To train or not to train? That is the loaded question. In a world with extreme conservative versus liberal views and a media that spins numbers with misleading statistics, you will find some varying passionate answers to this question. When should you start teaching kids to shoot?
If you’re looking up statistics, I would urge you to proceed with caution. There is a lot of “spin.” While the numbers may be correct, the way they are presented is typically deceptive to serve propaganda purposes. For example, you will see certain numbers for “children killed by guns” per year. The information you are not getting is that, in these stats, a child is considered anyone under the age of 21. So while your mind is picturing a young child who has accidentally shot his or herself or someone else, the reality is that the majority are older teens and young adults who have intentionally committed a crime. Guns do not kill people. People with ill intent wielding guns do. I believe there is a greater need for fixing our moral compass rather than expand gun control.
There are cases, however, where a child has found a firearm and horrible accidents have occurred. This can be totally thwarted with proper education and training. If you have firearms in your home as well as children, you have a responsibility to educate and train them on gun safety. Taking it a step further, training them to shoot under your guidance is even more beneficial.
To get a better understanding in this area, I asked five firearms experts to weigh in on how and when to begin training young shooters.
Fred Mastison — President of Force Options Tactical Training Solutions
I am a firm believer in teaching kids to shoot. There are many reasons for this, but two main points are safety and self-confidence. If you have firearms in the home, it is important that kids understand them in totality. Not only that they are potentially dangerous, but if they are treated with respect, they can be enjoyable. Kids that learn to shoot safely and correctly gain a level of self-confidence that is tough to find elsewhere…
From the Mises Institute comes the article A Brief History of Repressive Regimes and Their Gun Laws
Arguably one of the rights that has seen less government encroachment in the US — in contrast to other activities such as commerce — gun rights are now witnessing unprecedented attacks at the state level and even from politically-connected corporate entities.
Although gun control laws are not created equally in terms of overall impact, gun confiscation holds a special place in the halls of political repression. A trip down memory lane will give us a refresher of how gun confiscation has helped consolidate government power.
The Soviet Union and Its Satellite States
The Soviet Union left its mark as one of the deadliest political regimes in the history of mankind. However, it could not get away with such atrocities without having a complete monopoly on the use of force…
Although the numbers are highly disputed, Robert Conquest contends in his book The Great Terror that at least 15 million people perished under Soviet rule.
These days the word Nazi is tossed around liberally, almost rendering its definition meaningless. Regardless, the history of Nazi Germany should never be forgotten. Interestingly, both sides of the gun debate make mistakes when discussing gun control policy in Nazi Germany…
…Gun control may not have a path dependency toward tyranny. However, gun confiscation is an egregious form of gun control that allows authoritarians to steamroll their subjects at will. The way gun confiscation enhances the consolidation of state power is undeniable. A disarmed populace is simply no match for a repressive apparatus that has a monopoly on the use of force.
Gun rights might not guarantee victory against tyrants, but being deprived of them all but guarantees submission.
The good legal news keeps coming in. Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, reached a settlement with the US Government recently with the government agreeing that Wilson’s online publishing of design files which enable home 3-D printers to print firearms is protected by the First and Second Amendments. The linked article from Wired is a bit biased against firearms, but informative.
Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first fully 3-D-printed gun. When, to his relief, his plastic invention fired a .380-caliber bullet into a berm of dirt without jamming or exploding in his hands, he drove back to Austin and uploaded the blueprints for the pistol to his website, Defcad.com.
He’d launched the site months earlier along with an anarchist video manifesto, declaring that gun control would never be the same in an era when anyone can download and print their own firearm with a few clicks. In the days after that first test-firing, his gun was downloaded more than 100,000 times. Wilson made the decision to go all in on the project, dropping out of law school at the University of Texas, as if to confirm his belief that technology supersedes law.
The law caught up. Less than a week later, Wilson received a letter from the US State Department demanding that he take down his printable-gun blueprints or face prosecution for violating federal export controls. Under an obscure set of US regulations known as the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Wilson was accused of exporting weapons without a license, just as if he’d shipped his plastic gun to Mexico rather than put a digital version of it on the internet. He took Defcad.com offline, but his lawyer warned him that he still potentially faced millions of dollars in fines and years in prison simply for having made the file available to overseas downloaders for a few days. “I thought my life was over,” Wilson says.
Instead, Wilson has spent the last years on an unlikely project for an anarchist: Not simply defying or skirting the law but taking it to court and changing it. In doing so, he has now not only defeated a legal threat to his own highly controversial gunsmithing project. He may have also unlocked a new era of digital DIY gunmaking that further undermines gun control across the United States and the world—another step toward Wilson’s imagined future where anyone can make a deadly weapon at home with no government oversight.
Two months ago, the Department of Justice quietly offered Wilson a settlement to end a lawsuit he and a group of co-plaintiffs have pursued since 2015 against the United States government. Wilson and his team of lawyers focused their legal argument on a free speech claim: They pointed out that by forbidding Wilson from posting his 3-D-printable data, the State Department was not only violating his right to bear arms but his right to freely share information. By blurring the line between a gun and a digital file, Wilson had also successfully blurred the lines between the Second Amendment and the First.
“If code is speech, the constitutional contradictions are evident,” Wilson explained to WIRED when he first launched the lawsuit in 2015. “So what if this code is a gun?”
The Department of Justice’s surprising settlement, confirmed in court documents earlier this month, essentially surrenders to that argument. It promises to change the export control rules surrounding any firearm below .50 caliber—with a few exceptions like fully automatic weapons and rare gun designs that use caseless ammunition—and move their regulation to the Commerce Department, which won’t try to police technical data about the guns posted on the public internet. In the meantime, it gives Wilson a unique license to publish data about those weapons anywhere he chooses.
“I consider it a truly grand thing,” Wilson says. “It will be an irrevocable part of political life that guns are downloadable, and we helped to do that.”
My buddy, Paul Sharp, of Straight-Blast Gym—Illinois, and proprietor of Sharp Defense, posted the following on Social Media:
“When people start talking about advanced techniques my eyes cross. There are no advanced techniques. There are fundamentals honed to perfection through conscious effort. Then there is the application of those fundamentals against ever increasing challenges. The mechanics don’t change, our understanding grows so we’re able to apply the technique against higher and higher levels of resistance. As we advance we face greater resistance and better opponents which causes our understanding of the hows, when’s and why’s to advance. The mechanics remain the same. We become advanced.
Sugar Ray Leonard’s jab wasn’t magically different. His ability to hit anyone he faced at a world class level with his jab was the difference between basic and advanced.
During his seminar JJ Machado taught us all the same guard recovery technique. A guard recovery technique I had been taught my first month of jiujitsu. His ability to apply that technique against the best grapplers in the world is the difference between basic and advanced.
Bruce Gray presented my duty pistol, (a DAO S&W 4586), from a duty rig and hit the A zone of a target that was 25 yards away in a little over 1 second. He used the same draw stroke, mount, and trigger press he had been teaching me. He didn’t teach an advanced drawstroke or trigger press. His ability to make hits in those times with less than optimal equipment was the advanced understanding and application of the technique.
The point is; there is no secret sauce aka advanced techniques. There is advanced application and there is only one way to get there. High level coaching, and practice.”
This is something I’ve discussed in rifle and pistol classes for a long time now…
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 January 2018
GUN RIGHTS RALLY
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED
Somewhere between 125-150 gun rights supporters showed up at the rally
conducted on the Capitol Campus earlier today.Several legislators spoke
to the crowd, including Representatives Matt Shea (R-4), Brian Blake
(D-19), Vicki Kraft (R-17), Morgan Irwin (R-31) and Senator Phil
Fortunato (R-31).After the formal presentations ended, individual
participants visited their legislators’ offices.A big thank you to the
legislators who spoke and to all who made the trek to Olympia to show
The following cut-off dates are proposed for bills under consideration
in the 2018 regular legislative session.As a general rule, if a bill
fails to pass a hurdle, it is considered dead for the session.Exceptions
can be made.
2 February Bills must pass out of policy committee
5 February Bills must pass out of chamber fiscal committee (only bills
with major fiscal impact)
14 February Bills must pass out of house of origin (House bills out of
House, Senate bills out of Senate)
23 February Bills must pass out of policy committee in second chamber
26 February Bills with major fiscal impact must pass out of second
chamber fiscal committee
2 March Bills must pass out of second chamber (House bills out of Senate,
Senate bills out of House), except for bills in a conference committee
to iron out differences in House/Senate versions,budget bills and
8 March Sine die – close of regular legislative session.
HB 2363, by Rep. Pellicciotti (D-30), makes any attempt to use a drone
to deliver a deadly weapon to an incarcerated individual a Class C
felony.SB 6146, by Sen. Saldada (D-37), repeals RCW 9.41.290, our state
preemption law, that prohibits local government from passing its own gun
laws.I believe Washington was first in the nation with this, 35 years
ago.42 states now have preemption laws. If this passes, every county,
city and town can pass their own gun control laws, a patchwork quilt of
laws that will trip up gun owners traveling across the state.SB 6247, by
Sen. Dhingra (D-45), prohibits firearm possession by individuals with a
history of violence who are not deemed competent to stand trial.
The Senate Law & Justice Committee will conduct public hearings on SBs
5992 (trigger devices), 6049 (magazine restrictions), 5444 (modern
sporting rifle registration), 5463 (safe storage) and 6146 (preemption
repeal) on 15 January at 10 a.m. in Senate Hearing Room 4, John A.
Cherberg Building.That is the only public hearing on gun bills scheduled
this week.A strong turnout would help.
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
HB 1000 Use of deadly force Doglio (D-22)H.PubSaf OPPOSE
HB 1004 Possession of firearms/state of emergency Shea (R-4)H. Jud.. SUPPORT
HB 1015 Limiting restrictions on concealed carry Shea (R-4)H. Jud.. SUPPORT
HB 1122 Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32)H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1134 Assault weapon ban Peterson (D-21)H. Jud. OPPOSE
HB 1174 Firearm safety education in schools Muri (R-28)H. Edu SUPPORT
HB 1181 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Blake (D-19)H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1190 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Taylor (R-15)H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1270 Encouraging voluntary use of locking devices Harmsworth (R-44) H.
HB 1380 Repeals I-594 Shea (R-4)H. Jud.. SUPPORT
HB 1381 Universal recognition of all state CPLs Blake (D-19)H. Jud.. SUPPORT
HB 1387 Assault weapons background check Jinkins (D-27)H. Jud. OPPOSE
HB 1483 Allows destruction of forfeited firearms Lovick (D-44)H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1529 Use of force Ryu (D-32)H.Pub.Saf. OPPOSE
HB 1592 Delivery of firearms to LEOs Klippert (R-)H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1725 I-594 check exemption for CPL holders Koster (R-44)H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1731 Certain exemptions to I-594 Jinkins (D27)H. Rules SUPPORT
HB 1900 Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates Griffey (R-35)H. Trans. NEUTRAL
HB 1933 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Walsh (R-19)H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 2293 Bans firearms in daycare facilities (exception) Kagi (D-32)H.
HB 2306 Allows licensed veterans to carry at Comm Coll Van Werven (R-)H.
HB 2329 Strengthens law making CPL data private Walsh (R-19)H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2363 Drone delivery of firearms to offenders Pellicciotti (D-30)H.
SB 5000 Use of deadly force McCoy (D-38)S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5050 Assault weapon ban Frockt (D-3)S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5073 Use of force McCoy (D-38)S. W&M OPPOSE
SB 5216 Firearm safety education in schools O’Ban (R-28)S. K-12 SUPPORT
SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession Kuderer (D-)S.HumSer NEUTRAL
SB 5444 Background check for “assault weapons” Frockt (D-46)S.. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5463 Mandatory safe storage of firearms Palumbo (D-S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Zeiger (R-25)S.
SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights Pedersen (D-43)S. L&J NEUTRAL
SB 5795 Mandatory firearm liability insurance Chase (D-32)S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5992 Bans certain “trigger devices” Van De Wege (D-24)S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6049 Bans “high capacity” magazines Frockt (D-3) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6146 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Saldana (D-37)S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6297 Firearm possession with history of violence Dhingra (D-45)S.
HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill.L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary,
PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early
education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means“S”
before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).
15 JanSenate JudiciaryHearing Room 4, John A. Cherberg Bldg.
10:00 a.m.SBs 5992, 6049, 5444, 5463 and 6146
(18 JanHouse JudiciaryHearing Room A, John L. O’Brien Bldg)
(1:30 p.m.HB 1122 Executive session only)
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calling 1-360-786-7573.Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by
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By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill,
you can see how individual committee members voted.By reading the “roll
call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on
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Article 1, Section 24
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So I know the question is out there….why is this website supposedly devoted to the study of warfare always talking about computer security and cryptocurrency? Shouldn’t I just be posting articles about “improving your shot group” or the latest in “tactical accoutrements”? It essentially boils down to this:
1. As anyone who has attended my courses knows, I believe in what I call “The Heinlein Doctrine” (or the Competent Man principal). In essence, a warrior (or just a human being for that matter) must be good at everything…not just shooting, or grappling, or navigating.
2. Right now, technology is at the forefront of not just battle, but our everyday lives….like it or not.
3. Many believe that war lies in the not too far future of the western world. I believe that this war has already begun. Perhaps not the shooting part, but the IPB (Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace) has begun in earnest in the technical space. We ignore this aspect of the battlefield at our greatest peril.
4. And finally, there are hundreds of sources these days for sound tactical training, but very few sources for full spectrum training exist.***
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
— Robert Heinlein (From Time Enough For Love)
From the NRA-ILA
On Sunday, July 23, a number of bills that passed from the 2017 legislative session went into effect that impact your Second Amendment rights.
Senate Bill 5268, sponsored by Sen. Dean Takko (D-19), created an optional renewal notice for holders of concealed pistol licenses where applicants who choose to list an email address will receive a renewal notice email within 60 days of their permit’s expiration date. This is a simple way to help remind citizens to renew their concealed pistol licenses in a timely manner.
Senate Bill 5552, sponsored by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-43), addresses some of the problems created by the overwhelmingly flawed I-594 law. It provides certain exemptions to the ban on private transfers, such as for the purposes of preventing suicide, loans between family members, and temporary transfers made while the transferee and firearm are in the presence of the transferor. In addition, it also clarifies certain things such as allowing for transfers between employees and agents in the course of business activity, and that “firearm” does not include flare projectors or construction tools.
House Bill 1100, sponsored by Rep. David Taylor (R-15), created a renewal notice postcard for concealed pistol licenses that will be sent out 90 days before the expiration date, beginning with licenses that expire on or after August 1st, 2018. This is another simple way to help remind citizens to renew their concealed pistol licenses in a timely manner.
House Bill 1612, sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall (D-33), continues the work of the Safer Homes Suicide Prevention Task Force, in which the National Rifle Association and others in the Second Amendment community joined with mental health professionals, the Department of Veteran Affairs, suicide prevention organizations, and law enforcement for the common purpose of preventing suicides.
Senate Bill 5256, sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain (R-47), allows for a new “permanent” order with no expiration date, which could result in the loss of Second Amendment rights without due process. Amendments introduced by state Senator Mike Padden (R-4) and state Representative Jay Rodne (R-5) were adopted in both the Senate and House versions of the bill to allow respondents to petition once per year to have their firearms rights restored by showing there has been a material change in circumstances. Your NRA-ILA worked to make improvements to the bill to protect against infringements on Second Amendment rights, yet remained opposed to the legislation as there is not sufficient due process built in prior to granting these orders that could ultimately result in the permanent removal of a constitutional right.
House Bill 1501, sponsored by Rep. Drew Hanson (D-23) and Dave Hayes (R-10), directs firearm dealers to report to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) instances where a dealer denies an application for the transfer of a firearm due to a background check indicating the applicant is ineligible to possess a firearm under either state or federal law. If the applicant believes the denial was made in error, information will be available that describes the process of appealing a NICS decision, and also referring them to local law enforcement if the denial was the result of a state background check. If you are a firearms dealer, please visit the WASPC website here for further information.
Source – NRA-ILA – click for article
Related – Home Alone in Washington State