If this, then that doesn’t work.

Great bar fight

Found on Reddit: A great story about how a night out shooting darts spun out of control.

It was me, my sister and some of her friends. My sister and her friends were playing darts in the bar, I was joking with some other guys. A group of either four or five women and a male made their way from the otherside of the bar and immediately started pushing around my sister’s friend who we’re going to call Amanda.

Amanda didn’t want any part of that and ran over to me, to hide behind me. I had no idea what was going on. The aggressive male was hurling threats at everyone, the bar owner was telling him to leave, Amanda was telling them to leave her alone, she had no beef with anyone. Before I could fully figure out what was going on, the aggressive females started throwing punches at Amanda.

I tried to separate the girls when the aggressive male began to hurl threats at me. I just ignored it. It didn’t take long for s*** to get ugly after that. I saw out of the corner of my eye, my sister getting pulled by the hair into the aggressive group, they were viciously beating on her head. At that moment, I redirected my attention to my sister.

Without even thinking I started yelling at the aggressive girls to let my sister go and punched one of them. The male, the ringleader, then began to move in my direction hurling death threats at me. This was no longer just a stupid little scuffle, this turned into an extremely dangerous situation. I as far as I could tell, I was the only male trying to stop the fight. The aggressive girls were no match for me, but they were seriously going to town on my sister. The male on the other hand was about the same size as me and I had no idea if he had any weapons or not.

At this time I felt the best course of action for me was to step back from the crowd, draw my weapon and aim for the ringleader. Maybe y’all might disagree, maybe not. Hindsight is 20/20 and in retrospect no one got seriously injured. But in this moment, I had no way of predicting the flow of the fight. I felt that both my sister and I were in grave danger.

But I couldn’t protect us like I should have been able to. Because in Texas, a bar with a red liquor license is a mandatory gun free zone. I had made the decision earlier to leave my gun in the car.

Fortunately, everything ended well for the good guys, but yeah, this is pretty close to a no-win scenario as you can get. Sometimes, you can do everything right (including abiding by your state’s laws regarding CCW) and still get into a world of hurt. 

The Safest Way to Store Your Gun In Your Home Is…

… the safest and easiest and quickest way to store your gun outside your home. 

On your person. Duh. 

When I mention in an online forum that I yes, I carry a pistol on me when I’m at home, people who are otherwise ok with concealed carry will ask “Why would you carry at home? Are you that paranoid?!” 

Well, no. And yes. Yes, I am aware of the face that whether it’s inside or outside the home, a cop WILL NOT be around when I need one, so why would I think that rules that keep me safe outside of the home (namely, having a gun ON me, not sorta near me) would NOT protect me when I’m inside the home? If, God forbid, I’m faced with a home invasion, it’s going to happen with the speed and surprise of a mugging and not be telegraphed in advance. Therefore, I carry at home, and when I go to sleep, I look up my guns in a quick-access gun safe. Having a gun on or in the nightstand might be faster, but for me, with my family, that’s a option I’m not prepared to go with right now. Yes, on the day (or night) that I need it, it would be faster, but on every other day of my life, it’s a risk I’m not willing to take.

Pop quiz:

This happened in a WalMart I used to got to on a regular basis, and the CCW holder in question was not charged with a crime. 

The question is, did he screw up, and if so, when? 

If you answered “At 0:13, where he doesn’t say ‘Oops, sorry, my bad, I can wait’”, you are, IMO, correct. Is a place in line something you are willing to shoot someone over? if your answer is anything other than “No”, please, for the love God and everyone around you, don’t carry a gun. 

The Three Rules Of Open Carry

Yes, I support open carry, I just haven’t done it until now. But that’s changing, and I’m open carrying more often, making sure to follow three simple guidelines. 

  1. Don’t open carry just to make a point.
    Or, just because you can open-carry doesn’t mean you should. We lost The Battle Of Starbucks because a bunch of people decided to turn a privilege (openly carrying on private property) into a right. 
  2. Carry something that will save your life but not embarrass yourself.
    Walking out of the big blue box store the other day, I noticed a young man walking out open-carrying a Glock in a nylon Uncle Mike’s holster. 
    Mmmkay. Look, when you’re carrying a gun that people can see, what you’re carrying and what you’re carrying it in automatically becomes part of what you’re wearing, so wear something you’d want to be seen in. If you’re running out for milk and eggs in the middle of the night in raggedy jeans and an old t-shirt, keep your gun under wraps. 
  3. Don’t be a jerk.
    Yes, we have the right to keep and bear arms. No, we do not have the right to be arrogant about it. As I’ve said before, a nice person with a gun makes guns nice for everyone. A jerk with a gun makes everyone’s gun seem scary. When you open carry, act like you’re an ambassador for entire Second Amendment, because, well, you are.

Tomorrow: Carrying in style.

Should you get involved?

DGCWhat if your neighbor was in fear for their life? 

Sheriff’s Office: Neighbor kills gunman who wounded two in Kenneth City home

Hearing commotion across the street, a neighbor shot and killed a gunman who had entered a home and badly wounded two men inside Sunday night, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda, a man who was known to the victims entered the house. He shot two of the several people inside the house, badly injuring them.

A neighbor across the street heard the shooting and ran to the home with a gun. The neighbor shot and killed the gunman, Barreda said.

We use the fire extinguisher analogy to describe why we carry a gun: If our neighbor’s house was on fire, would we rush over with our fire extinguisher to help them out, even if it mean endangering our lives? 

Just something to think about. Thanks to Ed for sending this one in.

Dead Goblin Count: 470

The science is settled: Being around stupid people will get you killed.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” - Wayne LaPierre

“Ditto.” - Andrew V. Papachristos, associate professor of sociology at Yale

Well now isn’t this interesting: Social networks can predict who will commit homicide with a firearm, and who won’t

Is it possible to predict who is most likely to die at the hands of a gun? Not shootings like those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut , the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. , or the Washington Navy Yard , but the all-too-common shootings that occur in neighborhoods across the country.

The idea is not far-fetched if one drills down into the nature of gun violence, which, in the way it is transmitted, bears striking similarities to public health epidemics such as cholera in Haiti or HIV/AIDS in the United States. 

There are patterns of transmission in the United States that go beyond aggregate factors such as race, age, gender and income. On an individual level, social networks — the people one hangs out with — can predict a given person’s likelihood of being shot and killed.

More than 40 percent of all gun homicides in the study occurred within a network of 3,100 people, roughly 4 percent of the community’s population. Simply being among the 4 percent increased a person’s odds of being killed by a gun by 900 percent.

These numbers tell us that gun violence spreads like HIV infection: You’re more likely to “catch” the disease if you engage in risky behaviors with someone who might be infected. And it’s not just people’s friends who affect their likelihood of getting shot, but also their friends’ friends. This is similar to the transmission of HIV: Your current partner’s past sexual partners affect your exposure, even if you don’t know them. 

Or to put it another way, don’t go to stupid places to do stupid things with stupid people. 

Now we have the science to back that up. 

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is coming to Phoenix

I’ve heard Dave speak on the radio and elsewhere, and he’s coming to the East Valley this weekend. His Sheepdog Seminars are HIGHLY recommended for people serious about armed personal protection.

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“Make sure when you re-holster, you don’t look down at your holster”

Ummmn, okay… why?

Why should you never look down at your holster when re-holstering after a defensive gun use?

Let’s do this as a “Chose Your Own Adventure” game. 

Start here: Did you stop the threat (If Yes, go to B, if No, go to A

A. Do whatever it takes to make the threat stop, you dummy, then go to B.

B. Scan and assess for other threats. If you determine there is a threat, go to A. If there is no other threats, go to C.

C. The threat is stopped and there are no other threats around. Reload, if needed, and re-holster. Call cops, if needed

If all the (external) threats are stopped, what is the one threat left remaining?

That’s right, an accidental discharge into yourself or someone else.

The external threats no longer require your attention, you stopped them, but making sure your put your gun back where it belongs requires enough attention to do it safely, and if that means you look at your holster, you #$!@ look at your holster.