I have been called, e-mailed and stopped on the street, questioned in my office, in a few places where I shop, and at the post office. I do radio ads for Steele’s Gun Shop and I’m known to be familiar with firearms to some degree. I have been asked about the sort of gun or ammo to buy for home defense and about concealed carry of guns and knives. Some of these questions were from those who have never owned guns before and a few from those who”despise” guns and even hate gun owners as well to some degree.
One of my friends has interest in a business close to the World Trade Center site. 1 close friend was the person who first reported the plane that struck the Pentagon, about three windows from his office window. Another friend of mine lives on Long Island and works in the building industry and at a huge lumber shop there; so she’s in constant contact with workers and contractors connected to the New York City area. I’m no authority, in my mind, nor compared to a few that I know, but I am very open in my communications on anything. So, I am asked about plenty of things. I have been around guns, gun stores, police, army, and worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, as a Security Policeman in the U. S. Coast Guard, and as a Safety and Public Relations person at FEMA for a while in disaster preparedness and as an onsite disaster center worker.
I do have some remarks and some are quite powerful. They are based on knowledge and experience and information from people who know better than I. So here is some data in the form of;
For the exact reasons we have smoke detectors, first aid kits, fire extinguishers; life, health, dental and home insurance. Because planning, preparation and investment in appropriate instruments and apparatus — give us more control over ourselves and our destiny and well being in almost any arena. And, having better control of our own lives and potential is a native concern and need for most of us.
I think, and many of us believe, that any life worth living is worth defending. We have committed 40, 50, 60, or 100 hours a week to providing for our families so that they may live life without major interruptions or inconveniences and death or injury in the hands of a”Bad Person”. Disaster is definitely not part of our plan for optimal survival for us and our family.
Because people are neither natively brave nor brave and because people are more comfortable, less fearful, having something to hand for family and self defense; having a weapon to hand or a process of defense and protection is an internal instinct that’s intrinsic and native. That may include decisions to lock the doors, live in safer places and staying alert to news and current events. The Bad Person, BP laughs as such implements in the hands of someone not used to fighting for their lives and it is actually laughable if you have ever seen a street thug fight or assault someone.
Those who decry guns are the first to call 911 and beg somebody, a policeman, with a gun to come and defend them – the police can not and WILL NOT ARRIVE IN TIME. The truth is the police are not even expected to arrive to shield you. They’re expected only, by legislation, to come and mark chalk lines around your dead body and that of your loved ones – and to write up the accounts, take pictures of the blood splattered walls and flooring, and file them away together with a report on what they find at the spectacle of your murder. Check it out; even the Supreme Court of the United States had made a written decision to that extent.
Q: FOR A NON SHOOTER, WHAT GUNS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR DEFENSE?
None. A non shooter should not have any gun. Having a gun without taking time and effort to learn the way to use it properly and safely reach what is aimed at is not only silly but it’s dangerous. Here, I agree with the anti-gun men and women. They need ton’t have a gun because they wouldn’t use the gun and would probably shoot someone for nothing, or miss and hit somebody else. Non-Shooters should not own guns, period. Anti-gunners are more likely to become murderers or accidental killers with a gun than without. It is a breeze that if they do not trust others with a gun, then they certainly aren’t worthy of trust with one themselves, and that is certain.
Q: FOR AN INEXPERIENCED, NEW SHOOTER, WHAT DO I RECOMMEND?
First of all, do not get a gun if you are not going to become proficient with it and that takes some time, training and repeat. My first suggestion is that the .38 caliber/.357 caliber revolvers. These are cheap and easy to find new or used. The .357 revolver and can be used with low power .38 caliber ammunition for training and for defense the same gun will permit the use of extremely strong .357 ammunition. They are made to hold 6 or 5 cartridges and that should be fine for home defense. They are quite precise and fairly easy to learn. They’ve no”security” lever so under pressure and at the terror of having to use one for self defense, there is no safety to remember about changing to the flame position from the safe position. Many, many people have died as a result of trying to defend themselves with a gun which was still on safe when they had to fire it to stop someone from killing them. The Bad Person won’t wait for you to bear in mind the safety. I am not in favor of safeties in any respect. Every individual in the home that has access to the gun has to be trained in safe handling.
A revolver is the gun that cowboys used.
Once a person has fired several revolvers or several handguns, many choose a pistol. A pistol is a semi automatic handgun that doesn’t have a cylinder but has a magazine to hold several cartridges instead. It’s called a semi-automatic because it moves a brand new cartridge in place to befired each time the trigger is pulled, just like a revolver. Some pistols hold 15 or 20 rounds or shots because we call it. Modern pistols are only allowed to have 10 rounds in America as a result of some idiotic laws passed by people who should not be allowed to possess guns themselves.
Incidentally, an”automatic” is a gun which fires all of the shots, in machine gun rapid fire fashion with ONE pull of the trigger. Few people own and even fewer can effectively use an automatic weapon. They are better for noise than for hitting something. The real best option for home defense is a shotgun. But most people want a pistol as it’s a lot easier to have alongside the bed and to get ready. The shotgun however is easier to target under pressure and is more likely to stop an attacker quicker. Shotguns come in many configurations and sizes. They come in several cartridge sizes too. The two most common sizes are 12 gauge and 20 gauge, there are many different sizes but for home defense we’ll stick to the more common 12 or 20. Ordinarily the shotgun is less expensive, easier to use, and better for defense than a pistol by far.
Many people feel that shotguns have taken that spreads, to send out a wall of lead, and that you can not miss with a shotgun. . The longest distance most people will have the ability to shoot in shield, inside our homes, is about 20 feet. At that distance the size of the ring of shot from a shotgun is roughly two and a half inches in diameter or less. It’s easy to miss with a shotgun, but not as easy as it is to overlook with a pistol. Some people want to get all kinds of specialty ammo to get a shotgun to use in home defense. That isn’t needed. The lowest priced”bird shot” is the best for home defense and also the least likely to go through wall after wall after wall through your home and to the sleeping rooms of the rest of your loved ones and the neighbors up and down the road.
By the way, most pistol ammo will go through three or four partitions, maybe more, before it stops if you miss the person you’re shooting at in self defense. Where are the children? Consider it before you buy a gun.
Guns are costly and good guns are extremely expensive. There are some ways to beat the system however. There are lots of used guns on the market, especially police guns, because everyone, particularly the police, want to have the coolest and most awesome and many new gun that’s being advertised. They trade in the old guns and often the older guns are the better guns although less trendy. Silly are not they? There are a number of good used pistols, revolvers and shotguns from the gun stores of America and many of them are superior to the new stuff in reliability and precision. Go figure! J Or you can buy a new gun.
No matter what you get, make sure you learn how to use the gun correctly and get some training from someone who knows guns and secure handling. Most men think they are genetically endowed with gun smarts and they are not. In fact most men who are first time or infrequent users of guns are far more stupid and a lot more dangerous than girls and no more likely to hit what they aim for . As a matter of fact, women are usually better shots than men at
To begin with, according to my experience. I’ve taught several hundred people how to take for the first time and have helped a few dozen others take better. By the way I am not a professional firearms instructor, only a willing friend and neighbor who has taken a lot and owned a lot of guns over a great deal of years.
Should you get a gun, and I’m not at all sure you should; maintain your defensive firearm handy but secure and practice, practice, practice. Practice often enough to be harmful to the Bad Persons and frequently enough to NOT be dangerous to yourself and your family. At a minimum which will be weekly for a few months and then monthly for many months and then at least every two or three months thereafter. Even those who hunted all the time 30 or 40 years ago but not much in the past ten years, aren’t to be trusted to be secure and accurate with a firearm now.
IS IT BEST TO USE THE BULLETS THAT COST 2 OR 3 OR 4 OR EVEN UP TO 12 DOLLARS PER SHOT?
The absurd news shows, the significant media day news is fond of showing off all sorts of buzz saw bullets and bullets which will penetrate bullet proof vests and all manner of other crap. Now, regarding ammunition; you do not need a lot of ammo for self defense. In a defensive situation if you want more than ten or twenty shots, you’re probably going to die anyway since there are either too many people for you to defend against or you’re just too bad a chance to defend yourself. But under the stress of self defense, it is not unusual for police to miss every single shot from a 15 shot
Pistol when shooting a Bad Person that is just 15 or 20 feet away. In take outs where trained police are shooting at BPs who also have guns, it isn’t unusual for several hundred shots to be fired for every person that is killed. Think about it. They need to practice a LOT more don’t they. Luckily BPs don’t practice much, if any, either. What you need a lot of ammo for is practice.
How about all these superb and special self defense bullets? There are bullets which cost $6 each or more that are supposed to work better and faster for self defense. The actual fact is that it doesn’t matter a HOOT how expensive the bullet is, even if you overlook an essential spot in the attacker. What you need is practice, practice, practice, so you could surely hit what you are aiming at and STOP an attacker. REAL experts say: It is far better to shoot the attacker 6 times quickly and accurately when you need to stop the attack than it is to hit them with a single super-duper-Cowabunga-pooper bullet. So practice. It is bullet placement that will save the life of you and your family; bullet placement that STOPS the Bad Person fast enough to prevent that BP from hurting you or a loved one.
Some folks are concerned about potential social turmoil, rogue bands of harmful burglars, perhaps dangerous riots, and there’s a certainty that, for the first time, this war is occurring here and there are no safe zones, at least no certain safe zones. As members of a community, we seek to encourage our community with personal and community commitment — a cost others are and have been willing to pay. Now it MAY be our turn. I am not saying this is correct or right or even necessary; I am just saying that’s what some folks feel and think.
Owning a weapon is a personal choice. Some people have swords, canes, baseball bats, pepper spray, potato mashers and even hornet spray or a water pistol filled with vinegar for self defense. Years ago almost all women carried a couple of long hat pins for protection and just about all men carried a stout umbrella or a walking stick. In most countries, even today, it is deemed sensible to carry a dagger, a dirk, or even a pistol (such as in Israel) or a gun all the time for self defense. I don’t take a position either way for whether or not YOU have a weapon or opt to defend yourself against those who would rob or hurt you and those close to you.
I do take one position however. I think that people who say guns are bad and no one should have a gun and no one should protect themselves with a gun should have signs on their clothing, their automobiles and around their homes and businesses. That sign should say”I don’t believe in guns or other weapons, and I do not have any weapons, and I will not defend myself, and I do not believe in anyone protecting themselves against an assailant.” If you’re really against self defense and against guns – establish it and post the signs!
Otherwise, for those of intellect; Take care, prepare, practice and be safe.