Testing, Testing Myself on the Gun Range
Firearms / My Experience

Testing, Testing Myself on the Gun Range

In my recent post on “Becoming a Civilian Defender,” I highlighted Massad Ayoob’s position that “mental awareness and preparedness” and “proper use of tactics” are higher priorities in surviving violent encounters than “skill in combatives” and “optimum selection of equipment.” Which is reassuring to me because I do spend more time on the former than the … Continue reading

Becoming the Civilian Defender
Firearms / Personal Defense

Becoming the Civilian Defender

Although it was published earlier this year, I recently came across an interesting post on Dr. Sherman House’s “Revolver Science” blog called Becoming the Civilian Defender. “Civilian defender” is House’s term for the regular people who take responsibility for their self-defense along the lines of tactical trainer Patrick McNamara’s “Sentinel” or sociologist Jennifer Carlson’s “citizen-protector.” … Continue reading

Criminal With Gun Invokes AOJ Lethal Force Triad to Police Officer
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Media

Criminal With Gun Invokes AOJ Lethal Force Triad to Police Officer

I have written a number of posts about the conditions under which a person can and cannot legally use deadly force in self-defense. Much of my understanding of this comes from Massad Ayoob’s course “Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement” (a.k.a. MAG-40), as well as Andrew Branca’s “Law of Self-Defense” course and book. A key to … Continue reading

Someone is in your home. Can you shoot him? Should you? by Grant Cunningham
Fear / Firearms / Personal Defense

Someone is in your home. Can you shoot him? Should you? by Grant Cunningham

The recent case of the Miami woman who shot and killed a home invader has gotten some thoughtful gun trainers thinking. I just posted about Greg Ellifritz’s thoughts on the foolishness of people saying, “I’m going to kill anyone who breaks into my house.” And now I see that gun self-defense author and instructor Grant … Continue reading

Assessing Risk in the Decision to Carry a Gun
Concealed Carry / Firearms / My Experience / Personal Defense

Assessing Risk in the Decision to Carry a Gun

One of the most controversial and confusing topics when it comes to guns is the issue of risk. The determination of risk is central to the public health approach to (gun) violence, going back to Arthur Kellermann’s influential and controversial work such as “Gun Ownership as a Risk Factor for Homicide in the Home.” I … Continue reading