Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more! My 3-day handgun class at Tactical Defense Institute

by Dean Rieck

Tactical Defense InstituteIt seems that the more involved I get in the politics of guns, the less time I have to exercise my Second Amendment freedom and actually shoot.

So this year, I promised myself I'd get to the range more often, acquire some sorely needed gear, and get in more training time with quality instructors. One of the the best decisions I've made so far is to attend a Level I-III Handgun Class at Tactical Defense Institute (TDI).

TDI is a 186-acre training facility in West Union, Ohio, offering a variety of self-defense classes for civilians, law enforcement, security teams, and military/federal agencies. There's a 400-yard rifle range, three live-fire houses, two-story force-on-force house, jungle lane, upper range with steel plates, lower range with steel targets and a covered firing line for paper targets, plus a sizable classroom.

I've been to TDI on several occasions for Buckeye Firearms Association fundraising shoots, but always as a volunteer to help run events, never as a student. So this three-day outing proved to be a treat.

Summer Safety: NSSF® Reminds Gun Owners to Store Their Firearms Securely at Home

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- With target-shooting activity peaking during summer months and youngsters finishing the school year, now is a good time for gun owners to review procedures for storing their firearms safely at home, says the National Shooting Sports Foundation®, the trade association for the firearms industry.

NSSF® reminds firearm owners that on returning home after spending a fun day at the shooting range to immediately secure firearms so that a child or other unauthorized person cannot access a loaded gun.

Reason.TV: Girls, Guns, and The Problem with DC Firearm Laws

"Gun ownership goes up, crime goes down...that's how it works," explains Washington Times senior editor and recent gun owner Emily Miller.

After being the victim of a home invasion, Miller was determined to take advantage of the 2008 Supreme Court ruling striking down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban. Miller initially thought the process of purchasing a firearm "would just be a hassle for a couple of weeks," and decided to blog her experiences at washingtontimes.com. After four months, countless headaches, and hundreds of dollars in fees, Miller is now legally able to own her Sig Sauer P229 9mm, so long as she keeps it in her home.

Miller joined Kennedy at Sharp Shooters in Lorton, VA to discuss DC's Byzantine gun laws, the surge in female gun ownership, and how she choose her firearm.

The Toronto Mall Shooting- Four Tips for Surviving the Active Shooter

by Greg Ellifritz

Active shooter events are not strictly an American phenomenon. They happen worldwide. The most recent was last night in a Toronto Canada shopping mall. An unknown man in the food court shot approximately 15 bullets from a handgun, killing one person and injuring seven others.

There isn't a whole lot of information available yet, but the best news article seems to be this one.

K.I.D.S© - A Proactive Approach to School Murders

by Ron Borsch

EARLY CITIZEN AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OPTIONS

Just as we have mistakenly treated the symptoms of a malady instead of the root cause, so too have we failed to adequately address the copycat root problem of Rapid Mass Murder© (1) by an active killer (2) in educational facilities and workplaces.

When the shooting starts, the "Final Option" for citizens is to run, hide or fight. An armed citizen in the right place at the right time needs to be seriously considered for schools and workplaces. Enlisting licensed volunteer parents, even younger grandparents to be "Hall monitors" in schools where they have a vested interest in the safety of their children is currently a neglected resource. All that is required is written permission from the school board, some vetting, and an extra training program. The present arrangement is the unintentional creation of a "Killer Empowerment Zone"©.

Law enforcements final option is armed intervention. While law enforcement has total control with their own response, it is beneficial for both the community and law enforcement to become partners in an advisory capacity with their schools and workplaces to assist in the development of earlier options and strategies to avoid the final option.

What is "KIDS" and where did it come from? KIDS© (3) is an acronym for the concept of a "Killer Inside Discovered Sooner"©. KIDS evolved from the pressing need to explore any and all early options to avoid the "final option" after the shooting starts. Typically in school murders the criminal is a student, former student, suspended or expelled student. The exceptions are facilities such as Day-Care, Pre-School, Kindergarten and Elementary schools where the killer is typically an outsider and where restricted entry is the most crucial. In workplace incidents, typically the murderer is an employee, former employee, suspended or fired employee.

INCREASING THREAT

For both schools and workplaces worldwide, between 1975 and the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, rapid mass murder events occurred on average, about one per year. Post Columbine to date, we are averaging almost four a year. 2011 broke the record with an all time high of eight (8) rapid mass murder events. Unfortunately, we are already on track for another record-breaking year. Of all the different locations of copycat rapid mass murder, +/- 60% are at Schools and Educational facilities. This is probably because juveniles and adults with "Numerous Unstable or Troubling Symptoms"©, (NUTS (4)), are more susceptible to the Copycat Effect (5).

While law enforcement in general is aware of active killers, rapid mass murder, and how they occur, your local schools and workplaces may not be. They may be confused and thinking in terms of hostages, negotiation, or organized terrorism when in reality these are not the threats they are typically facing. For example, in our 20-minute prerequisite for rapid mass murder, no hostage taking, negotiation or organized terrorism incidents in schools or workplaces come to mind. The cowardly active killer is indeed a totally different bird than a hostage taker.

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