- About 78% of people who have been hospitalized, needed a ventilator or died from Covid-19 have been overweight or obese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new study Monday.
- Just over 42% of the U.S. population was considered obese in 2018, according to the agency’s most recent statistics. Overweight is defined as having a body mass index of 25 or more, while obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or more.
- “As clinicians develop care plans for COVID-19 patients, they should consider the risk for severe outcomes in patients with higher BMIs, especially for those with severe obesity,” the CDC wrote.
The Administration has really stepped in it (again) this time, and it’s even kicking up a storm in the MSM.
DC’s inability to put this issue (or any other for that matter) reliably to bed is due to some simple reasons.
i) What Dr. Edwin called “impenetrable hubris” amongst those who perceive themselves as the highminded within the system.
ii) The drug war – like most wars, “is a racket” as Smedly Buttler may have put it. In this case, it’s a war that has nothing to do with securing American liberty. It’s big money being able to play both sides simultaneously. It benefits certain industries at the expense of others that both prey upon and penalizes the American people in order to pursue a war funded by and against themselves, and
iii.) And DC’s continued break from reality and inevitably unstoppable slide into ineffectiveness.
It’s like watching a poorly scripted and produced reality-show version of House of Cards. One which the American people are increasingly finding as distasteful, trite, and tiresome, and as dangerous as it is destructive to all who try to wield Tolkien’s Ring of Power. And we are rightly wanting to turn it off and unsubscribe from it before it does even more harm.
And it will, it’s inevitable really (H/T to both Martin VanCrevelds’ The Transformation of War, and as always – Boyd).
This is what happens when you start with the idea that you can centralize wisdom and the mission becomes the survivability and sustenance of the institution over the people you are ostensibly there to serve.
Because the system has become so centralized and internally focused on maintaining power over the years, they can only produce OODA Loops (yes, back to Boyd) slowly with the inappropriate one size fits all solutions, handed down by highminded and accredited “experts”. Solutions that won’t work or won’t work the way envisioned at all because they are not based upon the current reality on the ground. Because they are not looking at the reality on the ground for possible answers or any new issues that always spring up at the point of contact; they are putting all their eggs in a very centralized, slow, reactive, ineffectual, unreliable, and fragile basket, one that will shatter at first contact.
Add to all of that the typical DC response of – it’s better to do something with partial information than to do nothing (it’s really not), and mix in poor decisions making models with their typical strategy of throwing a ton of money, manpower, resources, and regulations (because remember, it’s their brilliant solution to pretty much anything), and you have the ongoing shitshow that only benefits DC and the rent-seekers who constantly petition it – all at the expense of the American people.
2020 and, God help us, even 2021 so far, are proving just how detached DC is from reality and just how badly the system is broken.
It’s what happens when you become internally focused on the bureaucracy and its solutions and start issuing what the military calls a “command push”, rather than focusing externally on problems and asking for recon pulls – which comes from the experts who have “boots on ground” and are in contact with the problem right now.
And because you aren’t using recon pulls and listening to the experts who are in contact with reality, you aren’t finding the best solutions from all the opportunities the tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of local experts on the ground – who are working out the solutions in thousands of if not millions or billions of tiny expert experiments (OODA Loops within OODA Loops). And without listening you can’t know if what you are doing is successful or not. There is no credible intel going up the chain to contradict the assumption and current narrative. It’s a big echo chamber.
Again, this is all very Boydian.
This is what happens when you think you know better and act like an arrogant ruler, rather than acting as wise leaders and advisors who influence and create change from the solutions and opportunities that are produced by the local experts… again, from the ground up. And none of the good local stuff can happen when trust and cooperation aren’t in place and you’re being TOLD what to do instead of advised and asked for feedback.
Who in their right mind would trust any organization they interact with, let alone DC when treated like that?
It’s what happens when a system is turned upside down and inside out, where everything is backward and where centralized decision-making makes for OODA Loops that are slow and more ineffective at each successive action based on the improper reality and the poor decisions multiply at an exponential rate as they fight the wrong reality.
This leaves the system an easy target for exploitation from any faction that doesn’t compete in the same space, time, and operates in a completely different reality.
And that applies to both parties.
This is what happens when you put your faith in a superman or centralized higher power that you can appeal to but that you don’t have direct influence over or involvement in – other than a petition of redress that will never come. People wait for delivery from “above” instead of taking action to solve the problem themselves – because they were never empowered or expected to do so.
Both parties and the administration should consider their next steps wisely, and we all know that’s a tall order for DC.
Numerous Presidents, VP’s, Senators, Congressmen, etc., have openly admitted to ingesting cannabis and even gone so far as to support its decriminalization.
Would they take the current Orwellian route of impeaching prior Presidents with their steely resolve to ensure their oh-so-pious (lol) morals are upheld? I don’t think so, few associate DC with high-morality or politicians with a strength of character, and everyone would know it’s a farce anyway.
Will they go so far as to fire the current VP, unseat federal congressmen and senators, or demand that state legislators step down, thereby proving to everyone that they never mean what they say on the campaign trail?
This would be banking on the voter’s poor short-term memory. In the past, that’s been a pretty good bet. Who knows, they may think that perhaps they can get away with it… perhaps they can.
But as recent history has proven with the power of the internet and all of the special interest groups and associations springing up keeping track of the duplicity in politics now – it’s unlikely – but hey, it’s DC – anything stupid can and does happen.
Bank on this though; the system is doomed due to the fact it’s thoroughly centralized and incapable of making good decisions because of it. Oh, and it doesn’t matter what they say, or how loyal you are – you’re politically expendable because it’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.
Decentralize everything and quick – our better and brighter future depends on it.
This is a piece on John Boyd’s Decision Making Process a.k.a. the “OODA Loop” and more importantly – how it rules all, especially at mass murder scenes.
Everyone needs to understand this. It’s a life, business, community, and even a nation saver.
If your a business owner you had better get this one right – because with the wrong decision on this you will lose your shirt and sink your enterprise, and if you’re in the insurance industry you will need to recalibrate to survive.
What I’m about to write here is “impolitic”. It’s going to hurt some feelings. It’s going to make me sound like a politically-incorrect monster. I don’t care. It needs to be said.
Here’s the story.
The King Soopers shooting in Boulder is a tragedy. True. But, why is it a tragedy? What, exactly, is tragic about the event?
Yes, senseless loss of life at the hands of a lunatic is bad. There’s no denying that. And, the result is, indeed, tragic.
That said, there are a series of elements in this event that are much more tragic, in my opinion.
- The fact that not a single employee or patron in that store moved to stop the attack is “tragic”.
- The fact that the first cop on scene wanted to be a drone pilot to avoid job related hazards – after having made a fully adult, 40 year old decision to become a police officer (a job with inherent risk, as the gun requirement would make reasonably clear) – is “tragic”.
- The fact that grown-ass men have a need and desire to tell the world/press how “frightened” they were as though they completely lack the necessary biological requirements to be men, is “tragic”.
- The fact that King Soopers/Kroger chose an ineffective, “no guns” policy as a defense against a violent act is “tragic”.
- The fact that the police didn’t control the scene well and mostly stood around with their heads firmly implanted in their collective fourth point of contact is “tragic”.
- The fact that the only “solution” anyone can muster is related to more, dumb-ass, gun control laws (which criminals will ignore – hence, the title, “criminal”), is “tragic”.
- The fact that anyone cares what Major League Baseball thinks about the event is… well, “tragic”.
Enough ranting… some facts and some sober questions:
- 2020 was a record year for gun sales. Best estimates now put 400 million guns in the hands of private US citizens. Presumably a couple of those gun owners were in King Soopers during the shooting. Why were they not carrying? If they were, why were they not properly trained to use the one tool that would have leveled the playing field and saved innocent life?
- Why did King Soopers not defend their enterprise, their employees, or their patrons with anything more effective than an HR policy and a fucking sign?
- The police most often looked to be standing around like they were in a park waiting for someone to serve a burger or a brat at some family gathering. Why? Is their training insufficient? Are they incompetent?
- There are apparently police officers who would rather be flying kites… er… drones than being law enforcers or protectors. Why are they on the job? Has HR failed the cops as well?
In the interest of not simply kvetching about a problem and not offering any constructive advice, I present the following steps to remedy the “tragedies” above:
- Buy a gun. Get trained. Real training. Not NRA “safety” training taught by a lobbying organization. Or, some crappo, State mandated concealed carry permission.
- Carry your gun. It’s useless unless it’s deployable in a crisis.
- Stop patronizing stores with “no gun” policies. They are kill-zones.
- If you own or manage an enterprise, arm and train your employees to effectively respond to a violent threat.
- If you’re a cop… get your shit together.
- The world is not, has never been, and will never be a safe-space. If you are a man, you have an obligation to act as a protector, if not a warrior. Not to out-source that to civil servants. Acquire the tools and training to be able to accept that responsibility. Stop being a pussy. Stop being a victim. You can delegate authority. You may not delegate responsibility.
- Ignore politicians who would dis-arm you and infringe upon your natural right of self-defense. Back to that delegation thing… when bad things happen to good people, the politicians will not be there. No matter how many laws they sign or how many tax dollars they spend, no one is coming to save you.
In the end, this event and the result is a direct reflection on who we are as a society and a complete abrogation of responsibility for one’s own safety and personal defense. Distributed Security has the training and tools necessary to prevent this in the future… created by guys with careers’ worth of real-world experience training and operating in environments and circumstances much more deadly than King Soopers on a Monday afternoon. In other words, professionals and warriors. You need those resources. Get them.
My suggestions to anyone hyperventilating over the protestors that entered the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, are first to stick your head in a bucket of ice water and wait for it all to boil away; and then, read and consider the following definitions, which clarify what that event was not. Here’s a spoiler: it was NOT a siege, an insurrection, a coup, terrorism, or treason. Compare the actual facts of what happened that day to these common definitions.
What is a “Siege”?
- “a military blockade of a city or fortified place to compel it to surrender” – Merriam Webster
- “the surrounding of a place by an armed force in order to defeat those defending it: ‘The siege of Mafeking lasted for eight months.’ ‘The soldiers laid siege to (= started a siege of) the city.’” – Cambridge English Dictionary
- “A military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling those inside to surrender. ‘Verdun had withstood a siege of ten weeks’” . . . An operation in which a police or other force surround a building and cut off supplies, with the aim of forcing an armed person to surrender. ‘Two cult members have died so far in the four-day siege’”– Oxford English Dictionary
What is an “Insurrection”?
- “an organized attempt by a group of people to defeat their government and take control of their country, usually by violence.” – Cambridge English Dictionary
- “a violent uprising by a group or movement acting for the specific purpose of overthrowing the constituted government and seizing its powers. An insurrection occurs where a movement acts to overthrow the constituted government and to take possession of its inherent powers.” [Younis Bros. & Co. v. Cigna Worldwide Ins. Co., 899 F. Supp. 1385, 1392-1393 (E.D. Pa. 1995)] — USLegal.com
What is a “Coup”?
- “a sudden illegal, often violent, taking of government power, especially by part of an army.” – Cambridge English Dictionary
- “Coup d’état, also called coup, the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. The chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the armed forces, the police, and other military elements.” – Britannica
- “A coup attempt includes illegal and overt attempts by the military or other elites within the state apparatus to unseat the sitting executive.” – Global instances of coups from 1950 to 2010: A new dataset, Jonathan M Powell & Clayton L Thyne, Journal of Peace Research, 2011
What is Terrorism?
- “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents”. – Title 22 Chapter 38 U.S. Code § 2656f
There are many other definitions of terrorism, so everyone can probably find one to suit their purpose or prejudice, but one of the more thoughtful and reputable discussions is found in Britannica, excerpted here:
“Terrorism, the calculated use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective. Terrorism has been practiced by political organizations with both rightist and leftist objectives, by nationalistic and religious groups, by revolutionaries, and even by state institutions such as armies, intelligence services, and police.”
“. . . Revolutionary terrorism is arguably the most common form. Practitioners of this type of terrorism seek the complete abolition of a political system and its replacement with new structures. Modern instances of such activity include campaigns by the Italian Red Brigades, the German Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang), the Basque separatist group ETA, the Peruvian Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso), and ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant; also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS]). Subrevolutionary terrorism is rather less common. It is used not to overthrow an existing regime but to modify the existing sociopolitical structure. Since this modification is often accomplished through the threat of deposing the existing regime, subrevolutionary groups are somewhat more difficult to identify. An example can be seen in the ANC and its campaign to end apartheid in South Africa.”
What is “Treason” (a term that is also widely misused by conservatives)?
- “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” — Article III, Section 3, U.S. Constitution.
- “The Founding Fathers carefully delineated the crime of treason in Article III of the U.S. Constitution, narrowly defining its elements and setting forth stringent evidentiary requirements. . . The Treason Clause applies only to disloyal acts committed during times of war.” — https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/treason
So what was it, at the Capitol on January 6, 2021? It was not any of those things; nor was it an armed takeover, nor even the kind of illegal occupation that local governments tolerated for weeks last year in Seattle and elsewhere. It was, to a still unknown extent, provoked and encouraged by agent provocateurs of the left, who knew exactly what would result, and how they could exploit it, and by agent provocateurs of splinter groups on the right who seem to either worship chaos for its own sake, and/or are too clueless to have understood the consequences of their action. From the perspective of the thousands of pro-Trump protestors in D.C. that day, it was politically stupid, and criminal. Criminal prosecutions, based on specific and applicable U.S. statutes, are underway.
When searching for motivations, one should always ask: who benefits? Did President Trump benefit? Did his supporters, or any subset of them benefit (including the 99% of protestors present in D.C. that day, who did not enter the capitol)? Did Americans concerned about the fairness and legality of the November, 2020 election benefit? The answer to all those is an obvious and resounding “NO!”
The only people who benefited are the politicians and media pundits who are turning our nation’s capital, and soon our nation, into a police state with their created boogeyman of “far right extremists”, “white supremacists”, and “domestic terrorists”. When you hear and see that continued refrain, in broadcast, print, online, and on the floors of Congress, remember this quote, and who said it (if you don’t know who, look it up):
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
What was January 6, 2021?
It was our Reichstag Fire.
“We want a military dedicated to warfighting, learning the lessons of military history, and preparing to defeat our opponents if we are militarily threatened. The kind of potentially heroic young men and women who rally to the flag to fight for America are not going to be strengthened in their dedication to winning by having to learn an ideology that has been foisted on a gullible country by woke flim-flam artists (the modern grifters of phony sociology and politics). ”
If you understand the value of dry practice and are ready to begin training, the first thing you need to consider is a safe location to dry practice in.
A good dry practice area will help you maintain focus on the task at hand while keeping you and others safe.
Much like establishing a storefront, you need to select your dry practice area with the most important factor in mind “location, location, location.”
When selecting your dry practice area, ensure it meets the following criteria:
CEOs and business owners this is important to your survival, you will want to pay attention to this.
“According to recent research conducted by Traction Guest, the overwhelming majority (92 percent) of enterprise security and risk professionals report that physical security is of greater strategic importance to their organization now than it was before the pandemic…
President Harris – because of course that is what she would be, in short order – would be the stuff of nightmares, if you care about your freedoms.
The USAToday story here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/08/14/kamala-harris-pitches-a-red-flag-law-targeting-white-nationalists/2009237001/?fbclid=IwAR1N4vwCt0FnLadvk4fDWjauPcflAikW43A8bd_Hw4SFxD_3Fi8UkrR2VmY tells the story, briefly, in case you’ve been out of the solar system for the last year.
Bad enough that Harris panders to the antigun movement – no surprise there – but the egregious inaccuracies in this story illustrate that her prejudice, and theirs, is supported by “News Light” aka “McPaper”:
1) It is untrue that “online gun sales” are completed without background checks. No firearm can be shipped directly to an online buyer: all must be shipped from a federally licensed firearms dealer, to a federally licensed firearms dealer in the buyer’s state, who completes the transfer to the buyer just as he would if he were selling the firearm himself – that includes the background check.
2) State “red flag laws” do not result in orders “typically issued for two or three weeks”, nor are they “temporary” by any sane definition, as claimed several times in this story. They are enforceable immediately following a hearing in front of a judge where the accused has no right to speak for himself or through counsel; and their usual duration is at least a year, and in almost every case, the accused has to request termination of the order through another court hearing, at his own expense, where the burden of proof is on him. Hardly due process. Hardly “innocent until proven guilty.” Shall we treat all Constitutional rights this way?
3) Harris and her fellow travelers speak repeatedly about using a federal “red flag law” to remove weapons from “suspected” (!) “domestic terrorists” (!!) and “white nationalists” (!!!) while the closest thing to a reasonable commentator in this story is the former NCTC Director who cautions that such action could not be taken on the basis of someone’s exercise of First Amendment rights. But there is no statute, and no crime, titled “domestic terrorism” or “white nationalism,” so labeling someone as such is nothing but a chilling threat against free expression. To whom would you grant authority to determine which citizens fell into either category, and deserved to be stripped of a Constitutional right? I’m sure Kamala Harris has an answer, and most Americans won’t like it.
And those who do like the idea, because after all who cares about “domestic terrorists” or “white nationalists,” should remember Martin Niemoller, the German Lutheran minister who said of the Nazis:
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Here’s some ‘continuing education’ on the topic of revolutionary leftists in modern America. This time it’s “Redneck Revolt” – a cute name that “puts the RED back in REDNECK.” They’re talking about the historical connotation of red – communism – not the recent media reversal into ‘red state/blue state’ in America.
They operate more than 45 “John Brown Gun Clubs” around the country, named after the man who led the raid that captured the federal armory in Harpers Ferry Virginia in 1860, hoping to incite a slave revolt.
Sherrie Smith of Fountain, Colorado, recently arrested for threatening citizens with a rifle, is a member; note her red bandanna in the picture below, which is an identifying mark they adopt.
Oddly, the backdrop for each page on their website is… a forest fire. Check them out at redneckrevolt(dot)org.
“Redneck Revolt was founded in 2016 as an anti-racist, anti-fascist community defense formation.”
“WE ARE AN ABOVEGROUND MILITANT FORMATION”
“WE STAND AGAINST CAPITALISM”
“WE BELIEVE IN THE RIGHT OF MILITANT RESISTANCE”
Let’s get this straight, first: 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse performed as well in the circumstances as most adults 2-4 times his age, and with far more training and experience, could hope to do. Once he found himself isolated and under attack, his decisions to retreat, his discretion in engaging only those that physically assaulted him, and his shooting leave little to criticize.
Of course, the Monday morning quarterbacks are going to work on him. He may have missed with several rounds he fired at his first assailant – except we’re still sorting out who all the other shooters were on the street that night – but in any case, he got good hits and stopped that assailant, in the first lethal force encounter of his life, in the midst of a huge adrenaline dump and Sympathetic Nervous System storm. He tripped and fell in the street while running from a pursuing mob (which could never happen given the cat-like reflexes and superior gym-rat conditioning of true operators, right?). He hesitated until the last second to fire on the third assailant, who was charging him with a pistol (perhaps confused by the stupidity of that assault, but in hindsight, a remarkable display of restraint). And so on. All in all, I’ll say it again, he did as well as most bad-ass “opr8rs” would have done, who have never before found themselves in the midst of an angry mob, fronted by at least three crazed felons, yelling “get the m-f!”
But that takes us to the real point: how did Kyle find himself in that situation? We do not know the details yet, as there is a gap in the video footage between the “tame” situation of several armed defenders on private property, and Kyle fleeing on his own across a lot with the now-deceased felonious pedophile hot on his trail. There is only one witness statement available which may shed some light on what happened in between, but we’re neither trying nor defending the case, nor trying to fill in the gaps in the second-by-second narrative. The truth will out.
All of this might have been avoided had the folks associated with that car dealership under siege in Kenosha exercised more foresight, planning, and preparation, and ensured a higher level of training and teamwork. In fact, we saw a demonstration of how it could have gone, in video footage from the night before that showed several rifle-armed men standing in front of a Kenosha business as a large mob flowed past. One at least of them verbalizes to the “protestors” who throw some harsh language back as is their wont, but quite rationally they “just keep moving,” while the defenders keep muzzles depressed, fingers straight, heads on a swivel – and in clear line of sight and mutual supporting distance, something Kyle missed terribly, the following night. Mission accomplished, that first night: that’s a good picture of how the protection of private property in a civil disturbance could go. The next night, not so much.
Distributed Security, Inc. (DSI) offers a well-developed model of how an enterprise (i.e. private business), institution (i.e. church or school), community, or a network of any or all of these can protect lives and property in the midst of a violent civil disturbance. Here are the basic tenets of the DSI approach – all of which were absent (or inadequate) in the Kenosha example we’re looking at:
- Analysis, comprising a threat assessment, area study, site survey(s), and an evaluation of outside assets that may contribute to safety and security, such as police, fire, and emergency medical, and response times and capabilities for each. Understand the law, and its constraints (what you must do) and restraints (what you cannot do). Take a realistic look at the political, social, and legal environment. What have the local authorities said (and done!) about maintaining order, and protecting lives and property? What is their attitude about citizens doing so? This kind of information collection and analysis can’t be done overnight.
- Establish full, open, and sustained communications with local law enforcement, ensuring that you operate within the law and are prepared for safe and effective linkup with responding officers. If you can’t get law enforcement concurrence and support for your efforts, you should probably consider voting with your feet – relocating – rather than trying to defend under conditions that will put you at odds with local government and the legal system.
- Organize your private security force, so you don’t face a crisis with a last-minute pickup crew. Neighbors and friends pitching in on the spur of the moment may be better than nothing – but it’s a lot worse than what you can accomplish with some prior organization. One of the most important elements of this is to insist upon teamwork and “battle buddies” so that no one finds themself left alone facing a lethal threat. That alone could have changed the outcomes in Kenosha.
- Develop plans and procedures, for both ‘normal’ day-to-day conditions and for facing the threats you have identified. Make sure everyone understands their role. Test your plans and procedures with validation exercises that can vary from a BOGSAT discussion (Bunch of Guys Sitting Around a Table) to formal war gaming, walk-throughs, and performance testing. Fix the errors, fill the gaps. Leave as little as possible to native wit and improvisation.
- Develop leaders, an organizational structure with shared understandings about discipline and the chain of command, IFF, and redundant communications.
- Make sure that everyone involved clearly understands their rights and responsibilities under the law, to include the crucial distinction between defensive actions wholly within private property versus engaging in melees, or projecting force, into public areas.
- And finally, neither last nor least, is training: both individual and team training, in firearms and in tactical and decision-making skills. We see many examples like Kyle Rittenhouse, of gifted amateurs, or individuals with little or no formal training who manage to come through in a crisis – but relying on hope, luck, or divine intervention in a life or death crisis is not a good strategy.
DSI offers training and guidance in all these areas. We train individuals and enterprises to defend life and property. We pioneered distributed security networks which enable businesses, churches and schools to coordinate an active defense of their premises and their immediate community.
Our offerings range from $19/month on-line memberships for individuals to $1 million plus turnkey enterprise packages, all built on resources and programs including on-range training leveraged by on-line resources in 27 course formats, 6 enterprise service offerings, 114 online learning modules, 150 videos, manuals, training plans, a mobile app, and more. All this is designed to assist individuals, enterprises, organizations and communities avoid the pitfalls of standing up a security capability to protect lives and property at the last minute in a crisis, as happened in Kenosha a few nights ago. These are dangerous times; best to do the thing well.
Go to www.distributedsecurity.com to find out more.
Starting on April 18, 2020 in the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia, a 51-year old man perpetrated the nation’s deadliest mass shooting in history, killing 22 and injuring more.
I say “starting” because the incident ran almost 13 hours – from 2230 on Saturday night until the shooter was killed by police at 1126 the following Sunday. During that time, the shooter traveled through five or six small communities in the north central part of the island province, with all but the first two of his victims apparently selected at random, creating 16 separate crime scenes and burning down the homes of some of his victims.
This is the most inexplicable aspect of the whole event.Can you imagine a shooter carrying on a one-man shooting spree just about anywhere in rural America for that long before someone stands up and stops the bastard?
Now, it is true that Canada has very restrictive gun laws. Law-abiding citizens must obtain a license from the Canadian government to even acquire or possess a firearm. The license requires completion of safety training, background checks, interviews of character witnesses, and a dense and changing web of regulations defining classes of non-restricted, restricted, and prohibited firearms. A first-time applicant for a permit will wait a minimum of one month for approval, and has to renew his permit every five years. Transporting or transferring firearms requires additional permits. Concealed or open carry by a civilian is rarely approved except in rural areas for defense against dangerous wildlife. The good news (?) is that if you’ve complied with all these legal restrictions and have a gun in your home, self-defense with a firearm might be considered legal if – in the aftermath – you can prove that your life was in danger. Subjects of the United Kingdom, at least, must be envious.
One might think that somewhere in these six villages of rural Nova Scotia there were a few legally owned firearms, but no one resisted this killer with deadly force. Could this be as much a question of culture as capability?
Granted, there were other circumstances in play here – the shooter wore a police (RCMP) uniform and drove a car that resembled a police cruiser, which no doubt allayed suspicion; and the authorities did not issue a province-wide emergency alert although some notices did go out over Twitter and Facebook. But still.
There is a psychology we all know, that relies on government to keep us safe and secure. It is not uncommon even in the U.S., but this Nova Scotia mass shooting is a sad example of its shortcomings. It is simply and undeniably true that “when seconds count, the police are minutes away.”
Distributed security means, among other things, taking responsibility for your own safety, at the very least in that critical gap between the appearance of a lethal threat and the possibility of intervention by law enforcement.
And for a sad footnote, the response of the Canadian government to this incident was for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to announce that he will now, by executive order, ban the ownership and sale of “assault weapons,” which will be subject to a buyback program.
The shooter in Nova Scotia used a pistol, which he was already legally prohibited from possessing, as a result of an assault conviction in 2002. Don’t look for logic in any of this – it is how “gun control” works: never let a crisis go to waste. Again we see how vital the Second Amendment is to our freedom and self-reliance; and how vigilant we must remain.
In March, an Ohio district court appellate judge reversed a lower court’s decision regarding a school district’s policy mandating 26 hours of training for school employees authorized to carry concealed firearms for the protection of their schools. Read about it here.
Here we go again: lawyers, guns, and money. Ohio statute clearly authorizes the governing board of a school district to approve the carry of firearms by whomever they choose. This district – which in fact suffered a school shooting in 2016 – wrote a policy, similar to those of hundreds of other districts across the state and thousands more around the country, specifying the selection and training process for employees interested in carrying concealed firearms. Their training requirement was for 26 hours of initial training, which is a fairly common and entirely adequate standard.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit, seeking to stop implementation of the new policy (passed by their elected school board), sued on the absurd basis that another statute, governing cops and security guards employed by schools, should override the clear intent of the legislature, and require that teachers, administrators, custodians, or any other employee authorized to carry a firearm complete the same 728 hours of peace officer training that full-time officers undergo. The first judge very sensibly ruled against this; now an appellate judge sympathetic to the anti-gun sentiments of the plaintiffs has reversed that decision and required full peace officer training for armed school employees.
Don’t for a minute think that this is anything but lawyerly opportunism by anti-gun zealots, encouraged and financially backed, as all reports confirm, by Everytown for Gun Safety, Mike Bloomberg’s national gun control group. When will Americans get tired of letting Mike Bloomberg’s money decide firearms law?
The merits of the case are simple and clear. Allowing concealed carry by school staff has only one goal: to enable an immediate response to a lethal threat in the schools, during the critical response gap of 5-20 minutes before police are capable of intervening, and during which almost every school shooting is over and done with, leaving the victims bleeding out on the floor. Armed staff are not cops; they do not rescue cats and babies, save children from demonic clowns, write traffic citations, or arrest students for selling drugs, vandalizing property, and fighting on the playground.
In Ohio, those 728 hours of peace officer training encompass the following categories: Administration, Legal, Human Relations, Driving, Subject Control, First Aid, Patrol, Civil Disorders, Traffic, Investigation, Physical Conditioning, and oh yes, Firearms. Exactly 60 hours of firearms training covering handguns, shotguns, patrol rifles, and more.
Armed school staff train with handguns only. Their live fire range time is supplemented with scenario-based training that teaches specific and appropriate tactics and decision making specific to reacting to a lethal threat on school property; specific state and local laws defining the legal use of lethal force; and immediate life-saving medical care as taught in the American College of Surgeons “Stop the Bleed” course. This is very little different than any good citizen’s training for safe, responsible, and effective carry of a handgun for self-defense. Across America, this training is accomplished by a wide variety of training providers in 24-40 hour programs. Distributed Security, Inc. is one of those providers; we know whereof we speak.
But the plaintiffs in this case and their fellow travelers across the country could care less about the logic of the thing. They don’t believe in self-reliance, self-defense, constitutional rights, or the principle of governmental decisions and responsibility at the lowest possible level. They just want fewer guns everywhere, fewer and fewer until they’re gone, and will fight bitterly with their sponsoring billionaires’ money to advance that goal. It’s a pity that we have judges on the bench who sympathize with them, but there are plenty of good ones out there too, and Ohio’s Madison Local Schools will almost certainly win this fight on the next appeal. If you don’t like the way this latest decision went, find a way to support them in their continuing fight for the safety of their schoolchildren.
Words mean things.
Rush Limbaugh has been making this point for decades. And, no matter how you feel about Rush, he’s correct on this one.
Despite the popular beating that English takes for being an inconsistent, hodgepodge and difficult to manage, the English language, properly used, is an amazingly precise communication instrument.
Lately, I’ve seen the word “empowerment” thrown around a great deal. Particularly in the firearms industry. To the degree, in fact, that it’s become nauseating. I browsed one range website yesterday that made use of the word no fewer than 100 times when describing company values and mission. This company’s raison d’être is “empowerment”. It says so. Right there on the internet.
Everybody’s using it. It has become a multi-industry catchphrase. But, what does “empowerment” mean? If words, do indeed, mean things and if we are going to effectively communicate, we have to define terms and use them appropriately.
“Empower” was coined as a word somewhere in the 17th century as a compound of “en” and “power”. However, it never really entered common parlance until the mid-1980s.
One can obtain the textbook definition here. Without getting overly pedantic about it, I think it’s fair to say that:
Empowerment = Confidence + Competence
Further, if one of the components of empowerment is competence, we must clarify that competence is developed through “training”. At Distributed Security, our working definition is:
Training = Instruction + Practice
So, competence (and therefore, empowerment) is inextricably linked to training. Through that lens, I offer this piece from the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Ok. Let’s unpack the article:
- +/-180 gun-novices
- 1 or 2 instructors
- a church basement cum pistol range
- 9 hours
- a few revolvers
- Intention… “empowering” the attendees.
My rebuttal, point by point:
- Even in the Army (where mass training is the model) you do not instruct basic marksmanship or administer range training with more than one company (<100 men) of novices
- The Student:Instructor ratio in the army is roughly 10:1. Not the best case 90:1 ratio identified above.
- Church basement? Does that seriously require rebuttal?
- 9 hours is too much to teach anyone to “fire a gun”. And, it is wholly insufficient to train men or women to a level of competence.
- How effective do you suppose each of those hours were if each participant had access to a pistol for only a fraction of the time? Again… does that require rebuttal?
- This ridiculous dollar amount reinforces the specious notion that training should be inexpensive or free. Per the article, the $25/head was to cover the rental expense of the space. So… the instructors were free? Their time was free? Where I’m from, you get what you pay for. And, if you pay nothing, well… You do the math. What sort of result would you expect if your auto mechanic charged you nothing? Further, $25 x 180 participants = $4500. If that is the cost to rent the basement for a day, I need to reconsider my career choices… I don’t need a job, I need to repurpose my basement. For that price a very nice, legitimate range could have been rented for a day or two.
- If the intent was to empower, and we accept that empowerment is a function of competence, and that competence is a function of training, then this episode was a miserable failure.
Based on the definitions above, does that experience sound “empowering”? Does that constitute “training”? At best, that scenario speaks to “exposure”… but, certainly not training. To be fair, the headline had it right; “Learning how to Fire Guns”.
All that said, I want to give credit where it’s due. Kudos to Arm the Populace and to the ladies in attendance, I think their intent was admirable. I also think it was misguided. What the article demonstrates is a good (if tentative) first step, but falls severely short of anything resembling “Training” as we understand it… much less “Competence”. My concern is that what has been achieved is 180 women with a false sense of confidence about their firearms competence
If we accept that, as a civilian, gun handling and gunfighting is one of the most potentially lethal activities you can engage in, doesn’t it follow that one has a responsibility to train to a high level of competence? So that, one is not simply a danger to oneself and others?
Finally… answers and solutions
In the interest of providing solutions to problems, as opposed to simply armchair quarterbacking, consider the following:
Gun owners owe it to themselves and their loved ones to engage in real, effective, efficient training. We at Distributed Security, Inc offer World Class Combative Firearms Training. We have the broadest and deepest curriculum, developed and delivered by some of the most experienced Instructors in the business.
In contrast to the exercise from the article above, DSI training is offered, complete, as pre-range (online), hands-on (on range), and persistent, ongoing practice supervision, at a student:instructor ratio of 3:1. A model no one else in the Firearms Training Industry can replicate.
For a complete look at our training offerings and what we see as necessary to develop the degree of competence you deserve, visit us at https://distributedsecurity.com/offerings.html
Buy a gun. Get trained. Properly trained.
Most of the folks who follow entries here at Warrior Capitalist know that Distributed Security, Inc provides World Class, Tactical Firearms Instruction to Individuals and Organizations. We differentiate ourselves from our competitors on the basis of instructor experience, low Student to Instructor ratios, content-dense curriculum, pre-range training, post-range persistent training, a robust online platform, and tremendous value for your training dollar in terms of quality and quantity of instruction.
The dumpster fire formerly known as the NRA, however, does not.
Yes… that’s inflammatory. Tough. I’ll wait a moment (brief intermission) to continue until the National Rifle Sycophants cease hyperventilating and find some pearls to clutch…
Ok, NRA True Believers. Time for a little math-based, tough love, reality. This’ll be short, because I’d hate to be accused of insulting anyone’s intelligence by belaboring the painfully obvious. Just the tip. I promise…:
You can bring yourself to a fundamental level of handgun familiarity by engaging in:
- NRA Basic HG course = 8 hrs of death by PowerPoint and $165 hard cash
- Basic and Advanced Holster* courses = 4 hrs and $150
- Total commitment = 12 hrs and $315
- DSI’s Module 1 of Tier 4 Handgun Training = 4 hrs of actual Range Time (instructed by former Military and Law Enforcement professionals) and $200*we’ll throw-in the Holster training for free
So… what’s our take-home lesson? For all you math wizards and business types out there, what’s the cost:benefit analysis of the above?
For higher quality, content-rich training, you save $115 and a full day of your life. Further, the beauty of the NRA model is: both the vendors and the consumers are screwing themselves. The vendors are “gaining” 50% on the revenue for spending 200% more labor. The Stockholm Syndrome stricken consumers, though, are willfully being raped.
It’s time for someone to throw a wet blanket on the Fairfax Dumpster Fire. Seriously.
Shut up and Train.
Circa 2500 years ago, a Greek fellow by the name of Heraclitus, observed the following:
Why, in 2020 AD, does that matter? It matters because, for all our advancement over the last two and a half millennia, the world is still a dangerous, unpredictable place and, as a result, bad things happen to good, innocent people. And, when they do, the good and innocent still need warriors to stand between them and danger. Willing, able, properly equipped and trained, warriors.
Training matters. Proper training matters more. Because when the balloon goes up, you will not “rise to the occasion” as many would have you believe. You will, however, default to your level of training. Warriors are not born, but trained.
Business Enterprises and Community Organizations do a fantastic job of convincing themselves that they are safe and secure because they have engaged in “Awareness” training, or “Active Shooter” training… or worse yet, that “it can’t happen here”. Yet, invariably, when the unthinkable happens and a violent attack occurs on premise, what happens? Best case… a handful of employees, customers, or community members are injured or killed. Why?
Because, the “training” those enterprises bought and participated in via death by PowerPoint, isn’t training at all. The preparations made, cameras bought, policies written, and signage hung don’t save a single person.
Running away is hysterical. Hiding under a desk, wrapped in terrified prayer is ineffective. Fighting back, armed with office supplies, is asinine and suicidal. And, all cameras do is record where the bodies fell. That’s not security or safety.
Most folks in any given organization have no business in a fight for life. But, someone ought to be trained to effectively respond… Right? Maybe a few someones. Trained to capably mount an Active Defense of life and property, giving Law Enforcement the time they need to respond and intervene.
Coming back to our friend Heraclitus… those aforementioned “someones” are the warriors. The one percent built to keep the other 99 safe.
So… What’s the punchline? Simply this: You and your organization do not have to remain helpless in the critical gap between the inception of a violent threat and Law Enforcement response. There are answers. There is training. There is “Heraclitus’ Niche”. There is Distributed Security.
DSI students and Defense Academy (DA) members: I am about to start the weekly DA tour and Training Q&A.
If are looking to kick your training into high gear and you have questions about your training for the fight of your life, I have the answers you’re looking for.
Please join me by logging into the DA and following the link on this page: