“Law enforcement is reactionary by its very nature — remember, they come when you call, but you have to be able to call them.”
As news unfolded last week in this country, many things got splashed across our television screens and repeated over and over again. If the story is one of death or terror, it usually gets plenty of airtime and lots of print. A perfect example is the very newsworthy shooting at the Republican softball practice. A lunatic, left wing fringe ‘wanna-be killer’ tried to target unarmed and defenseless Congress members. It got the press time it deserved.
The attempted murder of our Congress members was stopped by two armed plain clothes police officers assigned as dignitary protection to one of the present members. Even after being wounded, they continued to engage the gunman. They were both transported to the hospital, and the gunman later died from his injuries. The other present members of Congress were fortunate the police officers had been assigned as protection.
“Having been stabbed with a knife and spent a month in the hospital during my service time I can tell you knives can and do kill people all the time.”
With all of the talk and media coverage of the recent shooting in Virginia on how a lunatic lefty targeted Republican Congress members, this may have gone unnoticed but for the fact that I try to read any press, positive or negative, about the profession I have worked in all of my life.
I recently caught a headline on my Twitter feed (@downrangewithcw) that jumped out at me. “Pregnant Mother Shot Dead by Cops Whom She Called for Help.” If I was an average citizen who saw that and took it as truthful news, I would be outraged. How dare the cops gun down a pregnant female who called them for help without any justification? My anger and outrage would be justified, if that was the “whole story.”
“I do not want to have to try and explain the finer points in use of force escalation and de-escalation to a jury while they are contemplating my possible future in prison.”
Recently, while browsing through Twitter (@downrangewithCW), I saw a post from a decent source advocating using “less lethal” for self-defense. On the face of it, I would normally say that is an option, but not for most civilians.
Firstly, less lethal was designed for law enforcement to be able to use another means to stop dangerous suspects while simultaneously being covered with a deadly force response. LL (less lethal) is a means of trying to stop someone that is not yet an immediate threat to anyone. Less lethal requires the use of a less lethal weapon or system to stop a lethal threat, unlike using something such as OC spray to stop a unarmed attacker.
Well, we had a Hornady Law Enforcement ammunition gel test shoot this morning. Very cool stuff. Learned a lot about the performance of bullets through various barriers and saw how they did first hand.
The nice thing was got to shoot my personal self-defense rounds I loaded myself at the gel tests, and they performed better than I even expected. Perfect formation, huge cavity and 100% weight retention. 185 grain Barnes Tac XP .45 bullets, sitting on new Starline Brass, CCI primers and Longshot powder. And this is what they looked like after 1 into bare gel and two into heavy clothing barriers and then gel. I think these are a keeper for my EDC carry!
“The USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) was designed back in the early 2000’s and was named in 2012 by President Obama.”
The naming of Navy warships is a storied tradition and has been established by Congressional action since at least 1862. Title Thirteen, Chapter Six of the US Code enacted that year reads;
“The vessels of the Navy shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy under the direction of the President according to the following rule:
“If the state of Florida is going to accuse a citizen of committing a crime, the state of Florida should have the burden of proof at each and every part of the proceedings.”
Yesterday was a huge step in the right direction for Constitutional believers and concealed carry license holders in Florida. The ripple effect could be felt nationwide.
Gov. Scott (R) of Florida signed SB-128 into law, correcting what many, especially the legislators in Florida who wrote the original “Justifiable Use of Force”, thought was a travesty of the courts.
What many people who are unfamiliar with self-defense laws do not know is that in Florida if you used a firearm or any other weapon in self-defense, before this Bill was signed into law, you had to have a hearing before a Judge and the prosecution to prove you used it in self-defense. This was the only way to be able to claim self-defense immunity. Yes, you read that correctly, you had to prove in a court of law that you were innocent.