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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Ten Commandments of Concealed Carry- Massad Ayoob

The Ten Commandments for Concealed Carry- Massad Ayoob outlines the imperatives of carrying a concealed pistol.
Written by Massad Ayoob.
I’m not Moses, let alone God, but the following ten bits of advice are written in stone nonetheless. Not by God, but by the vastly powerful mechanisms of logic, law, and reality.

Commandment I: If you choose to carry, always carry, as much as is possible.
Hollywood actors get to see the script beforehand, and nothing is fired at them but blanks. You don’t have either luxury. Criminals attack people in times and places where they don’t think the victims will be prepared for them. It’s what they do. The only way to be prepared to ward off such predators is to always be prepared: i.e., to be routinely armed and constantly ready to respond to deadly threats against you and those who count on you for protection. It’s not about convenience, it’s literally about life and death.

Commandment II: Don’t carry a gun if you aren’t prepared to use it.
The gun is not a magic talisman that wards off evil. It is a special-purpose emergency rescue tool: no more, no less. History shows us that – for police, and for armed citizens alike – the mere drawing of the gun ends the great majority of criminal threats, with the offender either surrendering or running away. However, you must always remember that criminals constitute an armed subculture themselves, living in an underworld awash with stolen, illegal weapons. They don’t fear the gun: they fear the resolutely armed man or woman pointing that gun at them. And, being predators, they are expert judges of what is prey, and what is a creature more dangerous to them than they are to what they thought a moment ago was their prey.

Thus, the great irony: the person who is prepared to kill if they must to stop a murderous transgression by a human predator, is the person who is least likely to have to do so.

Commandment III: Don’t let the gun make you reckless.
Lightweight pseudo-psychologists will tell you that “the trigger will pull the finger,” and your possession of your gun will make you want to kill someone. Rubbish. The gun is no more an evil talisman that turns kindly Dr. Jekyll into evil Mr. Hyde, than it is a good talisman that drives off evil. Those of us who have spent decades immersed in the twin cultures of American law enforcement and the responsibly armed citizenry know that the truth is exactly the opposite. A good person doesn’t see the gun as a supercharger for aggression, but as brakes that control that natural human emotion. The law itself holds the armed individual to “a higher standard of care,” requiring that they do all that is possible to avoid using deadly force until it becomes clearly necessary. Prepare and act accordingly.

Commandment IV: Carry legally.
If you live someplace where there is no provision to carry a gun to protect yourself and your loved ones, don’t let pusillanimous politicians turn you into a convicted felon. Move! It’s a quality of life issue. Rhetorical theory that sounds like “I interpret the law this way, because I believe the law should be this way” – which ignores laws that aren’t that way – can sacrifice your freedom, your status as a gun-owning free American, and your ability to provide for your family. If you live where a CCW permit is available, get the damn permit. If you don’t, move to someplace that does. Yes, it IS that simple. And if you are traveling, check sources such as to make sure that you are legal to carry in the given jurisdiction. Don’t let the legal system make you a felon for living up to your responsibilities to protect yourself and those who count on you. If you carry, make sure you carry legally.

Commandment V: Know what you’re doing.
Gunfights are won by those who shoot fastest and straightest, and are usually measured in seconds. Legal aftermaths last for years, and emotional aftermaths, for lifetimes. Get educated in depth in the management of all three stages of the encounter beforehand.

Commandment VI: Concealed means concealed.
If your local license requires concealed carry, keep the gun truly concealed. The revealing of a concealed handgun is seen in many quarters as a threat, that can result in charges of Criminal Threatening, Brandishing, and more. A malevolent person who wants to falsely accuse you of threatening them with a gun will have their wrongful accusation bolstered if the police find you with a gun where they said it was. Yes, that happens. Some jurisdictions allow “open carry.” I support the right to open carry, in the proper time and place, but has found over the decades that there are relatively few ideal times or places where the practice won’t unnecessarily and predictably frighten someone the carrier had no reason to scare.

Commandment VII: Maximize your firearms familiarity.
If you ever need that gun, it will happen so quickly and terribly that you’ll have to be swift and sure. If you don’t, you’ll still be handling a deadly weapon in the presence of people you love. Making gun manipulation second nature – safety as well as draw-fire-hit – is thus doubly important.

Commandment VIII: Understand the fine points.
Don’t just read the headlines or editorials, read the fine print. Actually study the laws of your jurisdiction. What’s legal in one place, won’t be legal in another. Cities may have prohibitions that states don’t. Remember the principle, “ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

Commandment IX: Carry an adequate firearm.
A Vespa motor scooter is a motor vehicle, but it’s a poor excuse for a family car. A .22 or .25 is a firearm, but it’s a poor excuse for defense. Carry a gun loaded with ammunition that has a track record of quickly stopping lethal assaults. Hint: if your chosen caliber is not used by police or military, it’s probably not powerful enough for its intended purpose.

Commandment X: Use common sense.
Common sense—encompassing ethics and logic and law alike—must be your constant guide and companion when you carry a gun. Not idealism, not rhetoric. When you carry a gun, you literally carry the power of life and death. It is a power that belongs only in the hands of responsible people who care about consequences, and who are respectful of life and limb and human safety, that of others, and as well as their own.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sick and Tired of "Feel Good" Laws

Today I was reading the newspaper and saw a story about the Colorado State University administrators attempt to pass a gun ban on campus. Once again, the liberal left wing is attempting to lull themselves into a false sense of security by enacting "rules" that will keep the boogieman away. They believe that by putting into place this "strongly worded" memorandum, nothing bad will ever happen to them while on campus. The rules will make the CSU campus in Ft. Collins and Pueblo a safe zone where criminals will fear to tread. Hmmm, do YOU believe that?

So let's see if the logic behind their actions works in this scenario:

A 28 year old, mentally ill young man, hostile towards a young women, decides to launch a violent attack on the CSU campus. He is angry at several months of transgressions that he has deemed were levied against him by a young, attractive female student. He has tried to get her attention by talking with her, sending her notes and flowers, and offering to help her do her duties in the school chemistry lab. Each contact with her resulted in his being snubbed and not taken seriously by her. The last time she told him to leave her alone or she would get her boyfriend to come tell him to stop. Her BOYFRIEND!? Doesn't she know that HE is her boyfriend and this other guy is just using her! His hatred has eaten away at him until he can no longer tolerate her denial anymore. If she is not his, then she will not be with anyone...

So Mr. Hotblood loads up his dad's .357 Magnum and sticks it in his backpack. He knows she will be in the lab at 2:00 pm and figures he will ask her one more time to be his girl. If she does not accept his advance he will shoot her and her stupid boyfriend. Hell, while he is at it, he'll make them all pay. ALL OF THEM WILL PAY! He steps out of his car and fingers the gun in his pack. As he walks toward the lab he stops cold in his tracks... Oh NO, this campus has a gun ban and he is breaking the rules! Confused, he can't decide what to do. Go forth with his plan or possibly get in trouble with the campus adminstration. He isn't a student at the school but if he ever wanted to go there he might not be able to if he gets caught with his gun. He knows that his decision means he may lose her forever, but not wanting to violate the rules in the memo, he slowly turns around and walks away...

This is what the 3 monkeys in the CSU administration believe will happen. How about you, does this seem rational or realistic? I certainly don't. This logic is just plain screwed. In reality, the administrations rule can only infringe the rights of the LAW ABIDING CITIZIENS to protect themselves. You see, they want to include in the ban concealed carry permit holders weapons as well. The are in fact creating a safe zone but not the one they thought.  They only created a safe zone for the bad guy because he KNOWS no one there will have the power to stop him. Crime is about POWER and a criminal with a weapon, unchecked, and unafraid has power in excess.

I would rather see him stroll onto campus, and instead of her becoming a victim, she draws her Glock 26 and places several controlled pairs into his thoracic cavity and stops the fight. No community mourning for the beautiful women slain by the madman, no network news coverage at 8:00 am for the entire country to see, no parents destroyed by the loss of their only daughter. Just one more scumbag piled up in a heap and no one to remember his name.

If CSU wants a "SAFE ZONE", then arm the entire student population. Let them carry tazers, mace , bowie knives, handguns, brass knuckles. Whatever makes them feel safe and protect themselves. Have an elective class for tactical handgun or self defense training, or give credit for concealed carry training. But instead, they will get to "Feel Good" about the fact that nothing bad will EVER happen to them while on campus. Yea, just tell that to the students at Virginia Tech, Auburn, UNC...  Fortunatly there are a few level heads in the student body fighting back for their rights.  I sure hope they get heard and not ignored by the hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil liberals in charge.

Maybe it would be different if it were a group of gang members looking for a fight, or an islamic jihadist looking for martrdom, or maybe a serial killer stalking his next victim.  I am sure they would stop and not act based on the memo.  It certainly has not stopped criminals from acting out against all of our current feel good laws.  But just maybe if we enact one more law...

Links to story at:,2933,583361,00.html

Top Fueler Buhler

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MSTT Military Discount Plan

Mean Streets Tactical Training is excited to announce our newest offering! Our instructors at MSTT are all ex-military. As such, we understand the operational environment that a soldier on the battlefield faces. We also understand that military budgets and resource limitations can sometimes short change the soldier’s training needs. Therefore we are pleased to announce reduced training rates for Active Duty military, National Guard, and Reservists!

Starting January 2010, all active duty soldier, National Guard, or Reservist will receive a 50% discount on their training if they pay for it themselves! We know that many military operators have to pay for their own training so we are here to support them the only way we know how: to provide excellent training to prepare them for their deployments.

Why would we do this?
MSTT feels it is of paramount importance for our men and women in the military to get good training. We know the military cannot always train soldiers in the environment needed to gain insight, confidence, and competence. The military ranges have so many rules and regulations that training can be unrealistic. Also, many units do not have the funds or ammunition to conduct the live fire exercises that soldiers require. At MSTT, we train soldiers the tactical fundamentals required to operate their weapons with speed and accuracy. We conduct our training in an all day live fire course designed to familiarize the warrior with their weapon and gear. The shooters can evaluate their gear placement, perform drills to reinforce the fundamentals of tactical shooting, and practice tactical movement in scenarios designed to stress them. We also work on treating malfunctions, weapons maintenance, stress fire, and many topics a soldier may never see in their normal training.

What if my Unit would like trained?

If you are a military leader who wants your unit trained, all you need to do is contact one of our staff ASAP! We will provide a custom training proposal and will come out and present our services to your command staff. Our group prices are extremely affordable and in many cases easier to get approval for than going to the military ranges. If you want us to come to your military range for training, our entire course is mobile. We come out with all our own stands, barricades, drills, and range control equipment. All you need to provide is the weapons and ammunition. We will provide everything else. MSTT’s Cadre understand the needs of the training NCO’s and officers. We speak your language and can operate in your environment. We want to be your primary provider of combat arms training for your teams!

What classes should we take?

We conduct courses in Tactical Rifle (M4 carbine and AK-47/74 platforms), pistol, and tactical scenarios. We recommend a 3 day unit training that includes a day of each system and a combined skills day.

For individual operators training on their own, we recommend our One Day Tactical Rifle class and our One Day Defensive Handgun Skills course. Follow that up with a Advanced Defensive handgun Skills class and a few Tactical Scenario days to reinforce your skills.

What if I am retired military?
We are reserving this offer for those warriors who are still in and have the potencial to deploy to one of the world's hot spots.  We appreciate greatly the retired warriors contributions to our national security and freedom.  We welcome those veterans to our classes and we know your experience will be invaluable to the other students!  But we ask that only current serving military warriors recieve this discounted training.

How do I move forward?
Just reach out and contact an MSTT Cadre today at . One of our professionals will make contact with you immediately and schedule your training event. We hope to train with you soon!

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Story of Iron Mike

Leading the fight is U S Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Burghardt, known as 'Iron Mike' or just 'Gunny'. He is on his third tour in Iraq . He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour.

Then, on September 19, he got blown up. He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four US Marines. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. 'You can't react to any sniper fire and you get tunnel-vision,' he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term 'the longest walk', stepping gingerly into a 5 foot deep and 8 foot wide crater.

The earth shifted slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it. He cut the wire and used his 7 inch knife to probe the ground. 'I found a piece of red detonating cord between my legs,' he says. 'That's when I knew I was screwed.' Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt , 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant's feet 'A chill went up the back of my neck and then the bomb exploded,' he recalls. 'As I was in the air I remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me...' I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down.'

His fellow Marines cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there 'My dad's a Vietnam vet who's paralyzed from the waist down,' says Sgt Burghardt . 'I was lying there thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a real sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.' As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. 'I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher.' He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. 'I flipped them one.. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round but I'll be back next week.'

Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that of Col John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit.

Sgt Burghardt's injuries - burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks - kept him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home. But, like his father - who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam - he stayed in Ramadi to engage in the battle against insurgents who are forever coming up with more ingenious ways of killing Americans.
Semper Fi

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Veteran's Day

As veteran’s day nears, my thoughts wander to our American service men and women who are fighting and dying on foreign soil. More recently, some of our soldiers were killed by an Islamic terrorist here at home while in garrison. These soldiers swore an oath to our constitution to defend our country from enemies both foreign and domestic. Unfortunately, sometimes that oath requires the ultimate sacrifice of a soldier’s life.

Today, Michelle and I rode our motorcycles down to pay our respects to one such soldier who gave it all on the field of battle. Danny Dietz. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dietz was a 25 year old Navy Seal who epitomized honor, duty, and valor on the battlefield. Wounded seriously 5 times, Danny fought hard to protect the lives of his three teammates during an intense gunfight in Afghanistan in June of 2005. His injuries were so severe that no one would have blamed him for not continuing to pour out precision fire into the enemy’s ranks. But he did. He kept fighting with the complete and total selflessness of someone who cares deeply about his teammates above himself. His story is documented in Marcus Luttrell’s book
Lone Survivor. Danny and the rest of his SEAL team’s story is shocking and amazing and should be required reading of every American. It shows the level of sacrifice our warriors put out every day.

Danny is from Littleton, Colorado and a local artist was so moved by his story he created a bronze sculpture to honor his sacrifice. The monument is moving and emotional to stand next to. Today, Michelle and I were the only ones there to view his memorial. But we weren’t the first. Many had come by and placed something on the monument in thanks. The cool breeze was blowing dried up leaves across the grass. Cars would cruise by with the drivers oblivious to the soldier whose gaze will stare forward into eternity, on guard, preventing them from harm. His posture in the statue is strong, head up, eyes forward as if scanning for threats. His jaw is set with fierce determination. His hands cradle his weapon like a craftsman’s tool. It is an amazing work of art.
But it is more than a statue honoring one soldier. It stands for the thousands of men and women who have stepped willingly into harms way and been wounded or killed to protect our freedoms and America’s interests. Every city in our great country should have one of these statues of a local hero who gave it all. But they don’t. This one almost didn’t get built because the local parents and neighbors thought it was bad form to place a statue of a soldier holding his weapon so near a school. Their ignorance and focus was on the gun, not the story of heroism. But justice and honor prevailed and this monument to courage was permanently fixed in place.

I urge you all to take the drive one afternoon to Berry Park in Littleton and spend some time with Danny. Think about the freedoms you have and the life you are able to lead in our Republic. Realize just how precious our freedoms are and how many are trying to tear them down. Set your own moral compass toward protection of our constitution, supporting our soldiers, and electing politicians who are just and honest and who will fight to protect what so many have given up to build. The cost of freedom is not paid in a stimulus bill, it is paid for in blood. The blood of an American soldier who may or may not “believe” in the battles they are asked to fight. The blood of American citizens who VOLUNTEER to protect you while you sleep comfortably in your bed, spend time with your family, and chase your career. The blood of your neighbor, relative, co-worker, or total stranger. These soldiers allow you to be a conservative or liberal, democrat or republican, activists or non-activists, to start your own business, and control your own destiny. They allow you to lead YOUR life the way YOU want to lead it.
This year, take a minute and support someone who fought for you by making a donation to any fine soldier supporting agency such as Wounded Warrior Project ( or the USO ( . You can even reach out and organize a package delivery to any soldier in any theater of battle ( But most of all, simply don’t forget them this veteran’s day.

Tim “Top Fueler” Buhler