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Reholster without looking? Grab for a falling gun?

…t the way the gun was riding. [Link for watching the video on YouTube.] You see him chatting with his wife as he fiddles with the holster. He’s got an armload of packages in his other hand, and he’s clearly quite comfortable with both the gun and the situation. Not nervous, not worried, not a new gun owner. Just a relaxed guy talking to his wife while he settles his gun to ride more comfortably. But something’s not working. He… Continue reading

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Lethal Force Aftermath

…ic chest-beating and emotional denial that takes place. A guy’s buddies are unlikely to ask him if he’s emotionally able to handle the taking of a human life, and if they do, the guy is expected to make some flip comment like, “Kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out!!” And after a shooting, his buddies might expect him to feel happy and even proud of himself, his enemies probably expect him to feel smug and… Continue reading

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Lessons from the Headlines: Abduction Attempt

…you be able to get your gun out of the holster during this violent and chaotic situation? Maybe not. Especially if you prefer to carry in a soft, squishy holster under several layers of clothes, or if you use one that has a complex retention strap. This is one reason I strongly recommend learning to draw the gun under the watchful eye of a good instructor. More than that, I also recommend taking the kind of classes where you can learn how to… Continue reading

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Too many funerals

…people to “Kill the NRA.” As a gun owner, I am tired of receiving death threats. Really am. During every noisy public news cycle like this, I receive death threats from fanatical anti-gun people. They threaten to come find me and kill my children in front of me. They announce that they hope someone shoots me with my own guns — often in lurid and bloody terms. And they don’t just go after me, personally. They put up… Continue reading

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Less Than Perfect

…o everything 100% right, then obviously you’re blaming yourself for what happened – not simply trying to learn how to avoid finding yourself in that kind of situation again in the future. What did we learn, here?(c) leremy / www.fotosearch.com Stock Photography The world from a growth mindset looks very different. When something goes wrong, the growth mindset does not bother with setting blame or affixing labels or telling you what kind of… Continue reading

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Be a bad witness, or Curiosity killed the cat

…;s around them as they leave the area and head for safety. We have to be okay, not knowing the end of the story. Sometimes, that’s what it takes to stay safe and keep our loved ones safe.   Link to Part 2: https://www.corneredcat.com/be-a-bad-witness-part-2/ Notes: Protip: Don’t handle firearms while driving. It’s a little like texting while driving, but noisier. ↩ As always, like Will Rogers, all I know is what I… Continue reading

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Easy way to fill magazines

…oting! Notes: Protip: Don’t handle firearms while driving. It’s a little like texting while driving, but noisier. ↩ As always, like Will Rogers, all I know is what I read in the papers. More information may come out as the investigation goes forward. My blog post is based on the news article linked above which reflects information available to me on 1/5/2015, not on anything that may come to light in the future. ↩ My… Continue reading

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You’re wrong about stress

…and make human connections that see us through the tough times. Watch the TED Talk below with an open mind. It’s a fascinating look at what we know about stress.   Link to video (in case it does not load above): https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend?language=en   Notes: Protip: Don’t handle firearms while driving. It’s a little like texting while driving, but noisier. ↩ As always,… Continue reading

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