Obeying the law is not enough. You also need money. If you draw your sidearm to stop an attacking thug you can still be prosecuted with the full fury of the U.S. justice system. At best it will cost you your life savings. At worst, you will rot in prison for lack of money to defend yourself. The solution is to plan for the worst. Today we look at three ways of arranging to have self-defense contingency funds available: NRA-sponsored self-defense insurance, USCCA Shield, and ACLDN membership.
You spot a large man dragging, hitting, or kicking a woman on the ground who is screaming, “Help! Rape! Anyone! Help!” When should you intervene? The simplest answer is “never”. The best answer is “when you are willing to risk 20 years in prison”.
Over the past few decades, constitutional rights have eroded in the United States due to the rise of welfare statism and media-supported presidential dictatorship. The slow collapse of U.S. liberty into tyranny of the majority has produced an intellectual opposition called anarcho-capitalism. The “an-cap” movement believes with Thoreau: “That government is best which governs least. … That government is best which governs not at all.” But how can a state-free society deal with crime? An-cap thinkers offer two solutions. This essay disputes both.
In the near future, when your national government debases the official currency in order to avoid default, bank accounts and bonds will become worthless. After months of disruption people will adjust to life where prices and wages double every few weeks. “Junk silver” is what we recommend as your day-to-day money during the transition. For the longer term, savings are normally kept in precious metals, such as gold Krugerrands or platinum Eagles, but an alternative has appeared. Bitcoins also are a good choice of long-term savings medium.
This book is an entertaining but preposterous polemic that blames both 18th-century code duello and early 20th-century Jim Crow for somehow creating a late 20th-century sociopath.
Monkey-dance challengers are loud and seek an audience. Apologize and back away. Predators seek secluded venues with no witnesses. Adopt an interview stance and warn them. Ninety percent will then flee. One in ten resource predators will still try to take your property and escape. Let them. No property is worth going to prison or spending your life savings to avoid prison. Process predators will try to take you somewhere private or bind your hands. Fight for your life.
One issue is routinely disputed when the topic of gun control is raised, even among armed citizens themselves. It is the fear that someone out there lacks adequate training. The training issue has lately become more heated than usual on gun forums, because of a recent school shooting in Connecticut. Ever since laws were passed that forbid teachers from carrying guns in school, the United States, like Europe, has averaged about one school shooting every 60 days. (See this blog for details.) In simple fact, only one method has ever been proven to stop school shootings once and for all. That is to permit trained, licensed teachers to carry their sidearms on the job.
Some self-defense experts teach students to de-escalate potentially violent situations: apologize, reatreat, defer, accept blame. Others teach aggressive escalation: be loud, be clear, and be increasingly firm in making it obvious that you are not a victim. The apparent discrepancy between the two tactics is because instructors are talking about two different kinds of violence: (1) the monkey dance and (2) predation. Any reponse that de-escalates a monkey dance will aggravate predation, and vice-versa.
When judging a home-invasion self-defense shooting, jurors expect women to be gun-incompetent and men to be gun-competent. They more often convict and give longer sentences to anyone who violates either expectation. Jurors are also influenced by seeing a weapon as “evil-looking”. They more often convict and give longer sentences to users of military-looking rifles, pump-action shotguns, or semiautomatic pistols than respectively, to users of hunting-looking rifles, double-barreled shotguns, or revolvers. Finally, female jurors are harsher than males.
Preppers are sometimes unclear as to the nature of the contingency for which they prepare. Hyperinflation of the U.S. dollar is likely. Natural disaster in a city is less likely. Global crash of Western civilization is unlikely. How you prepare for each scenario is different. This essay presents advice for the first contingency. You are on your own for the other two.