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SOTG 399 - Summertime Safety: Surviving the Heat

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The SOTG crew offers some tips for beating the heat and staying safe this summer. The Professor give you just a taste of the Beyond the Band Aid course and discusses heat related illness and how to treat and prevent it.

Should you provide medical treatment to a criminal you just shot? Are you expected or required to do so? We answer these frequently asked question.

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During a recent outing to an indoor shooting range I encountered a fellow shooter and the subject turned to concealed carry and using a handgun for personal defense. My practice sessions tend to be far from the normal stand and shoot affair and after observing me for a while the gentleman asked where I learned to shoot and what I did for a living.

I mentioned that I regularly taught courses at the range in question and he remarked that he indeed had a “concealed carry license” though he never carried. “I got it just in case” was his remark. He went on to comment that “I’m not trigger-happy” and “I don’t want to have to hurt anyone.” My comment was simply that “Someone out there wants to hurt you. You just haven’t met them yet.”

While the casual reader might think that a callous or even snide remark on my part, the fact of the matter is that from practical stand point my comment was right on the money. Right now, at the very moment you are reading these words there are people on planet Earth who would happily kill you. The only reason that they haven’t done so is because you are separated by great distance and they cannot get you in their sights.

Reality Check
I spent 17 years as an Ohio State Certified Peace Officer.  During my time spent with a badge I frequently encountered criminals, bad guys who I had previously arrested, in the aisles of the local grocery or big box store.  My wife learned early on in our marriage that if I pointed someone out during a shopping trip we needed to move to another area of the store.  The last thing I wanted to do was encounter some maggot I’d arrested a month earlier while my family was present.

For the naive in the audience; no, the bad guys don’t go to jail and stay there after the police catch and arrest them. Vermin arrested for vicious felonies will bail out of jail and spend months on the street before ever going to trial. Even if they are convicted, our broken justice system sees them back on the street much sooner than most citizens would imagine. Actual time served is between 50 and 60 percent of the time sentenced.

What’s my point in all this?   It simple, every time you leave your home and go out in public you are brushing elbows with felons. You just don’t know it.

Choices to Make
After returning home from the range I posted the comments made by my new shooting acquaintance on an Internet forum and was deluged by additional postings from gun people. A couple of “reasonable” folks made the point that many citizens simply could never fight back against an attacker, particularly with a firearm. I conceded that life is full of choices. One choice that many people make is to be completely unprepared to defend themselves against criminal aggression. It is, however, a choice.

Far too often, when the subject of violent crime comes up, the ‘reasonable and rational’ members of society attempt to position themselves on the moral high ground. These people will make statements such as “I could never harm another human being” or “violence only begets violence”. That is very true. If you attempt violence against me or my family, you definitely will beget some violence in return.

Words, nonetheless, are cheap. All people want to be seen as reasonable and rational by their peers. But words are meaningless to the predatory element of society. The career criminal, social bully, and deranged drug-user pay no heed to how reasonable and rational your friends might think you are. These creatures will take from you want they want up to and including your life.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.