by Nicholas T. Loux, Ph.D. (retired)
Scarcely a day goes by when you don’t see national news detailing an ugly incident involving firearms. These stories lead uninformed citizens to think we are experiencing a national pandemic of homicides and mass murders. Worse yet, this “news” is then used by demagogues whose ultimate goal is to nullify the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Examining mortality data in the U.S. provides accurate perspective on the risks we actually face. Little of it, if any, is associated with our rights under the Second Amendment.
Continue reading Gun Control Is Not About Public Safety
There is no finish line – Nike
You’re a beginner once, you should be a student for life – Paul Markel
Training is Survival – Matt Canovi
Be Prepared – the Boy Scout Motto
While I am not a big fan of quippy phrases to live my life by, these above have some wisdom in just a few words. Continue reading Be a student, turn off the TV and laptop and grab a book
With the current natural and man made disasters, you and your family or team may need to bug out. Having the right vehicle is critical. Here are my thoughts.
When considering a “bug out vehicle” there are many things to consider. Think of the vehicle’s age, parts availability (now and in a bad situation as well as new and rebuilt parts), computers (there have been many computers in different parts of vehicles for different systems for decades now), suspension et al. Continue reading Bug out Vehicles that you can use every day
From our friends at JPFO.org
Dennis Prager, an author, talk show host, columnist, pundit and Rabbi (did you know that?) testified before Congress about search-engine bias. His Prager University gets a billion views annually.
Hundreds of his postings and videos have been restricted or banned by online tech giants. Among many otherwise seemingly innocuous and reasonable ones censored, (Israel’s Legal Founding by Dershowitz, Why Don’t Feminists Fight for Muslim Women by Ayaan Hirshi Ali), Google banned Prager’s own, “The Ten Commandments, What You Should Know.”
Refusing to say why they do this, Google’s rep responded to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on that one, saying it’s because the video referred to “murder.” Hawaii Sen. Hirono added, in Goggle’s defense, it also had Nazi imagery. Who are these people? Have you stopped using Google yet? Prager offered to post The Nine Commandments as a solution (but without luck).
The text below was taken years ago from a chain email, before social media had come into its own. While I did not write this, I have edited and updated a couple of parts, the basis of the writing stays true.
Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001? Continue reading I don’t care
Updated: for the updated, head to the end of the article.
“Focus on the front sight.” If you have ever been to training or had a decent shooter help you, I bet you have heard that before.
According to every instructor for the last 60 years, the front sight is where you must focus in order to hit your target. It seems “reasonable” to focus there. You keep your rear sight and target in alignment and with the front sight you can more accurately hit your target, where you are aiming. The problem I have is how are you aiming at a point on the target when you are focusing on the front sight? Continue reading (Updated 11/15/2020) Red dot / reflex sight vs traditional sights on a pistol
The CZ-52 was an imported semi-automatic pistol. Here is a brief overview https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CZ_52 and here http://makarov.com/cz52/index.html
Back in the 90’s this, and many “commie” guns, were a readily available on the free market. I bought one after a friend showed me his, it seemed like a fun gun for under $125. The original CZ-52 came in 7.62×25. I love this round.
Continue reading CZ-52 in 9 mm Luger hit or bust?
This weeks article is another guest article by Dan McNeil. This one much less controversial than his previous articles, and a tribute. He wrote this in May of 2014.
I lost a best friend last week. After 11 years, our Yorkie passed on.
He’d been fading for a year, his passing was expected, and we knew it would be sad. But I thought it would be bearable. Continue reading Loss of a dog, no a friend
Below is a link to the West Freeway Church of Christ near Fort Worth church shooting (12/29/2019), it has multiple zoom ins and replays so specific areas of the church can be seen during the shooting and immediately afterwards.
This is not Monday quarterbacking, just my analysis (as a church security team leader for 6 years) that will save lives at your church.
Important points that I noted:
Security knew there was an issue, that is why they had several people on that side if the sanctuary watching him. They knew he had a fake beard when he came in. They should have never let him have a seat, they should have politely and quietly pulled him off to the side and “touched” his sides discreetly and talked to him. There are ways to feel for weapons where the person does not know that is what you are doing. Continue reading West Freeway Church of Christ shooting after action report
This “article” was written as an after action for a recent tornado. I decided to slightly modify it and put it out as an article.
What happened? Two tornadoes went through Christian county and one directly through two subdivisions. There were dozens of tornadoes across the state due to this storm.
Once activated, our S&R team met outside the affected area (per our SOP) and then caravanned into the primary affected zone. Our group had 18 personnel. Continue reading Tornado response (S&R): 12 August, 2019