Gun Rights, Personal Security and You

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In many ways, 2014 had been an exhausting year filled with events that illuminate the triumph of the human spirit as well as tragedies that shake us to our core.  It is unfortunate that the impact of the tragedies often outweigh the buoying nature of the triumphs.  Regardless, near-instantaneous global digital connectivity, the 24 hour news cycle and an unprecedented access to information send us an endless stream of facts, figures and opinions on just about every major event.  Even when supposedly objective data is presented, extreme elements of both sides obscure any kernel of truth by manipulating, exaggerating or committing hyperbole to promote their particular point of view.  This can leave the average American citizen to ask two essential questions: “What should I believe and what can I do about it?”aegis academy, howard hall, firearms instructor, firearms training, gun rights, gun shooting

In terms of triumph, tragedy and longevity, few social and legal … Read more »

Carlsbad Wildfire, Personal Defense and Natural Disasters

You get to deal with the disaster with the training and equipment you have, not what you wish you had…


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Natural disasters like the Carlsbad wildfires, and the rest of the fires in Southern California this week bring out the best in most normal people. The outpouring of support, donations at the emergency shelters and offers of assistance is what make this country great! Conversely, it also provides opportunity for the criminal element to take advantage of people and the situation. As disgusting as the opportunists are, they do not surprise me. I am however continually surprised by the lack of preparedness for these predictable events on the part of many of my fellow citizens.

As soon as I smelled smoke, I went out side to see some fairly dark fires, which appeared to be pretty close. I went inside, picked up the keys and my wallet and drove … Read more »

Knockout Game Defensive Measures

You don’t have to be a victim…

Knockout game, Defensive Measures, Aegis Academy, Steve TaraniWikipedia defines Knockout Game as one of many names given to physical assaults in which one or more assailants attempt to knock out an unsuspecting victim, often with a single sucker punch, all for the amusement of the attackers and their accomplices. [1]

Jim Slater of Associated press writes that reports of Knockout Game have come from around the country including Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington DC, etc., and that “the game” has become almost contagious, with tragic consequences.[2]

The rules of the game are as simple as they are brutal. A group — usually young men or even boys as young as 12, chooses a lead attacker then seeks out a victim.  The attacker charges at the victim and begins punching. If the victim goes down, the group usually scatters. If not, others join in, punching and … Read more »

Failing to plan is planning to fail!

Knowing what you can do is more then half the battle…

Failing-to-planThe belief that owning a gun makes you safe is as absurd as believing that purchasing a scalpel makes you a surgeon. In both cases, the blind act of owning these items alone without proper training, mindset, and planning for the item’s use actually makes you less safe.

So why would a large segment of the population fall prey to this belief? It could be images portrayed in the movies and on TV where even a novice shooter can run, jump, and flip while effectively putting rounds on target. It could be the hyper-enticing photos and images in popular gun magazines. Or, it could be well intended, but erroneous, advice passed from untrained friends, family, or gun-store sales clerks. These are first among many reasons that Aegis Academy emphasizes training and mindset (planning) over weapon selection as the most … Read more »