Saturday, January 02, 2016

Debunking myths

(I wish I could remember where I found this, but it's been sitting in a tab for a while.)

All subjects worthy of study have their myths and legends, and self-defense is no different.  If you don't believe me, go to any firearms forum and search for "9mm vs. .45 ACP" and see what you get.  Or how about the famous "I wouldn't shoot him with a .22, because if he finds out, he's gonna be real mad and hurt you!"  Really, Sparky?  Go look up the assassination attempt on President Reagan sometime.  People got pretty mad at John Hinkley, but none of them were up to hurting him at the time.

At any rate, we are fortunate enough to have among us those who have made the effort to scientifically study some of these myths and determine the truth of the matter.  In an article on Personal Defense World, Massad Ayoob takes a look at 5 particularly common myths and disassembles them for you.  Go forth and get educated.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

How higher education is turning students into dangerous self-righteous twits

Being that I've worked in higher ed for 4 years now, I'd say the authors are pretty much nailing it.  The only place I part company with them is on the level of danger the practice has as it stifles free expression not only on the campus, but in the areas that surround it.

However, there is a shining beacon in all this--some bright entrepreneur could make a fortune by starting a service to aggregate the names, any publicly available identifying information (schools attended, hometown and so on) and publicly available spewings of these twits into a subscription database.  Potential employers could use it to search for applicants that they want to weed out of applicant pools at hiring time.

I don't think "self-righteous arrogant ass" is a protected class yet.