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postheadericon Defensive Gun Use While Protecting Family

The easiest way for my family to go Christmas shopping is if we all go to the mall at the same time, split up, and convene back at a set time. This gives the kids an opportunity to fan out and pick out gifts for their friends at school and sports.

As a concealed carrier, I know that it’s not just my life I have to worry about. There’s countless people around me who are just as interested in preserving themselves. And there’s also my family — who may or may not be nearby if a bad situation were to occur.

I don’t usually talk to my kids point blank about scenario situations like a shooting incident in the mall. To be honest, where I live, it’s never come up — and I hope it never will.

The oldest, 13, knows how to use guns and understands proper handling but he’s still 9 years away from being a concealed carrier.

We talk about emergency situations in generalized terminology. It may be a thing that my kids see in their lifetime, it may not. I hope it isn’t.

So, in a situation where we’re all spread out and feel relatively safe, there comes a serious need to know what to do if that suddenly becomes not the case.

There have been shooting incidents at malls. There have been violent acts committed at malls.

I don’t pretend to be immune.

Concealed Carry Considerations With A Family

When it comes to concealed carry practices, I have to consider my family in addition to myself.

That’s why I use an old process I learned years back and was recently reiterated in some training I took with Rob Pincus of Personal Defense Network — altered to suit non-concealed carriers like most of my family.

  • Evade
  • Barricade
  • Arm
  • Communicate
  • Respond

The first thing my kids know to do when they hear or see man-made trouble: evade. Get away from the disturbance. If people are shouting and moving, move away from the supposed source.

Outside, it’s winter time. That means freezing temperatures. Going outside and staying hidden for hours may not be possible without hypothermia. Shy of explosions and fire, my kids know that once they reach a room, barricade it up.

Find a room or shelter and barricade it up.

If there’s people looking to hurt them, I have no qualms with them picking up whatever tools are nearby that are tougher than their fists and sitting tight behind a barricade until help arrives. Fire extinguishers, sticks, rocks, whatever’s clever. Hole up and hold down the fort until police get there.

Because our oldest has a cell phone, he knows to text or call me as soon as he’s somewhere safe. That’s our version of communicate. Talk to police, talk to firefighters or emergency crew, talk to me.

That goes for while he’s in the mall or anywhere else. The youngest doesn’t have a cell phone and she gets stuck with her older brother, myself, or mom.

And the last step in this sequence is Respond. For our thirteen year old, if he’s gotta make a choice to defend himself, may as well make it and stick to it. If the barricade doesn’t hold and help isn’t there, he’s going to have to do for himself. That’s a father’s worst nightmare.

Everyone Has A Job

As for me, my job is to get my family to safety. I need to get them behind cover and behind me. I’m the one with the gun. And I won’t use it or even pull out my gun unless I have clear and unimpeded visual sights on the bad guy and he is headed in my direction.

I can’t risk drawing attention to myself or my family.

My job is to get them outside, get them into the back of the car, keep their heads down, and safely drive out of the situation as soon as possible.

It’s not as simple as just drawing down on an unknown bad guy. There’s a process and a plan. There’s steps to educate the family on their roles during different emergency situations. Give them all a heads-up. If they know what their job is — stay behind dad, stay behind cover, and follow my or their mother’s instructions.

My oldest is in charge of the youngest. My wife and I are in charge of the kids. We know our role and have our order.

You figure out your order. Maybe your wife is the better shot or more competent gun owner. Maybe you feel more confident that your kids can handle more or less. Whatever the case, as a concealed carrier, you need to have a plan to account for what your family is doing during a defensive incident.

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postheadericon Equifax breach: 5 defensive steps to take now

Indications are that this breach occurred between mid-May and July 2017, and that it was discovered by Equifax on July 29. As this has potentially affected almost half of all adults in the US, you may be wondering how to identify or mitigate problems caused by this breach.

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postheadericon [VIDEO] Be Defensive While Defending Your Home

By Robert Farago via The Truth About Guns

When a stranger knocks on your door at some ungodly hour, it’s best not to open it. Should you pretend you’re not home? Probably not. Professional thieves tend to knock on a door before breaking in — making sure there’s no one home before they make their move. By not responding to your doorbell or a knock, you’re increasing the odds that the bad guys will invade your home. On the other hand . . .

Once you respond — through a closed-door — the bad guys know where you are. They just might bust down your door and attack. Which is why it’s a great idea to have a really strong front door and an even stronger reply to strangers: “GO AWAY NOW! The police are on their way.” A bit harsh for Jehovah’s Witnesses, perhaps, but appropriate for anyone seeking “help” at 5:00am.

Issue your warning with a handgun in one hand and your cell phone in the other. If your visitors refuse to leave, call 911 and say loudly “Hello, police? Someone’s trying to break into STREET ADDRESS.” Alternatively, instruct someone on the home team to do it. In either case, make sure you don’t stand right in front of the door.

In the video above, the homeowner opens fire on his aspiring house guests from the middle of the doorway. I guess he didn’t watch enough war movies to know that doorways are “the funnel of death” — a confined space creating a perfectly-framed target. Nor did our homeowner realize that once you commit to dominating a space, retreat isn’t [usually] your best option. And if you do retreat you should really retreat, finding cover or concealment.

Anyway, why take all that risk? Why not warn bad guys to go the hell away? And if they don’t leave, if things seem dangerously dire, why not place friendlies behind you, assume a defensive position (preferably hidden), call the cops and wait for the enemy to come to you?

Some people don’t want to surrender the element of surprise. Some people live a long way from police; they can’t hold a defensive position long enough for the cavalry to arrive. No one strategy covers all possibilities. But generally speaking, the more you can do to stop a gunfight before it happens, the better. And the less you go looking for trouble, the less likely you are to find it. Defend defensively, until you attack.

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postheadericon [VIDEO] Scan And Assess After A Defensive Shooting – Is It Necessary?

TheFireArmGuy is one of my new favorites. He’s been doing his YouTube videos for a while not, but I found him only a few months ago. He’s to the point, fun to watch, and isn’t afraid to share his thoughts … Continue reading
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postheadericon Different Sighting Methods To Use During Defensive Gun Use

By Jon via American Concealed The legendary lawman Wyatt Earp once said, “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” When you’re under attack though, sometimes fast is all you get. Here’s how to make the most of it. The truth is, … Continue reading
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