Even though the role of the job has changed drastically over the past two decades, training for law enforcement officers has been slow to evolve. Many departments still have firearms training programs that are heavily influenced by the methods of the early 80’s and 90’s. Yet the tools available to individual officers have evolved exponentially, far surpassing the training curricula of many departments. With the growing concern of officer or department liability growing, the average academy will spend the largest portion of its training time on things like state general statues, local municipal codes and traffic enforcement. The bulk of which can be traced back to department liability. Arguably these are the topics that will encompass the bulk of an officer’s career. However, few things can alter an officer’s life, community or career as quickly as the improper instruction and implementation, of the tools at an officer’s disposal. In the academy officers spend the least amount of time on the portion of their job that can have the largest impact on both their community and themselves.
Such as the Patrol Carbine. The patrol rifle has been added to many patrol cars. The certification training in many departments has been inconsistent at best. Many departments adjust their training curricula to meet their department’s specific needs and often use other firearms training programs that they have on hand, to create the ‘new’ programs. Basically, taking their handgun qualifier, adding a little distance to it and calling it a rifle qualifier. While I know that doesn’t seem ‘bad’ per se, but many of these handgun qualifiers have been greatly unchanged since the days of the revolver. Let’s face it, times they are a changing.
As a result, when an officer is put into a highly stressful, dangerous and unfamiliar situation, the outcome is a crapshoot. The liability quickly falls on the shoulders of the officer, and the department that trained him or her.
Many law enforcement academies have recognized this trend and have gone outside their normal channels, seeking specialized instructors to fill gaps or deficiencies in their training curricula. When a department is unable to provide adequate training time to a given subject, the officers as individuals, are stepping up on their own.
Recently, we had the opportunity to work with an average size department with a modest training budget and training programs that had (more than a few) gaps in it. Their training and qualification course allowed for a passing understanding of the operation of their patrol rifle. Their program omitted enough time for an officer to become fully comfortable or familiar with the rifle itself. These officers took it upon themselves to use their free time, at the cost of time with their family, to gain proficiency with the tools their department provided them. (insert angry spouse noises here)
Many of our courses start heavily the same way, the basics. Given the enormous disparity between the training programs of many departments, most MF courses start out this way with the proper implementation, understanding and presentation of the tool in question. Whether it is a rifle, pistol, shotgun or tactical combat staple gun, the basics are what the advanced stuff is based on. All officers are taught the manual of arms before the first shots are sent towards targets. Everyone gains a full understanding of different firing positions as well as some fairly unorthodox positions a panicked officer might become entangled in. Confidence is key when fighting against someone that is a sufficient threat to justify the deployment of your patrol rifle. To this end, a lot of time is spent fleshing out what a ‘bad day’ really looks like. Students gain an understanding of moving, accuracy and above all, proper identification of legitimate threats to the public. No one wants to read a story of misplaced shots, and no officer wants to be on the wrong end of a bad shoot.
Hope isn’t dead. There are law enforcement agencies and officers out there that are taking the initiative. These men & women are actively seeking supplemental training programs. Programs that augment and enhance the base of knowledge provided by their local municipalities. When their department isn’t backing them, they’re finding creative work arounds. Like the cost effective MF programs. It isn’t just police departments. Gun clubs, families and civic groups have begun seeking out solid firearms knowledge.
Keep your head on a swivel
And stay safe
February 7, 2014 By
One of my fellow USKMA Krav Maga Instructors carries around a list of UFC fight rules in his gym bag and whenever someone asks him exactly what is it we do in Krav Maga he pulls the list out and says “whatever is illegal to do in the ring!”
I was recently asked about the rules in MMA so here they are….
Should a fighter fail to follow these rules they will be deducted a point or be disqualified from the match.
Theses rules and faults include:
-Butting with the head.
-Eye gouging of any kind.
-Groin attacks of any kind.
-Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent. (see Gouging)
-Striking to the spine or the back of the head. (see Rabbit punch)
-Striking downward using the point of the elbow. (see Elbow (strike))
-Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
-Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
-Grabbing the clavicle.
-Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
-Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
-Stomping a grounded opponent.
-Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
-Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck. (see piledriver)
-Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
-Engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
-Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
-Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
-Attacking an opponent after the bell (horn) has sounded the end of a round.
-Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
There are rules in the ring to outlaw certain things that could cause injury and end fights quickly. On the street this is exactly what we want to do…cause injury and end fights quickly! So, I guess Krav Maga’s rules would be to head butt, eye gouge, bite, pull hair, attack the groin, put a finger in a laceration and yank (how cool is that?), strike the spine and back of head, strike downward with the elbow, strike the throat, claw, pinch and twist flesh, grab the clavicle, knee, kick and stomp a downed opponent, kick a kidney, spike and throw the attacker, be unsportsmanlike, attack and attack some more and flagrantly disregard the ref…if this is what it takes to survive and BE SAFE!!
See this and other great articles at the official USKMA website.
April 12, 2014 By
When I am asked about the principles and/or the philosophy of Krav Maga I say the main principle of Krav Maga that all others branch off of is to STAY SAFE. We stay safe by first and foremost, not being there. Don’t go to stupid places with stupid people to do stupid things! The second rule is RUN. Really, run when in danger…run when in doubt. I don’t care if the local paper has a picture of me running from a knife wielding punk with the headline “krav maga expert runs from knife”. I would be a smart, still living Krav Maga expert! Our third rule is to pick up something to whack the bad guy with. Why go into a knife with just my hands when I can pick up a pipe or stick and have distance and impact on my side? The fourth rule is to DESTROY the attacker. We aren’t safe if we merely fend off the attacker but still have to go to an ER afterwards. We aren’t safe if we win the fight but have months of rehab ahead of us. We are safe if we are unscathed. If we go hard, go first and go until the threat is gone we have a much better chance of being unscathed. Notice how far down the list that the actual Krav Maga techniques are used. If you get to the techniques you weren’t paying attention or were in a stupid place to begin with!
Wikipedia says the principles of Krav Maga are: 1. Do as much damage in as little time as possible. 2. Change from defending to attacking as quickly possible (including simultaneously). 3. Use items around you as weapons. 4. Be aware of everything that is happening around you. Let’s look at these one at a time and think about why they make sense for self defense.
1. Do as much damage in as little time as possible. This goes back to a few of my blogs where I talk about not sparring but ending. Sparring is moving around, throwing a combo, backing out, changing levels, going back in, etc. This is never a good idea as it extends the time that we are in danger. The attacker may be a better sparrer than we are and (more importantly) extending the fight gives his buddies time to get to you. As a wise man once said “every asshole has an asshole friend nearby”. Our goal in a real world violence situation should be to end things and get out of there…as quickly as possible. This is why in class we teach to go forward with rage, swing as hard as you can and strike targets that do the most damage. Keep hitting until you can escape, which is when the attacker is unconscious generally.
2. Change from defending to attacking as quickly possible (including simultaneously). I talk about this in my self defense for women book. When we are attacked we are a victim. As soon as we fight back there is no longer a victim and an attacker, there are two opponents. Most scum bags are looking for a victim, not for someone who will fight back…and fight back hard!
3. Use items around you as weapons. Absolutely! I know some “great” unarmed knife defenses but why would I want to use them if there is a pipe laying close by? Something with impact and distance is a good idea…I bleed! As I’ve said in previous blogs, a person with a weapon and just a small amount of training will beat a well trained person who is empty handed more often than not. I’d take a ball bat and an attitude over a black belt in any system!
4. Be aware of everything that is happening around you. This is talking about self protection and being aware at all times. Self defense is you grabbed me so I had to react. Self Protection is I saw you coming and avoided you. Self defense is I went into a seedy looking bar and, sure enough, I got into a fight. Self protection is the bar looked seedy so I didn’t go in. Self defense is you were hitting me so I smacked you back. Self protection is you were in my space looking like a threat so I smacked you. We are much better off (and we must teach this) to learn and live by self protection than we are self defense. We must teach our students to be aware of their surroundings, to avoid trouble and to “mind set” (we covered this in a few past blogs). We are doing our students a disservice if this isn’t taught and talked about in every class. If we are only teaching self defense techniques we are failing them. Self defense is recovery from stupidity or bad luck. BE SAFE! See this an other great articles at the official USKMA website.
When I teach knife defenses I always start with the statement “I only have one guaranteed, for sure, you won’t get cut knife defense. Outrun the dude with the knife.” The first thing we do in our knife defense seminar is to have every student sprint away from their training partner when they make a move to their pocket. The second thing we do is punch and sprint away from the training partner when they make a move to their pocket. Does this sound macho? Nope, macho will get ya hurt!
When I teach Krav Maga instructor training I make sure that the potential instructors realize that using Krav Maga means that we are recovering from stupidity or bad luck. If we are using our Krav Maga we ignored warning signs, were in a bad place to start with or were just unlucky that day. We tell these future instructors that they must teach their students (in this order) to 1) not be there. Don’t go to stupid places with stupid people to do stupid things. 2) Run. Really. I don’t care if our local news has video of me running away from a knife wielding thug and laughing about how “a Krav Maga expert runs from knife!”. I would be a still living, non injured Krav Maga expert! 3) Pick up something to use as a weapon. You are much smarter to defend a knife with a ball bat than with any of those cool, expert Krav Maga empty hand knife defenses! 4) Krav Maga. See how far down the list our actual Krav Maga techniques are? If you are there you probably did something wrong!
Does this mean a good Krav Maga class would include sprint work? Yep.
When there was trouble Forrest Gump ran! This was a brilliant tactic as it kept him safe (even kept him from being fried in ‘Nam). But let’s think about this advice. Can you run? When is the last time you did any sprint work? The average violent criminal is a male ages 18-25. Can you outrun a young dude who is still in his athletic prime? I doubt I can anymore. Are we fit enough to not keel over dead after attempting to run thirty yards? Do we just hope that we are attacked only by overweight, slow and lazy people? Hope isn’t a strategy. So, first point of running for safety is to get yourself into shape. This is why we are so physical in our Krav classes. This is why we recommend to our affiliate gyms that they add CardioMMA and Crossfit. Techniques won’t save anyone. Being in better shape than the attacker, going off with rage, going forward and going hard is what will save us.
Next thought; what are you wearing? Most guys I know, when they go out, are in athletic shoes. Most women, however are in things I couldn’t even stand in, yet alone walk or run in! During self defense for women seminars I talk a lot about this. Those “cute shoes” could be your downfall. How can you outrun anyone in those stiletto heels? Statistically violence tends to happen more often where young men gather and where minds are altered. This sounds like most bars, doesn’t it? If you are going to the bar those cute shoes may not be the thing to wear. How quick can you get them off and run barefoot? The second point is to plan and mind set. Wear things you can fight and run in…have a plan!
Last thought; Where are you running to? Again, have a plan and mind set. Don’t run from danger, run to safety.
When you go into a restaurant, theater, etc. you should not only know where the exits are but also should have put yourself in position to get to them quickly. If outside in a city do you know where you can run to most likely get help? How about out in rural areas. Where can you run to quickly where help is available? In our self defense for women seminars I make the point that a tazer isn’t to be totally relied on. When you taze the guy it will lock him up for thirty seconds…if both barbs got him (happens less than 70% of the time). How far can you run in thirty seconds? When it lets go of him he may well sprint to wherever you are to do you harm.
We have one goal and one focus in Krav Maga. That is to make people as safe as possible as quickly as possible. Does it look sissy having a big, tough Krav Maga black belt instructor telling the class that he/she would run from danger? I don’t care if it does!! When we as self defense instructors have to look tough and feed our own egos we are going to get people killed. When a student comes to us for self defense training they are literally putting their lives in our hands. If they ever need what we taught it will be for the worst few minutes of their entire lives. We as instructors had better have showed them the best, most battle tested, scientific and safest self defense possible. That starts with telling them to RUN when they can. BE SAFE!
To see this and other great articles visit the official USKMA website.
April 25, 2014 By
During the first week of May the MuzzleFront training cadre had the opportunity to attend the LEO Pistol and Carbine Instructor and Reality Based Training courses in Briggsdale Colorado. This opportunity quickly morphed into an epic road trip involving a town only worth pillaging, balloon hats, a raid on Cracker Barrel and almost 4000miles of mischievous travel across state lines. The course was through the United States Krav Maga Association and hosted by Victory Defense Consulting. J.J Sutton of Victory Defense set us up with 1800 acres of shooter’s paradise for over a week with all the accommodations you could ask for. Camp space, hot showers, coffee and a lavish emergency shelter when nature decided to throw several tornadoes at us during the 3rd evening we were there. Top it all off with an outstanding meal plan for the week, home cooked and delivered by the Lady Sutton herself.
During the five days of the extremely well thought out course, we spent a healthy balance of time both in the classroom, force on force encounters and the live fire range. Each location was onsite at the Victory Defense’s Colorado facility. Each phase of training built naturally on the last phase and expounded on the lessons of the previous phase. A natural progression that allowed the student to learn, experience and retain each portion of the lessons of the day. Each student coached others through empty weapon and live fire drills. All students were required to develop courses of fire and training scenarios relevant to the subject matter as well as direct that particular training rotation.
Each evening we retired to our camp sites to digest what we learned and experienced. Most nights we found ourselves on the range playing with whatever we had brought with us. (Which was an incredible list of gear and deserves an article of its own)
One of the important things covered in this course was the importance of Reality Based Training. Training for things that are likely to happen in the real world not simply building ‘the siege of Mogadishu’ type scenarios. As Brannon Hicks likes to say, “I’m big on efficacy of training.” The usefulness of training is based on achieving the desired results. In this case, shooters that think well under the stress of uncommon and often potentially dangerous circumstances. A case in point: An officer approaches a car for any number of routine reasons. It could be a traffic stop, a motor assist, or a suspicion of driving under the influence. How an officer reads the situation has much to do with the outcome as his actions. The stop could go like countless others, uneventful and with a motorist safely on their way. Or horribly wrong. As we ran one scenario in particular, life was imitating our training.
In our encounter an ‘officer’ informs a driver that he has a taillight out while the passenger yells profanities at the ‘officer.’ The ‘officer’ dutifully takes the proof on insurance and registration and returns to his patrol vehicle to ‘run the info.’ Coming up ‘clean’ the ‘officer’ decides to return to the citizen’s vehicle and issue a verbal warning to repair the broken tail light. However, as the ‘officer’ speaks with the occupants of the vehicle, the passenger exits the vehicle and begins shooting the ‘officer.’ Reality went from calm to drastic in a matter of a few breaths.
Less than two hundred miles away, two Colorado State Troopers observe a disabled vehicle on the side of highway 70. As Trooper Eugene Hofacker approach the vehicle to render aid, Thomas Albert Ornelas shot the trooper, mortally wounding him. The presence of a second trooper is the only reason Trooper Hofacker barely survived the encounter.
I would have to say that what we do is important. More important than most folks understand. Simply because they have never put themselves in harm’s way. I’m not saying they should, but I am saying its important to have a plan and proper training if you’re ever put there inadvertently. There’s a saying, “I don’t look for trouble, but he generally knows how to find me.” I consider “Trouble” to be the bastard step child of Murphy’s Law. And we prepare for that bastard as well as we can.
Keep your head on a swivel and stay safe
Letters. From alpha bits, to full sentences meant to inspire or educate. They’re a part of our daily lives. Letters help us educate ourselves about the world around us. Sometimes they’re insightful, other times, they’re inciteful. It depends on the reader, as much as the author. Some folks read with a preconceived notion. Some folks read with an intention to read between the lines and see things that may or may not be there. What happens can be as harmless as a few misspoken words. However, it could also lead to the kind of viral spread a navy seaman on leave would be proud of.
With the prevalence of social media and our increasing reliance on internet reference material, the spread of inaccurate information increases exponentially. Just because it’s on the top of a Google search doesn’t mean that it is accurate. It only means it’s the most clicked response to a search parameter. It’s not ‘right,’ its popular. Social media memes are another form of information taken at far more than face value. A single photo depicting a dog, with the words “I love you. There’s a poop in the hallway” is never considered fact, just humorous. The photo and the tag line are completely unrelated, yet when placed in the same context, they elicit a good laugh. On the flip side, a photo of an armed man standing in a bush outside of a home with the tag line “CT Governor warns, ‘one last chance to register your guns or we’ll go from house to house and take them by force’” garners wide spread attention as a factual representation of statements that were never made. The source is the same, yet both are attributed with different levels of factuality.
Think of it as the literary version of a ghost gun. One seemingly credible speaker, an honors graduate and elected official speaks, their words are taken as (at least partially) factual. Within the confines of his knowledge base, he’s considered an expert, even a teacher of a younger generation seeking to attain the same level of knowledge in the same discipline. Yet, due to being uneducated about the current topic, a desperate heartfelt plea for legislation becomes the laughing stock of the internet. An inanimate object with limited capabilities of performance, is mysteriously transformed into something dangerous and having majikal abilities that beguile the laws of physics. To a specific group, the words of this elected official are factual, no matter how impossibly far fetched. They fill the need of a specific anti gun proponent and are therefore accepted as fact. Clung to as if they were part of the Gospel of Paul.
The pen is mightier than the sword. I bet the original speaker had no idea how that would change. Now, the keyboard can change the world faster than any pen. Bits and bites are available for immediate download, regardless of their full understanding. Under those circumstances, it’s easy to skip a line and fill it in ourselves. During times of heightened stress, those spaces can be filled in by the darker aspects of what we assume might happen. It’s times like that we need to remember Reagan’s famous words, “Trust but verify.” When you verify, don’t verify the story, verify the source. Not everything needs to come from “main stream” media. There are plenty of outlets out there, that aren’t main stream, but are still impartial. Remember, the news is supposed to report the facts, not tell you what to decide. When a new source has an agenda, it doesn’t make them impartial.
Right now, there’s a lot of folks on both sides, trying to get a response from the pro gun world. Will there be gun confiscation in Connecticut? That can be a dangerous thing. Kind of like poking a bear with a stick. A lot of bears, with the same stick. Unfortunately, when you do that the bears get angry, they MAY turn on each other, but in the end it’s never good for the guy with the stick.
Red Dawn (Neither the Patrick Swayze nor the Alexandar Scarscard) was not an owner’s manual for revolution. It’s not the way things would go down. (Yes I have a crystal ball) Things won’t be so cut and dry. Read Jason “The Viking” Wyman’s guest blog on the subject. Understand that nothing is really what it appears, and just because you’re concerned about the fall of society doesn’t mean we aren’t being directed down a pre determined path. Also understand the parallel in this simple truth” Alexandar Scarscard wasn’t in either version of Red Dawn.
Keep your Head on a Swivel and be safe.
Defense is a right.
Proficiency is a responsibility.
Safety is a duty.
March 8, 2013
Tens of thousands of responsible disabled firearm owners can only use an adaptable rifle platform such as the AR15 modern sporting and defense rifle. This is the exact same modern sporting and defense rifle that many gun control advocates are attempting to ban or seriously restrict. The AR15 modern sporting and defense rifle is a semi-automatic rifle. Not a machine gun, not an automatic assault weapon. The rifles semi-automatic function allows the individual to fire only one round every time they pull the trigger. The rifle does not fire multiple rounds when the trigger is pulled.
This semi-automatic functioning also allows a person with a disability to be able to fire the rifle without having
to manually cycle a round into the chamber, such as with a standard bolt action rifle. Many disabled firearm owners can only fire a semi-automatic type firearm. There is no operational difference at all from the AR15 type rifle than any other semi-automatic rifle. The only differences are in the rifle having adaptability features. By adaptability features I mean, it allows the person to adjust the rifle around theirown bodily limitations. The rifle allows an individual to add a collapsible stock. This gives the person the ability to shorten the stock just enough so they can comfortably and safely hold the rifle. The AR15 type rifle platform also has a pistol grip as well as the added ability to allow an individual to add a forward grip. These three options are why individuals with disorders and disabilities such as, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, different forms of paralysis, connective tissue diseases, amputees, hemophilia and a plethora of other disabilities use the AR15 type rifle platform. For thousands of individuals with disabilities they can only use this platform. There is simply no other platform available. I will add that if there was another adaptable platform available, that platform would also fall under the exact same proposed ban or restriction rulings as the AR15 platform. This would happen simply because of the reasons specifically outlined as being the “assault weapon characteristics” which are the functional options the disabled individual must have. To limit the options to two or even one “assault weapon characteristic” also has adrastically negative effect on disabled firearm owners. While adding one option of say the pistol grip maybe all that one disabled individual may need, thousands of disabled individuals need to use two or three.
It will depend on their individual disability. I also add that the pistol grip should not be consideredtowards the “assault weapon characteristic” number since all AR15 type rifles have a pistol grip.The adjustable and adaptable options that I am speaking of have nothing to do with the lethality of thefirearm. But, those adaptable options have everything to do with allowing the tens of thousands ofresponsible disabled Americans to be able to exercise their Second Amendment Right. Why should we asdisabled Americans not be able or allowed to exercise that right? Are we second rate citizens? I don’tthink so! We deserve a voice and we deserve to exercise our Second Amendment Right. We are Americancitizens just like you. Do not leave us out of the gun control debate and do not forget about us!
Scott Ennis Hemophiliac with severe joint damage and founder of Disabled Americans for Firearms Rights
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“Anyone pulls a knife on me I’ll just shoot him!”-Dead Man Stabbed 17 times….Gun still in Holst
You have no idea how many times I’ve heard that statement. eemerson
I’ve seen, handled, or shot just about every weapon known to modern man some I’ve been genuinely impressed with. Some were more dangerous to me than they would have been to the bad guy.
In today’s modern technologically dependent society someone has invented something for just about every need. And because of this we feel hindered or even helpless when we don’t have one of those gadgets or inventions to accomplish a given task. We are raising and our society is creating a population of young men and women who are governed by a technological dependance. A dependence that says, “we can’t do our job if we don’t have the technological helper to do it.”
It only makes sense that this same blanket of technology has also come into being for police, military and combat applications. That’s what I’m going to talk about here.
The young teenagers that are now filling the ranks of police academies and basic training are the same teenagers that have never been alive without a house full of computers, internet, nintendo, x-boxes and all the other wonderful gadgets we’ve grown to depend on as “necessary” items to our day to day existence.
In terms of military applications and law enforcement to a lesser degree, these technological innovations and inventions have saved thousands of lives, killed, captured or thwarted countless thousands of bad guys and at a minimum risk to the good guys.
However, as technology continues to become a vital part of our daily existence especially as it is applied to our war fighting and crime fighting capabilities we must embrace it, use it, but never become a slave to it.
As we have witnessed over the last several years, the best of our high technology can at times be defeated or denied by the tactics and strategies of “old school” low technologies and primitive countermeasures.
I’m going to digress for a moment.
I believe that it is absolutely vital to our vitality both as a nation and as a military power that we teach our children to be self sufficient, to be independent thinkers, to learn to do their best with what they have at hand – even if it is nothing. Our children should know how to build a fire, to read a map, to know how to find water, and build a shelter. Hell, build a house for that matter. They should know simple electronics, how to fix a motor or engine, how to fish, how to hunt, how to treat an injury and to never feel helpless or hopeless. They should play team sports and learn how to work within the framework of a team. they should learn how it feels to lose and come back to try and win next time. They should learn to take failure in stride and not be devastated by it. On that note, I believe there is real self-esteem and false self-esteem. Real self-esteem is learned and earned by competing, failing and then improving so that you actually know who you are, what you’re made of and how good you realistically are in any endeavor.
Unfortunately, the idea of false self esteem is what’s being propagated by our schools and most of our younger aged athletic programs. No grades, no competition and only praise for half hearted efforts. What character does that build?
I strongly encourage you to pass these life skills on to your sons and daughters. Have them join the scouts or guide organizations in your area. Get them out camping, get them to play sports and spend time practicing all of the skills these children need and deserve to become self sufficient, independent thinking, confident adults. Sorry for the rant. I have daughters, a son, and I’m a baseball coach and I spend a lot of time dealing with these matters.
Anyway, back to the subject I started with.
How does this all apply in terms of the individual soldier, cop or operator?
First let me state emphatically the skills, independence and resourcefulness of the individual soldier are the paramount tools that anyone can possess. It is not the body armor, the GPS, the laser range finder, the M-4 or the flashlight that are important. These are only tools to supplement the means toward an objective, they are not the means. If any of these tools fail in their use, the individual must adapt, rethink, and overcome their failure and not be governed by it.
Let’s get down to basics. You are the fighter. You are the warrior. You are the weapon. Everything else you possess just makes your job a little easier.
Here is an example of how simple this becomes. I have seen more than once, this scenario. In sims classes (simmunition) I have seen individuals draw to fire on an armed threat. Their weapon malfunctions and they go completely focused on trying to clear their weapon, completely ignoring the threat they were about to engage, with deadly force. At that moment I usually step in and ask, “What the hell are you doing?”. “I’m trying to clear my weapon, sir.”
“Son, you can go on trying to clear your weapon while this guy stoves your head in with a pipe or you can use your weapon to pistol whip him into submission.”
“Remember, you’ve got a 2 pound piece of steel in your hands that can do substantial damage as a bludgeon. Then you can clear the malfunction and still shoot him if you so desire.”
The point is usually well made.
And that point is this; A fight is a fight, with weapons or not, but it is a fight you must win and you cannot depend on your weapons to win. You can only depend on you.
Most people today will take the mental stance of “Oh shit I’m screwed,” if for say, they run out of ammo, lose a weapon or experience a malfunction.
The real mental stance you should have is this; “F…k with me and you’re screwed. If my weapon malfunctions you’re screwed. If I lose a weapon, you’re still screwed, because I will kill you if you try to harm me. It doesn’t matter if I have a gun, a club, a knife, a rock or just my bare hands. I am the weapon, everything else just helps me do the job a little easier.
To think of yourself as unarmed just because you have no gadget in your hand is basically, giving up and shifts a huge amount of momentum, both physical and mental, in favor of the bad guy.
One time I had a good friend hand me a “tactical” pen made out of titanium. I looked at it and asked why I needed a $250.00 pen? He said, “So you’ll never be unarmed, even if you’re flying on an airplane.”
I looked at him and simply said, “Do you think, even for one second, that I am ever, unarmed?” He just laughed and put the pen back in his pocket.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. preached nonviolence. Robert F. Williams didn’t have that option.
As the head of the North Carolina NAACP during the civil rights era, World War II veteran Williams stockpiled weapons and trained his black neighbors to fight the Ku Klux Klan.
For Williams, it was literally do or die.
If government is supposed protect citizens and their liberties, what do you do when government either refuses or passively encourages violence through inaction?
Hip-hip journalist Davey D explains, “At the time, the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement refused to provide protection to the black community while supporting and enabling perpetrators of violence in (Williams) hometown of Monroe, North Carolina.”
In those days, local government or law enforcement were often indistinguishable to the black community from the KKK. Just how many men hiding beneath those white sheets were also on the county council or in the police department?
In 1946, the black community of Monroe, under Williams’ leadership, had had enough. The New York Times reported that Williams formed “the Black Guard, after seeing Klan members make a black woman dance at gunpoint ‘like a puppet.”
Davey D’s hiphopandpolitics.com gives us another terrible snapshot of what gave rise to Williams’ militia:
Bennie Montgomery, a fellow vet and friend of Williams, killed a white man in self-defense. The white man had assaulted him and tried to slit his throat because he asked for his wages at noon instead of at the end of the day. The Ku Klux Klan wanted to come to town for revenge but authorities shipped Montgomery out of town, convicted him and executed him in the gas chamber. When Montgomery’s body was shipped back to his family the Klan said his body belonged to them. They said they was going to come and take the body drag it up and down the streets and then hang and burn it.
Williams and fellow vets made a defense plan at the local barbershop. When the Klan motorcade pulled up in front of the Harris Funeral Home, 40 black men leveled their rifles, taking aim at the line of cars. Not a shot was fired; the Klansmen simply weighed their chances and drove away.
The primary purpose of the Second Amendment has never been simply to hunt or even just to protect one’s property. It was for Americans to protect themselves against tyrannical government.
For gun control advocates, saying citizens must arm themselves against government might sound extreme or perhaps like something that should be relegated to the 18th century.
But relatively speaking, Jim Crow didn’t end that long ago.
Robert Williams might’ve understood the true purpose of the Second Amendment better than any American of the last half-century.
Williams told a critical NAACP convention in 1959, “Tom Paine, Washington, Jefferson, and Patrick Henry were all honorable men who are supposed to represent the true spirit of America. These noble men advocated violence as a vehicle of liberation…”
Williams added, “We as men should stand up as men and protect our women and children. I am a man, and I will walk upright as a man should. I will not crawl.”
Crawl, he did not. Biographer Timothy B. Tyson noted of Williams, “Threatened with death, he walked down the street carrying a pistol, which would be a normal white, Southern thing to do.”
Like Dr. King and other civil rights leaders, Williams was monitored and harassed by the government and eventually left the country with his wife Mabel, receiving exile in both Cuba and China. He became a hero to the growing black power movement in the United States, particularly Black Panther leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.
While Williams, the Panthers and similar groups adopted hard left or socialist politics, their promotion of armed resistance was born of a long history of gun control policies used to oppress African-Americans.
A prime example was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s difficulties in legally obtaining a gun. According to UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, “In 1956, after King’s house was bombed, King applied for a concealed carry permit in Alabama. The local police had discretion to determine who was a suitable person to carry firearms. King, a clergyman whose life was threatened daily, surely met the requirements of the law, but he was rejected nevertheless.”
Winkler added, “At the time, the police used any wiggle room in the law to discriminate against African Americans.”
After King’s assassination, Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968—a racist law created out of fear of black urban backlash—which was also the first major federal restrictions put on firearms since the 1930s.
“These laws,” Winkler said, “fueled the rise of the modern gun rights movement, which self-consciously borrowed tactics from the civil rights movement.”
While gun control laws in the United States have racist origins, it seems today’s Second Amendment advocates owe civil rights activists more than they might realize. It is a history worth revisiting.
In July, rapper and actor Ice-T made a point of saying that gun rights are civil rights.
This was something Robert F. Williams always knew. It is something all Americans should never forget.
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