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Your claim of justified self defense...or defense of others, must fit inside the justification window. Your actions must be contemporaneous to the event...to the assault, attack, etc. Contemporaneous means "close to" in terms of timing. So using our framework of decision-making, you can't legally justify shooting a prospective and potential attacker because you thought, one day, he might seek to harm you. Similarly, you can't justify seeking a subsequent contact with a past aggressor and claim retro-active self defense. This is a point that is so internalized for many of us who've lead a violent lifestyle that we take it for granted, but it bears repeating since so many questions have been raised recently in this theme. The case was a thread on a sexual assault suspect in a bar. At first sight I would question the judgement of going to a loud and boisterous bar where this sort of thing might happen. Having been in a couple of bar fights in my younger years, I'd rather not get into another one. But in truth, this event could happen anywhere,... Read more →


I am not a firearms instructor. I hope I am more than that. My life does not revolve around firearms and neither does my training or teaching. My life goals and the same for my students is excellence. Excellence in family, in profession, in martial skills and anything one chooses to do. And I want to discuss how sometimes the virus of others may tend to derail those goals. And it is true…people are carriers of viruses. We know the aggressive virus that drives a team and gives it an energy and a momentum that makes amazing things happen. We also know the impossible virus promoted by those who think everything is impossible. Infected by that virus, nothing will ever get done by anyone. Here is a secret…surround yourself by those with good viruses and eliminate those from your life with negative viruses. Here we go. The Complainer – we all know one or two. They are only happy when they are telling others how they were, are presently, or are about to be, thoroughly screwed and left bleeding and... Read more →


When you enter a negotiations, it is important to know what everyone expects out of the encounter. Everybody needs something...and is there to attain it. If you know what the other side is after, you have a great deal of control over the tempo and eventual conclusions. So in this last segment we will discuss the different pertinent parties involved, specifically the initial first responder, his supervisor, the investigator, and of course you. Let's begin with you shall we? You shot shot the terrorist, robber, killer-thug in the face and he is dead on the concrete with his brains showing. You called the 911 system and stood by carefully waiting. You gave a brief but accurate no-shitter depicting yourself several times as a justified victim with proper and articulate language. And the first contact went well. The first question is asked of you by the first officer - "What happened?" That is the stage that is set. What do you want? I know what I wanted, and would still want. I want to be treated like a victim and not... Read more →


For many, the study of gunfighting is like a religion. In religion, one has a canon and expectations that if you attend service and say the right words, you are sure to go to heaven. In the American study of gunfighting it is the same. There is a commonly accepted way to shoot, and it is confirmed by the rituals conducted on the shooting range. If you execute the ritual (dare I say) religiously, everything will work out for you. And then, if you say the right words at the right time, everything will work out well and you shall surely be saved as the prophet has promised. (At this point all will turn to the images of the prophets and bow deeply, eyes on the deck). And anything not in that canon of belief is pagan, and outlandish...beyond the pale as one writer states. But the extremists in every faith have always held back progress as progress is something they fear. They fear it because it may invalidate that which they hold so sacred. Dynamic reactive movement was that,... Read more →