December 11, 2015

Vol. 09  No. 24

News Letter

Staying Alive:  Firearms & Texas License to Carry

Michael J Arnold


Scheduled Training:
Subject: Texas License To Carry
Date: Saturday, 01-16-2016
Time: 0800
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range
Marion, TX  78124
CLICK HERE for directions and map.

Registration: CLICK HERE for class registration form


In 2013 Little Donna Campbell (and others) lead the charge, to abolish the requirement that had previously required Concealed Handgun Licensees to re-qualify, before their license to carry could be renewed.

Part of the crowd cheered.  Some of us did not.  I believe, most of the legislators that lead the charge for change, got re-elected;  the primary job of any politician.

Consider this:

  • We require our law enforcement officers to participate in continuing education programs, and to demonstrate their proficiency on the range, twice each year.

  • But, after their initial class, non-law enforcement licensees need only pay a few bucks to the State, every 4 - 5 years, to renew their license - forever.

    • They need not attend any kind of a class that would keep them current on changes in the laws relating to carrying a handgun.

    • There is no requirement that they demonstrate their proficiency with a handgun.

    • Even if they had become totally blind, they could maintain their license (I have been told that is actually the case with one licensee).

Is their any logic hidden in a plan like that?  If there is, it must be well hidden.

Before, I get accused of beating that poor old dead CHL horse again, let me point out that I'm bringing this up  to remind all of my fellow licensees to use common sense, act responsibly, go to their favorite range and train, even without the prodding of the State.

I'm always encouraged by the high number of my former students that I see regularly at the range.  They are the ones, who have accepted the responsibilities associated with the decision to carry a handgun.

In 2016, I'm asking each of you to take time to continue your regular trips to the range.  Additionally, please give serious consideration to inviting another family member, a friend or a neighbor to join you at the range.  Help keep us (licensees) the safest group of people in the State.

Please have a fantastic Christmas and a safe New year.

Train, Train, Train

Bayanihan Kali Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:
Subject: Counter Offensive - Force on Force
Date: Saturday, 12-20-2015
Time: 1500 - 1900
Place: off Cynthia Dr
Garden Ridge, TX  78266
CLICK HERE for directions.

"Mas Christ" to all.  Celebrate the birth of He who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

And remember those others who have followed in his footsteps, who suffered and died to maintain it.

Merry Christmas ya'll and have a safe and joyous New Year.


Life, Death and Personal Philosophy in Self Defense


Leslie Buck

Aligning your training with your values

You can train your physical skills, martial arts, self defense, firearms, fitness, emergency preparedness, etc. until you are a machine, but you must have your mind in the right place or it may all be for naught. You need to cultivate your cognitive skills under pressure and you need the right mindset. Without that proper mindset, you will not be able to apply your skills when you need them. Perhaps even more important: You not only need to address your physical skills, cognitive skills and winning mindset, but also your religious or philosophical values.    READ MORE

SAAMAG: Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: Check back for the date, time and subject of our January meeting

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish y'all a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Due to the many activities of our members this time of year, SAAMAG will not be meeting in December.

I would like to show y'all what is going to be my new gardening project, this winter.  It's a gardening method that uses "trash" and recycled materials to build (it can be as cheap or as expensive as you like).  It is very water "frugal", has it's own active compost pile for nutrients (that you don't have to shovel), and is adaptable so that children or handicapped people can use it ... what's not to like?

The keyhole gardens are the brainchild of humanitarian charities and missionaries for use in impoverished countries with poor soil, bad weather, and starving people.  First made popular in Africa, keyhole gardens are catching on in Texas and other hot, dry places.

See you in January.

Published by:

Staying Alive, Inc.
PO Box 126
St Hedwig, TX 78152


Michael Arnold
Pat Scott
Rudy Salazar

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