Friday, July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web (Updated)

  • The big news today, of course, is the shooting of 12 police officers by a black terrorist in Dallas, Texas yesterday. The Daily Mail has a fairly detailed article on the shooting. If the article is correct, then the shooter was not armed with an AR-15 as has been widely reported. Rather, the article states that the shooter had body armor, and "[h]e also carried an SKS semi-automatic assault rifle and a handgun, and several rounds of ammunition, according to law enforcement sources." (Update (July 10, 2016): the shooter apparently used a AK-74 variant). Just to remind us that we live in the 21st Century, police used a bomb attached to a robot to kill the suspect. 
I would also point out that the SKS is no way an "assault rifle." Besides being only semi-automatic rather than select fire, it has a fixed 10-round magazine (although there are after-market detachable magazines available for it).  It was not a rifle intended for assaulting or storming an enemy position as was the AK.
  • TGIF--another Weekend Knowledge Dump from Active Response Training. A good selection of articles. One that jumped out at me in particular was "Red Dots vs. Magnified Scopes: Which Tactical Optic Is Right For You?" which discusses the limitations of an unmagnified red-dot or reflex sight versus a low-power scope.
  • "Don't Get Shot By The First Responders"--Gabe Suarez. He has some pointers on avoiding being shot by police--especially if you have been seen with a weapon. He notes that:
  • "You are more likely to be mistakenly shot by police in areas where the carry of weapons by citizens is not common."
  • "You are more likely to be shot if the first thing the police see is the profile of a firearm."
  • "You are more likely to be shot by police if, when challenged, you begin to turn toward them."
He also goes on to point out that the best way to avoid being shot is to cause the responding officer(s) to hesitate before opening fire. Thus, Suarez points out that being seen with a rifle will likely result in police presuming you are a "bad guy," pistols that are black or of subdued colors will not draw attention as much as shiny/glitzy firearms, don't hold a perpetrator at gun point while standing over him/her, and don't dress like an "operator" or a thug. He also suggests that you use a handgun similar to what police (rather than a "bad guy") would carry. Anyway, Suarez goes into much greater detail on each of the foregoing points, so be sure to read his article.

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