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Phoenix police release video of officer fatally shooting man who stole patrol car - KTAR.com 03/30/2022

Phoenix police release video of officer fatally shooting man who stole patrol car - KTAR.com

QOD: are you, as a citizen, legally justified to use lethal force, in Arizona, to prevent the commission of theft of an automobile (can you protect property with lethal force)?

Do police officers have the right to use lethal force to prevent this crime even if they are not in imminent jeopardy of grievous bodily harm or death?

https://ktar.com/story/4975957/phoenix-police-release-video-of-officer-fatally-shooting-man-who-stole-patrol-car/

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Phoenix police release video of officer fatally shooting man who stole patrol car - KTAR.com The Phoenix Police Department has released video of an incident where an officer fatally shot a man who stole his patrol car following a call for help on a city bus earlier this month.

03/29/2022

In Phoenix, "Priority 1" (life threatening emergency) response times have risen from approximately 5 minutes, in 2011, to an average of 7 minutes 20 seconds in 2021.

With the "mass resignation" of police officers and no one filling those roles, we are going to see this time increase significantly over the next few years.

What is your plan to protect your family while you wait for the police? Imagine holding your breath for over seven minutes. This is what it feels like when you are the victim of violence and are waiting for help.

The police are not here to protect or defend. They are not able to nor do they have a mandate to do it. You are your sole protector. Realize that. Understand that.

What is your plan?

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Photos from SafeMind LLC's post 03/29/2022

It's not about the gun.

My next few posts are going to focus on "not the gun" as it relates to self defense and some of the classes I experienced at TACCON 22, an annual self defense workshop that provides amazing training and learning opportunities.
Many of us are quite aware that if a gun comes in to play there are no winners, only losers, and everything else you could have done to prevent violent attack has failed. The proverbial last resort.
There are many tools available to the citizen defender and I believe that few are as useful as BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). The primary purpose is to help you create space and enable you to shift control of a violent situation.
Even a little jits will give you some useful tools.

Seek out your local Jiu-Jitsu school. It will change your life.

Your Defense is Personal

03/29/2022

Hey hey, SafeMind is now an FFL (Federal Firearms License) holder.
We will be focusing on helping our students find the right firearm in the most convenient manner possible.
No more dealing with "gun store dudes" with little to no knowledge of defensive firearms or what meets your specific requirements.
SafeMind is forever striving to meet our motto of "Your Defense is Personal". This is one more concierge service that we provide that sets us apart from other training providers.

Your Defense is Personal

03/27/2022

As citizen defenders we spend most of our training effort on marksmanship. This is definitely important as we absolutely must be able to stop a threat if necessary to do so.
However, every moment we are out in public we are managing unknown contacts and working to mitigate risk. Unless you have participated in realistic force on force training you will not know how you will respond in a violent situation nor will you learn the consequences of your decisions and actions, or inaction.
This is the time to make mistakes. This is the consequence of mine.

Your Defense is Personal

03/23/2022

BALANCE

Burning it down. This is a solid performance!

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03/18/2022

Class prep - tomorrow I am going to be a student in Defenders USA Long Range Precision class taught by my good friend Russell Anthon.
I'm super excited about stealing his concepts, I mean learning from him, and the opportunity to be in a class and not in front of the class
This is my third class, this year, in which I've been a student. I have another, TACCON 22, next weekend.
In 3 months I will have attended more classes than over 95% of all firearm owners will attend in their life. Think about that.

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License-to-Carry Applications Have Skyrocketed In Philly — Even More Than You'd Think 03/17/2022

License-to-Carry Applications Have Skyrocketed In Philly — Even More Than You'd Think

We are seeing this increase here in AZ, as well. This is despite not having a requirement for a permit to carry a concealed firearm (aka, Constitutional Carry).
The cause(s) for this increase is likely diverse, from the notable increase in violent crime (these are not "lawful" gun owners), to a dramatic reduction in police presence and ability/desire to respond to crime (when seconds count, the police are minutes/hours away), as well as the social normalization of firearms among non-traditional communities, primarily liberals, women, LBGT...., and such.
Having a tool to protect yourself is normal. Wearing a seatbelt is normal, having a fire extinguisher in the home is normal, carrying a concealed firearm is normal.

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License-to-Carry Applications Have Skyrocketed In Philly — Even More Than You'd Think One expert calls the dramatic increase "exceptional."

Photos from PrecisionRifle's post 03/11/2022

Yeah, that's awesome!

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Timeline photos 03/10/2022

Intensive Defensive -April 6 - Defensive Carbine - https://mailchi.mp/5fffabf74b9e/march2carbine-5637152

03/08/2022

Happy 308!

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03/06/2022

This is why it is critical to develop processes in our practice, training and execution.

Good thing that this person had the presence of mind to notice the subtle difference between a live cartridge and his dummy rounds. As Sesame Street once said, "one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong".
Imagine the consequences had this not been the case.

Your Defense is Personal

Instagram Photos 02/25/2022

Cool pic (look for the bullet)

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What an incredible photo! Taken by Tabius Swartz. Follow @longrangeshootersofutah

Arizona receives 'F' grade from Giffords Law Center over gun laws - KTAR.com 02/23/2022

Arizona receives 'F' grade from Giffords Law Center over gun laws - KTAR.com

When the Giffords Group gives your state an "F" that means that your right to keep and bear arms is being protected.

This organization, and others like it, tend to skew data just a bit in order for it to look as though crime has increased because (insert irrational reason here).

Your Defense is Personal

Arizona receives 'F' grade from Giffords Law Center over gun laws - KTAR.com A national law center gave Arizona the worst possible grade as part of its nationwide annual gun law scorecard.

Mom thanks baristas for keeping daughter safe from potential predator 02/22/2022

Mom thanks baristas for keeping daughter safe from potential predator

Strong work to these barristas as Starbucks. They recognized a potential threat and took the appropriate steps to intervene.

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https://www.abc15.com/news/national/mom-thanks-baristas-for-keeping-daughter-safe-from-potential-predator

Mom thanks baristas for keeping daughter safe from potential predator While she was studying, a man approached the teen. The staff noticed and took action.

Arizona: House Passes School Pick-Up Drop-Off Bill 02/22/2022

Arizona: House Passes School Pick-Up Drop-Off Bill

Some pro-2A laws coming soon!

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https://www.ammoland.com/2022/02/arizona-house-passes-school-pick-up-drop-off-bill-2/?ct=t%28RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN%29#axzz7LX9hWokw

Arizona: House Passes School Pick-Up Drop-Off Bill Last week, a number of pro-gun bills have continued to advance through the legal system in the state of Arizona.

Timeline photos 02/20/2022

Intensive Defensive -March 2 - Defensive Carbine - https://mailchi.mp/c9d0f17b7cf7/march2carbine

2021 National Firearms Survey 02/18/2022

2021 National Firearms Survey

The 2021 National Firearms Survey has been released. While it only samples a small percentage of firearm owners, it provides comprehensive data on firearm ownership and DGU's (Defensive Gun Uses).
Quick note: About 1/3 of firearm owners state that they have used a firearm for self defense. Keep in mind that over 80% of these DGU's do not require the gun to be fired, but the mere presence of the firearm changes the behavior of the threat.
About 1/4 of DGU's are in the home, 1/2 are on privately owned property and the remainder are in public.

There are about 1,600,000 DGU's each year.

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2021 National Firearms Survey This report summarizes the findings of a national survey of firearms ownership and use conducted between February 17th and March 23rd, 2021 by the professional

Opinion | Democrats Should Ditch the Anti-Gun Rhetoric If They Want to Survive 2022 02/15/2022

Opinion | Democrats Should Ditch the Anti-Gun Rhetoric If They Want to Survive 2022

Over the past two, or three, years, the fasting growing demographic of new gun owners who I have taught have been more liberal leaning. When we meet I ask them to reach out to their local elected officials and advocate for the protection of our right to keep and bear arms.
This outstanding article breaks it all down.

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https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/11/16/democrats-gun-owners-522562

Opinion | Democrats Should Ditch the Anti-Gun Rhetoric If They Want to Survive 2022 Key components of the party — women, Black people and Latinos — are increasingly gun owners.

02/05/2022

As citizen defenders we spend considerable, time, energy and money to increase our skills, better our tools in preparation of an event that may never happen.
One can't be laser focused on one thing for more than an instant. Like the time we spend on live fire vs dry fire we must balance focus with being in the present and enjoying the world around us.
I'm taking time away from that focus and have shifted it to me for a few days.
I'll make a prediction, this down time will be instrumental in my continued success when I return.
What have you done for you lately?

Your Defense is Personal

02/03/2022

Do you have the opportunity to incorporate your live fire training with critical medical skills?
Increasing stress and managing multiple risks is important during a care under fire situation.

Your Defense is Personal

02/02/2022

I would love to say that the best part of taking classes is getting to learn and shoot. While that's great, and important, it's the friends we meet and get to hang out with.

Our community is pretty incredible and often misunderstood by those outside of it.

Great to hang with you Adam. Strong shooting, as well.

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Timeline photos 02/01/2022

Intensive Defensive - February 2 - https://mailchi.mp/047b39c0140c/july7-5536344

01/31/2022

Half the day is night.

Have you trained in low light conditions?
Have you automated the use of BOTH and handheld and weapon mounted light?
Are your batteries charged?

Using a proper light properly turns any night shoot in to a day shoot. However, understanding how light works, the aspect of light (are you or your target front lit, back lit, etc) determines how should be used to your advantage.

This is a skill that can be dry practiced in your house and your yard, the two most likely places you'll need the skill.

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Shoplifting suspect pepper sprayed Phoenix Walmart employees, police say 01/30/2022

Shoplifting suspect pepper sprayed Phoenix Walmart employees, police say

First pro-tip, don't go to Walmart. Of the top five places, in the City of Phoenix, for law enforcement calls for service, three are Walmarts.
Two, the use of pepper spray by thieves is becoming more popular. This is another reason why I recommend taking a pepper spray class, such as the one SafeMind teaches, in which you get a taste of the spicy deterrent. You don't want the first time experiencing the unpleasant sensation being when it's yours being blown back in your face or as a victim of a crime. It is entirely possible to fight through the discomfort.

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Shoplifting suspect pepper sprayed Phoenix Walmart employees, police say Phoenix police are searching for a man accused of pepper spraying employees at a Walmart at Metrocenter after stealing from the store back in December.MORE: ...

01/26/2022

Brilliant!

Stolen from a friend who stole it from a friend who likely stole it from a friend

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Scottsdale Police Department working to combat human trafficking in the state - KTAR.com 01/24/2022

Scottsdale Police Department working to combat human trafficking in the state - KTAR.com

A long time friend was part of this team for many years. Having just a peripheral knowledge of their mission, and accomplishments, the article is a bit understated.
We are coming up on full trafficking season here in AZ. Big events such as the Phoenix Open, Superbowl, car shows, and such, lure in big money, big whales and their appetite for young girls and boys.
This is something that happens every day in every city.

Your Defense is Personal

Scottsdale Police Department working to combat human trafficking in the state - KTAR.com A Valley police department is working to combat the issue of human trafficking in the state with Arizona having the 13th highest rate for cases reported in the nation.

01/23/2022

There are times to use paper targets and times to use semi-reactive.
This morning was a time for the latter.
Student R has been making solid progress on his process, but developed a habit of eye sprinting from sights to target, and back. This was slowing him down, making it difficult to reacquire the front sight between shots and building a training scar.
With semi-reactive we can see slight movement in the target indicating a hit while still having the front sights in view.

A great way to start the day.

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