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As this is written, just a few days have passed since the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. Predictably, Internet sites and my newsfeed on Facebook filled up with comments—some giving sound advice, others amounting to mere chest thumping. Two recurring themes were that France’s restrictive gun laws contributed to the slaughter, and the terrorists would have been stopped quickly in the United States.

Don’t kid yourself. It can, and very possibly will, happen here and result in the same kind…

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I remember one time when I utterly knew fear: spitless, wide-eyed, so-afraid-you-can’t-pee-your-pants terror. I was not only scared, but confused, upset, embarrassed, and a whole range of other stomach-acid-producing emotions.

That’s what happens when you wake up not knowing how long you’ve been asleep. Actually, being asleep wasn’t really the problem. It was the location: at a stop sign, in a marked patrol car, in the middle of the street.

While on midnight patrol, I had surrendered to the sweet…

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I recently spent a morning walking around an indoor swap meet. I stopped at one table and was waiting to talk to the man who was selling some guns as he talked to another customer.

The customer was explaining how the only shot he’d ever take in a self-defense situation was a headshot, as it would shut down the bad guy’s CSN (sic). He went on to say he’d received this advice from an “instructor.” He turned to me and…

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Are there “master” gunfighters?

The simple answer is no. The explanation is a bit more complicated. There is no such thing as a master gunfighter that I know of. Not a single one of the hundreds of individuals I have known who have been in actual shootings would lay claim to such a title. Not a single one. There is good reason for this.

Many claim to be masters of sorts. There are self-proclaimed four-gun masters or pistol masters, rifle…

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