In several past Decembers, I’ve listed the articles and videos that I’ve thought were the best of the preceding year. This year, I’ve singled out 3 articles that I are important for any student of personal defense. As the Executive Director of Personal Defense Network, I have already approved any of the content you see
Yesterday, I spoke for an hour with Mark Walters about two shootings of shoplifters. Embedded in the discussion was the incredibly important issue of ” Should versus Could ” and our responsibility as armed people to use force only when needed. In the latter case, the shooter was (rightfully) charged with murder. In NY, the bad guy was shot as he was jumping over the counter AT the armed good guy
The article addresses the fact that many people tend to ignore the difference between what is legal and what is best. If you hang your Tactical Hat on an overly simplified understanding of “Stand your Ground”, you could not only find yourself in legal jeopardy, you might kill someone that you didn’t need to with a false confidence about being “right”.
William is one of the most thoughtful and articulate educators in the world of self-defense and his new series of contributions to this blog will be informative, enlightening and, I truly believe, compelling in regard to motivating people to be as prepared as possible to defend themselves and those they care about from violence. One of the most important lessons that William taught me many years ago was that you can’t worry about trying to make sense of why someone is trying to (or about to try to) hurt you… you just have to respond.
Preparation and willingness to ACT is the key to surviving an Active Shooter Event. Understanding how to apply the three simply steps of a run, hide, fight approach is the key. There are many examples of these tactics saving lives.
Members and Frequent visitors of Personal Defense Network (PDN) know the value that longtime Contributor, Grant Cunningham, brings with his work in front of PDN cameras in video clips and as host of the popular semi-monthly internet broadcast of PDN’s Training Talk Live! Grant has provided PDN viewers and subscribers with insightful commentary and demonstrations
I often post in about people who let their emotions get the best of them in situations where they get sucked into confrontations that they could have (SHOULD have) avoided. Usually, those posts involve tragedies where people searching their homes with guns shoot family members or where people who used guns inappropriately get indicted or convicted of crimes. Think about these types of things Ahead of Time so that you might avoid emotional responses!
Today is the last day of a FREE Online virtual training conference that I am proud to be a part of, The 2017 Shooter’s Summit. This event has been going on for the past week and has featured 31 Shooting Instructors, Experts in Armed Defense Topics, Competition Shooters, Shooting Community Influencers and Personal Defense Educators
One general tip for things like Storms & Floods in regard to packing bags, prepping your house and (especially) evacuating that I stress is this: SET BENCHMARKS for activities Ahead of of Time and don’t second guess them in the heat of the moment!
One of the more unique courses that was taught in a few locations across the country was I.C.E. Training’s Two Person Armed Defense. A Team Tactics Course specifically designed for the everyday person who spends a lot of time with other people who are armed. It is not a fantasy camp class where students pretend to be SWAT Team Members or perform bounding overwatch across open ranges with burning cars and smoke grenades creating great photo ops, but no practical value.