BRIEFING ROOM: Gatekeepers at Houses of Worship

As this is written, the entire country has been shocked by yet another mass shooting. This one occurred at the First Baptist Church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Twenty-six people were killed, with the victims ranging in age from 17 months to 77 years old. An armed citizen stopped the carnage by

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Briefing Room: Winter Projects

This time of year, most hunting seasons are over and training organizations are ramping up for spring. With cold weather setting in, evenings are the perfect time to complete projects you haven’t had time to get to. First up: a complete breakdown and cleaning of your firearms and other gear. Most semi-auto pistols are easy

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Briefing Room: Atrocity in Las Vegas

In the late evening on Sunday, October 1, evil incarnate came to Las Vegas, Nevada. Before committing suicide, a madman killed 58 people and wounded over 500 at an open-air concert. It was the lead story on all the networks for over a week. But unlike the mainstream media (MSM), we won’t sink to mentioning

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Briefing Room: Warning Shots

Recently my attention was brought to a paper published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) titled National Consensus Policy on Use of Force. One section of the paper dealt with warning shots, and read as follows: “Warning shots are inherently dangerous. Therefore, a warning shot must have a defined target and shall

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Briefing Room: Non-Peaceful Protests

Starting the day after Inauguration Day, we have seen what the popular media terms “peaceful protests.” And while many have in fact been peaceful, some would be better characterized as riots.

Briefing Room: National Concealed Carry: a Good Idea?

To begin with, I agree with most of President Trump’s stated positions on the Second Amendment. I say “most,” because one—which on the surface may look like the light at the end of the tunnel—may actually be an oncoming train. What I’m talking about is national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, and I’m totally against

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Briefing Room: 2A: Stay in the Fight

When Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, he became the first candidate to win that office with no prior experience in government since Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1953. But that was not the only historic event that occurred. Other firsts were that following the election, people demonstrated in the

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Briefing Room: Concealed Carry: Reasons or Excuses?

A while back I conducted a short, informal survey with 100 of my former concealed-carry class students. The questions included: Do you carry your handgun every day? If not every day, how often do you carry? What handgun do you carry? How do you carry (OWB, IWB, appendix, etc)? How often do you practice? Sixty-two

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Briefing Room: Terror in America

If you’re one of those who say, “Get ready, terrorism is coming to America,” you may be behind the power curve. It’s already here. Fort Hood, Texas; Garland, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; San Bernardino, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Orlando, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana … hopefully by the time you read this, the list has not

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Briefing Room: Terrorist Attacks: Are You Prepared?

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

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