I tried to find pictures of the murder victims at the Bataclan Cafe in Paris. Many people were killed there. I could only find this one image using Google, yahoo and duckduckgo. I am curious where are the other pictures?
Here is some real data in honor of the international summit on expanding government control through the use of climate propaganda.
“From August of 2007 through February of 2008, the Earth’s mean reading dropped to near the 200-year average temperature of 57 degrees. Since that time, the mean reading has been fluctuating. But, the recently expired winter of 2013-14 was the coldest and snowiest in modern times in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including the U.S., Canada and Japan.”
Sharyl Attkisson talks about media manipulation. Here is a tip. Astroturf routinely attacks the messenger rather than questioning the content of the message. Facebook and Wikipedia are prime offenders.
We have the human right to defend ourselves. Let’s say you have met the all the legal requirements to carry a firearm in public. You’ve joined ranks with 12 million other US citizens who carry. Let’s discuss the next steps. What is morally required of you to be a responsible gun owner now that you have your permit?
Since concealed carry is a right, I’m not advocating for stricter legal requirements. I want you to carry. I’m asking you to think about the practical responsibility you assume. What comes next after you have the government permission slip?
Many states require a simple course in basic firearms safety to receive your license. That means you were told how to safely handle a gun.. at least once. I hope you remember those rules. I want you practice them because firearms handling is a perishable skill rather than an abstract idea. Being safe with a firearm is a matter of developing safe habits.
There are additional skills you should develop that go beyond safe handling of a firearm. That doesn’t mean that you ignore or “outgrow” the safety rules. It means there are skills you need to effectively defend yourself and those you love. I’m not saying this as some high speed ninja-competitor, but rather as an old, slow, self-defense dinosaur. Here are a few of the skills you need, now that you carry concealed.
You need to be able to quickly and safely present your firearm from a concealed holster. You don’t have to be up to competition standards, but you have to develop your skills so you can smoothly present a firearm without thinking. You need to present from concealment even if you often carry off-body in a purse or bag. Presenting from concealment is a very different activity than methodically shooting a gun from a bench at a shooting range.
You need professional training.
A professional instructor explains and demonstrates presenting a loaded firearm from concealment. The instructor watches as you demonstrate the skill. The instructor gives you feedback before you practice on your own. Learning is easy IF you are willing to be corrected and learn from your mistakes. “Presentation” is neither required for most carry licenses, nor should it be. Then again, that license in your pocket isn’t much good if you can’t safely and quickly present a loaded gun.
Speed or Accuracy, or a Little of Both-
Experience shows that physical attacks happen quickly. Most of us can shoot quickly or accurately, but not both at the same time. Some shooting exercises push you to shoot accurately. Others, train you to shoot fast. Developing your skills is only part of the purpose of these exercises. More importantly, they should help you recognize when accuracy is paramount or when speed is most important. Your answer in a particular situation might be different than mine.
Shooting in Close-Contact and on the Move-
Most self-defense incidents occur at a distance of under three yards and take less than three seconds. That is far different from the target shooting we’re used to. We should be moving as we draw. If the distance is close enough, we should not need to align the sights of our handgun for the first close-in shots. We didn’t learn about close-contact shooting in our concealed carry classes. But this is the typical situation we’re likely to see in a self-defense situation.
Shoot Under Pressure-
Using lethal force for self-defense will be stressful. Stress also makes fools of us all. We can learn to handle measured amounts of stress as we shoot. Forget the Hollywood or military idea of training with an instructor yelling at you. At first the stress may be as simple as shooting while an instructor watches your performance. Later, it will involve shooting under the pressure of a clock to record your time.
Move, Shoot, and Look Around-
Criminals don’t want a fair fight. They don’t fight one on one. The average number of attackers is 2.3 That means we have to look for the other guys after we present a firearm. It is hard to take our eyes off a threat. That is why we practice moving to a safer position and looking around. You have to look behind you without waving a gun around.
Make Simple Compromises and Shoot-
We don’t always get the fight we want, but we have to meet the challenges we’re given. We have to learn to shoot the gun one handed because we might be holding onto a loved one with our other hand. We might not have time to put a child into a safe place before we defend them. Are we suddenly disarmed because we picked up a baby?
We normally practice shooting while we stand upright, but we’d really rather be crouched behind a concrete column or kneeling behind a planter. We are likely to be attacked at night so it is important to learn how to hold and use a flashlight while we’re also holding our gun. The advantage of these defensive positions might be enough to end the fight before it begins, so it is important to learn and practice them.
These are a few of the skills you want to have now that you have a license to carry concealed. None of these skills take great athletic strength or speed. All of them require practice. They are easy to learn from a good course. One of the best things about taking a training courses is meeting other responsible firearms owners who take training and practice.
Don’t you want to be one of them?
Democrats urge Obama to adopt more Clinton gun control after the terrorists attacks in France.. because gun control worked so well in France. That is why we need mandatory firearms registration here in the US.
Any excuse will do for the anti-rights gun-prohibitionists.
I think we scare the elites. Today, average folks like us can get our news from a thousand different sources. Unfiltered by the mainstream media, we witness the growing corruption between government and crony businessmen. We see the growing gap between what the mainstream news tells us and what we see with our own eyes. We continue to live our own lives despite that government collusion and media corruption. We can’t be bought. For the most part, we can’t be pushed around. Our independence frightens the dishonest political and business elites. They want us disarmed. They want us disarmed for their benefit, not for ours.
The elite media and Democrat politicians have been working on disarming us for a while. First, they distorted the news stories about gun owners. When that didn’t change public opinion, the elites lied to us. That is why the news about armed self-defense seems so contradictory to the real world we see around us every day.
At first the media used a propaganda campaign of selective silence. The media covered the rare stories where a crazy murderer killed innocent people. Millions of us watched that story as it played for hour after hour and day after day. In contrast, only a few thousand people saw the many stories where a local shopkeeper defended himself and his customers with a gun. That media bias left us thinking that our guns were only used to kill innocent people.
The gun-ban crowd called for more gun laws after each tragic incident of public violence. We were told we would finally be safe if the anti-gun politicians pass one more law. We already have 23 thousand laws regulating gun owners, and our experience says we are not safe from violent criminals. In short, they lie. They lie that criminals and crazies obey gun laws.
You probably saw the evidence for yourself if your friends or your family were victims of crime. We are told that the police will protect us, but the police arrived long after the thugs were gone. Maybe that was when you began to notice the few local news stories that talk about citizens using guns for self-defense. If you are like me, then those news stories caused you to question the media’s distorted perspective on the armed citizen. The stories of violence in the mainstream media stopped making sense to me.
Time and again, we saw public violence in a location that was called a “gun-free zone”. Rather than make us safer, these “gun-free zones” became a feeding ground for thieves and crazy killers. Democrat politicians said the solution was to create more and bigger “gun-free zones”. That answer might satisfy the mainstream media, but record numbers of us decided to buy a gun. We got our carry license rather than depend on a plastic sign that says “no guns allowed”.
We saw their gun control fail. We saw the highest rates of violent crime in our Democrat cities, the same cities with the strictest regulations on honest firearms owners. Their gun control failed so the anti-gun elites had to invent their own facts.
Anti-gun billionaires paid university professors to write reports. They said you should be disarmed for your own good. As an example, the professors claimed there is an explosion of violent crime with a gun in schools. To make that claim, they had to include any crime within the 1000 foot “gun-free zone” around any school. That covers kindergarten through college, and they also added in pre-schools and daycare centers. Today, those “gun-free zones” covere most of our major cities. The professors counted an old man’s suicide attempt as a school attack if it happened somewhere in that gun-free zone.
Violent crime has fallen according to the FBI, but the gun-prohibitionists invented new definitions to show increased violence at schools. They lied to us. Again, our experience doesn’t match what we see on the news.
The anti-rights billionaires also funded departments of public health at major universities. These paid academics said guns are a public danger. They had to torture the data to reach that conclusion. Even with those hired experts, the gun prohibitionists couldn’t buy all the people all the time. The government’s own Center for Disease Control shows that accidental gun deaths have continued to fall even while gun ownership has soared.
The anti-gun billionaires hired their own public relations firm. They created an entire news organization to publicize their purchased research. That is particularly important since it lets the mainstream media evade responsibility when the anti-gun news report is later discredited.
The news media is supposed to protect democracy by honestly reporting news. Since the media is so biased, we have to find the facts for ourselves. Be skeptical of the media when their reports don’t match what you observe with your own eyes. The media is for sale, and they slant the news.. particularly against gun owners.