Safe storage and self defense aren’t incompatible

I recently shared to my social media accounts a story of an attempt by a local government to impose storage restrictions on gun owners in their city. The ordinance specified that firearms had to be locked up, except when they were “in use” (whatever that means).
Of course this drew the ire of many people, including the NRA. 
(Just to be clear, I am a proponent of gun owners storing their firearms securely to prevent unauthorized access. I’ve said …

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First Reflections on National Church Security Conference

The 14th Annual National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management National Church Security Conference is a wrap. Three of the four members of our church security collaborative inquiry team attended the conference at Grace Church in Frisco, Texas. I was invited into this project because of my long history of work in the sociology … Continue reading

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 2, 2018

 
I found more interesting articles for this week’s List, some of them guaranteed to make you think twice! 
 
Whatever happened to positively identifying your target?
I’m not sure where to start with this article, but I’ll boil it down to this: Just because an alarm goes off doesn’t mean there’s a threat, and blindly firing through a closed door without first ascertaining an actual threat is irresponsible in the extreme. 
 
Speaking of stupid self defense tricks…

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What’s Next? Understanding and Misunderstanding America’s Gun Culture – Book Chapter FINAL

I am preparing to depart for the Republic of Texas tomorrow to meet with my church security Collaborative Inquiry Team (another sociologist and two pastors) and attend a national conference on church security. Each of us on the team shared something we wrote to help the others understand where we are coming from as we … Continue reading

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“Justifiable” isn’t the same thing as “desirable”.

It’s been my observation that only a very small percentage of gun owners think deeply about this business of shooting another person. By that, I mean beyond the aspects of sight picture and trigger press.
What brought this to mind were the reactions of people to a recent story out of Oklahoma.
A landowner’s tale
It seems the owner of a vacant home had tired of people breaking into his empty house and developed the habit of frequently checking …

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Handgun caliber and lethality.

This post is NOT about gun control, even though the article which it references specifically is. I don’t want to get into that discussion here, and will delete any comments which attempt to discuss it. Rather, I want to look at the article in order to better understand ‘real world’ handgun effectiveness, in terms of […]

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Slee Overtakes O-Class for Fourth Time at Soggy 2018 National Rimfire Sporter Match

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer CAMP PERRY, Ohio – The National Rimfire Sporter match fired on Sunday, July 22, with a total of 273 entries throughout the day. Heavy rain, wind and erratic temperatures challenged competitors on the firing line as well as the spectators behind it, with precipitation eventually passing through and leaving wet conditions for the rest of Continue Reading

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CMP Sees Unexpected Numbers at Inaugural National Smallbore Matches at Camp Perry

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Just like the blustering winds off of Lake Erie, the 2018 National Matches smallbore rifle series returned as a powerful force across the ranges of Camp Perry. Drenching rainstorms and consistent heavy gales tested the abilities of the competitors on the line – appropriately welcoming the events back to the venue Continue Reading

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 25, 2018

I haven’t let this heat wave stop me from gathering more great self defense and preparedness articles for you! (Now, where did that iced tea go…)
 
The gun shouldn’t be the first thing you grab
“I don’t need to identify my target, because I can tell my girlfriend’s steps from an intruder in the dark”.  Someone actually told me that, in explanation for not having a flashlight with his home defense gun. I offer this article as counterpoint, …

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