Prepping for a Failure of Civility

July 18th, 2014

A U.S. dollar collapse may cause social disorder. The dollar will fail when the federal government can no longer pay interest on Its debt. Social disorder will be triggered by two factors unique to the United States: one-third of U.S. residents may be forced into looting, and help cannot come from outside. The solution is a neighborhood protection plan as detailed in the spec-ops handbook, A Failure of Civility by Mike Garand and Jack Lawson. Previous social collapses (Sarajevo, Mogadishu, Katrina) teach two shocking lessons: bunker preppers die first and the government is not your friend.

Getting Started With Bitcoins

December 30th, 2013

Tells the minimum you must know in order to try bitcoins. It assumes that you do not want details of how bitcoins are created (mined), sent (broadcast), or verified (confirmed). You do not care whether bitcoins are truly “money”, whether they have “intrinsic value”, nor their political implications. You do not care whether they conceal your identity or reveal it. And you do not want to debate narcotics, pornography, guns, tobacco, alcohol, socialism, libertarianism, or anarcho-capitalism. You just want to get a few coins and play around with them.

Self-Defense Insurance

July 27th, 2013

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.

Why You Should Not Defend a Stranger

June 3rd, 2013

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”.

Disputing the Anarcho-Capitalist View of Crime-Fighting

February 23rd, 2013

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.

Prepping for Hyperinflation with Bitcoins

January 26th, 2013

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.

Book Review: All God’s Children by Fox Butterfield

January 19th, 2013

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.

Resource Predators versus Process Predators

January 5th, 2013

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.

What Part of “Trained and Licensed” Don’t They Understand?

December 29th, 2012

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.

Short-Circuiting the Monkey Dance

December 22nd, 2012

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.

Gender and Firearm Shape Influence Jurors

December 15th, 2012

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.

Prepping for Hyperinflation

November 24th, 2012

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.

Why Did You Use Illegal Cop-Killer Dum-Dum Bullets?

November 17th, 2012

Prosecutors routinely try to convict armed citizens who defend themselves. A favorite technique is to ask a trick question that is unanswerable due to its hidden assumptions. E.g.: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” The trick question about ammunition in this essay’s title is meant to show malice by an armed citizen during his or her trial. It has often succeeded, resulting in unjust convictions. This essay presents five jury-persuading answers to the trick question.

Video Recording Confrontations

October 20th, 2012

You are attacked in an attempted rape or robbery. You shoot the attacker. He tells police that he was minding his own business when you shot him for no reason. He is wounded. You are not. Who do the police believe? Who gets charged with a crime? In the eyes of police and prosecutors, many self-defense incidents become he-said, she-said scenarios in which the choice of whom to prosecute is essentially a coin-flip. A video of the event can resolve it in your favor.

Ability + Opportunity + Intent

October 13th, 2012

In order to be found not-guilty of assault or murder you must persuade judge and jury that: (1) The person you shot had the power to kill you (ability). (2) The person was close enough to kill you (opportunity). And (3) The person wanted to kill you (intent). In a prior essay , we described fifteen negative factors that might convict you despite evidence of self-defense. Today we look at the reverse, the three elements of a successful self-defense argument.

The Tueller Principle

October 6th, 2012

A knife-armed attacker 21 feet away can kill you before you can draw and shoot. Whether the attacker is young, old, fat, thin, fit, sedentary, male, female, makes little difference. From a standing start, an attacker can cover 21 feet in 1.5 to 2.0 seconds. That is how long it takes you to draw and shoot. Watch the video below. Remember it. Post a comment that you watched it. You may someday need to prove in court that you knew this fact, and that is why you fired.

The First Rule of a Gunfight

September 29th, 2012

Don’t be there. Virtually all self-defense firearms instructors agree that the first rule of any gunfight is to be somewhere else when it happens. How can you manage that feat? Famed instructor John Farnam, head of Defense Training International teaches a four-layer avoidance strategy: (1) don’t go there, (2) be invisible, (3) be deselected, (4) disengage. Only if all four layers fail should you draw your weapon as a last resort.

Death by Defiance

September 22nd, 2012

Is there a “racial” link to bad shoots? It is a tragedy whenever a LEO (law-enforcement offficer) in low-light, ambiguous conditions shoots someone who was actually unarmed and surrendering. It a political nightmare when the bad-shot person was Black. Statistics on officer-involved shootings (OIS) show that unarmed surrendering African Americans are much more likely to be shot by police than are non-Blacks. And yet shoot/don’t-shoot scenarios testing hundreds of experienced LEOs reveal no link between a “bad shoot” and the person’s “race”. A recent study explains the discrepancy. Surrendering unarmed non-Blacks are culturally more likely to comply with LEO commands. Surrendering unarmed African Americans are culturally more likely to posture, threaten, and act defiantly.

How to Stop a Mass Shooting

September 1st, 2012

On average, 14.3 victims are killed in each mass shooting that is stopped by the police. On average, only 2.3 victims are killed in each mass shooting that is stopped by civilian bystanders. We show how these facts were computed. Then we offer two possible explanations: First, police arrive too late. Second, armed bystanders are better trained.

Why Do Blacks Advocate Gun Control?

August 25th, 2012

A quirky aspect of U.S. “racial” classification for the past century has been its increasing alignment with left versus right political ideologies. The strangest twist is today’s Black political opposition to armed citizens. In reality, throughout history U.S. gun laws have aimed at ensuring that Blacks are defenseless while Whites are armed.

Should You Carry With a Round in the Chamber?

August 18th, 2012

The short answer is “yes”, with any pistol designed after World War II. Concealed-carry novices often ask this because it seems dangerous to carry a pistol with its firing pin aligned with a live cartridge. If the pin should accidentally slam forward, won’t it fire the cartridge with potentially horrible results? For example, if the back of the pistol (the exposed hammer, say) were hit hard (by being dropped muzzle-up, for instance), would that not drive the hammer into the firing pin and the pin into the cartridge? Even without an exposed hammer, would not dropping a pistol muzzle-down force the firing pin into the cartridge by inertia? Although such fears were well-founded with pistols designed over a half-century ago, they are no longer valid. Modern pistols have mechanisms that stop the firing pin from touching a cartridge unless the trigger is pulled.

Should You Draw Your Gun to Help a LEO?

August 11th, 2012

Most states’ application forms for concealed handgun licenses say that your sidearm is solely for your own protection and that of your spouse and children. Your permit is not a license to interfere in other people’s fights, and state laws discourage you from doing so. But what if a LEO (law-enforcement officer) is being beaten or killed? Should you intervene then?

To Notify or Not to Notify, That is the Question

August 4th, 2012

You are legally armed. You are stopped by a LEO (law enforcement officer) either in your car or on the street. Should you tell them that you are carrying a gun before they even ask? This essay analyzes the risks and advantages both ways. It recommends that you always cooperate, always answer truthfully, but never volunteer any information.

Videotaping Police — The Issue of Qualified Immunity

July 28th, 2012

“So the police can arrest me, handcuff me, drag me to jail, lock me up, and give me a permanent criminal arrest record for doing something so completely legal that no prosecutor would ever file charges, and I would still have no legal recourse?” Yes, that is correct. This essay explains how justice became so strange.

Florida CCW Laws

July 21st, 2012

This essay is for anyone who intends legally to carry a firearm in Florida. Whether you have a Florida Concealed Weapons or Firearms License, or are merely visiting from a state enjoying reciprocity with Florida, the same laws apply. Two Chapters of Florida’s criminal code are important: 776 (Justifiable Use of Force) and 790 (Weapons and Firearms).

Civic Duty versus Self-Interest

July 14th, 2012

Virtually everyone will defend their own spouse and children if the need arises. But how much risk would you take to protect your neighborhood? Would you risk criticism by your neighbors? Being shunned? Monetary expense? Physical injury? Imprisonment? Death?

When Courts Defy the Law

July 7th, 2012

Courts sometimes reach decisions that defy the law. Statutes and caselaw say one thing but courts rule differently. This is because, despite lifelong efforts by good people, every justice system is corruptible and they have been corruptible in all societies throughout history. In the United States, the justice system is often corrupted by mass hysteria. Since colonial times, the newsmedia have periodically whipped the public into blind frenzy. Judicial lynching is a realistic danger to every armed citizen who was forced to defend his home against thugs.

Shoot a Robber, Not a Thief

June 30th, 2012

This essay addresses state-by-state differences. in self-defense laws. Every state sees crimes against persons differently than crimes against property. In most states, you can shoot someone committing a felony crime against your person. In no state may you shoot someone committing a crime against property.

The Castle Doctrine

June 23rd, 2012

Florida law lets you shoot someone to prevent your own imminent death or great bodily harm. The “castle doctrine” says that you are legally presumed to be in danger of imminent death or great bodily harm from anyone who breaks into an occupied house of vehicle, or who tries to drag you out of your house or vehicle. “Legally presumed” means that the danger of imminent death or great bodilly harm will be a given in court, and no evidence or testimony to the contrary will be allowed.

When Does Provocation Bar Self-Defense?

June 16th, 2012

Much of the debate in the Zimmerman/Martin case springs from ignorance of the law. Assume for a moment that Zimmerman deliberately “provoked” Martin, by profiling or “stalking” the teenager, or by confronting and insulting him. Some think that such provocation legally justifies physical attack (often called an “ass-whoopin”). Some also think that the law bars the recipient of such a “provoked ass-whoopin” from using deadly force to defend himself.

Evidence will eventually decide whether Zimmerman “provoked” Martin. But the other two beliefs (that an “ass-whoopin” in response to provocation is legal, and that the whoopee may not use deadly force in self-defense) are badly in error. Anyone who acts on such beliefs by physically assaulting someone who provoked them risks being killed (if in a state with strong self-defense laws) or sent to prison for many years.

Stand Your Ground versus Duty to Retreat

June 9th, 2012

Different states see self-defense differently. The most important state-by-state legal difference in self-defense is between “stand-your-ground” states and “duty-to-retreat” states. Imagine that you are attacked outside your home, in the street, say, or in a place of business. Assume also that you did not provoke the attack.

Never Touch a Cop

June 5th, 2012

There is a situation where mere touching (battery) is a felony, punishable by hard time in the state penitentiary. It is battery upon the person of law enforcement officer (LEO).

Disobeying Lawful Police Orders

June 5th, 2012

Disobeying a police officer: Don’t do it. You will likely be charged with a crime. The situation often arises when a LEO (law enforcement officer) tells you to turn around and put your hands behind you back so he/she can cuff you. LEOs have the right to do this. The decision to cuff you is theirs alone. It is for their protection and you must comply.

Welcome to This Site

June 1st, 2012

Why is Backintyme Publishing (known for books about the U.S. color line) sponsoring a blog site about armed citizens and the justice system? It is because, like or not, it is impossible to disentangle U.S. crime from Black/White “racial” issues. African Americans are more likely to engage the U.S. criminal justice system than are non-Blacks.