Monday, July 04, 2016

Independence Day

Nope, not a "Happy Independence Day" here at the Freehold.  It's difficult for me to do as so many are urging and read the Declaration of Independence.  I have a hard time doing it without being angry at how it has been folded, spindled, mutilated, spit upon and ran through the shredder, often by those who make the most noise about what an important document it is.

So I'm going to do what I've been doing for quite some time now.  My US flag is staying furled.  I'm not going to be all gung-ho patriotic.  Instead I will mourn the passing of the country I was born in and that is dying before my eyes.  I will regret the decisions that I have made that have played some small part in this, pleading the ignorance of youth and inexperience.

There may be a time in the future when I can in good conscience proudly fly the flag again.  I hope I live long enough to see that day.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

You won't hear this in the mainstream media

(From Grass Roots North Carolina)

The mainstream media will never run this story because it doesn't fit in with their preferred narrative.  Guns are bad, guns are evil, no one ever uses a gun to stop a crime.

Except when someone does, and may very well have stopped another spree killer in his tracks.  An unnamed good guy in Lyman, SC, used his legally carried firearm to stop Jody Ray Thompson, who had already wounded 3 people in a shooting outside a nightclub.

Anonymous Good Guy, we don't know who you are, but we thank you just the same.

Training. You need some.

(Stolen from Michael Bane on Facebook)

If you carry a firearm for self defense, you need training.  You already know that.  The question is, what kind of training do you need?  John Meyers speaks to this subject on ZeroGov.  Actually, I should say he delivers a rant on it at ZeroGov, and it's hard to blame him.  Far too much training centers around "training as entertainment" for the wannabe Seal Team Delta 12 crowd.  That's great, I suppose, if you have that sort of time and money, but for those of us who can budget for one major class per year, that training is worse than useless.  We need training for the sorts of situations we may actually encounter out here in the Real World--car jacking, armed robbery, workplace violence and that sort of terribly pedestrian but happens everyday sort of crime.

Maybe some day we'll get some of that showing up somewhere near my AO performed by some of the quality names in the business.  Hey guys, North Carolina is a desert for quality training!  A lot of us are waving money at you!

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While I have you attention and we're speaking of training, not all self defense training involves a gun.  You need to know the legal issues that revolve around armed self defense.  One good way to do this is by taking Andrew Branca's Law of Self Defense course.  I've taken it, and it's is worth the time and money.  It will keep you from talking yourself into jail after a shooting.  It will keep you from putting yourself into jail by committing a bad shoot.

It's coming to North Carolina in August and to a city near you sometime in the future.  You can do it on line if you'd rather, or you can just read the book.  I suggest the class if possible, because you get to ask questions, which can be quite valuable.  At $200 for a one day class, it's on par with most other training, cost-wise.