Craig Douglas’ post here is meant primarily for LE. Don’t take this as me trying to be the guy telling LEOs how to do their job. I’m simply passing information along from SME and noted instructor, Craig Douglass of Shivworks. Douglas’ main point here is to be precise in your instructions. He also suggests emphasizing what you don’t want your subject to do. Having said all this, I find Douglas’ points to be applicable outside of LE as well.
I work in IT in the finance industry as my primary job and I also do contract work in other fields. When interacting with people, I find that precise language makes all the difference in the world in helping me help them solve their problem. Precise wording of the description of a problem makes diagnosing that problem and finding the solution faster and simpler.
Yeah…Call me chicken. I’ve trained/shot with some truly excellent shooters over the years. And I even call some of them friends. Folks I would trust with my life…To a point. This is well beyond THAT point.
There’s no benefit to “training” like this. Not even stress inoculation. There is “bullshido” and then there is just plain stupid. This is the latter. One can argue, validly I might add, that what we do on a “square” range is nothing like being on a true “two-way” range. I don’t disagree. However, somewhere along the way, these guys have thrown good sense and necessary risk out the window.
We’ve never been shy about telling people to get training above and beyond their basic CHL/LTC class. And it is just that, basic. As instructors, we only have 4-6 hours to impart a limited amount of information mandated by law but, that’s not all there is to carrying a gun. Personally, I am also a big advocate of training that goes beyond a gun. We all have our limitations but, as much as possible, I advocate learning some sort of unarmed defense technique and getting into shape.
Having said all that, beware of the “McDojo” teaching what some folks call “bulllshido.” These are often flashy techniques or systems that look cool on camera but, have no basis in the real world. And sometimes, it’s labeled under a better known discipline of martial arts and you’ll see instructors exhibiting what seems like some sort of Star Wars like “Force” over their students. The video above is a great example.
If the technique involves trying to imitate an actual flying monkey who then slithers on the ground to gain his footing, it might be bullshido. If the instructor exhibits what looks like a Star Wars like “Force” that sends people flying across the room or causes them to fall at the lightest touch, it might be bullshido. If the firearm disarm techniques resemble someone having convulsions or possibly masturbating with a firearm in a most obscene manner, it might be bullshido. And if they promise you can earn a black-belt in just a year or two when you’ve never trained in their given discipline before, it might be bullshido. A good place to learn will welcome your questions and the instructors will be willing to have honest and open discussions about what does and does not work as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the techniques being taught.
That a road rage incident ended in a shooting is shocking enough. One can argue we shouldn’t be surprised but, the fact they still make the news proves they are exceedingly rare. Rarer still is the fact someone who holds a license to carry a handgun has been charged with murder and at first glance, it sounds like they should be.
Our justice system presumes innocence and we don’t yet know what led David Desper to his decision to shoot Bianca Roberson. But, by all accounts, this was just two people jockeying for position to merge into a single lane of traffic and Desper decided to end it by shooting Roberson. Desper’s single round hit Roberson in the head as she drove down the high way. She immediately lost conciousness, veered off the road, and her car struck a tree. If this really is a shooting by a man who let his anger get the better of him, then Desper may go to jail for murder. It is honestly hard to imagine anything about the situation as described to justify Desper’s actions. There are no reports Roberson was armed or in any way manifested a threat rising to that level.
Desper turned himself in over the weekend. But not before running away from the scene and allegedly attempting to hide the truck he was driving at the time of the incident. Most consider this sort of “post offense” behavior to be indicative of recognition you knew what you did was wrong. That does not bode well for Desper. Neither he nor his attorney have made any statements so far so we’ll have to wait until the case goes to trial to see what he has to say about what happened. As it stands, one is grasping at straws to make sense of it.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says he doesn’t believe the man accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old Bianca Roberson in a road-rage attack last week was motivated by race or hate. The victim is African American; the alleged killer, David Desper, 28, is white.
So the results are in. Pat McNamara appeared on a recent Primary and Secondary Modcast in which he answered direct questions about what was and wasn’t said. Put down the pitch forks, put out the fires, and stop calling the man names. We’ve said before, we have no reason not to believe McNamara and every reason not to believe Comedy Central. McNamara says the video is indeed heavily edited. So let’s address those two inflammatory quotes. It’s all covered in the P&S video if you want to check it out. Warning, it’s the better part of 4 hours long. But we’ll give you the short summary after the jump.
McNamara said in no uncertain terms he does not support universal background checks or waiting periods. He is adamant about his support for the 2nd Amendment and the NRA. What happened, and we’re paraphrasing here, is McNamara was asked one question and then another. Klepper basically switches things up, asking the same question in different ways or asking nuanced but related questions. The editing takes McNamara’s answer to one question as his answer to another. For example. Klepper ask, “What do you think about universal background checks?” McNamara replied, “…what do you mean?” Klepper then rephrased the question to ,”What do you think about people who believe in universal background checks?” McNamara says, in response to that second question, “I don’t have a problem with them…,” Que the Comedy Central cut that suggests McNamara supports univeral background checks. So it appears the McNamara is, as many of us suspected, the victim of selective editing from a show by liberal media with a liberal agenda to “prove” that gun owners and liberals aren’t really in disagreement with each other.
One could argue McNamara should have known better. But McNamara, to his credit, went into this with his eyes open. What he tried to do was represent gun owners in the best possible light. To represent us as the professional that he, more than most, has been for over twenty years. He admits to making mistakes and at one point, being “lazy.” But, who among us is perfect? At the end of the day, one of the problems highlighted by this whole mess is the collective tendency of people to eat their own when we find the slightest hunt of disagreement/theological impurity among our perceived brethren. Fact is, we’re not all going to agree on every single pro-gun talking point. We’ve got to figure out how to live with each other on those issues if we’re going to have any chance or preserving the fundamental rights we all claim to want to protect.