Condition Yellow: Nature or Nurture?

keep-calm-and-stay-observantMost shooters are at least dimly aware of the “color codes” of awareness (White/Yellow/Orange/Red) that Jeff Cooper popularized.

If you read Jeff Cooper’s wikipedia entry, it defines Condition Yellow by quoting The Carry Book: Minnesota Edition, 2011:

Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that “today could be the day I may have to defend myself”. You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your eyes and ears, and realize that “I may have to shoot today”. You don’t have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don’t know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to “Watch your six.” (In aviation 12 o’clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft’s nose. Six o’clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are “taking in” surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree radar sweep. As Cooper put it, “I might have to shoot.”

What You Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Mohammed Ate Bacon

Mohammed Ate Bacon

“Bad Boys” doesn’t quite do them justice, these ignorant terrorist cavemen that attacked the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris and killed 12 people and wounded 7 more.  It takes a special kind of backwardness for a religion to be born in the Iron Age and yet never progress past the Stone Age, but Islam pulled off that feat.

While I admire the courage of the French writers and artists who published the satirical cartoons, I question their decision to put their safety into the hands of unarmed French gendarmes.  That phenomenon baffles me, given the fact that the Parisian officials have ceded control of entire neighborhoods in Paris to muslim gangs.  Perhaps “the City of Lights” is just a description of the torches carried by rioting muslims.

France’s strict gun laws are well known (as are the gaping holes in them), and yet this horrible massacre was committed in broad daylight with fully automatic weapons (AK-103‘s I have read, which are a fairly new model).  Be sure to throw this fact in the face of any domestic gun grabbers you have to deal with.

But we don’t have a lot of details at this point about how the attack was carried out, or how the victims responded.  The fact that all 3 attackers walked away after the attack without obvious injuries would seem to indicate that any defensive counterattack by their victims was not particularly effective.  They might have been too shocked to react at all to the attack, thus becoming sitting ducks.

What would you do if this sort of attack was perpetrated at your workplace?

Gun Ownership in a time of Civil Unrest

when-the-shit-hits-the-fan-keep-calm_SMThe aftermath of the Darren Wilson grand jury wasn’t a surprise to you was it?

While not discussing the merits of the case, the many clear signs leading up to the announcement all pointed to two conclusions: that a decision not to indict would be forthcoming, and that there would be potentially violent “protests” in Ferguson, MO and many other places.  Failing to recognize those signs would be a symptom of willful stupidity or devout liberalism.  But I repeat myself.

Some people were shocked by the decision not to indict. Such people would probably express surprise at indoor plumbing and basic arithmetic. But maybe that is a bit too harsh.  After all, with a Democrat mayor, Democrat governor, Democrat attorney general and Democrat president all stirring the pot, some liberal stalwarts might have held out hope that the “fix” was in.

Leaving aside the institutional bias of the state against prosecuting agents of that state for crimes, the autopsy results and the video evidence of Mike Brown’s criminal activities is clear, unambiguous and undeniable.  Except for Brown’s mom, anyway.  That woman needs her t-shirt money, for real.  Profiting off the death of a child that you failed to properly raise (and inciting a riot) is a right, isn’t it?  I guess yelling “set this place on fire!” in a crowded city isn’t a crime, as it would be in a theater.

Use of Deadly Force Against An Unarmed Assailant (Updated)

Disparity

Disparity

Andrew Branca posted this at Legal Insurrection.

It is an important issue, and one that is not addressed adequately in the training that a person receives when they get their gun permit.

It is also not a scenario that most people prepare themselves for, and that lack of preparation can cause hesitation or indecision at a crucial moment.

Well worth your time to read.

UPDATE:

In the aftermath of another black-on-white racial gang attack (this time at a Kroger market in Memphis TN), Andrew Branca published a follow-up article on the use of deadly force against unarmed assailants.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/caught-on-video-vicious-group-attack-by-thugs-on-young-couple/

Once again, Mr. Branca reiterates the 5 elements of self-defense:

  • Proportionality
  • Innocence
  • Imminence
  • Avoidance
  • Reasonableness

And he relates them to the facts of this case (as they are currently known).

 

 

Open Carry Zealots Screw Up (Again)

Learn to read, OC'ers

Learn to read, OC’ers

No matter how many times the pouty Open Carry zealots lose a battle or make the gun-owning public look bad, they never seem to connect the dots between their stubborn attention-whoring behavior and the clear negative consequences that they cause.

Did they learn after they pushed Starbucks into the arms of the gun control lobby?

No, they did not:

Chipotle: Don’t bring guns in our stores

“Chipotle is asking customers not to bring firearms into its stores after it says gun rights advocates brought military-style assault rifles into one of its restaurants in Texas.”

Way to go, idiots.

Now, I cannot seem to locate my Magic 8-Ball, but I will go out on a limb and make a prediction anyway: this clear and uniformly negative result from their behavior will not stop Open Carry Zealots from being idiots yet again and playing into the hands of the Brady Bunch.

It’s almost like they are doing it on purpose.  Maybe they need to be investigated to see if they are taking money from Bloomberg to act this way.  It’s hard to believe that a rational human being could screw up so often and not realize that they are screwing up.