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Poker Defense Poker Defense

A poker game is a good metaphor for personal defense. Some of the same basic elements are in play, from the cards you are dealt to the bets you must make. Sometimes your strategy works out and you walk away with a big stack of chips, and sometimes you fail miserably despite your best efforts. Other times, you just straight up get lucky and win without having any strategy at all. Most of the time, the best thing you can do is fold and live to fight another day. After all, not every hand you are dealt is worth playing. In a nutshell, winning at poker is partly about strategy and partly about luck. Any poker player will tell you that you can’t win consistently without having a little bit of both. READ MORE

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Staging Your Concealed Carry Firearm

When we talk about staging a defensive firearm, we’re normally talking about a firearm that’s off your body, a firearm that’s loaded, or unloaded but with a magazine next to it, or in a quick-access safe, or in a bag you carry with you. WATCH NOW

Staging Your Concealed Carry Firearm
Fear of Over-Reacting

When PDN Executive Director Rob Pincus talks to people who are new to self-defense training concepts, they often tell him they have a fear of over-reacting. In this video, Rob explains that as you develop your defensive lifestyle, you actually become less likely to over-react. WATCH NOW

Fear of Over-Reacting
It Could Happen to You
The Armed Citizen ®

A Portland, Ore., homeowner shot an intruder who turned out to be an ex-NFL player. Upon encountering the suspect, the resident fired on him, wounding him once in the abdomen. When police arrived, they found the wounded man naked in a fountain in the backyard of the residence. The 33-year-old robber’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening. No charges have been filed against the armed citizen for the defensive use of his firearm. (The Seattle Times, Seattle, WA, 6/25/16)

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Not The Victim Hillary Needs

This feature appears in the October ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.

“Why can’t everyone just have their DNA on file? Then it would be so much easier to catch this guy.”

Those were my actual words at the age of 20 after a stranger broke into my apartment and raped me.

It seems like common sense, right? It would be so simple. After all, it’s for our safety. Then these things would never happen. All we have to do is give up a small piece of our constitutional rights (which should change with new technology anyway, right?) and then the government could completely protect us from all violent criminals.

If this sounds wildly overreaching, that’s because it is. Yet it made perfect sense to me back in 2006. I had nothing to hide, and hadn’t done anything wrong. In fact, I had just been violently victimized in my own home. My greatest fears were suddenly dire and intimate, and they certainly were not of the government.

When I heard the promise of “hope and change,” I believed that if I were going to advocate further for victims like me, Barack Obama would lead us in that charge. I voted for the candidates I was told were going to save me—to protect me.

I didn’t realize then that I had been the left’s target all along. Read More

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