“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.
Watch the Memorial Day Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown.
These are the words of the Secretary of Defense at the Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetary, May 29th, 2017. Very moving so I am not paraphrasing or editing this:
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford, Gold Star families, everyone.
We gather here today with a shared attitude of gratitude.
Twenty-Three centuries ago, so Plutarch tells us, an old Spartan King observed, it is not the places that grace men but men grace the places. Today we know that he was right. More than a century ago, this 624-acre plot of land was a plantation on the…
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This is why we are free!!!
Families that have lost a loved one in the line of duty in the military are called “Gold Star Families” and they hold a special place in the hearts of all veterans. Here is the story of a couple of those families for you to watch for this Memorial Day.
Remember that the freedoms we all have in the USA are not free and the cost of those freedoms is paid for in lives by those who have signed a contract with a price. That price is anything and everything they have up to and including giving their lives.
No greater love have a man than he would lay down his life for his brothers and sisters.
This is in honor of those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. You will not be forgotten…
If you have ever heard the sound of TAPS at a military funeral, or at any funeral of a veteran you will be very moved by this version. It made me cry when I watched it, and it will make you also.
“Taps” is a bugle call played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and at military funerals by the United States armed forces. The official military version is played by a single bugle or trumpet, although other versions of the tune may be played in other contexts (e.g., the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial Music site has recordings of two bugle and one band version. It is also performed often at Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Girl Guide meetings and camps. The tune is also sometimes known as “Butterfield’s Lullaby”, or by the first line of the lyric, “Day Is Done”. The duration may vary to some extent; the typical recording…
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Lol. Moms Demand Action, or MDA, is trying to set a national “wear orange” day to show unity to end gun violence. Like that will do so much to help. But I get their messages and had to respond to this one. You can see what I wrote back to them. Know thine enemy. I may just have to take off and wear my orange hunting vest, or maybe just wear my pro self-defense shirts to their party.
Want to end gun violence? Teach people to defend themselves. Do away with gun free zones (called target rich environments). Learn how to shoot properly, and learn the laws of self-defense in your state. Why do I carry a gun? Because harsh words don’t stop bad guys with guns, and neither do signs, but an armed victim has a fighting chance.
And who was the stupid person that picked orange? That’s the color required by law for hunting!! All I can do is shake my head and chuckle.
“The fact that the Special Ops community is looking for a good long-range sniping rifle is a sign that they realize there are more useful platforms out there.”
Being a shooter—especially one who likes long-range shooting (my favorite rifle is my Ruger Precision Rifle in .308)—I can say that I find it refreshing that the military is taking a cue from the civilian world instead of the other way around and trying to recreate the wheel, as they say.
For many years, the military has gone under the premise that they know what is best. Developing and setting the standards for firearms and rounds that perform to a certain standard has been their way of making things into “military” standard. But with the announcement that they will be looking at an already established, high-performance round like the “6.5 Creed,” as some of us like to call it.
The fact that the Special Ops community is looking for a good long-range sniping rifle is a sign that they realize there are more useful platforms out there. Currently, the 7.62 mm round that is the civilian equivalent of the .308 is a very good round that has been in use for many years in the military as well as other specialty calibers, but the 6.5 Creed has gotten many great results over the last few years, especially in the long-range shooting world, including competitions.