Please keep in mind I am not a lawyer and none of this should be considered legal advice- I’m just a street cop relating how I would handle my own DGU based on a decade of experience in Law Enforcement. Of course seeking out a 2nd Amendment attorney and asking them if these guidelines should be modified for your local / State laws is always a good idea. With that being said let’s move on to what one should do immediately following a DGU.
The first thing one should do is stay at the scene (assuming one can do so safely). It is human nature to run away from danger and to seek comfort from friends and family after a traumatic event, and the taking of human life ranks right up at the top of traumatic events. This instinct needs to be curtailed as flight from the scene is viewed as the actions of the guilty. In some jurisdictions a prosecutor is even able to instruct the jury that flight is an indicator of guilt. Most police officers and prosecutors are going to think you were up to something shady and that is why you left the scene. While this may not be the case you’re still going to have a long uphill fight to prove your innocence. Stay at the scene and await the arrival of Law Enforcement unless there is a continuing danger to your life that you are unable to handle (angry mob, active shooters).
Don’t touch or move anything unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. When I say absolutely necessary I mean moving a weapon away from the individual you just engaged. Moving a weapon away from an individual to prevent the person from using it against you is one thing- “tidying up” is something different. If the person dropped a weapon after being shot, took 10 steps, then collapsed- leave the weapon where it is. Don’t move it to where the person is lying to “reinforce” what happened. We will figure out what went down and how it went down. If the evidence does not match what you relate to the responding officers, you are in for one heck of a rough ride. The same goes for any family / friends you are with- instruct them to touch nothing and to stay where they are.
Calm down- then dial 911. This may seem counter-intuitive in that most people think that one should dial 911 immediately. In reality the last thing you want to do is be on a recorded line still amped up with a 5 gallon bucket of adrenaline coursing through your veins. This recording is going to be the first thing we officers hear in regards to the shooting. It will be the first thing a jury hears if the District Attorney decides to charge you. This doesn’t mean one should delay calling for an hour but rather take a few deep breaths, try to calm yourself and then call giving your name, description such as “I am a 5’10” white male with black crew cut hair and I am wearing jeans, a grey T shirt and a tan hat”, location and a specific statement: “A person attacked me and I believed he was going to cause me serious injury or kill me. I used my firearm to defend myself and shot the person. Please send an officer and an ambulance to my location immediately.” Dispatch may try to elicit more information from you. Do NOT discuss the event with dispatch. The information above is all they need to know to get help rolling. It is not that you are going to lie, but in the heat of the moment you may say something untrue or dumb in order to hurry the response. These 30 seconds of cool-down may save you $300,000 in legal fees and 30 years of your life.
Now you should expect to be handcuffed, so do not resist. Yes you know you were in the right, the guy bleeding on the ground was trying to harm you & you legally defended yourself. We however do not. Our job is to secure the scene and that includes you. It’s nothing personal, it’s not that we think you’re a “bad guy”… we are protecting ourselves and everyone else (to include the guy on the ground with an extra hole in him). You’ll also most likely wind up in the back of one of our cruisers while we attend to the guy with an extra hole. Again this is not because we think you’re a “bad guy”- we actually have no opinion on you whatsoever- but our focus is on keeping the person you shot alive and we do not want to lose track of you as you are now the subject of an investigation. The back of our cruiser is the safest place for you to be from our perspective. Just roll with it.
The next thing you need to do is assert your right to remain silent and your right to counsel. Yes- a cop is telling you not to talk to the cops. There is a very good reason for this… Remember I said take a breather then dial 911? The same applies here. You’re amped up, full of adrenaline, and may say something that can be misconstrued when the Detectives read the officer’s report. There is of course information the officers need to get their job done which should be given (your name, address etc.), but do not say anything about the incident until you have consulted with an attorney. Be polite but firm. A good general statement to commit to memory is “This person attacked me and I shot him because I feared for my life (or the life of another). I want to help you and be cooperative but I do not wish to say anything about the incident until I have calmed down and have talked with my attorney. May I please call him / her now?”
Now you need to wrap your head around this… We are not your friend. We are also not your enemy but we do have a job to do. Some of us are more suspicious by nature and will try to rattle your cage (as if it hasn’t been rattled enough). Some will say they have witnesses that prove you were in the wrong, or that the incident was recorded and it shows you were in the wrong. You may get threatened with arrest and / or prison. Some of us will blatantly lie to you in order to get you to make a statement. You can talk your way into a prison sentence very, very easily… even if you did everything right. Politely and calmly repeat that you do not wish to talk about the incident until an attorney is present.
With that in mind- keep calm. Yes the Good Cop / Bad Cop routine is a thing and it works. It works damn well. We know you want to get your story out there, we know you think that if you explain everything that maybe you can go home and we have the routine down to a “T”. Don’t fall for it. Don’t get mad because someone is in your face and lose your cool. Expect some officers or detectives to be aggressive and keep sweating you. Some may be, excuse my French, outright assholes. Then you’ll encounter an officer who is sympathetic, who may relate that the same thing happened to his buddy / brother / neighbor. The officer may ask Once again, DO NOT FALL FOR IT. What they are doing is trying to find holes in your story. We’re cops and it is our job to ensure we are getting the correct information and an accurate story. The problem is that you’re going to be shaken up. You’ve just survived at attempt on your life and taken one in defense. You are going to say something that may not be 100% accurate not because you want to lie but because you’re traumatized. That WILL come back to haunt you later. Politely and calmly repeat that you do not wish to talk about the incident until an attorney is present. Yes I know this is redundant, but it is redundant because it is important.
Remember when I said politely and calmly repeat that you do not wish to talk about the incident until an attorney is present a bunch of times? That is because you can expect to be arrested, charged and tried. Why would this happen? The reasons are many and varied and too complex for a blog article to deal with in depth so the best advice I can give is to expect it to happen and handle yourself as if your life is on the line all over again… because it is. In some jurisdictions even if the Detectives and DA think you are 100% justified you’ll at least be subject to a Grand Jury because you were involved in a homicide. Keep in mind homicide does not equal murder; it just means one person died at the hands of another. If you expect it to happen you won’t be disheartened when it does and perhaps keeping this in mind will not only reinforce your right to remain silent consult with counsel but your desire to do so as well.
The last thing I’d like to impart to you is actually not something that is coming after the DGU but something that you can do now in preparation to deal with what comes after a DGU. That thing is finding a good 2nd Amendment friendly attorney and keeping them on retainer. In general I tend to dislike attorneys (no offense intended counsellors but after 10 years of defense attorneys telling me that their client who we caught literally in the process of eating live babies on video is completely innocent…..), but having the right attorney who is familiar with firearms & self defense law can literally save your life in a courtroom after you’ve saved your own on the street. The $50 or $75 bucks a month for a retainer is just as important as the $500 you spent on your firearm or the $1000 you spent on ammo last year… if not more so.
I was given a kit by a friend, who along with her law enforcement officer husband, are distributers for Seal 1 products. I basically thanked her and said I will have to give it a try next time we need to clean our guns. She told me they learned about it at SHOT show awhile back, and just love it. Her husband, a very meticulous gun cleaner, was all about Hoppe’s until he learned of Seal 1. Apparently he will not go back.
Let me tell you, I am impressed. We pulled the product out a few nights ago along with our handguns to clean. Now, our guns had been previously cleaned not too long ago using Hoppe’s. We haven’t been to the range since the last cleaning either, but thought why not. We were curious as to the product and cleaning guns is something we like to do together.
As a side note, I am a huge proponent of natural products and I do look for ways to cut down the use of cleaning chemicals. I believe in their cleaning power, but I still went into this skeptical. I mean, Hoppe’s has been around a long time and is well established.
The products are made here in the US, and were developed by those in the shooting industry, for those who carry such as Military, and Law Enforcement. They are made to withstand harsh environments as well make your weapon less susceptible to issues like jamming and corrosion. They have developed products that not clean, lubricate, and protect your firearms but can also be used on your archery equipment. The products are non-toxic, and safe if on the skin. They are also non petroleum based. You can check out their website for more in-depth info, and to find a distributor in your area.
We did take a few before and after pics, but they did not turn out well, and they are hard to compare because of lighting and angles taken. However, my husbands’ reaction to how much carbon residue was still coming off using this product was funny. He was in amazement at its cleaning abilities, and I said honey, I SWEAR I cleaned my gun last time! Typically we clean until the tissues run through come out clean and each part wipes clean. We have the toothbrush, all the cleaning attachments to fit different barrels, all the bells and whistles to clean with. Imagine both our surprise at the amount of residue still coming off of our “clean” guns. Here is a picture of the brush after cleaning just one gun.
It was obviously still quite dirty. The cleaning solvent part of this product is amazing. I just may be using it to experiment on other things… My husband remarked that after we cleaned my gun it looked brand new again it was so shiny. We were both quite impressed. Here is an after of the barrel of my gun, which shined up nicely.
Next gun cleaning after the range, I will give an update with better pictures to show the difference. A little goes a long way with this product too. The cleaning solvent is very effective in breaking down the carbon. You really have to try it out for yourself to see the cleaning power, and to enjoy the scent. Seriously, it smells so good you want to eat it (please don’t). I think personally I am a fan for life now!
"I'm looking for something for home defense." My answer: Go to a hardware store, get some shovels, and build a moat. The only way to defend your home is to keep the intruders out of your home in the first place. Once they're inside, you lose.
If that's not feasible for you and you'd like a firearm for personal defense inside the home, then I can possibly help you. However, I should advise against moving through your home in search of an intruder unless absolutely necessary. Most of the time, you're not wearing body armor. You also don't have similarly-equipped friendlies following you around. I suggest leaving that to law enforcement when they arrive. You *have* factored calling 911 into your home defense plan, correct?
(About 90% of my customers will pick this time to say "Wow, there's a lot more to personal defense inside the home than I originally thought." And that's a good thing. Anytime I can dispel the myth that guns are magical talismans that ward off evil, I will do so.)
If you live alone, then you may consider only owning one firearm for personal defense. This can be your daily carry handgun if you so choose, though long guns are almost always more effective than handguns when it comes to causing wounds. I suggest anything from a pump-action shotgun to a semi-automatic rifle, but that is really up to you and your budget. Personal defense inside the home has been successfully achieved with nothing more than a bolt-action rifle, though the thought of quick follow-up shots sounds smart to me.
If you do not live alone, then two guns could serve you very well; a handgun is easily maneuverable through your home while you collect your family to your safe area, and a long gun pointed at the door of said area gives much better chances of a one-shot-stop than almost any handgun.
Whatever you choose for personal defense inside the home, please remember that you are responsible for everything your bullet touches. To that end, a flashlight is almost a necessity for any kind of target identification.
Something often overlooked: Keep your car keys on your nightstand. If someone breaks in, activate your car alarm. This will let them know you're awake and likely cause them to leave due to unwanted attention. Additionally, this will help the police find your home.
Stay safe out there.
A little while ago an organization called States United to Prevent Gun Violence, a subsidiary of CeaseFire USA, produced a video, shot in NYC, which purports to show random persons interested in buying a gun for protection walking into a gun shop only to have their minds changed when they find out that the “gun” (actually an airsoft plastic replica) was used in a murder or murders. Pretty heavy stuff. Of course like most of what gun control advocates put out there- it was all lies from start to finish.
CeaseFire USA has been a darling amongst the gun control crowd for quite some time. They even received a check for 1 million dollars of taxpayer money presented by Rahm Emmanuel. Personally I find this odd as the group has a long history of narcotics trafficking, kidnapping, rape, pedophilia and get this… I kid you not… trafficking in automatic weapons. Not semi-auto firearms… MACHINEGUNS. With that in mind it really isn’t surprising that their “PSA” turned out to be a POS.
Documents obtained by a FOIL request (FOIA for everywhere else) to the City of New York reveal that Ceasefire’s entire production was nothing more than a completely scripted falsehood. There were no citizens walking in off the streets. There was no actual look of shock & horror over a specific gun being used in a specific crime, there were no deep reflections afterwards during an “interview”. The whole thing was played out by professional actors hired by CeaseFire to play a role.
Those of us familiar with NY firearm laws know that gun store employees are not allowed to even remove a handgun from a case unless the person requesting to see it has a valid NYC pistol permit- Those even looking at the guns in a real gun store would have first been required to produce a valid NYC pistol license. The mere act of placing a single finger on a handgun by a non-permitted individual is a felony in New York. Literally anyone with half a brain knew this video was as bogus as it turned out to be a few seconds into it.
The very permits that they themselves submitted clearly say “Actors interviewed on camera in fake gun store”. Not people. Not customers. ACTORS. People paid to parrot words written by others… kind of like Shannon Watts but I digress…
This farce of a video was trumpeted far and wide by every gun control group out there. Moms Demand Action jumped on the bandwagon. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and their fans scattered it all over Facebook like a cat on meth scattering litter out the litterbox. Even the has-beens like the Brady Campaign promoted this video… and they all knew the video was fake. They knew that CeaseFire paid actors to play the roles of “customers” and “gun buyers”. They knew that the marketing of this video was a complete falsehood and that no real customers were shown in the video. They knew that the “gun store” was filled with plastic toys that nobody would ever mistake for a real firearm. None of that mattered to them however. All that mattered was CeaseFire’s message of disarmament and to hell with the truth.
They also knew what kind of organization they were promoting. They knew the organization was filled with wife beaters, drug traffickers, rapists, kidnappers, pedophiles and weapons traffickers. Many of their employees are active gang members associated with Latin Kings and the Maniac Latin Disciples. Even the spokesman who attempted to downplay the arrest of a CeaseFire member for kidnapping and raping a 17 year old girl has a domestic violence record. These people are who Moms Demand and the CSGV chose to promote… knowing full well that the material they were sharing and promoting was a total, complete and utter lie.
This is, has been, and always will be a hallmark of the gun control movement. Lies, half-truths, misdirection and obfuscation are their stock in trade. They have nothing else to work with. If they told the truth, if they worked with fact, their organizations would shrivel on the vine and die off. It is why they avoid honest debate, it is why they block & ban anyone who dares ask even a simply non-confrontational question. Their positions simply cannot bear the light of truth and honest scrutiny.
Above all else is one overriding lesson to be learned from this latest example of the fraud, lies and deceit from the gun control crowd: To them the ends justify the means- even if the means involves promoting a false, scripted story as truth that was promoted by an organization as evil as CeaseFire which was long been under scrutiny as a front which provides a cover for employees to commit crimes. Chicago police point to CeaseFire worker Sylvester Hudson, who was charged last year with selling heroin to a federal informant outside CeaseFire’s headquarters at UIC. Another CeaseFire employee was sentenced to Cook County boot camp in 2011 for possession of a machine gun/automatic weapon. Since 2010, five other CeaseFire employees have been sentenced to Federal prison- not jail or State prison but a Federal prison.
Fake store, fake guns, fake clerk and fake customers in a fake video which gets touted as reality by an organization like CeaseFire. Other gun control groups ignore CeaseFire’s criminality and lies and spread what they know full well to be a total falsehood simply because it fits their agenda. They supposedly exist for the safety of the children- except for the children raped by CeaseFire members, who get hooked on heroin sold by CeaseFire members, who get beaten by CeaseFire members… because as we all know your death only counts if you’re shot.
- Mr. Decker
CeaseFire director arrested on domestic battery charges
CeaseFire “Violence Interrupter” Arrested for… Violence
CeaseFire criminal corruption may rival that of Bloomberg mayors
You name it, and I've seen it. Paints and dips galore. From camo inspired to Hello Kitty. Whatever it is that is your personal style, you can find a firearm to match.
I know many women who prefer a pretty gun. And, what is wrong with that? If they chose to carry a gun that is every color of the rainbow, who cares? It's their firearm, they can paint it any color they wish.
There are many people in the firearms culture who bemoan the colorful gun trend. "It's just not right," they say. "It's not functional. It's not concealable." Quite frankly, it's none of their business. Just as we all have our favorite brands, our custom grips sights, scopes, stocks, shrouds, and slings, we also have an ever increasing array of colors to pick from.
We will always have traditionalists who believe that all firearms should be wood stocked, black or gun metal grey, and that's okay too. That's the beauty of the colorful gun trend. No matter what your personal preference, there is a gun for you. However, there is now an extensive pallette to choose from and if colorful guns are going to draw more women to the world of firearm ownership, then I believe we can all agree that is a very good thing.
Not only for the firearms industry, but for educating and empowering more people on their Second Amendment protected, unalienable right, to protect and defend themselves. I, myself, am partial to a matte black, easily concealable, sidearm. But, those candy colored options sure are pretty and they fire just the same.
So, next time you see a case full of colorful guns, don't be so quick to judge. Perhaps, even ask to test one out. Betcha it will shoot just as good as any other of a different color.
Memorial Day as we know it was officially created by Federal law in 1967, but it existed long before then as a day of remembrance on or around the last Monday of May since 1868. It was originally instituted informally as Decoration Day in that year as a way to commemorate all the fallen in the American Civil War. Few people realize today that the American Civil War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in our nation’s history, with nearly 750,000 dead. That is a lot of American lives sacrificed in a cause that so many were willing to fight for, and it is not a cause to take lightly. It was a cause fought because we all at the time had very deep and sincere convictions about what the words on an important document meant to our way of life as a nation, and how it protected each and every individual. The exact details of why so many were willing to fight and die is not worth further elucidation or debate here, but what is paramount in the historical lesson is that so many were sincere enough in their convictions abut that document that they did march off to war for it, willing to give all. That document, as you may have guessed, is the Constitution of The United States of America.
The Constitution is the document that defines us as a nation, giving us our character and structure, and it is the Supreme Law of the Land, to be obeyed by all those that govern us. It elicits strong passion in so many of us on a regular basis, as we reflect on its meaning, and every soldier swears an oath to defend it, with his life if need be, from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Another group of men did step up and take that oath on the eve of World War II, as they saw the clear tyranny of NAZI Germany and The Empire of Japan as anathema to our Liberties guaranteed in that great document and its beautiful words. Off to war they marched again, fighting the dictators that would try to take away our freedom, our Liberties, and at least another 405,000 Americans would perish protecting that document from potential harm. Once more, so many willing to sacrifice all for that document which protects us all from oppression, tyranny, repression, or autocracy. This document is most definitely weighed down with much blood to protect it, which most definitely imbues us with special responsibilities as Citizens.
We could say that the Constitution is literally written in blood by the numerous many that have given it for this document. It is a statistical fact that more than 1.3 million Americans have given their lives in war for this incredible document, and they do it willingly as they know that this document protects us all. They paid the ultimate sacrifice for us so that we may cloak ourselves in its Liberty and safety. Within that document are many guarantees, but there is one guarantee for us all to take special note of, one that all those that have fallen in the many battles would readily understand, as it is the Second Amendment, which gives us all the Right to feel safe and charges us with the Right to protect; the Right to protect this document, protect our nation, protect our neighbors, protect our families, and of course ourselves.
So this Memorial Day, when you toss back a beer, or bite down on a juicy burger, take a minute to recall that the real meaning of the day is to remember all those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives for a document that protects us, and that we are also charged with protecting. We do this through its sacred guarantee incorporated in the Second Amendment. So, also reach down and pat your holstered pistol or revolver, and remember what has been sacrificed for it. Let’s keep it! I pray you all enjoy a safe Memorial Day this year, and I hope that this gives you some food for thought, touching your heart in some way.
Bobby W Schmidt
Talk to many firearm owners and ask why they own firearms and you’ll get many different reasons. Those reasons include target shooting, collecting/historical reasons, various shooting sports such as IPSC and CASS, casual plinking and hunting. There is also another reason that many of us own a firearm- and that is to defend our lives or the lives of another from the use or imminent use of force likely to cause serious physical injury or death. That reason is the “nuclear option”; the back to the wall instance where there is no other option but to use a firearm to keep yourself or others from being killed or severely injured.
It is for the last reason that many of us apply for CCH/CCW permits (in States that require them). It is why we practice and train incessantly. It is why we have initiated legal proceedings and have had cases heard by the Supreme Court to overturn handgun bans and “compelling reason” permits. It is why we study in order to be familiar with our State and Municipality’s laws regarding the carriage of arms. It is why we select the most effective cartridges for our carry guns. It is why we ensure the functionality of our carry guns. It is why we spend time on the range. It is why we practice malfunction drills.
It is a great responsibility to carry a firearm- and we spend a lot of time and money to learn all we can about the art of armed self-defense. For this article, the premise is that the unthinkable has happened. You have used a firearm to defend your life or the life of another. What you do from this point onwards can (and will) have an effect on the rest of your life. It is important to be as conversant with what happens afterwards as it is to be conversant on everything that came previously and as much as I hate to admit it, there is a LOT of bad advice on the web regarding post defensive gun usage (DGU) situations. Part I of this two part article will address some of the more popular boneheaded advice out there.
Keep in mind as you read this that I have been a police officer for over a decade and have been a firearms instructor for 13 years. The “advice” I address in this article will ensure that a responding police officer and/or an investigator who would normally be on your side turns into an adversary. Put plainly, if we respond to a shooting and the shooter is lying or has altered the scene in any way, it makes us wonder what else they are lying about. While you may eventually be cleared of wrongdoing, the process to get there will be rough and expensive- with no guarantees your legitimate DGU won’t turn into a murder charge.
Now we’ve all heard the statement “If they’re outside your house, drag them inside”. It seems to be relatively popular, mainly amongst the amateur attorney set, and crops up all over the place. If there was one piece of advice that is GUARANTEED to land you in prison for an extended stay- this is it. The site of your DGU is a crime scene. You do not, under any circumstances, want to alter the scene in any way, shape or form. It is no different than lying to an investigating officer and in some states it carries a criminal charge of tampering with evidence. Even the greenest rookie is going to be able to tell that the body has been moved and instead of your attacker being the criminal… you’re the criminal.
Another (dismayingly so) popular bit of advice is “Make sure they have a weapon in their hand”. This one could be the mating call of Northamericanus Boneheadius as it seems to attract a flock of likeminded individuals chiming in as if this was a good thing.. By introducing or removing an item, you have altered the crime scene. Go into your kitchen and put a knife in the hand of the mutt who attacked you in your living room and voila’- you are now the criminal and not the person who was attacking you. The legal threshold for the use of deadly force is that a reasonable person would believe that they are being subjected to (or about to be subjected to) force likely to cause serious physical injury or death. Objective reasonableness does not include a necessity for a weapon to be present. Read that last sentence again. Then reread it a few more times. Commit it to memory in case you’re browsing the internet and see someone post that the perp should have a weapon in his hand to remind yourself how dumb this idea is. Heck- bookmark this page so you can refer back to it from time to time to refresh your memory because there WILL be a test after class… administered by your District Attorney and graded by 12 of your fellow citizens.
The next topic is a bit more nebulous in that it isn’t a specific bit of poor advice but rather an attitude- an attitude that will get you jammed up post DGU. That attitude is “shoot to kill”. This one is a perennial favorite of the wannabe Rambos who don’t have Clue #1 and is spread all over the internet like seagull droppings behind a White Castle. The problem with this is that it runs counter to every single self-defense law on the books. The desired outcome of every DGU is to stop the attack; to make the person quit trying to harm you. The most effective way is to place your rounds center of mass. Yes, many times this will cause your attacker to join the great silent majority but the intention was not to kill but to stop the attack. A good phrase to commit to memory regarding this bit is “I did not shoot to kill, I shot to LIVE”.
Going further with this mindset are the ninnies who expound on “Finishing the job so the cops only get one story”. Those of us in Law Enforcement call that course of action “Murder”, as do District Attorneys and 99.9% of the American population (with the other 0.1% being the knuckleheads saying “Finish the job”). Those that seek to do others harm can be grouped into three general categories: Those that will give up when they see you armed, those that will give up once they have been shot, and those that will only give up when they drop from hypovolemic shock and hypoxia. No matter which type you have encountered, once the attacker is no longer offering violence towards you, stop shooting. No matter what they were trying to do. No matter what they have just done. There is no “unless” or “but”.
You. Stop. Shooting. Period.
Of course there is a lot more bad advice floating around out there on the internet that can (and will) turn a righteous DGU into a bad shoot. I have taken the most prevalent, and unfortunately the most popular, ones out there and used them as examples. Part II of this article will address how to navigate what comes after a DGU including how to respond to officers who arrive on scene.
- Mr. Decker
I have a strong love for a certain television show that just ended. The star of the program has a Stetson, a swagger, and a short fuse. You know the one. It's very entertaining.
It's also a terrible example of how to deal with self-defense scenarios as a gun carrier that isn't backed up by law enforcement.
The main character knows that he's the fastest draw around and that he has quite a bit of license with showing this skill. Knowing this, he says and does some things that he should not do. Fortunately for us, this is television and these teachable moments do not come at the cost of real human lives.
The main character threatens when he should de-escalate and fights when he should run. Of course, it wouldn't be entertaining television otherwise.
I'm not going to list any of these specific moments for copyright reasons, but it is worth keeping in mind that what you see on TV isn't always good tactics. Consider getting into the habit of criticizing these things; you'll regularly hear me say "No, get into COVER" or "Glocks don't have safeties and shouldn't make that sound when drawn" anytime I watch this or similar shows.
Take it all for what it is, and find a way to learn from it too.
We live about five miles from a Conservation shooting range and Ronda decided she wanted to try and shoot for the very first time. She didn't like my Springer 40 caliber subcompact and tried my 1911 45 and loved it, even tried to talk me out of it lol. I still own that pistol. Today Ronda has just about as many firearms as I do. She found a new love, SHOOTING! She took her hunter safety course about 20 years ago but never did put it to use until I came along (Good Corruption). Ronda now looks forward to any and all hunting seasons and we as a family can enjoy being in the hunting woods together. Her tally thus far many squirrels, one armadillo and several whitetail deer.
Ronda is also a member of many gun sites and is the Missouri State Coordinator for 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control. One of the hardest but most rewarding things we can do as husbands is teach our wives to shoot and hunt. Wives can be the hardest to teach, but it will be worth the time and patience to have your best friend and wife by your side in protection of the family, as well as in the woods hunting. It is so rewarding to see the confidence build in a new shooter/hunter and someone that can protect themselves should the need arise. I should add she is the prettiest hunting partner I've ever had the pleasure to hunt with.
It's almost squirrel season in Missouri. Some of my best memories involve squirrel hunting with my husband and son. On my very first day out, I spotted a squirrel peeking out of a hole in an oak tree. I raised my .410 up and was getting the squirrel sighted in. Just when I got ready to pull the trigger my husband said, "Hang on, let me show you a little trick." So I lowered my gun and anxiously awaited the new and amazing trick I was about to see.
Jim raised his Ruger 10/22, took aim and shot my squirrel out of the tree. Yes, he shot my squirrel after calling me off of it. We still laugh hard about it today. The silly look he had on his face afterwards was classic as he looked at me and said "oops". You see, his intention was to shoot just above the squirrel, which would scare the squirrel out of the hole but he was just a little off target and shot my squirrel instead. You can imagine the ribbing I still give him today about that. Yes, my husband shot my squirrel!
Thankfully, my son was with us and was able to help ensure I got my first squirrel that day. We walked for another hour or so and all of a sudden the woods came alive. My son and husband were both pointing at trees and squirrels were everywhere. I was grinning from ear to ear and laughing uncontrollably. Shelby finally got me to quit laughing and pointed me in the direction of what he thought would be the easiest squirrel for me to shoot. I sighted it in, pulled the trigger on my sweet .410 and boom...my first squirrel! I turned my head just in time to take aim at another one and got my second squirrel immediately. I shot two more that day and I fondly named that particular area "The Squirrel Playground". That was the day that squirrel hunting became my favorite activity.
On another squirrel hunting adventure early on I walked right into the middle of a thornbush. I immediately called for Jim to come help me. He walked over, took one look at me and said, "If I wasn't with you, what would you do?" and started clearing the thorns away from me. Well, I thought about it for a half a second and asked him to stop. He was right, if I was alone in the woods, would I truly just stand there helplessly or would I do something about it? So I cleared my own way out of the thornbush (and many more since then) while he just stood and grinned, proud of his wife and the hunter she was becoming.
I can't think of a better way to spend my day than walking through the woods with my husband and son. I still use that same .410 for squirrel hunting. I've got a 22 that I could use instead but I have a passion for shotguns and this particular .410 is probably my favorite gun. I have learned so much through hunting but more than anything else I have made fantastic memories with my family and friends and learned self confidence!
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