Pat Condell on Twitter: “Lots of slippery condolences for from politicians who don’t want to address the core problem. Those people were murdered because they were Christians. The problem is not ‘terror’, but Islam’s message of violence towards non-believers. No other religion has it.”
Here’s a good idea from Defender88 at the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated:
“Buy a stack of man size silhouette targets.
Take 1 and make a large x across it.
Indicating this is a Non-Threat target.
“Staple the non-threat across the front of a standard threat target. Cover 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 of the threat target. Practice moving and shooting and hitting the threat (say head shot) without hitting the non-threat. At different distances.
Find out what your real capabilities are, under ideal conditions. Considering how you would feel in hitting a non-threat : Wife, kid, by-stander.
Try making a head shot, while moving, with one hand, etc.
Then consider it will be 10x harder in a real fight.
One thing more important than knowing ‘when’ to shoot is knowing when ‘not’ to shoot.”
And, having practiced, being ready to employ your knowing.
Via Shooting Illustrated
We never knew how just was our cause until we entered the rotten interior of Germany and beheld for the first time the unbelievable results of Nazi greed and cruelty – the shallow, quick lime graves – the feeble thanks and tears of joy of the emaciated walking dead – the slave laborers, who were former free men in Europe – miserable wretches whose plight might well have been the lot of our own loved ones had we not succeeded.
May this history, then, be dedicated to those who died inconspicuously, but not in vain, that freedom might live.
—From the Combat History of the 137th US Infantry Regiment (Kansas National Guard), 35 US Infantry Division, which fought
from Normandy to the Elbe with the 1st, 3rd and 9th US Armies
Via commenter David All at Simply Jews
“The answer is for more good people to own guns making it less likely a coward would attack a soft target because of return fire. Bad people will always find a way.” —commenter JimTDavis at Gab
Gab CEO Andrew Torba responds on NPR to the censorship of his site and its 800,000 users (of which I am one) by the Silicon Valley oligarchy. Here’s the full interview of 16 plus minutes which NPR is very unlikely to use in full.
He makes valid points: Gab had like 4 minutes from an ambiguous post Bowers made about “going in” until he murdered the synagogue congregants (I see no reason to call him a suspect); Bowers also had a presence on Facebook and on Twitter but they’ve not been called “a hate megaphone” of “far-right extremists” nor taken down and banned for it; Gab is working with law enforcement to help prosecute Bowers, not stalling them like the big social media platforms have done in the past.
Torba, who has a connection to Austin (according to a business profile on Bloomberg), says he’s now receiving death threats from the usual suspects. He makes another interesting point: that it’s only been since Trump won the presidency that conservatives on platforms like Twitter and Facebook have been censored, which led to the creation of Gab.
Via The Daily Haze
UPDATE: Gab expects to be back online by the weekend, three days from now.
Or hide under something.
That’s the advice from PJMedia gun columnist Jeff Sanders on dealing with an active shooter. Of course it’s easy to say what you should do. Only when confronted (by surprise!) can you know what you would do.
“MOVE!…Keep moving and you will increase your chances of survival. And if you run away, you will become a smaller target. The worst thing to do is stand still.”
Or shelter in place as the current official advice has it. Disperse. Run for your lives. The perp is likely a lousy shot and there’s nothing harder than hitting a moving target, as soldiers learn in combat.
“So… remember to do something, anything, to throw off the attacker’s plans. If dozens of people are running away in dozens of directions at the same time, he cannot focus on all of you.”
If you must shelter in place, barricade the door with something heavy. Or tie a tie or a belt around the doorknob and hold it at an angle from the door which makes entry impossible. If you must, fight back. Throw something at him, distract him. He’s very likely a coward to begin with who is not expecting a fight.