Category: Disarm and Disable

The “What If” Game for Women’s Safety

There are many benefits of playing the What if game.  The main benefit is to place yourself in the perspective of one person who may have to either avoid a potential confrontation or to defend themselves against a violent attack. It is during this exercise that visualizing a plausible response to an attack is developed

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Your firearm is a tool – Be proficient!

Over the past year, I have met many people who have told me they own a firearm for the self-defense purposes.  The firearms consist of rifles, shotguns and handguns.  Some of those individuals have even sadly expressed they are neither proficient with their firearm nor have they ever fired the weapon.  There are so many

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Violent episodes around us

Many public businesses and parking lots have become lethal crime scenes for a variety of reasons. Here is a brief account of several incidents in chronological order: June 2018: A gunman shot one person as he attempted to carjack a vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Tumwater, WA. A legally armed

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Using a cell phone for self-defense

Technology can be of a great benefit in our everyday lives. When it comes to certain items, the ability to instantly communicate to others whether they are minutes or hundreds of miles away from us is absolutely awesome.  We do however need to understand the limits of that technology and when it is most appropriate

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Just who are the Shooters…

During a recent social media interaction, one of the participants responding to my post alluded to Active shooters belonging to one particular ethnic persuasion.  I responded that the truth of the matter was that they come from “nearly” every walk of life, ethnicity, gender, age, across socio-economic backgrounds as well as those who are highly

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Crimes Intertwined

There are a number of situations where other lesser included crimes and homicides that are intertwined.  These crimes involve domestic violence and abuse, stalking, workplace violence and the active shooter.  In 2009, a man went to the dental office in Simi Valley, CA where his wife was employed where he shot and killed her and

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Know how to tactically escape from a shooting location

The reality of Hard or Soft Targets

History and past Active Shooters/Assailants have repeatedly shown us they purposely selected the targets they will attack by what they saw as “soft targets.” Shooters have watched, researched or deemed that a particular environment (work site, school, church, public place, etc.) where they feel no person or persons will immediately intervene to stop their violent

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Is it the gun?

In the 2017 and 2018 Active Shooting cases, shooters have used weapons that the media and others have defined as “weapons of war.”  These cases involve weapons with associated terms of bump stocks, high capacity magazines and automatic or semi-automatic weapons.  While the current focus (of some) is on the weapon, remember two things: killers

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Stalking

A woman you barely know from work suddenly runs into your office. She has a look of terror written all over her face and is hysterically crying.  As you try to come to grips why you are experiencing this, you then recall her attendance at work has lately been spotty.  The woman tells you that

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