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Straight Shooters club meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Meetings begin at 6:30pm at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center on Buena Vista Blvd. The next meeting will be Thursday, March 20th. The main topic for the meeting will be Guest Speaker: Mr. Irving Locker - "How I survived Normandy Beach" plus announcements, club news and activities. All Villagers are welcome to attend.
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The club dues for 2014 were due by 1/31/14. Just a reminder, half of the $20 dues go to supporting club activities and half provides NRA insurance for members participating in club events. A 2014 ID card is necessary to participate in club activities.
Tactical Training Scenario - Carjacking
by Greg Ellifritz
Place yourself in Carolyn Meadows' shoes. It's mid day and you are leaving a large grocery store. You get into your car and start to back out of the parking space only to be startled by a shirtless man yelling and banging on the rear of your car.
The man is blocking the car from completely leaving the parking space and if she accelerated, she would hit the man. What would you have done if you were in her position?
Read the story and watch the video here:
Victim of carjacking speaks to WLKY
Take a look at the denial and rationalization process the victim used. According to the story, she said:
"I thought maybe I'd hit him or ran over his dog. I didn't know why he was so upset."
She never even considered that this could be a criminal attack.
The brain works is a very predictable fashion. When it encounters stimuli or information that it cannot immediately make sense of, it looks to relate the new information to some past experience for easier classification.
If you've never been the victim of this type of crime before or have never studied criminal attacks, your brain will attempt to lump this new situation into something it can easily understand by relating it to something in the past that the brain recognizes.
Notice how she said she thought she might have hit his dog. What a strange response! How many dogs are running around a grocery store parking lot? I'd bet money that she or a family member had run over someone's dog in the past. The brain just associated the current events with something similar that occurred previously and lumped the two together.
She made the mistake of opening her window to see what he wanted. He wanted her car. He drug her through the open window, dumped her on the ground and took off in her vehicle as she sat there amazed.
Since most of you aren't regular victims of criminal violence, how do you train your brain to recognize an attack for what it is and not subconsciously associate it with an innocuous past event in your life? There are two ways. One is relatively simple and one is more difficult.
The first way is to study news articles like the ones I post here and really think about each situation. Mentally place yourself into the position of the victim, seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling exactly what she is. The more vivid you can set the scene in your brain, the more firmly you will anchor the thought.
The brain doesn't categorize real events any differently than thoughts. By thinking deeply about a criminal attack, the brain encodes that information as a past experience and can call on it to recognize something similar that happens in the future. I bet that you have developed this connection just by reading the article thus far. If someone bangs on your car as you are backing out of a parking space, you will now be thinking "carjacking" rather than "I ran over his dog."
It's important to not only think about the event, but also your responses. Decide what you would do if you were in that situation. Just like what happens when you think about an attack, when you think about response options, your brain can more easily implement the response because it is operating in familiar territory.
It's also important to branch from each scenario. Start thinking about other reactions that your attacker might have and how to deal with them. Think about alternate scenarios. Ms. Meadows here did that when she said:
"I was just glad I didn't have one of my grandkids with me in the car seats in the back."
Think about possibilities like that. What if your kids are in the car? How about your spouse? What if there were two attackers? What if they had guns? The more information you think about now, the easier it will be for you to act if a similar scenario is presented to you in the future.
The second method involves force on force training with scripted role players. This will allow you to get more “experiences” to categorize in your brain. Besides that, you will get feedback on which actions you can take that are positive and which place you in additional danger. You can practice until you get your desired response perfected. This obviously takes more time and energy, but it is a vital part of advanced training and it’s value can’t be discounted. Many shooting schools are now offering force on force training for their advanced students. It would be wise to seek out such an experience.
It doesn't cost anything to think. Instead of mindlessly watching the news or surfing the net, think about what you would do in the criminal attack you see or read about. Plan a response. Then, when you are attacked, you won't be thinking "I must have run over his dog."
Greg Ellifritz is the full time firearms and defensive tactics training officer for a central Ohio police department. He holds instructor or master instructor certifications in more than 75 different weapon systems, defensive tactics programs and police specialty areas. Greg has a master's degree in Public Policy and Management and is an instructor for both the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy and the Tactical Defense Institute.
For more information or to contact Greg, visit his training site at Active Response Training.
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"The Gun Is Civilization" by Major L. Caudill USMC (Ret.)
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force.
If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force.
Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it.
In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion.
Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.
When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force.
You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.
The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.
There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations.
These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a armed mugger to do his job.
That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.
People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.
Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury.
This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.
People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst.
The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.
The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter.
It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.
When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.
It removes force from the equation... and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act.