Self-Defense and Firearms

competitive marksmanshipI currently reccommend reading the book, “Self-defense Laws of all 50 States” by Vilos and Vilos as a reference text and as a really good read. This book brings up various issues which hit home personally. Our Justice System is designed to judge not only justice to the harmed, but also punishment to the wrong doer. As we know this does not happen, that MAYBE, sometimes, in some small fraction of cases, the harmed finds a bit of justice, the wrong doer is somehow, an innocent victim. What a bunch of hogwash we must wallow in! However, knowing the law really works in a law abider’s favor. For example, I recently flew from El Paso, TX to LAX enroute to a day in Federal Court. My call for Justice finally found a date on the Court’s calendar. I did the whole TSA procedure at the El Paso airport, only to find, by the time I was in the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse, manned by U.S. Marshals, there  showed “weird blobs” on the scanning screen from my backpack. I had no idea what they were. Yes, the Marshals would like me to unload my pack. First, we looked in the large section. Luckily I had a bunch of publications of me from my shooting days. I identified myself as a retired officer, that my former assignments involved competitive shooting and I needed to go upstairs to wrap up some old issues (sue the government for the early demise of my career…..). The front pouch pocket held the “weird blobs”. I felt certain these Marshalls were going to take me down and cuff me for carrying TWO LIVE ROUNDS for I did know the law, I failed to pack my bags properly. Yikes. I said how I no longer competed, I did target practice from time to time and I, apparently, did not fully clean out from the other week of marksmanship fun. They wanted to talk shop. They wanted to see my credentials and my permit to carry. I almost peed my pants I felt so relieved. They returned my rounds and told me, next time, I didn’t need to go through the scans, I could just show my retired credentials and go around… Upstairs, I found that tiny spec of Justice, but nothing in the way of any punishment will befall the harmful and frivolous decisions made by my former managers. Know your laws AND follow them! We all have great stories to tell, what are yours?

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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