- TGIF: Another Weekend Knowledge Dump from Greg Ellifritz. Lot's of good stuff.
- And another compilation of defense articles: Grant Cunningham's Hump Day Reading List for this week.
- Both Glenn Reynolds and Greg Ellifritz have linked to this article from The Atlantic, "The Gun Guru of YouTube -- John Correia wants you to prepare for the worst day of your life." As most of you know, Correia runs two YouTube channels on self-defense: (1) Active Self Protection, where he reviews security camera footage or cell phone footage of attacks and/or defensive situations to demonstrate lessons that should be learned; and (2) Active Self Protection Extra, where he discusses other topics such as firearms, ammunition, holsters, and other topics that don't fit his first channel. If you don't regularly visit both channels, you are missing out.
In any event, the article is mostly about Correia and his philosophy toward self-defense, but it also has some comments from Correia boiling down certain points he has learned from his study of defensive shootings, including:
- He used to carry more than one gun on his person, plus a spare mag in case he needed to reload. But in his study of violent encounters, he has seen zero emergency reloads and zero uses of a backup gun (or bug, in gun lingo), so he seldom carries extra mags anymore and has stopped carrying an extra gun altogether. He replaced them with a first-aid kit—which he has used twice, once to save a life—and pepper spray, which he has used twice to defend himself against stray dogs.
- Overwhelmingly, the lesson of his videos is to avoid violence in the first place. “The answer to most social violence is: Check your ego,” he told me. Give up your valuables. Don’t kill to save your car, and don’t die to save your wallet. Don’t play “the monkey game,” an escalating display of dominance, often but not always between two drunk men. Many of the videos take place at ATMs or in what he calls “transitional spaces,” such as convenience stores and parking lots. He enumerated for me his “rules of stupid”: “Don’t do stupid things with stupid people at stupid times.”
- I've posted this before, but it seems to fit here as well and is a good reminder: "Analysis of Five Years of Armed Encounters (With Data Tables)"--Guns Save Lives. This 2012 article reports on an analysis made of incidents reported in 1997 – 2001 in the "Armed Citizen" column of American Rifleman. It summarizes certain facts to be gleaned from those reports, including the location, type of crime, number of shots fired, number of assailants, and so on. Sort of in line with what Correia reported, this study indicated: "Reloading was required in only 3 incidents. One of those involved killing an escaped lion with a .32 caliber revolver, which was eventually successful after 13 shots." Another point:
Incidents rarely occurred in reaction time (i.e., ¼ second increments). Most commonly, criminals acted in a shark-like fashion, slowly circling and alerting their intended victims. The defender(s) then had time to access even weapons that were stored in other rooms and bring them to bear.
The shark analogy is interesting because I have noted something similar in many videos, especially when you have a group of unarmed assailants attacking a person. Although, to me, it reminds me of how wolves or dogs will circle prey, dart in and out of range, until one can get a hit on the victim.
- For the firearms history buff: "The Complete History of the AR-15 Rifle" by Sam Bocetta at the Small Wars Journal.
- "Holsters for Self Defense: A Guide to Carrying Concealed"--Ammo.com. This is a fairly comprehensive article describing types of holsters, characteristics of good holsters, tips for selecting a holster, comfort tips, retention, and special considerations for women, people with range of motion limitations or chronic pain, and tips for carrying when you are around children.
- "Eluding Dog Tracking Teams"--LDS Gunsite. The author notes that most anything you will see on TV to elude a tracking dog and team will not work in the real world. An excerpt:
One of the most important things you can do is to get distance between you and the trackers. I know that seems pretty obvious, but some think they can double back or hide and that is a good way to get caught. Travel through difficult terrain. The idea is to tire the dog and handler out. Most handlers aren’t young guys. They are seasoned officers with maybe a few more years (and pounds) than the average rookie. Dogs are not built for endurance. They are also not very good climbers. Taking rocky, up-hill or mountain routes can aid in getting distance between you and your trackers. Crossing water does not do any good. Unless you have found a way to cross a larger, unpassable water source, water won’t help you much. It’s not your odor the dog is tracking, it’s your dead skin. We are almost constantly shedding skin cells. That is what the dog smells.
One trick could be coating the body in petroleum jelly so as to not leave any skin cells for the dog to trace.
Another trick would be to get a small bucket of water that you have washed your skin with, create a small drip hole in the bottom and attach it to a moving vehicle or a small raft made with sticks to throw the scent off.
Remember that the dog has great senses, but it’s the handler that makes decisions. Make several sharp and large direction changes causing the handler to doubt his dog and call off the search. It’s easier to fool the human rather than the dog.
He has some other tips, so read the whole thing.
- "Classic Gun Review: Belgian Browning Hi-Power Mk I"--The Truth About Guns. Detailed article about this classic weapon.
- Every liberal gun control idea is stupid: "Parkland Bombshells from Top Cop: Staff Should’ve Been Armed, Shooter Used 5-round Magazines"--All Outdoors. 5-round magazines. He, the shooter, could get away with that because he had no fear of armed resistance or intervention.
- Evolution in action: "American Couple Believing 'Evil Is A Make-Believe Concept' Bike Through Territory Near Afghan Border. ISIS Stabs Them To Death."--The Daily Wire. If you are like me, you probably have heard of the death of this couple in the news, but you probably didn't hear how naive--nay, stupid--they were. According to the article, one of the victims, Jay Austin, wrote during their trip:
You watch the news and you read the papers and you're led to believe that the world is a big, scary place. People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil. People are axe murderers and monsters and worse.
I don't buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we've invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own—it's easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it. Badness exists, sure, but even that's quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this.
It seems to me that Anne Frank wrote something like this before the Nazis hauled her family and her off to a death camp. The problem is that, even if most people are kind or good at heart, there are enough that are not--some even enjoying hurting other people--that you cannot go through life with your eyes closed, trusting everyone all the time. Yes, not everyone is an ax murderer or monster, yet there are ax murderers and worse. And, unfortunately, you cannot easily tell who is what.
- Speaking of monsters: "The Catholic Church’s Rotherham"--National Review. The title is a bit misleading because Rotherham involved far more children over a much shorter period of time. In any event, this is another article on the Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic church. I'm not going to speak on the specific allegations, other than to note that this is another example of how evil men can, through their secret combinations, infest and cripple a good institution. And, it is an example that predators generally try to be around their prey.
- Related: "The Church’s Coming Catastrophe"--Rod Dreher at American Conservative.
- Another type of evil: "Are 'white people' jokes racist? Let a fellow white person explain"--NBC News. The author left-splains: "Racism is a mechanism of maintaining an imbalance of power -- making it literally impossible, by definition, to be racist against white people, or to tell a racist joke about a white person." This is actually what most on the left believe--you can't be racists against whites, because. Interestingly, the idea of an imbalance of power in favor of a particular group is the attitude that led to the Nazi's killing Jews.
- "The new pirates of the Caribbean: Surge in violence 'worthy of the 17th century' in the seas off Venezuela amid fears 'free-for-all' robbery, smuggling and kidnapping crime wave will lead to East Africa-style cargo ship hijackings"--Daily Mail. The article reports that "Yachts have been raided, hostages seized for ransom and fishing crews hacked up with machetes during the 'free-for-all' crime wave." The British swept piracy from the seas, but with the collapse of their Empire and international approbation against serious patrols against piracy, it has been increasing all over the world.
- "Remembering the Vela Incident"--Bayou Renaissance Man. When Israel tested a nuclear initiator in the Indian Ocean.
- Hypergamy in action: "The Mating Game Has Changed, and You Won't Believe How"--Psychology Today. Key point from the article:
The way people match up varies according to how many partners they sense are available—no surprise there. And the number of men, and especially quality men, is declining relative to the number of women, especially for those of college age, when people are primed for pairing off, in the moment and as they march through post-college life.
Note that the decline isn't in men, but in "good" men, where "good" is defined as being in college and seeking degrees. Of all the virtues that women could look for in a man, status and earning capacity ranks at the top. Tellingly, the article notes that with a gender imbalance, women have to compete more, which leads to lots of plastic surgery and slutty behavior. On the other hand:
It’s when males are in short supply that men turn promiscuous and spawn babies out of wedlock, and male violence rages: Male-male homicide rates go up; so do sexual assault rates. Men muster little energy for finding a mate and, preferring casual sex, happily engage in multiple relationships, University of Utah anthropologist Ryan Schacht reports in a recent issue of Royal Society Open Science.
Yet no discussion of the law of supply and demand.
- A reminder that we live in the 21st Century: "Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has detected UV light from the very edge of our solar system that hints at the presence of a hydrogen 'wall'"--Daily Mail. From the article:
This mysterious bubble marks the boundary between the solar system and interstellar space and provides a marker for the edge of the sun's influence.
According to the latest findings, the barrier is actually a vast amount of trapped hydrogen atoms caught up in the solar wind of our star.
These produce waves of ultraviolet light in a very distinctive way, which have been detected by the sensors aboard the New Horizons interplanetary space probe.