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. 

The Gun You Have Is Enough

If you know what to do with it.

If you don’t know what to do, no gun in the world will be enough. 

Consider this shot of Michael Bane I took last week whilst we were enjoying a root beer (or two…) at a restaurant in New River.

michael_bane

Yes, it’s possible to take a gun-related photo of booze with your iPhone that doesn’t suck. Who knew?

It was shot, processed and distributed on an iPhone, not a big pro camera and laptop. It wasn’t tools that made the shot, what made the shot was what I saw and how I dealt with it. 

Making a connection? 

No amount of equipment can make up for a lack of talent. Rob Leatham WILL out-shoot me even if I have the most whiz-bang Open Gun and he’s shooting a dead-stock 1911. A crook who gets the drop on me will be a lot tougher to deal with than a crook that I spot setting up to do bad stuff.

We didn’t rise to the top of the food chain because of a slight improvement in the shape of a gazelle’s femur, we got here because one of our ancestors was tired of being Lion Chow and decided to do something about it.