Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ampa! Protek me!

When Gianna, my oldest granddaughter, was a pudgy, stumbling, giggling, smiling beautiful two-and-a-half year old, she had an epiphany about me and what I was willing to do for her.  At a bar-b-Que at my house, my brother was playing with her, laughing, tickling and such, when he gave her the scary face and the playfully menacing scowl and then a low growl.  My mother yelled in mock fear, "Run Gianna!"

Gianna turned her chubby little body away from my brother as quick as she could and ran (like a "drunken sailor" as my daughter would say) just as fast as her stubby feet would go - but with her head still turned towards the beast on his hands and knees behind her, she ran right into my own knees where I scooped her up like a Knight in Shining Armor and held her tight in my arms, her face buried in my neck as I turned her away from the threat.  And then I whispered to her...

"Ampa will always protect you."

From then on, whenever she was in trouble or being chased while playing or, well, whenever she was in dire straights (as far as dire goes for a toddler) I would suddenly hear her running down the hall, feet pounding the hardwood floors like a cartoon elephant, screaming, "Ampa! Protek me!"  And then she would appear, her little legs pumping and her arms flailing, squealing happily as she would jump onto my lap and stranglehold my neck with glee.

"Protek me Ampa!  Protek me!"  And I would... with my life, then, now and always.

Fast forward a few years...
Sandy Hook has taken place and the world mourns the loss of so many innocents at the bloody hands of a madman.  My nephew, Nick, a first-year teacher, is sitting on the couch at my brother's house.  I was curious as to what changes/precautions the school administrators had taken in the wake of such a heinous act against children.  My nephew's response?


I was bowled over!  As he explained, though there was much informal discussion among the teachers themselves, there wasn't one meeting with administrators on the horror that had taken place at Sandy Hook or an exchange of ideas on what precautions could - or should - be taken, or what may be done in the future to help themselves to protect the children.

Nothing was done?  How could that be?  How does a society as a whole, shrug its shoulders, cross its fingers, say a prayer, hang a "No Guns" sign on the door and look the other way?  That makes absolutely no sense at all.

The fact that Obama's reaction to the hell at Sandy Hook was an attempt to push a "gun control" agenda with legislation that was strictly fueled not only by raw emotion, but the soul-wrenching nightmare every parent has - of being unable to save their little ones who, wide-eyed and crying, scream for Mommy or Daddy to come save them from the monster in the room - and you have to wonder if Obama ever had the best interests of the children in his heart.  Not a single piece of legislation that he wanted to pass would have saved one life in that school that day.  Not - a - single - one.  Why?  Because as we know, deep down where our fear hides, twisting our guts, criminals and madmen don't follow laws.  They are a parent's worst nightmare.  They are the dread a parent feels when their child escapes their eyes, even for a moment.  They are the bogeymen who spring from the closet to take our children from us... forever.

What can be done to protect the innocents at our schools? 

Bring in Good Men and Women willing to lay down their lives in the defense of those children. And where do you find those good people?  Trust me... they are legion.  They are Grandfathers and Grandmothers, Mothers and Fathers, Uncles and Aunts, Friends and Neighbors, Retired and Still Working.  They run the gamut of careers... Law enforcement and military, truck drivers and teachers, farmers and CEOs.  These men and women would be honored to give their time, expertise, training, hearts and yes when the chips were down and no other way out, even their lives, to keep our children safe, sound and happy in their schools.

My father was a member of a volunteer fire department, back in the 60's and 70's.  Everyone was trained for the job and each fireman would call in when they were available for a fire call.  Simple.  And every one of those volunteers were ready to lay down their lives for people they didn't even know.  That's what a hero is.  That's what a hero does.

I am sure within every school district you'll find more gun owners than you can shake a stick at who would be willing, at their own expense, to take courses such as ALicE (Active Shooter Civilian Response).  These courses are specifically designed for Active Shooter situations using the acronym ALiCE - (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate).

These people would be vetted by Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement, train as a unit (like those at a volunteer firehouse) and take voluntary shifts at the local school whenever they could, not costing the schools a dime. They would be there during the day when classes are in, evenings for special functions and weekends too.  The guns concealed to the children, but at the ready should a psychopath with a demon's voice rasping crazily in his head attempted to do harm to those who intend no harm to anyone.

And now I ask... Why is this so repugnant to those who stand against guns?  Think about your Dad and Mom, your Grandparents, your Aunts, and Uncles.  Don't you believe that given a gun and the training to meet the situation head-on, they would be a good man or woman to have walking the halls of your school?  They are the parents of your friends, the family of people you know. They would protect yours and mine with their very life's blood.

They would die to save your child's life...

And what more could you possibly want?  How can you be more afraid of the Good Guy with a gun and training to use that gun, than the Bad Guy with a gun and a twisted, sick, demented mind?

And now, on my vacation a few weeks ago, I dropped off my granddaughters at their elementary school on a beautiful spring day.  As I pulled up, there was a line of bright yellow buses filled to the brim with kids, excited for the day ahead, children and parents walking hand in hand in the sunshine, teachers, and administrators - like mother hens - making sure everyone was making their way into the school before the doors were closed and locked.

I pulled in front of the buses and told my granddaughters to exit the same side - towards the school.  Gianna said quickly, as is her way, "LoveyoumissyouMMWAAA!" And blew a kiss to me while Micaela gave me a peck on the cheek and jumped out with her backpack bouncing on her shoulders, following her sister through the door.  I watched in my side mirror and over my shoulder as they waved goodbye and made their way into the school under the watchful eye of the adults.  And I thought...

Who will protect them today, should the Devil come to dance?


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Saturday, May 11, 2013

41 Rules For A Gunfight

Some are for real, some are tongue in cheek, some are just plain ol' black humor.  All of these were gleaned from lists on the web.  Enjoy!

  1. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
  2. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
  3. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and De-escalation.
  4. Do not attend a gun fight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with at least a “4″.
  5. You can’t miss fast enough to win.
  6. Forget about knives, bats and fists. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns. Bring four times the ammunition you think you could ever need.
  7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammunition is cheap - life is expensive. If you shoot inside, buckshot is your friend. A new wall is cheap - funerals are expensive
  8. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
  9. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough or using cover correctly.
  10. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
  11. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running. Yell "Fire!" Why "Fire"? Cops will come with the Fire Department, sirens often scare off the bad guys, or at least cause them to lose concentration and will.... and who is going to summon help if you yell "Intruder," "Glock" or "Winchester?"
  12. Practice reloading one-handed and off-hand shooting. That's how you live if hit in your "good" side.
  13. Practice shooting in the dark, with someone shouting at you, when out of breath, etc.
  14. Regardless of whether justified of not, you will feel sad about killing another human being. It is better to be sad than to be room temperature.
  15. The only thing you EVER say afterwards is, "He said he was going to kill me. I believed him. I'm sorry, Officer, but I'm very upset now. I can't say anything more. Please speak with my attorney." 
  16. Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.
  17. It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
  18. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.
  19. Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.
  20. Never say “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.
  21. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes, the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.
  22. The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – cheat if necessary.
  23. Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets…You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, cause it’ll be empty.
  24. If you’re in a gun fight:
    If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.
    If you’re not loading, you should be moving.
    If you’re not shooting, moving or loading, you’re probably dead.
  25. In a life and death situation, do something…It may be wrong, but do something!
  26. If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
  27. You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.
  28. You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family
  29. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)
  30. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.
  31. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on “pucker factor” than the inherent accuracy of the gun. Use a gun that works EVERY TIME. “All skill is in vain when an Angel blows the powder from the flintlock of your musket.”
  32. Have a plan.
  33. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work. "No battle plan ever survives 10 seconds past first contact with an enemy." Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
  34. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
  35. Don’t drop your guard.
  36. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees. 
  37. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.)
  38. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
  39. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get. 
  40. Think, move, shoot.
  41. The will to survive is not as important as the will to prevail…The answer to criminal aggression is violent retaliation.

If you enjoyed this article, you might like my new book -Concealed Carry and the War on the Second Amendment, a collection from the New Gunner Journal - It is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  If you have any questions about Concealed Carry or are sitting on the fence, this would make a nice Christmas present to learn about the lifestyle and those who live it.