10-21-2016-3-18-06-pmAbout ten years ago, my wife and I were traveling out west. We left Utah and drove south into Arizona, and turned down a narrow gravel road that took us out into some ranch land. We watched in amazement at a huge herd of sheep being watched by two sheep dogs. It was late in the afternoon when the sheepdogs suddenly jumped up and began herding the sheep across the valley towards a rustic old corral. I stopped the car as we watched these amazing dogs run back and forth, herding the sheep across the road right in front of us. I never did see anyone telling the sheepdogs what to do. Maybe they just knew when the sun got lower in the sky, it was time to take the sheep back to the corral where they would be safe from whatever lurked in the darkness.

I have heard stories of how the sheepdogs will protect their flock against predators such as coyotes, wolves and even mountain lions. I have heard that the only thing sheep will do in times of danger is either try to run or bunch up in a group and stomp their hooves. They don’t seem to be capable of fighting back against predators.

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Not all people are warriors or sheep dogs. Today’s military and law enforcement communities often use the term “sheepdogs,” referring to themselves as the defenders of the flocks. Just recently, in the terrorist incident which occurred in a St Cloud, Minnesota shopping mall, the shoppers were almost all sheep. But, there was one sheepdog. Off-duty policeman Jason Falconer took the necessary action to stop the terrorist before he could stab or slash any additional victims. Jason Falconer is a sheepdog of the highest order. He was a firearms instructor and taught classes on Self Defense. He ran toward the danger, while everyone else was running away. I am sure he had hoped it would never happen. But, he was ready when it did happen right in front of him.

Should sheepish people, those of us who are a little shy and timid, take up arms to fight if ever needed? I am meeting new people almost every week, who come to me to be trained on how to use their gun. I am not talking about pointing and pulling the trigger. I am talking about those who used to be sheep, wanting to learn how to defend themselves and their family. I have had a few, two or maybe three out of several hundred, who wanted to give up. Oh, they could point the gun and shoot. During the shooting drills, they even hit the targets. Their problem was the fact that they would not, or could not get it into their minds that they needed to act aggressively and take the fight to the bad guy.

I probably tried to encourage them more than I should have. But, some people are not going to be sheep dogs. Some people are going to be sheep and need to be protected.

However, there is hope. There are numerous accounts of when things went from bad to worse, a shy timid person turned into a heroic sheep dog. We have all heard the stories of someone lifting a car off a victim who was pinned under it. There are stories of someone running into a burning building and dragging a victim to safety. We have heard of incidents where someone swam for miles after their boat sank. The human mind and body is amazing. We can overcome unbelievable odds and survive what should have been a fatal incident. Not everyone can be a Sheep Dog. But, I believe that even the most shy people can learn to defend themselves.

I hope shy, timid people will come to realize that they must not give up taking Pistol Training. If the gun you have doesn’t fit your hands or strength, trade it in for one that will. Build up the strength in your hands by using exercise devices that will improve your grip. Go back to the instructor and request additional Pistol Training. Defending yourself is not going to be pleasant. But, what is the alternative?
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10-7-2016-12-53-38-pmSeveral weeks ago was the 15th anniversary of 9-11, and many of us gave honor and remembrance to the brave passengers of Flight 93. “Let’s Roll” has become a battle cry for those of us who realized what was going on in the minds of the heroes of Flight 93 as they bravely, yet no doubt with fear, rushed the terrorists who had commandeered their plane.

One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett Jr., told his wife over the phone, “I know we’re all going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Another passenger, Todd Beamer, was heard over an open line saying, “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.” Most people believe the heroes knew they were going to die, but took the action against the terrorists to prevent the plane from hitting another target like the US Capital.

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No matter what they did, death was an absolute. The pilots were already dead, their throats slashed. Can you imagine what it was like being in that plane commandeered by terrorists who, without hesitation, had already slashed the throats of anyone who got in their way? They had to be thinking, “There is no way out of this, except to die.” The in-flight Airfone operator says she prayed the Lord’s Prayer with Todd Beamer moments before he yelled, “Let’s Roll!”

Was Todd Beamer praying because he knew he was going to die? Even if he had won the fight and regained control of the plane, now what’s he going to do? I believe the heroes of Flight 93 knew they were going to die, but they were convinced that crashing the plane into a field was far better than letting the hijackers crash it into the Capital.

Are we as a nation in a “Flight 93” situation with the 2016 election? Are we as a nation going to curl up in a corner and just wait to die? Or, are we going to fight against almost insurmountable odds to win back our country from the certain path of destruction which we are currently on?

We actually have three choices this November 8th. No, I don’t mean we have a viable third candidate for president. As citizens of a country where the government is supposed to be “by and for the people,” we can stay home and do nothing. That’s like curling up in the previously mentioned corner, waiting for death to come. Or, we can get out and vote for one of the two choices.

It is my belief that Hillary Clinton is more morally corrupt and dishonest than any candidate for president we have ever seen. Donald Trump is also like no other candidate we have ever seen. Let’s face reality. We know that Clinton is going to continue to take this country into further debt, more moral corruption, do more destruction to our economy and more attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights. She will finish most of the policies President Obama started. She would appoint extremely liberal judges to the Supreme Court, resulting in another twenty to forty years of court decisions which would certainly destroy our US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Donald Trump is somewhat questionable. He has made numerous “off the cuff” statements that cause us to question his wisdom. But, he seems to be coming around to a more controlled way of thinking. Voting for Trump, to me, is like Flight 93, “Let’s Roll!” Voting for Hillary Clinton is like curling up in a corner and waiting to die. Staying home and not voting is also like curling up and waiting to die. Voting for a third party candidate is, to me, akin to the aforementioned “curling up in a corner and waiting to die.”
Could the heroes of Flight 93 have safely taken control of the plane, and lived? Outside of a miracle, it’s not likely. Except in the movies, there are NO records of an untrained passenger ever landing a plane like Flight 93, while taking instructions from a pilot on the ground.

Could Donald Trump take control of our country and fly it to a safe landing? Could some of his advisors tell him how to land our “plane” safely? IF Clinton takes over our “plane” I see nothing but a crashed and burning mess. One of the lines in the Lord’s Prayer, which Todd Beamer prayed just before he and the other heroes died says, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” Maybe Todd Beamer and the others carried out God’s will and did win in the final moments on Flight 93. The terrorists did NOT crash the plane into our United States Capital. It kinda reminds me of another time, when a man gave up his life for ours.

John 15:13 says: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” King James Bible.
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9-16-2016-11-20-45-amThis question has come up several times in my Firearms Classes. It’s a very important question and no, it does not have an easy answer. The question is: “Should I get involved and try to stop a robbery, even though the victim is a stranger?”

Have you thought about what you would do if you walked in on a robbery in progress? Should we use deadly force to save a stranger? I believe that morally we should step in, where possible, and prevent an injury or death.

Many of us might stop when it comes to risking our own life to save a stranger. Before stepping into a situation with deadly force, we absolutely MUST know what is going on. Do we really know which one is the bad guy and which one is the innocent victim? One evening, shortly after retiring from twenty three years of Law Enforcement, I came across a situation, which turned out to be very embarrassing for me.

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We were out shopping. My wife had just walked into a grocery store, I decided to check out a hardware store next door. I was just stepping up onto the sidewalk in front of the store, when the door came flying open and a man ran out with another man chasing him, yelling, “Stop, bring that stuff back here and pay for it!”

I grabbed my cell phone and dialed 911. I identified myself along with the fact that I was now retired. I briefly described the shoplifting situation. By now the manager and the shoplifter had stopped near the entrance to another store. I handed the manager my phone and said, “I have 911 on the phone, tell them what is going on.” The store manager looked at me like I was a little green Martian. In an exasperated voice he said, “We don’t need 911, I am training a new man on how to handle a shoplifter!”

I am sure glad it was not an “armed robbery” training session! If the manager had been yelling, “Someone call 911, I have just been robbed!” I might have acted differently and even dangerously by “assuming” it was a real robbery. My advice: ONLY use deadly force if YOU, or another innocent person is in IMMEDIATE danger of death or great bodily harm. That does not include stopping fleeing suspects.

Back when I was a Deputy Sheriff in Florida, a domestic violence incident started late one afternoon right outside my apartment. The woman was trying to leave in her car and the man was standing in front of her yelling obscenities. I called 911 and requested an on-duty Deputy to respond.

Before the Deputy could arrive, the fight got worse. The man pulled the women out of her car and threw her car keys off toward a wooded area. She tried to get a second set of keys from her purse. He grabbed her purse and threw it away too. I called 911 back and asked them to expedite the call, as the situation had escalated and I was going to have to intervene. I grabbed a set of handcuffs, hung my badge on my collar, and went outside. My snub nose 38 was tucked into my back pocket. The man had the woman backed up against the trunk of the car. As I approached, I yelled, “Deputy Sheriff, back off now!” The man glanced over his shoulder at me with an enraged expression. He acted like he didn’t recognize me as a Deputy, even though my marked patrol car was parked ten feet away. He knew who I was.

He was cuffed before he knew what hit him, but at least now he knew for sure who I was. After stuffing the abuser in the back seat, I turned my attention to the victim. She insisted she was OK. Two days later, the “victim” came knocking on my door begging me to drop the charges against her boyfriend. Did I do the right thing? Sure I did. But what if that situation was really something different? Could she have been trying to steal his car? Could she have just stolen items from his apartment? Could he have been the victim?

Unless you are 100% positively sure of the facts, and you personally are in danger, think twice before getting into something you could very well regret later.
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9-2-2016 3-17-55 PMDiscovering a stranger in your home in the middle of the night, or anytime for that matter, can be one of the scariest life-threatening experiences you may ever encounter. You need to be trained for such a life altering event.

Were you trained how to type properly, or do you hunt and peck, like me? Typing is a skill which can be learned on your own. But, proper typing is not a life saving skill. In America, citizens who own firearms are using them to save an innocent life up to twenty five hundred times a day. Saving a life with a firearm happens a lot more than taking a life with a firearm. I bet you will not read that in the “Lame Stream” media. Learning to use a gun safely and properly is more than just pointing and pulling the trigger. As I said in a past issue of Athens Now, learning when to shoot is just as important as knowing when not to shoot, and can either save your life, or keep you out of jail.

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Home invasion burglaries in the daytime are actually more common than at night. The only thing good about these crimes occurring in the daylight hours is that hopefully, you would be fully awake and alert. Either way, it’s going to be a highly stressful event. Unless you are prepared and have been trained in tactical home defense, you could make a bad experience end up being even worse. You and your family should have a plan of action of action to follow in case of any emergency. Both you and your family should be taking gun training classes, which should include gun safety. All of us who hold the 2nd Amendment near and dear to our hearts take our right to self defense personally.

Last year, I was giving a talk at one of the local Senior Centers about self defense in the home. This one lady stood up in class and said, “If somebody comes into my house, I’ll just shoot em!” I was trying to tell her and the group, “The bad guy might not just stand there and let you shoot him. And,” I added, “what if he has a gun and wants to shoot you?” I was trying to convince her she should retreat to a defensible location like a doorway or behind heavy furniture, and then shoot him!

Remember, the best fight you will ever be in is the fight you avoided.

You also need to know your state’s laws concerning self defense. Alabama is a “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand Your Ground” state. You are not required by law to retreat from danger if you are legally there in the first place. BUT, retreating might be the wisest thing to do. You need to know exactly when it is legal to shoot an intruder in your home. Overall, to use deadly force, you must be in fear for your life, or that of another innocent person. Your purpose is to stop the threat. You must be able to testify that you shot the bad guy to stop the threat. You would never want to say, “I was scared, so I used my gun to kill him.” As a matter of fact, you probably better say very little until you have a lawyer with you. In many states, to claim self defense, the bad guy must already be inside your home. Deadly force is not justified if the bad guy runs when he is confronted, and you are no longer in fear for your life. In most states, you cannot use deadly force to stop a property crime, such as if a bad guy is stealing something from your yard.

Most pistol training and concealed carry classes should include self defense laws. You should ask the instructor if self defense laws are included in the class before you sign up. If a bad guy had your loved one at gun point, using them as a hostage, what would you do? You could try begging the bad guy to turn them loose. Do you think that would work? If the bad guy was using your son or daughter as a shield, could you shoot without hitting the wrong person?

I am now offering Advanced Self Defense Handgun classes. I use various scenarios including “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” and “Hostage” targets to train my students to defend themselves or their loved ones. I will also be offering an introductory firearm safety class at the Center for Lifelong Learning on September 16th from 6:30-8pm. You can call the CLL at 256-233-8260 for more information, or to register for the September 16th class.
By: Paul Foreman

Paul Foreman is a retired Deputy Sheriff, from Lee County, Florida and NRA Certified Pistol Instructor.
For further information, Paul can be reached through e-Mail at Captureman@PaulForeman.com or his web site, www.PaulForeman.com or by phone at 256-431-6702.

8-19-2016 10-18-10 AMAlmost every day, I talk to people about getting properly trained in the use of their handgun for self-defense. Probably nine out of ten people give me the same answer, “Oh, I know how to shoot a gun.” I usually then ask, “But, have you ever had any training?” Then the typical answer is, “Oh, my grandfather took me hunting when I was ten years old.”

Sorry folks, that doesn’t count as proper gun training. Just because you know how to point the gun and pull the trigger, does NOT mean you know how to safely and properly use a gun for self-defense. There are very important things that each and every gun owner must know about using a gun in a self-defense situation. Laws vary from state to state and if you, heaven forbid, are ever confronted by evil, you must know your state’s self-defense laws. Knowing when to shoot and even more important, when not to shoot, can either save your life, or save you from a jail sentence.

I don’t know how many dozens of times I have heard the old myth, “If you shoot a burglar inside your home and he runs outside and dies, drag him back inside before you call the cops.” If you believe that one, I have a bridge in Alaska to sell you. Believe me when I say, “Do not ever alter the scene of a justified homicide, or you will more than likely make it look like you are trying to hide something which will make you look very guilty. The same goes for the old myth, “If the you shoot the bad guy as he is running away from your home, drag him inside.” Believing these old myths could land you in a world of trouble.

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I am a retired Deputy Sheriff from Lee County Florida. I am an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor. I am currently teaching “Basic Pistol and Self Defense” firearms classes which include live fire training at the range, three out of four weeks every month. Most of my classes are on weekends, but I can easily schedule a class for as few as two, almost any day of the week except Sunday. I keep the classes small, four or five students, maximum, so I can provide individual attention.

For my students and other experienced shooters, I also teach classes in “Advanced Self Defense Shooting.” For the advanced class, we use “Shoot, don’t shoot” targets. The students must decide very quickly which target is the threat. For the advanced class we also do dry fire shooting from inside your car to teach defensive tactics in a car-jacking situation.

This September and October, I will be giving classes at the Center For Lifelong Learning. Contact: Wanda Campbell, Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262.

On September 16th, the class will be “Introduction to Handgun Safety.” This is a basic 90-minute class for beginners who want to learn basic handgun safety and self-defense laws. Upon completing the class, students will understand how to safely handle a pistol or revolver. Students will be able to determine if a handgun is loaded and how to make it safe. Students will learn the basic laws of self-defense and when it is lawful to use a firearm in such situations. Attendees are instructed NOT to bring their own guns to this class. Any questions about this class, feel free to call and ask Paul, at 256-431-6702

On October 7th & 8th, I will be instructing a class in “Basic Handgun Shooting and Self Defense.” This class is designed to teach new handgun users how to safely and properly use their personal firearm. This class is also a great refresher for experienced gun owners who may not have had previous professional instruction. The classroom portion is approximately 5-6 hours, followed by time at a private shooting range. Students should transport their firearms unloaded to the class in a box, bag, or a gun case. Do NOT to BRING LIVE AMMO INTO THE CLASSROOM! You will not need your ammunition until we get out to the firing range. Participants must have in their possession their pistol permit as issued by your county Sheriff. Students are expected to provide their own handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition specified for their gun. Any questions about this class, your gun, or ammo, call and ask Paul at 256-431-6702.
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8-5-2016 12-32-21 PMAs a firearms instructor, I require my students to look to each side after firing two or three shots. In a training scenario, this solves two important problems. The first problem is tunnel vision. My goal is to break the shooter’s tunnel vision from being focused only on the threat. The second problem is “seeing” what they are looking at. By looking to each side, it causes the shooter to check around for other bad guys. They are also looking for innocent citizens who might be about to walk into the line of fire. The shooter must also watch for law enforcement who might be arriving at the scene.

Seeing, instead of just looking, has a lot to do with self-defense. “Seeing” what you are looking at may save your life in a threatening situation. When I was a training officer for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, I was constantly instructing my rookies to “watch the hands” when confronting a suspect. I told them, “It’s the hands that will kill you.” With rookie Law Enforcement Officers, it is a whole new lifestyle of constantly being aware and really seeing what they are looking at around them.

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There was certain training drill I would do with a new deputy. When they were driving the patrol car, I would instruct them to stop on a side road about halfway down the block. Then I would tell him, “You need to get on the radio and call for help. We are being shot at and our car is disabled. The suspects are shooting from the pickup truck which just drove past us.” Does the new deputy know where we are? Does he know the name of the street or highway we are on? Did he see how many suspects were in the truck before they started shooting at us? What color and make was the truck? This is all very important information which must be transmitted to the dispatcher, if she is going to be able to send help.

This training scenario was a wakeup call for the new deputies. When I confronted them with such a dangerous scenario, as I described in my fictional situation, they suddenly realized the importance of “seeing what they were looking at.” When they turned down the side street, did they see the street sign and know the name of the street they were on? This training scenario was for the new deputy so he or she would always remember to “see” the street sign, not just “look” at it when they drove past. I often used a similar training drill when looking for a suspect hiding from us in a building that had been burglarized. We would use a vacant building or an old abandoned house. The rookie was required to search each room or office. I had “planted” a mannequin in one of the closets. The rookie would go room to room, yelling “clear.” He knew it was a training drill so he didn’t expect to discover “someone” hiding in a closet.

8-5-2016 12-32-57 PMI wouldn’t expect most civilians to go to the extremes I mentioned above. But as concealed carry citizens, or “sheep dogs,” we take on more responsibility than the average citizen, or the sheep.
I hope you never experience a self-defense situation. Before, during, and after a shooting, a person is going to have a very narrow focus on the threat which they just encountered. When doing shooting drills, you need to practice seeing more than just the target. As you lower your gun after shooting, stop and look for additional threats. As a self-defense firearms instructor, I train using shooting drills with the students. When they lower their gun to re-assess the threat, I will hold out a hand and they must tell me how many fingers I am holding up. I might even set an item down, such as my hat or ear muffs, eight or ten yards to one side. I will ask them to tell me what they saw. After training, I want my students to feel confident and be a responsible gun owner.
As a firearms instructor, I stand right at the student’s shoulder. I am constantly watching their aim, grip, and trigger finger. I must make sure the student is following all the gun safety rules. When I teach firearms classes, I have a huge responsibility.
I cannot afford to just look at my students, I must see them!

Paul Foreman is a retired Deputy Sheriff from Lee County, Florida. He is also an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor. For firearms training Paul can be reached through E-Mail at Captureman@PaulForeman.com or his web site, www.Paulforeman.com
By: Paul Foreman

7-16-2016 11-03-09 AMNone of us ever really knows exactly how we will react in a high stress situation. Experiencing a mass shooting like we saw last week in Dallas, Texas, is something in which very few Americans have ever found themselves. As a retired Deputy Sheriff from Southwest Florida, I think back to situations I was involved in and wonder how I ever did the things I did. At sixty-seven years young, I know if I were asked to do some of the things today I did back then, I would say, “Get someone else to do it, or call the cops!”
However, even at my age, there could come a time where I might be thrust into a situation in which I would not have a choice. Something would have to be done. I would have to choose between fighting and dying. Back when I was a cop, I responded to everything from the mundane to the horrifying. But, I never responded to a mass shooting or a bank robbery in progress. There were some bank robberies, but by the time I got there, the bad guys had flown the coop, and the danger was over. I did help catch a bank robber once. I just happened to be in his path of flight from the bank. The idiot used an air-powered nail gun to rob the bank, but he didn’t have it hooked up to an air hose!

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We learned, as Deputy Sheriffs, there was never really a “routine call” to which we would respond exactly in the same way every time. Oh sure, there were policies and procedures we were required to follow. We had to respond to whatever we were dispatched to while driving in a safe manner. We were required to treat the public with courtesy and respect. We were “supposed” to treat the bad guys with respect, too.

There were times, especially on the night shift, when we discovered, or were dispatched to crimes in progress. Domestic disturbances, bar fights, neighborhood disputes, business burglar alarms, and prowlers were the common, every-night “routines.” To maintain our Florida Police Standards Certificate, we were required to attend a minimum amount of training each year. Most of those “refresher” classes were more administrative than street-level training. But, there were some really good training classes, such as one series entitled, “Street Survival” and “Surviving Edged Weapons.” Another class was “Use of Non-Lethal Weapons,” and included training in the use of Tasers and Cap-Stun which is a professional grade pepper spray. Then, of course, there was the required qualifying with the pistol and shotgun, twice a year. If you were assigned to a specialized unit such as the “Special Response Unit” or the “Dive Team,” there was specific training for those officers.

Situations could arise for which you had no training. There was always a possibility of suddenly finding yourself in a highly stressful predicament for which there was no book training. When I was an FTO, Field Training Officer, the rookies were required to ride with me or another FTO for a total of fourteen weeks. During that time, the rookie would be exposed to all kinds of calls. But, the rookie and I might never get a call to respond to a bank robbery in progress. I instructed the rookie to try to imagine all kinds of dangerous situations, and plan for how he or she would handle them, then discuss those plans with a training officer.
It’s the same for the concealed carry citizen. If you are going to carry, you really do need to attend a firearms training class. I don’t know how often I have heard both men and women say, “Oh, I know how to shoot a gun.” BALONEY! There is a lot more to shooting, and especially gun safety, than pointing the gun and pulling the trigger.

If you are going to be a responsible concealed carry citizen, please get trained in concealed carry, gun safety and home defense tactics. I’ll bet you could not find a successful doctor, lawyer, engineer, or almost any professional who never attends advanced training seminars. If you are going to be a responsible citizen who practices their 2nd amendment rights, get concealed carry training. Get trained and get refresher training on gun safety. After being trained, practice shooting drills using “dry fire.” If you don’t know what shooting drills are, find out from a certified firearms instructor, and do your homework!

Paul Foreman is a retired Deputy Sheriff from Lee County Florida. As a Deputy Sheriff, he served as a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Division. Paul is a Certified Firearms Instructor, First Aid, CPR & AED. For firearms training Paul can be reached through E-Mail at Captureman@PaulForeman.com or his web site, www.Paulforeman.com
By: Paul Foreman
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7-1-2016 3-31-24 PMAs well as writing for Athens Now, I research and write for another publication. I especially focus on news stories of law abiding citizens exercising their right to defend themselves by using a firearm. I do NOT find these news stories anywhere in the mainstream media. I find all these self defense news stories on web sites which cater to patriotism, self defense, and firearms, etc. Sometimes I find stories of self defense on the more conservative cable news shows, such as Fox News, or The Blaze. Occasionally, I might find stories on the local news TV channels of small towns around the country. Stories about a life being saved, by a gun, do NOT seem to fit the main stream media’s “Anti Gun” agenda.

My point is: the mainstream media does NOT report these types of stories. Just this past week, I commented on a self defense incident reported by Fox News. A young lawyer named Kristi McMains wrote her story several months ago, on a day which had been designated as “Gun Violence Awareness Day.”

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In her own words she wrote, “The night I was attacked, I fought like hell for my life before reaching for my gun. I kicked, I screamed, I had all ten fingernails ripped off and bloodied from scratching and trying to fight my way out of a literal life and death situation. Ultimately, I accessed my gun, shot my attacker multiple times, and saved my life.” (Found on foxnews.com).
She was able to use her legally concealed firearm and shoot her attacker, saving her own life, with a GUN! Why is there a gun violence awareness week? How about having a “Victim Awareness Week?” This woman was so traumatized by her experience, she left the town she was living in and moved back to her hometown to recover and be near her family.

I am totally convinced the “mainstream” media would have rather reported, “Today a young woman lawyer’s lifeless body was found dumped in a ditch. She was brutalized and raped. The suspect is believed to be a career criminal recently released on early parole.”

Guns do NOT cause violence. Guns do NOT kill people. People kill people! Short prison sentences cause gun violence. Liberal bleeding heart judges cause gun violence. Early release of violent criminals causes gun violence. Shall I go on? Taking the Bible, prayer, and God out of our schools is what causes violence. Guns can and do save lives every day.

Have you ever heard or read a news story about a “Gun Free Zone” preventing gun violence? I have read of stories, too numerous to list here, of mass shootings in “Gun Free Zones.” What would happen, if every night on the 6 o’clock news, there were two or three stories about law abiding citizens saving their own lives or the lives of others with a gun?

Now, I don’t think for a second that the typical thug reads my article and thinks, “Wow, I better not do any ‘stop and robs’ tonight, the clerk might be armed!” I doubt if the typical burglar reads the NRA magazine about citizens defending themselves with a gun and thinks, “I could get shot trying to steal my neighbor’s jewelry.” But I do believe these low life criminals watch TV, especially violent TV or Entertainment TV, and read violent, online web sites. What would happen if those criminals, when they were young, had seen and read stories about criminals getting shot by a citizen who were trained how to use a firearm safely and properly? How many crimes of violence, or even property crimes could be prevented because the would be criminal heard for many years as he grew up how he could get shot or killed breaking into someone else’s home?

How many stories of innocent, law abiding citizens do you hear about on the evening news defending their families with a gun? How many stories of criminals getting shot do you hear about on one of the entertainment channels that young people watch on TV? When was the last time your child came home from school and told you how his teacher explained to him what could happen if he committed crimes against his neighbors?

I challenge my readers to clip this page out and mail it into their favorite TV channel, or maybe even send it to your local school board.
By: Paul Foreman
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6-18-2016 1-11-47 PMAs I am writing this on Monday, June 13, 2016, I have already read dozens of stories about the terrorist shooting spree in Orlando which happened Sunday. I have read the interviews with survivors and witnesses. I have read about the ex-wife of the shooter who tells of the fear she had during their short marriage. Co-workers at the security guard company tell how the shooter would rant on about ISIS. I continue to read about the wounded victims who were shot multiple times, then shot again while they were lying on the floor dying. The news reports say the shooter forced five or six victims into a bathroom and held them hostage while police negotiators tried to reason with him. That hostage situation went on for three hours. One story stated, “The people fled to the bathroom to hide, but the shooter somehow got in and held them at gunpoint.”

For crying out loud! What’s wrong with this picture? NO ONE FOUGHT BACK! I cannot find one single story about anyone, not one single person, in that “club” who tried to stop the shooter. Ok, I will accept the fact that all of the reported two hundred and fifty patrons in that club were just not “Sheep Dogs.” But not even one person picked up a chair or table and tried to attack the shooter! I did see an interview on Fox News with a survivor who escaped out the back door into an alley. Once he was safe outside, he barricaded the back door to prevent the shooter from following him out into the alley. The survivor told how he could hear pounding on the door while the shooter blasted away with the gun. The Fox News host asked him, “By barricading the door, didn’t you block others from escaping?” The guy had a strange look on his face. His silence was deafening.

No one fought back. It is my personal opinion there are always plenty of weapons available. It seems there was no one in the club that knew how to improvise and find a weapon. I cannot believe there was never a moment when the shooter had his back turned to someone who could have come up and wacked him with a chair, anything.

I think some key parts of my article from last June are worth repeating.
1) Escape if you can. Get out of there. Leave all your belongings BEHIND! Help others escape if they will cooperate.
2) Once you are safe, stop others from unknowingly walking into a deadly situation.
3) Call 911 as soon as possible. If the 911 operator tells you to stay on the phone, cooperate with them.
4) If you cannot escape, try to hide out of the shooter’s view. Barricade the doors with anything heavy you can find. Get behind heavy furniture such as desks or file cabinets. If possible, keep an escape route open. Use bathrooms as a last resort because you will be pinned down. Lock the doors.
5) If none of the above will work due to time or situation, FIGHT! Attempt to disable the shooter. Get mad and defend yourself! What do you have to lose?
6) In a restroom, use toilet tank lids or toilet seats, metal trash cans, or mirrors as improvised weapons. Use fire extinguishers, chairs, lamps, broken glass from a picture frame or mirror, heavy vase, broken furniture, scissors, or a glass ash tray. Spray the bad guy with the fire extinguisher and then hit him in the face. Use hot coffee, full soda cans, hair spray, and bug spray, anything heavy. Hit him, and hit him hard. Your life depends on it.
7) If you have a gun, use it! GET TRAINED by me, or another qualified trainer.
8) If you are evacuating a crowed theater, church, or mall, get away from the center of the hallway. Get next to the wall. You do NOT want to get caught up in the rushing mob of terrified people who might not care if you get trampled. Use the wall for support if you get shoved or knocked down. Walls have windows and doors. You might find an escape route. Grab hold of small children and carry them if possible. If children are too big to carry, grab your child’s belt rather than holding onto their arm. Grab each of your family by the belt and hold on for dear life.

Paul Foreman is a Retired Deputy Sheriff from Lee County Florida. He is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, AHA Certified Instructor in First Aid, CPR & AED.
For firearms training, Paul can be reached through e-mail at Captureman@PaulForeman.com or his web site, www.PaulForeman.com

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6-6-2016 12-34-43 PMIn the last edition, I talked about selecting a gun to fit a lady’s needs. If you missed it, you can go online at www.AthensNowAl.com. Click on Foreman’s Forum just under the top of the front page.

Just this week, I had a lady in my pistol training class. She had bought a very nice Ruger snub nose revolver. Because her job sometimes takes her into questionable parts of town and exposes her to people she does not know, she feels the need to be properly trained. Bravo! Shooting a firearm and properly defending yourself is a lot more that just pointing and pulling the trigger. And the best part? She wants to keep up her training and practice. For anyone, ladies or men, to purchase a firearm, then put it on a top shelf and not touch it for the next ten years, is just not the way to stay safe.

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This lady had concerns about how she was going to carry her firearm. Several months ago, I wrote in this forum, “Don’t Let Your Gun Go Naked.” Everyone, ladies and men, needs to have a proper holster with which to carry your gun. With ladies, carrying a firearm often takes second place to fashion. Yes, men are guilty of this too. Anyone who carries a concealed weapon needs to fit their clothing style to the gun, not the opposite. The ladies just cannot wear today’s form fitting skinny jeans and tank top and still expect to carry a gun and have it concealed. On the other hand, today’s long flowing tops are perfect for concealing a firearm on your person. Overall, I do not recommend ladies carry their gun in a purse or handbag, however, there are exceptions. Carrying a firearm in your purse takes a very disciplined lady. The purse must never be left sitting anywhere. It is best to carry the purse across your body. The armed lady cannot lay her purse in the shopping cart. She cannot leave it lying on the front seat while she fills her tank with gas. The concealed carry lady cannot lay the purse down ANYWHERE in which she does not have total control over the purse holding her gun. Does it sound like I am encouraging you NOT to carry in your purse? It really depends on how careful and diligent you are while carrying a firearm.

Other than the cross body purse for ladies carrying concealed, there are some other very good and safe options. The lady I mentioned above is going to be in her car for hours at a time in mostly city driving. She plans to carry the purse’s strap across her shoulder and the purse, with firearm, sitting in her lap. If she sticks with this discipline, I think she will be fine. Another way to carry for the ladies is an ankle holster, which again would be fine for quick access while driving a car. With ankle holsters, the pant leg needs to be loose and big enough to cover the holster and firearm. While in the car, the ankle holster is easily drawn from a sitting position.

A cross draw holster on the waist is another option for carry while driving. Again, it needs a cover garment such as an un-tucked blouse or jacket. The “strong hand” holster on your waist, whether right or left, can be difficult to draw from with a seatbelt. All of these options (strong side waist, cross draw waist, ankle or purse), can ONLY be safe and efficient if you PRACTICE!
Back in the ‘90s, I was a deputy in Lee County Florida. We were issued new holsters for our Glock 9mm pistols. The holsters were “high retention” holsters. A law enforcement officer’s greatest fear is having their gun snatched away by a criminal with deadly intentions. The Range Instructor told us to holster and draw 100 times, to lock in our muscle memory. There was only one way to draw from this holster which I will not write in detail here. Attempting to draw any other way would result in the gun staying secure in the holster. After about the 50th practice draw, the cussing stopped and the deputies began to be able to draw their guns properly and very fast. You need to do the same with your holster, no matter where you carry it. Get trained and practice constantly.

Paul Foreman Is a retired Deputy Sheriff from Lee County, Florida. He is also a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, AHA Certified Instructor in First Aid, CPR & AED.
For firearms training, Paul can be reached through e-mail at Captureman@PaulForeman.com or his web site, www.PaulForeman.com
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