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Armed and Unarmed: A Difference in Mindset

Armed and Unarmed: A Difference in MindsetArizona -( Being armed or unarmed is, in many ways, a state of mind.An armed person sees the world differently from a person who has decided to be unarmed.  Nicolo Machiavelli, the famed author and political philosopher, states it well in The Prince:Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed; and it is not reasonable that he who is armed should yield obedience willingly to him who is unarmed, or that the unarmed man should be secure among armed servants. Because, there being in the one disdain and in the other suspicion, it is not possible for them to work well together.Reactions to a recent murder and self-defense shooting highlight the difference of the viewpoints of armed and deliberately unarmed people.On 21 October, 2018, a neighbor, Tyler Herrick, entered a house, uninvited.  Kyle Adams, one of two roommates, was in the house.  He woke to find Herrick in his bedroom. Adams told Herrick to leave. Herrick left.Adams texted his roommate, Brennan Pebbles. Pebbles immediately left work and came to the house. After Pebbles arrived, the neighbor, Herrick, entered the front yard carrying an  AR15 type rifle. Adams and Pebbles were in the living room.Herrick opened fire on the two men through the living room window, striking Adams, who was mortally wounded.  From“Herrick stood in front of the living room window, aimed his rifle at Adams and Pebbles, and fired multiple shots that shattered the front window. At least one of the rounds struck Adams, who eventually died from his injury.“Pebbles fled from the living room and ran upstairs. Once upstairs, he grabbed his (9mm handgun) and hid in the bathroom of the master bedroom. Herrick fired multiple shots at the front door, and entered the home and methodically hunted Pebbles down in a room-to-room search. When Herrick entered the master bedroom, Pebbles shot and killed him.Pebbles had made the decision to be armed by obtaining a handgun and storing it in the house. He was able to use his handgun to defend himself against an armed attacker who had shot and mortally wounded his roommate.People who have the mindset of an armed person will read of the incident and consider it from the viewpoint of an armed person. They will consider the choice of weapon. They will consider the wisdom of storing the handgun in the house, instead of carrying it on the person. They will discuss the tactics and tools of armed self defense.People who have made the decision to be unarmed will read of the incident and consider it from the viewpoint of an unarmed person. They will create hypotheticals to validate their decision to be unarmed. They will suggest the police should have been called. They will say if only there were no guns, this would not have happened.Two comments from the article illustrate the differences between the armed and unarmed mindsets.Comment from Boisefan:When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. This was certainly a terrible situation to be faced with, but Mr. Pebbles demonstrated why folks fight for their second amendment rights. Comment from Stanley78, in reply to Boisefan: Of course, folks fighting for second amendment rights is why the crazy neighbor was able to obtain his gun that was capable of firing into the house from outside and killing a man, so really it’s kind of a wash. Or not even that. If nobody in this situation had a gun, the neighbor would have been stuck outside while the two roommates called the police and waited for him to get arrested, and everybody might have survived. As it is now, a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to everyone involved and their families.People who support the Second Amendment have the mindset of an armed person.President Trump made the decision to be an armed person. He supports the Second Amendment.Most people who choose to be unarmed do not support the Second Amendment.  They see armed people as a potential threat.Few people trained in arms choose to be unarmed. Most people who choose to be unarmed do so because they are ignorant of arms. Many consciously unarmed people have followed the easy path. Many never had the opportunity to learn basic firearms skills.There are endless examples of people who, once exposed to firearms by friendly instruction, change their mindset and become Second Amendment supporters.Few Second Amendment supporters reverse their position, and work to disarm the population.  Learning to shoot is a form of taking the red pill.The change in mindset from unarmed to armed, can happen in one session at the range.When you take a person shooting, make the experience pleasant. Use good hearing and eye protection. Have them shoot a .22 rifle or pistol.  More powerful guns can come later.  Have the target close to build their confidence.  Explain the safety rules so they know they are safe.Nicolo Machiavelli was right.  Armed people view the world differently from unarmed people.About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.The post Armed and Unarmed: A Difference in Mindset appeared first on

A Nauseating Look at a Defenseless Society

Opinion Chief Deputy, Sir Craig MackeyFt Collins, CO –-( “Liberals claim they want to hear other points of view and are then shocked and offended when they discover there are other points of view!” ~ BuckleyBeyond Nauseating.Cressida Dick, Chief of London’s Metro Police, is predictably standing with her Chief Deputy, Sir Craig Mackey, who is accused of fatal inaction and cowardice during the March 2017 lethal knife attack on unarmed Police Constable, Brian Palmer, at New Police Yard.The AA-shouting [allahu akbar] attacker, Khalid Masood, after running down pedestrians with a rented car (four murdered, twenty-nine injured) and then attacking and murdering Police Constable, Keith Palmer, was subsequently gunned-down by an armed bodyguard (assigned to protect an unrelated politician), who just happened to be in the vicinity.No armed officers were assigned to protect Palmer.As Palmer was being murdered, Chief Deputy Mackey and several others were in a parked car a short distance away, with a full view of events taking place in front of them.No one is the car was armed! In the UK, even chief deputies aren’t trusted with guns. No one in the car, including Mackey, came to the aid of Police Constable, Keith Palmer.Instead, they all locked themselves in the car and watched, daring to emerge only well after Masood had gasped his last breath.Dick’s venomous defense of Mackey and company goes way beyond asking for “understanding.”She insists it is a travesty to even criticize her deputy, and anyone with a point of view differing from hers is “confused, unpleasant, and ignorant” and “… anyone who suggests otherwise is simply wrong.”Intolerance for any other point of view but your own is a liberal trademark. You dare not suggest another point of view even exists, as Buckley pointed out (above).It was left to Met’s counter-terror chief, Neil Basu, to grudgingly concede that there were “shortcomings in security” on the day of the Westminster terrorist attack, a convenient way to casually dismiss the life of one of your officers.Both Basu and Dick persist in solemnly declaring there was nothing Mackey could have done to aid Palmer. Well, I guess we’ll never know since nothing was even attempted.It strikes me that higher-ups in UK law enforcement are far more interested in keeping their jobs than they ever will be in actually doing them.“To insist you have no choice is to relieve yourself of personal responsibility.” ~ Patrick Ness/JohnAbout John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or in-actions.It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr. Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.comThe post A Nauseating Look at a Defenseless Society appeared first on

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