... from Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training. So, here are the articles and/or comments from Greg that stuck out for me:
- First up is an article from Bearing Arms that reports that Philadelphia area police are considering filing criminal charges against some of the people that witnessed (and recorded) video of the recent rape of a female commuter by a homeless man. The article that is the root of the story, from the New York Post, included this comment: "'I’m appalled by those who did nothing to help this woman,' [Upper Darby police Superintendent Timothy] Bernhardt told the Times. 'Anybody that was on that train has to look in the mirror and ask why they didn’t intervene or why they didn’t do something.'"
After the incident happened, I noted that no one intervened because (a) they didn't want to appear racist by taking action against a black man, (b) they were unarmed since concealed carry is illegal, and (c) they risked criminal and/or civil liability. Ellifritz concurs as to the latter point, as he comments:
Lots of folks who have intervened in violent crimes recently have been either sued or criminally charged. Now police/prosecutors are considering filing charges against witnesses of this rape for NOT intervening.
The system is rigged against you. You can’t win. Any path you take exposes you to civil or criminal liability. The only way to win the game is to avoid playing.
I’m way less likely to be sued or prosecuted when I’m enjoying an adult beverage in my backyard hammock than I would be riding a crowded subway train or going out for drinks at my favorite bar.
Spending time privately with the people you love seems to make more and more sense every day.
The Bearing Arms article also raises the Kitty Genovese incident where neighbors supposedly did nothing as she was stabbed to death outside an apartment building in New York. Except the Genovese incident is mostly fiction. Neighbors alerted police, but no one knew what had happened or even if there had been a victim because Genovese had gone into a vestibule to the building and so no one (even the police that responded) knew where she was. I've written about the Genovese incident a couple of time (see here and here).
- Greg also links to an article from Recoil discussing the importance of shooting practice ammo that matches your carry ammo's point of impact, recoil and flash, and so on. A couple companies have produced practice ammo that matches their defensive loads (Winchester’s Train & Defend and Federal's Practice & Defend) but, as the article notes, good luck finding any in the current ammo shortage. The article goes on to note that reloaders might be able to cook something up that closely mimics their carry ammo. But even if you don't go that far, there is at least two things you can do: (i) use practice ammo that has the same bullet weight as your defensive ammunition (e.g., if your 9 mm defensive ammo is 124 or 125 grain, don't practice with 115 grain), and (ii) don't use the cheapest plinking ammo you can find for practice because they are generally underloaded as to the powder charge and often use poor quality bullets that will shoot very differently from your defensive ammo or better quality practice ammo. I had a particularly ugly experience years ago with some blue-box Mag-Tech pistol ammo that I picked up; the only thing consistent about it was the key-holing.
- Another article included is from Swift-Silent-Deadly on how to become a tactical renaissance man like James Bond, Jason Bourne, or MacGyver. I was pleasantly surprised to note that I've read about a quarter of the books on the list.
- Greg also links to a Shooting Illustrated article on carrying in an office, including the results of tests of different carry styles. Interestingly, pocket carry (even without the hand already in the pocket) was the fastest--much faster than even AIWB with a concealing garment. Drawing from a day planner was almost neck and neck with AIWB.
- Greg observes that "Federal Flight control and Hornady Critical Defense (also called 'Black' or 'TAP') pattern better than any other 00 buckshot loads on the market." Unfortunately, it is also difficult to find--even before the current ammo shortage, in my experience. But he links to a review of Herter’s 8 Pellet Low Recoil Buckshot that indicates that it patterns pretty well.
- Greg mentions that he is currently reading the book, A Pipe Hitter's Guide to Crushing the Coming Societal Breakdown by Nicholas Orr. I just finished it earlier this week and had planned on posting a review in the near future. But the basics are this: it is a short read and I liked it because it fills a gap between normal individual firearms defensive training and the more advanced team tactics you see in books from the tactical trainers (e.g., Max Velocity) by providing some basic drills and exercises to learn to work together as a team.