Reason: When Nonviolence Isn’t Enough

Jason Brennan, professor of ethics, economics, and public policy at Georgetown University, over at Reason.com has a longer article up, examining government authority, briefly touching on civil disobedience, and then going on to explore when you are justified to go beyond civil disobedience.

When Nonviolence Isn’t Enough: Does the right to self-defense apply against agents of the state?

In August 2017, Richard Hubbard III stopped at a red light in Euclid, Ohio, but his front bumper went a few feet past the white line. The cops pulled him over. That’s no surprise: Police in Euclid, Cleveland Heights, and the surrounding cash-strapped towns strictly enforce traffic rules. But officers didn’t just give the driver a ticket.

The police demanded Hubbard—a black man—step out of his vehicle. Dashcam footage shows that he calmly complied. Yet one officer immediately spun Hubbard around, bent his arm, and slammed him against his Hyundai. He flipped Hubbard again, punched him in the face, and kicked his groin. Hubbard screamed and put his arms up to protect himself. The other officer joined in.

They threw Hubbard to the ground but continued to punch, hammer, and kick him. When he tried to protect his face, they chanted the informal motto of American police, “Stop resisting!” Even when Hubbard was subdued, prostrate with his hands behind his back and two large officers pinning him down, one officer continued to pummel his skull.

Imagine you witness the whole thing. A thought occurs to you: You’re armed. You could shoot the officers, perhaps saving Hubbard’s life or preventing him from being maimed and disabled. May you do so?

Below, I defend a controversial answer: Yes, you may. Shooting the cops in this case is dangerous—they may send a SWAT team to kill you—and in many places it’s illegal. But it is nevertheless morally permissible, indeed heroic and admirable. You have the right to defend yourself and others from state injustice, even when government agents act ex officio and follow the law…

Distributed Security: Dissecting a Random Attack

From Ron Danielowski – EVP/Co-Founder/Chief Instructor, Distributed Security Inc., Dissecting a Random Attack.

Excerpt:

Random attacks. Distributed threats. What’s the answer?

Regarding the recent attack at Inner Harbor (see the video here http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/10/30/teen-attack-inner-harbor/) I decided to dissect some of the comments surrounding the incident. 

“Out of nowhere, they were swarmed and beaten by a large number of teenagers.”

Yep, that’s what all wise predators do. This isn’t new, as a matter of fact, it’s very, very old. This is such a successful tactic, everyone who wants to be successful in an attack will use overwhelming numbers to their advantage.

“They swarmed us,” said Stacey. “They hit my husband in the head. They knocked him out… and then it was just complete bedlam.” “And they punched my nephew in the face and knocked him to the floor,” Stacey said. “My sister went to protect her son, and they were kicking her.

Sounds like a successful application of the shock triad (speed, surprise, and violence of action)… again, nothing new here, the military uses this tactic extensively, as do all other combatant groups out there.

“I was knelling [sic] with my husband screaming ‘Somebody help us, why is nobody helping us?’”

Three reasons (at least) for this behavior i.) people have been trained to deign to authority, ii.) laws are written to protect the miscreants of society, iii.) most people don’t have the confidence (in their skills nor the ability to stay out of jail) should they intervene.

Want to be able to stop this at the source? Change the laws so that citizens can defend themselves against this kind of thing. It’s not rocket science and the average person can figure it out...

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Florida Sheriff Declares “THIS IS WAR!” Tells Americans To Arm Up

Thanks to SHTFplan.com for bringing this to our attention.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey … urged citizens to arm themselves in self-defense saying “this is war.”

He doesn’t mean war in the sense that nukes will be flying, but the war against mass homicides and sociopaths who only seek the destruction of human life.   “What’s next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked,” he said. Ivey stressed that attackers rely on people running, hiding, and waiting for help, rather than fighting back.  And they will use guns, knives, bombs, and even trucks to kill innocents. “What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves, having to become defensive to save their own lives,” Ivey argued.

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Suarez – The “REAL” Solution To Jihadist Knife Attacks

From trainer Gabe Suarez of Suarez International, comes this article The “REAL” Solution To Jihadist Knife Attacks about how to prepare for possible attacks.

In this article, which I am certain will upset the “martial arts” guys, I will discuss the reality of facing a jihadist with a knife bent of “stabbing anyone they see”.  I will discuss “The Jihadist Vehicle Attacks” later.

So here we go –

1).  Forget the fantasy of empty hand defenses: 

2).  Instead of going Jackie Chan, use a weapon:

3).  Always be armed no matter the rules:

4). Learn to be violent:

5).  Learn preemption: 


6).  Keep alert:

There are no secret techniques to defend against the knife by physically frail and empty handed males. It takes violence and weapons. And in that order.

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