June 11, 2016

Vol. 10  No. 10

News Letter

Staying Alive®:  Firearms Training & Texas License To Carry

Michael J Arnold


Scheduled Training:
Subject: Texas License To Carry
Date: Saturday, 06-11-2016
Time: 0800
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range
Marion, TX  78124

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Registration: CLICK HERE for class registration form

Random Shots:

"One who knows when he can fight, and when he cannot fight,  will be victorious."

Sun Tsu


The question is, "Are guns bad, or are guns good?"

The problem is, there is no correct answer to the question.

Guns are inanimate objects and can, therefore, can be neither bad nor good.  However, people on both sides of the argument refuse to accept that premise.  Both sides are driven by their own ideologies, requiring them to give human qualities to inanimate objects that, without human help, can neither kill nor protect.

Compare the argument to one where those involved are trying to determine whether Steak Knives are good or bad.  Wake up!  They're like guns, they're neither.

What we wind up with is one side that preaches that all individuals should have unfettered access to Steak Knives.  You know them as the folks on the 10:00 o'clock news, carrying signs that read, "When Steak Knives are Outlawed, Only Outlaws ..."

The other side usually takes an incremental approach.  They will chip away at the "Right to Keep and Bear Steak Knives," by demanding that we limit access to the utensils to only those individuals who have undergone background checks.  Further, they try to convince us they can make our lives safer by limiting access to only dull knives.  Other restrictions can include not allowing possession of Steak Knives in excess of 3" in length, and, then, only after an individual has satisfied the State that he has a true need to possess one.

At this point, I hope you feel as safe as I do.

The only thing certain is that both sides are lying to you.  Neither side is trying to do anything except line their pockets with membership dues.

The Steak Knives Without Limits gang always (intentionally) overlooks the fact that some folks just shouldn't have access to Steak Knives.  Who?  My schizophrenic neighbor, for one, and the felon, who lives next door to him, for another.

Of course, I made up those instances, but, I hope you'll allow me a little poetic license.

On the other hand, the Steak Knife Control crowd conveniently fails to bring up that Steak Knives may be used to cut steaks into bite-sized pieces, socially acceptable for consumption in a restaurant.  They claim that limiting access is necessary for the safety of the children, and that all Steak Knives have dull edges.  Also, in their effort to blame an inanimate object for a bad act, they will intentionally overlook the fact that some real, live people are inherently evil, and that no amount of Steak Knife Control will change that.

It sounds a little silly, doesn't it.  That's because it is.  So, why do we have the arguments?  Follow the money.  Whether it's the Brady Campaign or the NRA, folks on both sides of the argument are making tons of money, convincing you send them your dues and contributions, to be used to protect you.  They create the illusion of a problem, and then, for a price, they offer to save you from that problem.

How should you deal with such silliness?

Act responsibly, train to keep yourself and those around you safe, and remember:  Whether it's Guns or Steak Knives, there will always be organizations that will gladly take your money under the guise of keeping you safe from the evils of inanimate objects.

Train like your life depends on it.

Dressing for Concealed Carry

Richard Nance

It’s amazing to me how poorly many of my fellow police officers conceal their off-duty gun. It’s as though they are content with any garment as long as it drapes over the gun to some degree. Perhaps this cavalier attitude stems from the idea that anything is less conspicuous than carrying their full-size duty pistols while on the job. What many fail to realize is that there’s a big difference between their gun being covered and being concealed.    

Exercise your Freedom | Outdoor Targets, Good & Bad

Frank Winn

We’ll get the finger wagging out of the way directly: In many ways, shooting outdoors presents more safety issues than indoors. While it’s hard to say for sure, the “wide open spaces” mindset seems to dull cautious instincts that indoor shooting enforces (or accounts for). There’s a tendency to forget that we remain solely responsible for each and every bullet we shoot until it comes safely to rest. Blunder on this when outdoors, and the downrange area of danger and consequence can become huge.    

5 Things to Consider for Tactical Shooting Preparedness

Jeffrey Denning

When it comes to running and gunning, so to speak, there are a handful of things that will help keep you prepared to win.

1. Sight

Vision is essential to tactical preparedness. In nearly all cases, you cannot be legally justified to shoot another human being in self defense unless you can see your target and identify it with precision.  That, of course, requires adequate visual acuity and overall sound eye health. It may also require light. Getting a weapon-mounted light or using (and training with) a handheld flashlight solves this problem.    

How Competent of a Shooter Should You be to Carry a Handgun?

Bob Owens

As human beings, we have a natural right to bear arms for our personal defense. That natural right to use deadly force comes with both legal and moral responsibilities.

The legal threshold for the concealed or open carry of a handgun is very low in most of the nation where “shall issue” or “constitutional carry” laws are in place. In “may issue” states, the laws are designed to impede carry as much as possible. None of these laws, however, really address competence at arms.    

Hearing Protection is Imperative When Around Firearms

Le Blanc

The world we live in today has to be the noisiest that mankind has ever had to endure.  There is noise bombarding our senses from every direction: traffic, air conditioners, the steady hum of all forms of electronic equipment that we don’t seem to be able to live without in the 21st Century.  When at home just take a minute and listen, I mean really listen to the noise emanating from within your home.  The refrigerator, television, the list just goes on.  And let us not forget the airplanes and helicopters flying over all of the time that are almost impossible to escape and the folks that think everyone wants to hear the steady thump, thump, thump of the base from an overpowered audio system in a vehicle.    

Don’t Ignore the Second Gun

Bart Skelton

The notion of a second, or backup, gun often results in some folks conjuring up notions of bad guys in western movies getting shot or apprehended, then always having a Derringer hidden out somewhere. Somehow, I don’t really recall many films depicting the good guy having one.

In reality, a backup gun can be the difference between life and death for a lawman or anyone carrying concealed. For those with a CCW permit, it can often be a challenging decision just how to carry their primary sidearm, much less a smaller backup.  Of course, this all depends on the circumstances. Perhaps many don’t cherish the idea of carrying an extra pistol during the daytime, or in hot weather. If circumstances warrant, it’s a good idea, regardless. The problem is that one rarely knows when trouble is going to start—until it does.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:
Subject: CQC Baton Counterstrike Tactics

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Date: Sunday, 06-12-2016
Time: 0830 - 1200
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range
Marion, TX  78124

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CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

Fight like a Guerrilla - Tactics for Better Self Defense

Leslie Buck

A guerrilla force is a small group of fighters that is agile, elusive, and carefully selective in how it engages a larger military opponent.  Guerrillas do not use a force of numbers or size of arms to overwhelm an opponent.  They use strategies and tactics that are indirect and misleading.  They use distractions to setup an attack.  They attack along lines that are less expected.  Guerrillas position themselves so that they can gain an advantage and limit the options of their enemy.  Guerrillas seek to demoralize their opponents in order to gain a psychological advantage.  Guerrillas use these tactics to be successful against a larger, more powerful opponent.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: Scene Safety and Situational Awareness
Instructor: Rudy Salazar
Date: June 26, 2016
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Place: Location is available by CLICKING HERE to contact Pat for the latest information.  RSVP using the same link.

Note 1:  Rudy is a wonderful instructor and I always learn something from him. He has agreed to present the class he has taught at UTHSC to first responders. In any emergency you will be the first responder and his instruction on personal safety and situational awareness is very important.  We cannot help our loved ones or anyone else if we become victims.  If you'd like to invite guests to this meeting they would be welcome.

Note 2:  We will assemble "Meals-In-A-Jar" immediately after the meeting.

If you are already signed up for "Meals-In-A-Jar," don't forget to bring canning jars and lids, or Mylar bags.


Did you know Starbucks has a national program to distribute used coffee grinds?  Composting coffee grinds makes sense.  Why burn fossil fuel to ship that stuff twice before AND after use?

We love coffee.  Earthworms love coffee grounds.  Gardens love earthworms.  It all sounds like a winning combination to me.

Click on the link to see how easy it is.  Perhaps you can start a similar arrangement with your local coffee spot?  Perhaps furnish buckets for the local coffee shop to put grounds and filters into.  Just don't forget to go by and pick up the grounds.  It's not cool to put the local coffee shop in the position of wanting to help you out but they still need to comply with local health codes.

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A Heat-Tolerant Leafy Green Vegetable Disguised as a Flower


A wonderful surprise for us in our 2014 trial garden was Jewels of Opar. Last spring, when I planted a couple of pinches of these tiny seeds in a flat in our greenhouse, I certainly didn’t imagine we would harvest enough seed to put it in our 2015 catalog. My plan was only to evaluate its taste, texture, yield, and other eating qualities, to save and test a bit of seed, and to decide if we wanted to grow a real seed crop of it in 2015.    

My friends know about my interest in Edible and Useful Landscaping so when they find a pretty plant that also makes a tasty or medicinal landscape plant they send me the information.  Thanks RL.

The Jewels of Opar or Fame Flower seems to fit in with my plan so well that I'm ordering seed to plant this fall.

-- Pat

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Staying Alive, Inc.
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