know

You never know when you'll have to defend yourself

A lot of people are carrying concealed these days. But many don't carry all the time.

One thing you'll hear many of these gun owners say is "Oh, I really don't have to carry when I'm going to the grocery store or safe places like that. I only carry when I'm going to be in an unfamiliar place."

Here are results from a survey we did earlier this year on concealed carry. When ask how often they carry, respondents said:

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