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Just this week a man snaps and stabs two children to death because they were fighting over a microwave. The man was their mothers brother and he beat her up and threw her out of the apartment and locked the door before turning on the children. By the time the police got there he had fled the scene and a man hunt began. I am not sure if the children died at the scene or at the hospital but they did not make it. Earlier that morning around 7 am a man was leaving his home in Northwoods Estates in North Charleston. When he walked outside he was jumped by three men who put a gun in his face and robbed him. Luckily they took his things and ran off without harming him physically.

It seems to be that the sanctity of human life has been under attack for way too long. We are surrounded by violent people doing unspeakable things against people in our community. Most people are shielded from this knowledge because they chose to tune out and ignore it. I spoke to three or four people this week who were totally clueless about the two children getting killed. They said they do not watch the local news because they do not want to know. I guess if it is not happening to me then it must not be happening to my neighbors.

We are more in tune with these sort of happenings because of our social media activities and listening to a police scanner. If you want to know what is going on in the world all you have to do is have a Facebook or Twitter account. By the time I watch the local news I have already been made aware of what is going on through Social Media. It could be that because of the instant access to stories of violent crime on a daily basis we are getting desensitized to it. Violent crime and those who have been victimized have become a part of our regular social media diet.

Even if you are not connected to social media all you have to do is turn on the TV and watch any of the major news outlets. All you seem to see is stories about people who have been attakced domestically or over seas. Terror is on the rise. More and more people have decided that they do not want to be a victim to violent crime and they are arming themselves and training how to use weapons to protect themselves and their families. Some people are going as far in SC to get a Concealed Weapons Permit. That allows you to carry a concealed weapon.

When you discuss the posibility of getting a CWP or owning a firearm you get a lot of different reactions. Some people are in agreement with learning how to defend themselves and their famiies against violence and some do not want anything to do with guns. Some would say that guns are evil and are part of the problem. Gun violence is the mantra that the media keeps using every time there is a case where someone gets killed by a gun wielding mad man.

Guns are not violent. People are violent. People who have mental illnesses are prone to carrying out violent acts with guns, knives and using a vehicle to run down pedestrians. It does not matter where you live. You can be a victim of violent crime unless you make a mental decision to limit your risks and equip yourself accordingly.

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Here is an article from the “Well Armed Woman Blog”

I saw this post on Facebook this afternoon and I wanted you to read it as well.

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Handguns : The American Talisman

I read a lot of articles about handguns and personal self defense. When I read this one I felt it was good enough to share.

Check it out at Handguns: The American Talisman

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Personal Testimony of Mr. Tony Walker

One of the things that I am very passionate about is my faith in Jesus Christ.  I am also very passionate about protecting my family from the evils of this world.  That is the number one reason why I have chosen to get my concealed carry permit in the state of South Carolina.  I hope and pray that I am never in a position to use deadly force against another human being.  I have decided that if my family is put in danger that I will do everything in my power to protect them including using deadly force.

I am a proud member of the US Concealed Carry Organization.  I receive their magazine once per month and I love reading true stories about other men and women who use their weapon of choice to protect their loved ones from those people who chose to do them harm.  In this month’s magazine n page 18 I read a story about Mr. Tony Walker.

I would like to encourage you to read his testimony.

 

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AF2011-A1 “Second Century” – Double barrel pistol – YouTube

Now I know what I want for Christmas.  LOL

AF2011-A1 “Second Century” – Double barrel pistol – YouTube.

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Moving on in 2012

I am happy that 2011 is behind us, and the holiday season is over.  Our family is on the mend and we are all feeling much better.  I am back to work, Justin is back to school, and spring semester for college starts up on January 9th for me.  I am not looking forward to school starting up again, but I am getting closer to my goal with regards to getting my associates degree.  I have three more semesters or 27 credits or 9 classes to complete for my degree program. 

There is a lot of talk on TV and social media about New Years resolutions.  It is a known fact that most folks who make New Years resolutions have a very difficult time keeping those resolutions during the new year.  One New Years resolution is to lose those extra pounds that we packed on as we gorged ourselves during the holidays.  Gym memberships go up and folks make an effort to work out.  I am ahead of the curve on this one folks.  I did not gorge myself during the holidays and I was sick and lost weight.  That was one positive thing about being sick.  My short term goal is to lose 1 lb per week and I am hopeful that I can meet or exceed that goal. 

In 2012 I plan on continuing my healthy living goals which are very simple.  I plan on eating meal choices that are healthier for me.  I also want to work on burning more calories than I consume.  That means that I need to continue down the path of going to Planet Fitness on a regular basis.  I would like to see myself going to Planet Fitness every day and getting a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.  Aerobic exercise is where I will begin to burn fat cells at an increased rate. 

In 2012 I plan on being less critical of myself.  I plan on living one day at a time and do the best I can with what I have.  I am my own worse critic, and boy do I love to judge myself, and remember those stupid mistakes from the past.  There is nothing I can do about the past, other than to learn from those mistakes and move on. 

In 2012 I plan on reducing my consumption of social media.  If I were honest with myself, I would have to say that I am a technology junkie (addict).  Technology to me is like mind candy, and I can not get enough of it.  I love social media, and having the ability to make personal connections with different people, via the many social media apps online.  I have an account with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google Plus, LinkedIN and many more.  My goal is to reduce how much time I spend on the different social media portals.  As I have been consumed with social media, I have gotten caught up in mindlessly wandering through multiple social media streams of endless content. 

In 2012 I want to help others, become more aware for their need for personal and family defense preparedness.  I have begun to work on a series of articles that take a no nonsense approach, to what personal and family defense preparation is and is not.  I want to find a balance between preparing for the end of the world as we know it, and the belief that crime happens to other people.  My goal is to help people to be better prepared to keep themselves and their families safe in the world we live in through common sense solutions. 

In 2012 I want to be a better husband to my wife of 21 years and father to my children.  I want to be more thoughtful, compassionate and loving.  I want to be a better Christ follower and someone that gives of myself back to the community.  I want to be a better friend that brings value to the lives of others.  I want to continue to be an encourager to those that need encouragement.   I want to be a man of integrity, courage and compassion. 

Dear readers, what are your goals for 2012?  Do you share some of my goals or are they very different than mine?  How can we help one another to be who we want to be?  I look forward to your comments. 

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Personal and Family Defense Plan–Preparation

In part 3 of this series, I made some mental assertions.  Here they are. 

·         I chose to be mentally prepared to protect myself, and my family. 

·         I chose to do whatever it takes so that we will not become victims

Remember that our goal is to be safe as individuals and as families.  We want to know that in case of an emergency, where our safety is threatened, we can act in such a way to escape the threat, or repel that threat.  

The first step towards being prepared is to prepare my mind.  I must look deep within myself and make a commitment to do whatever it takes to keep myself and my family safe should the need arise.

 I am writing this from the perspective of a husband and a father.  You may be viewing this from the perspective of a single person or a mother with young children.    No matter what angle you are coming from you need to be willing to count the cost.  

In order for me to be mentally prepared to protect myself, I must be mentally aware.   I need to be paying attention to my environment, and I must be in condition yellow at all times.  What does condition yellow mean?  It means that I am scanning my surroundings looking for threats at all times.  I am on the lookout for threats that can cause harm.   Being mentally prepared, means that I am in a state of awareness that will enable me to act in case of an emergency.  

When I am mentally aware of my environment and I have made the decision to protect myself and loved ones I am putting myself in an optimal situation.   I will be better prepared to consider all my options and make a good decision.  To be mentally aware means that I am not walking around with my head in the clouds or being distracted by my iPhone, iPod, MP3 player or some other electronic gizmo.  My head will not be down and I will not be so focused on my gadgets that I fail to see danger approaching.  

It is very important that you are confident in your ability to make the right decisions and that you equip yourself so that you can act in such a way to either escape a threat or repel the threat.   Criminals know what they are looking for in a victim.  They walk around looking for folks that are distracted and not paying attention to their surroundings.  They look for easy targets to hit.  They look for someone that they believe they can overpower easily and do what it is they plan on doing.  

Your mental awareness and body language go hand in hand.  Paying attention to those around you and giving them eye contact will let them know that you are not going to be a victim.  You are aware of their presence and you are prepared to act. This does not mean that you will never be attacked; but it does mean that your attacker will not be able to take you by surprise.  

Being mentally aware also means that you understand the different types of dangers in your environment and that you have purposely considered your ability to escape or repel a threat.  Have you ever heard of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?  Being mentally prepared means that you think about what you are going to do before you do it.  We must think about the consequences of our actions before we commit to them.  If I find myself in this situation what will happen if I do this or that? 

Personal defense scenario at home:

One evening you come home after work and you drive up in your driveway.  You start to get out of your vehicle but you notice a stranger on the sidewalk and they are approaching you.  You do not know the person and now you are nervous that they might not have the best of intentions.   What are some of the things that are going through you mind? 

·         Who is this person?

·         Could this be a sales person?

·         Why is this person on my property?

·         How is this person acting towards me? 

·         Am I expecting someone?

·         Is anyone home that can help me?

·         If this person becomes aggressive towards me what will I do?

·         Where is my cell phone? 

·         Should I yell for help?

·         Do I feel threatened or am I being overtly paranoid? 

If you are mentally prepared you will have already worked through this type of scenario in your mind before it ever happens in real life.  As you can see, when something happens you have to quickly assess your environment and all of the variables so that you can either escape or repel a threat.  That means that you have to act decisively. 

How would I process my environment in this scenario? 

·         How far is this person from me once I notice them?

·         Is the person visibly aggressive or passive in their body language?

·         Can I see their hands or are they wearing bulky clothing that could hide a weapon?

·         Are they the only unknown or are their multiple threats?

·         What is my gut instinct telling me? Do I feel threatened?

I will need to process my environment and make a decision within 60 seconds so that I can ACT one way or the other.  I may choose to get back into my vehicle, lock the doors and call the police. I may decide to back out of the driveway and go to a neighbor’s house and ask them for assistance.  If the person is threatening me and I am in fear of serious bodily injury or death, and I am carrying a concealed weapon, I can announce my intention to use deadly force to protect myself. 

The closer that the person gets to me the shorter amount of time I will have to react and my options for escape will diminish quickly.  I heard the other day that the FBI put together a 333 rule.  Most shootings happen within 30 feet within 3 seconds and 3 shots are fired.  I will leave it to you to do the research on how correct that statistic is but I can assure you that when things happen they do not happen in slow motion like in the movies. 

How many times do we do things repetitiously?  We leave, we go to our different destinations and most of the time we take the same route over and over again.  We become comfortable in our routine, and if we are not careful that routine could give us a false sense of security.  Years ago, when I was in law enforcement the number one killer of police officers was routine traffic stops.  They key word here is routine.  There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.  The moment something becomes routine, that is when you can become the victim of a crime. 

In the next article we can look closer at the environment and how to identify different threats to us as individuals and families.  How well we plan for threats to ourselves, and our families will determine whether or not we will become a victim.    

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What is a personal and family defense plan?

We spend a lot of time putting together short term, and long term goals.  In order to meet these goals we have to develop a plan.  The plan identifies the goal, and what needs to happen to be successful, in meeting that goal.  What are some of the goals that we have? 

We spend a lot of time and energy in providing an income for our families.  We want to be able to provide for the needs and wants.  We develop a savings plan, in which we invest in stocks, bonds or have a 401k.  We want to make sure that as we grow older, that we will not have to be dependent on our families, others or the state to provide for us. 

We formulate goals and plans for our personal well being.  We want to live a healthy and productive life, that is filled with fond memories with loved ones.  We plan things so that our longevity and quality of life takes a high priority.  We try to eat the right things, we try to exercise, and stay way from those things that are harmful to our bodies. 

I am sure that as you have read these goals, that require some serious planning, that you can think of other things such as retirement,  children’s college funds, taking care of aging parents etc.  All of these things are important to us and require some serious thought and energy. 

How much thought have you and your family put into a personal and family defense plan?  Every single day we tune into our favorite news media portal, and we hear about people who have become victims to violent and non violent crimes of all sorts.  Most of us are so sick of listening to it, we chose to tune it out.  We do not want to get sucked into being fearful of what might happen, that we decide to assume it will not happen.  If we assume that it will not happen, then there is no need to put together a goal to be safe.  The goal to be safe and stay safe, requires a plan just like the rest of the plans I discussed earlier.  It does not happen by itself and it does require some thought. 

I am going to give you my definition of what “personal and family self defense” means.  Personal self defense, means the ability that I have, as an individual, to keep myself safe at all times.  Family self defense, means the family, as a unit, and its ability to function as a unit, with the goal of keeping other family members safe. 

As we dig into these definitions, and their purposes, we will find that both plans have some of the same needs and purposes.  The goal is that we want to be safe as individuals and as families.  We want to know that in case of an emergency, where our safety is threatened, that we can act in such a way as to escape the threat, or repel that threat.

In this series of blog posts about “personal and family self defense” I will attempt to examine several things. 

  • the importance of having a plan
  • understanding how to formulate a simple plan
  • personal defense away from home
  • personal defense at home
  • The differences between personal defense and family defense
  • how to over come the negative rhetoric of gun ownership
  • the importance of our second amendment right to have and bear arms
  • arming yourself and loved ones with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about self defense in your town, city and state

 

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