Kris Jensen competes in a Biathlon Shooting Event on cross-country skis. Photo courtesy Kris Jensen.
Sandpoint PR Contributing Editor, Mark Knapp.
A lot of people watched the WINTER OLYMPICS and are asking questions about the Biathlon competition in Sochi. In a Biathlon, competitors get their heart beats racing by skiing across the countryside from one location to another and then stopping to engage targets out as far as 165 feet!
One of my friends asked me about the unique features of the .22 caliber rifles that the competitors use. I went to law school at Gonzaga with Kris Jensen. Jensen is a Biathlon competitor so I asked him about which rifle he shoots. It is an Izshmash 7-4. Izmash was at the Shot Show this year and, judging by their presence in Las Vegas, the armory that produced the AK-47 and many other Russian firearms, is invading the U.S. gun market in a big way.
There are two makers of biathlon guns, Anschutz, the German Biathlon rifle is about $3500.00- just for an entry level version without most of the accessories. The Izshmash entry level version is about $1500.00. All the guns used in competition have been modified extensively to lower the weight, custom fit the shooter and make the gun shoot more accurately. The rules of Biathlon are that triggers be within a certain pull weight, overall weight must be over a certain amount and lengths are also specified within certain parameters. Ammunition is standard .22 caliber.
The bolt action on the Anschutz is finger pull back and thumb press forward. The Izshmash action is also finger back and thumb forward but requires the thumb to come out on the side of the bolt, which is a little slower because your hand moves a little more between shots. This German YouTube video shows some good views of the Biathlon rifles that show the bolt action movement with finger back and thumb forward.
Jensen grew up in Wenatchee in a family that hunted a lot. Jensen had two other brothers that were also athletic. Over the years he enjoyed Nordic skate skiing more and more. His family had a cabin in the Methow Valley where he was cross-country skiing a lot during the winter. Skiing and shooting were a natural fit. Jensen is the President of the Methow Valley Biathlon board. The team is coached by a volunteer, Winthrop veterinarian Betsy Devin-Smith.
The participants are mostly high school kids but there is a Masters division that holds regular races during the winter season. There is also a club that uses facilities at Stevens Pass.
Jensen helps support the team and takes the pressure off the coach by administering the website and helping with logistics.
Methow Valley Biathlon has two main fundraiser events each year. They are called TRY BIATHLON. The club invites recreational skiers to come try the sport of biathlon. If you want to give Biathlon competition a shot or just get more information, you can go to http://methowvalleynordic.com/biathlon/try-biathlon/.
Range size really depends on the site. Shooting distance is 50m (165feet). A range typically has ten lanes, so that’s about 100 feet wide making the total shooting footprint about 16,500 square feet. Jensen estimates that with proper backdrop and good side shields you could squeeze it onto one acre (43,560 ft2). An enterprising entrepreneur or local government working with Idaho business leaders can create such a venue in North Idaho with a minimum of expense and use the range year around for action matches, high power and bull’s eye shooting the rest of the year.
The backdrop in the pictures is USFS land with a steep hillside. We have been advocating for additional shooting venues in North Idaho and there are already things happening behind the scenes that promise to be exciting! Olympic shooting trials can bring in a huge amount of international coverage and tourism. Thus, despite the suggestion that one acre may be sufficient, several acres may be more favorable to North Idaho’s plans for economic development.
If some investors want to get really ambitious, North Idaho can even become the birthplace of a new sport in which participants shoot rifle, pistol and shot gun from skis. Biathlon started as a military discipline with high power rifles. In 1978, eighteen years after Biathlon became an Olympic event, athletic officials bowed to European ways by going to standard velocity, more politically correct .22 caliber ammunition. Prior to 1978, the American team used Winchester Model 70s in .243 Winchester!
In the summer time, North Idaho can turn the Nordic skiing trails into motocross trails and really crank up some high speed shooting action!
Reposted with permission of Sandpoint PR.
FWPD’s Dep. Chief Andy Hwang spoke at the Armed Defense Training Association’s monthly membership meeting on Thursday, January 9th. The meeting was held at Brooklake Church in Federal Way.
Changes in Federal Way
Things are changing quickly in Federal Way and some things seem very optimistic. Mayor-elect Jim Ferrell is about to engage in a “full court press” to attract new business to Federal Way and is already changing the city’s management structure.
The Mayor has appointed FWPD Deputy Chief Hwang as interim chief while a search is made for a new police chief. Hwang could not be a better choice for a permanent chief.
Interim Chief a Resident of Federal Way
Dep. Chief Hwang has been active in Federal Way and has the kind of professional and congenial manner that makes him the man to whom other officers have looked for leadership. Andy lives in Federal Way, something that should be important to local government leaders. Knowing folks as neighbors that we see around town is what may be lacking in many of our modern institutions.
Andy Hwang is definitely part of our community. He is liked and respected by his colleagues at the FWPD and his presentation and discussions with the members of the Armed Defense Training Association demonstrate why the City of Federal Way places so much confidence in him!
I have known Andy personally from when we were both members of the Federal Way Noon Kiwanis Club. His quiet, congenial approach hardly suggests that he has trained other LEOs in the use of force, including combat tactics for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Copmmission.
Statistics: Traffic Fatalities Outnumber Murder
After briefly introducing himself, Dep. Chief Hwang explained the importance of recognizing a number of statistical facts. For starters, 35,000 people die in the United States every year as a result of traffic collisions; only 16,000 per year are murdered.
The fact that almost a third of the traffic deaths involve DUI collisions and that many murders involve domestic violence and/or drugs and alcohol means that many threats can be avoided just by making good choices. Keeping guns locked up when they are not on your person can prevent many accidents, suicides and thefts.
Teen suicide has tripled since 1960 and the frequency of active shootings has nearly tripled. When non-LEOs are confronted with deadly force virtually every means of protecting oneself is legal.
Dual Standard for Use of Force
For law enforcement, however, what constitutes a reasonable use of force is different than for the rest of us because LEOs have different tools and traning and are held to a higher standard under RCW 9A.16.040:
“The legislature recognizes that RCW 9A.16.040 establishes a dual standard with respect to the use of deadly force by peace officers and private citizens, and further recognizes that private citizens’ permissible use of deadly force under the authority of RCW 9.01.200, 9A.16.020, or 9A.16.050 is not restricted and remains broader than the limitations imposed on peace officers.”
The Constitutional criteria for reasonable use of force on the part of police officers is set forth in the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Graham v. Conner.
Mental Conditioning and Attack Indicators
Dep. Chief Hwang reviewed the color code of awareness and the mental conditioning that prepares normal people to recognize threats and act with confidence under stress. Recognizing pre-attack indicators will very often give a potential victim an opportunity to defuse violence, avoid it and to react when necessary.
For example, watch for someone that seems to be building resentment and anger in order to justify a violent attack. On the other hand, some attackers may become overly cooperative right before they execute their plan. Small changes in posture or even a person’s glance could indicate that a suspected attacker is preparing to take action.
The protocaols for how school authorities should deal with active shooter situations are changing. A member of the audience asked a question as to whether the Federal Way Public School District has started training school personnel and students in new ways to react to active shooters. In many cases the best solution is to run and fight. It seems to be unclear as to the current state of FWPS protocols in such situations but if there is an escape path, an attempt to evacuate is imperative.
It may be necessary to fight with improvised weapons as a last resort and this means that the most violent action possible- initiated by two or more defenders- if possible- may save many lives even if one or more defenders are wounded or killed by disarming the shooter.
Hand to Hand Combat
The Deputy Chief demonstrated a number of ways that elbows and hands can become very deadly. He called upon a member of the audience and demonstrated various striking moves. It quickly became apparent why Andy Hwang has been teaching tactics to other officers for so many years.
Fighting is a last resort but there is a point, regardless of whether you are in a road rage situation or an active shooting scenario, where talking or hiding is not productive and could get you or your loved ones killed.
So be mentally prepared to fight violently, quick and hard!
One point that is important that was not made during the ADTA session on Thursday night is that if you are armed and someone has closed the gap, do not draw your gun until you have broken away or at least taken control of the opponent’s hand in such a way that he is not able to grab the gun. There are techniques for accomplishing this and the ADTA is a good place to start working on such issues.
Wu Chin is our ADTA martial arts instructor and provides classes at the Federal Way Community Center. Some of his students, including ADTA President Chad Hiatt, are also martial arts practitioners. The primary weapon that all of us possess is the mind. Awareness, training and being committed to act appropriately are all things we expect to see in our law enforcement officers. Each of us can develop a modicum of such conditioning by attending classes and seminars like the ones offered at our meetings.
Upcoming ADTA Events
Future membership meetings, which are on the second Thursday of every month, will deal with knives, hand to hand self-defense, self-defense for women, disarming attackers and similar subjects.
We also have Dave Workman coming to share on the subject of Washington State Firearms Rights and Responsibilities. Dave wrote the book on the subject and will be at the monthly ADTA membership meeting on Thursday, February 13th at Brooklake Church in Federal Way. The meetings, held on the second Thursday of every month, are open to the public at no charge.
A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN & WHY ECONOMIC THEORY MATTERS.
On Friday an armed school resource officer stopped a potential mass shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The 18 year old shooter legally purchased a pump-action shotgun. He was also armed with a machete and three Molotov cocktails.
Many high schools don’t have any armed personnel. It is good that Arapahoe’s SRO (actually an armed Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the school) was armed. Karl Pierson, self-avowed socialist, had enough ammunition and weaponry to create another grizzly scene like nearby Columbine High School or Newtown.
One of his classmates, Claire Esther Davis died after lingering on for several days. Pierson also ignited a firebomb in the school library. Then he killed himself as the school resource officer closed in.
Apparently Pierson had been kicked off the debating team and had a reputation for talking about subjects like Keynesian economics. In fact, he is reported to have held a very dim view of Republicans because of the cold hearted economic policies favored by those on the GOP side.
One media outlet quoted one of his fellow students describing Karl as having socialist opinions. The news outlet changed the quote and simply characterized the shooter as “opinionated.”
Imagine the way the Mainstream Media would have managed the message had young Karl Pierson been a fan of Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin! The whole event took 80 seconds- enough time to kill many innocent people- but only one person died and another was injured.
Then on Tuesday, Dec. 17th, a shooter killed an innocent victim and himself at the RENOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER in Reno, NV. Nothing has been reported so far as to the Reno shooter’s politics or economic theories or whether a good guy armed with a gun had a hand in preventing further carnage.
The number of active shooters with leftwing socialist world views has been noted by many observers. Most recent mass shooters, with some exceptions, did not have a great deal of experience with firearms. They often seem to purchase their guns right before embarking on their deadly killing sprees. Karl Pierson, an Eagle Scout, may have had some prior training because the BSA still encourages gun safety education and many Scout troops actually go the range and engage targets.
Boy Scouts with guns might be regarded as a symptom of latent homophobia by the Huff Post crowd. The fact is that Eagle Scouts rarely go off the rails until they start buying into Marxist-Leninist theory and various strands of socialism; i.e., the Progressive intellectual stew that begins and ends with the premise that all human progress springs out of social interests clashing in inexorable struggle; i.e., violent struggle.
The number of mass shootings prevented by good guys and gals with guns is large enough that we will have to present one or two examples at a time in future articles. And what is the relationship of Keynesian economics and socialism to mass shootings? That will take a trip back to former times in England- a journey that introduces a cast of characters fit for a novel by Charles Dickens!
The literary in our audience realize that Dickens wrote his novels in installments in magazines and newspapers. So please look forward to future installments.
The NEA encourages union officials to recruit and train candidates for the board, so that employees can “elect your own employer.” Union officials like to stack school boards, since the school board decides how to spend levy tax funds when negotiating with the union.
The Federal Way Education Association has endorsed Carol Gregory and Geoffey McAnalloy for the School Board race. And they donated $1,800 – $900 to each candidate- via the Washington Education Association Political Action Committee. See Sept 9 & Oct 2, 2013
See Pg. 3 & 4 of the Public Disclosure Report here.
And they are running phone banks, sign-waving and doorbelling campaign activities right out of the union buildings at WEA headquarters; FWEA headquarters. See Pg. 6 of the 30th District Democrats’ newsletter.
Families and taxpayers may not realize that school boards have the power to divert levy funds from services and instead use it for levy-funded wage enhancements. Federal Way union negotiators would rather have those negotiations directed by union-funded School Board members. The contract is scheduled to be negotiated next in 2014.
Thank you to Freedom Foundation and Jami Lund for most of the information herein!
District employees in Federal Way already receive 12.45%, 13.45% or 14.45% wage enhancements for unverified responsibilities (the highest increases go only to the highest paid employees).
Using the limited levy funds for wage enhancement means these funds cannot support services like supplemental learning time for students, stronger English Language Learning services, dropout retrieval programs, school safety efforts, or specialized programs like art, music or athletics.
Such a diversion of funds often means that parents start paying for activities which levies used to cover. It can also mean that districts defer maintenance and drain their financial “cushion.”
The chart shows a rough estimate of how Federal Way is currently balancing the interests of families, taxpayers and employees. You can see that roughly 29% of the levy–nearly $12 million–is used as wage enhancements. Who knows how much it will be if a union-funded board makes those decisions next spring.
See Chart here.
It is also worth noting, that Federal Way contract requires the District to seek the shortest school year in the state, only 173 days rather than the state-required 180. The District secured a special waiver to let students stay home for seven of the school days. Shorter school years end up being another employee benefit, for wages increase or stay the same for a more convenient work schedule.
The fact is that superintendants tend to want unions to endorse board members that will follow the superintendant’s lead, including endorsements of candidates favored by the superintendant. This is why they avoid rocking the boat by going against Progressive-Unionist dogma. Teachers unions are filled with a legion of doctrinaire professionals that equate bigger teachers’ salaries with education.
This fact explains how we keep getting Progressive policies (like the District paying Dr. Angela Davis to come to Federal Way and talk about diversity) and failing educational outcomes even when we elect many Board Members who are at least somewhat fiscally and socially conservative. So, every time Sup. Neu starts extolling the benefits of Globalism, think Progressivism and unions and grab your wallet!
It was 1968 and Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague spring”. Angela Davis joined the Communist Party. She was soon fired from UCLA because of her membership in the Communist Party. A First Amendment court battle forced UCLA to rehire her.
In 1970 Davis was implicated in the an armed invasion of a Marin County, California courtroom. Judge Haley, the prosecuting assistant district attorney, and two jurors were removed from the courtroom at gun point.
Judge Harold Haley’s was blasted in the head with a sawed-off shotgun owned by Davis. She then fled using aliases and had disguised herself when she was arrested two months later in New York City.
At her 1972 trial, Davis acted as her own attorney. Thus, she could not be cross-examined. She presented a number of alibi witnesses, almost all Communist friends, who testified that she had been with them in Los Angeles playing Scrabble at the time of the Marin slaughter. Prosecution witnesses who placed her in Marin were dismissed by Davis and her fellow attorneys as being unable to accurately identify blacks – because they were white.
When Davis was acquitted many of the jurors went to her victory party!
According to DiscovertheNetworks.org, Davis was awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize in 1979 (formerly named the International Stalin Peace Prize) by the East German police state. Davis ran for Vice President of the United States in 1980 and 1984, alongside Gus Hall, on the Communist Party ticket.
Davis remained an active member of the Communist Party until 1991, when she was expelled for opposing the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. She then formed the “Committees of Correspondence” to carry on the Communist mission with other Party members, including Bettina Aptheker (also a professor at UC Santa Cruz), Conn Hallinan (Provost at UC Santa Cruz), and Professor Harry Targ (Chair of the “Peace Studies” program at Purdue).
Davis is the leader of her own movement against what she calls the “Prison-Industrial Complex,” claiming that all minorities in jail are actually “political prisoners” and should be released.
Says Davis, “My question is, Why are people so quick to assume that locking away an increasingly large proportion of the U.S. population would help those who live in the free world feel safer and more secure? . . . [H]ow difficult it is to envision a social order that does not rely on the threat of sequestering people in dreadful places designed to separate them from their communities and their families.”
These facts, along with the fact that she recently spoke to our community at the invitation of the Federal Way Public School District, raise the issue of whether she has ever actually changed any of her views regarding violent revolution.
She called for killing those in authority. Jonathan Jackson with whom she lived, acted on her beliefs and entered the Marin courtroom with a sawed-off shotgun which Davis had purchased and admitted giving to him the day before he hijacked the courtroom and shot it out with law enforcement.
Did the Federal Way School District know any of this history before they invited her? Did anyone on the Board object? Has Dr. Davis ever expressed any remorse for the sorrow she brought to so many lives?
Additionally, if proponents of armed revolution are to be invited to speak to our community, why did Beamer High School make an advertiser completely republish a school sports calendar to prevent my Firearms Lawyer URL from being advertised? I paid for the calendar- along with other Federal Way business people. The school prohibited the FirearmsLawyer.net URL or any reference to my firearms law practice.
The publisher refunded my money and had to republish several hundred calendars. I would have spoken at the lecture series with no charge and could have told how I repented of Marxist-Lenist philosophy when I recieved Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
Incidentally, I still have not heard any reports on how much we paid Dr. Davis to come to Federal Way. The District does not seem to be announcing who the future speakers will be in the Intercultural Speakers series? She is a radical feminist, Lesbian and expert on raising conciousness.
Thus, her credentials when it comes to Progressive diversity are unquestionable. She pulled down a hefty salary at the University of California before she retired which proves again, radical left politics is the gift that just keeps paying and paying for its avatars.
Full disclosure: I wrote some articles for the Federal Way Mirror- a few years back- about local educational issues that even earned praise from some of the liberal trolls that usually denounced me at every opportunity.
I subesequently learned that person(s) from the FWPS District told the Mirror not to publish further columns from me related to education. I was told by the paper not to submit any more articles related to education. It seems that the First Amendment freedom to proclaim any philosphy under the sun stops when it comes to urging public schools to slow down their Progressive juggernaut.
People need to make the decision to prepare for deadly force now, not when the attack precipitates. By then, it will be too late.”
Read Israel’s answer to school violence.
Schools and school buses are probably under surveillance by terrorists and being “pinged” in order to measure reactions and identify security measures.
Every active shooter attack in a school, mall or other public place provides data for terrorists who study news reports and publicly available studies conducted by security experts. Beslan was a slaughter of school children in Russia that was probably a dress rehearsal for the rape, slaughter and torture of young school children in the U.S. The attacks on innocent people conducted by Al Qaeda affiliates, like al AShabaab’s attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya may be harbingers of how future operations in the U.S. might look.
The school attack in Beslan has been carefully analyzed in John Giduck’s study. Entitled Terror at Beslan, Giduck’s warnings detail the importance, but also the pitfalls, when armed citizens react to terrorist attacks. Both the attack at Beslan and the Westgate Mall attack demonstrate how helpless governments become in the face of well-armed terrorists working in teams.
Beslan came under attack from Chechen terrorists that had already made up their minds not to negotiate and to inflict the maximum amount of pain on Russian school children by unleashing torture, death and pysychological damage to the survivors and the Russian people. The terrorists demanded opportunities to negotiate. Such demands were only issued in order to deceive the Russian authorities into providing more time for the terrorists to wire school buildings with bombs.
Security personnel and operatives on the side of terrorist groups study every aspect of how the authorities and media respond to such attacks. This includes reaction time, vulnerabilities, follow up, etc. John Giduck was in Russia at the time the attack on the Beslan school occurred and was able to work closely with Russian security forces during the immediate aftermath of the attack. The book also got the author banned from Russia because of his honest criticism of what the Russian security forces did wrong. Eleven men from Russia’s elite Alpha and Vympel Counter Terror units lost their lives saving 1,181 hostages- 777 of them children.
The attack began on Sept. 1, 2004. The school was destroyed in an explosion and 334 were killed, 186 of the dead were children and many that survived witnessed horror that will scar them forever. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman has long warned that it COULD happen here, there are things you and I can do to prevent such attacks and it could be YOUR child’s life that you save.
John Giduck suggests what we can do as parents and as concerned citizens that are not in the law enforcement or intelligence communities. Mr. Giduck is a trial lawyer who also holds the highest level certification in Homeland Security. He works with a non-profit NGO, the Archangel Group, consulting with law enforcement and other agencies in the field of anti-terrorist training and has spent considerable time gaining first hand expertise on Russia’s security operations.
Giduck’s recognition of the role armed citizens can play in responding to terrorist activities should silence very anti-gun idealogue. After the events in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall attack, refusing to acknowlege the need for armed security in our schools is tantamount to giving aid and comfort to terrorists! Even an Interpol chief has now publicly proposed that armed citizens are one of the few options available to stop terrorist attacks like the one at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
Almost every attack has been in a “gun-free” zone. Thus, the murderer knows that it is unlikely any of his or her victims will be armed. At the present time, the Washington Administrative Code, promulgated by unelected bureaucrats, prohibits weapons on campus in Washington. It is questionable whether the WAC regulations have any legal effect since they conflict with Washington State’s firearms preemption law that prohibits any local municipal gun laws more restrictive than the restrictions in the state RCWs.
Some liberal lawyers and anti-gunners in Olympia want to get a new law passed to “clarify” the situation. No one wants to be a test case and you could get expelled from your state university for carrying. Each student in a state college or university has to make an informed decision as to whether to exercise his or her right to carry on campus with a valid carry license pursuant to our state laws.
It is your life and your education that is at stake. There is no right to carry at a high school or elementary school with or without a license to carry, at this time. But write to your representatives and demand that something be done like what is starting to take place in Oregon and other states that have empowered certain armed volunteers to carry in schools.
Most restrictions only restrict law- abiding people and not criminals, psychopaths and terrorists. If a disturbed person would gun down a defenseless child, that same person will pay no attention to a law restricting guns.
In fact, the gun-free status of the institution or facility makes it a target for the psychopathic killer.
The individuals in our colleges and universities that need to be the first line of defense>, however, are the students, instructors and staff with either concealed carry permits or specialized training.
Elementary, high school and middle school personnel may need a new kind of training with a special license indicating some advanced tactical training for active-shooter situations. Most of the security guards that do provide a presence at such places are unarmed security guards, however, and the expense of hiring enough armed security is prohibitive.
Revenge or anything like vigilante action is the worst possible thing anyone can do and advocating or engaging in retaliation is criminal conduct.
True Followers of Christ will not engage in murdering innocent people but many Americans may be carried away with the concept of imprisoning or taking revenge against Islamic people in the same way as Japanese were interned during WW II.
The same “liberals” that already want to restrict our gun rights and disarm honest people may be holding the reins of power if and when the country faces the chaos of a WMD, Mumbai-style tactical teams terrorizing our communities or some other disaster.
On the other hand, the jihadist believes that in a few generations a Caliphate will force you to submit (that is what Islam means- subjection) to its religious laws.
Many of the U.S. authorities are presently so eager to accomodate Islamicists (and are so intimidated by CAIR’s threats of legal action) that Christianity is being denigrated while Islam is celebrated in the name of diversity. There are many examples but sufficient to state for now that these are the first steps toward submission.
Self-defense and defense of others when attacked is not vigilantiism.
Make sure you recognize your school bus drivers and ask your local school district to provide for some staff to become trained and certified to carry weapons.
We need to take precautions similar to the Israeli schools and schools in other countries like Thailand where the staff is armed and ready for jihad. Meanwhile get your permit and learn how to shoot.
Some of our neighbors in Federal Way are preparing to provide opportunities for teachers and other school professionals to learn to work tactically so that they are trained when the authorization to carry in our local schools finally comes. It does not take an act of the Congess or the legislature. Federal and state lawmakers have left it up to local school boards!
It is becoming painfully apparent that the authorities in Kenya might be withholding the true number of dead hostages. This is because of the embarassment caused by corrupt soldiers who cordoned off the mall and then proceeded to loot merchandise, steal money out of safes and cash registers and get drunk on the alcohol in the restaurants.
It is no wonder some terrorists might have escaped. There are now reports that there may have only been four gunmen. There are allegations that the Kenyan government has intentionally misrepresented some of the facts or simply covered the fatcs up. There are also reasons to believe that the terrorists paid security forces to look the other way as al Shabaab’s killers brought their weapons into the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
But armed citizens performed very well during the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi. The hostages held by al Shabaab terrorists in Westgate did not fare well, however. The government reports 60-70 dead but there is reason to believe the number is far higher and that even the identities of the victims are puposely being covered up!
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble suggested to ABC in October that the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world should look to armed citizens as a solution to such attacks on public places.
Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called “soft targets” are hit. More professional security or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves:
“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”
“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”
Reports are mixed but it looks like the Kenyan army troops and special forces may have caused the collapse of a roof which buried many hostages in rubble and may have helped some of the attackers posing as victims to escape.
The authorities in Kenya received specific warnings related to the Westgate Mall for many months but failed to develop basic response plans that would facilitate a coordinated response. Kenyan forces arrived four hours after the attack began. According to the Telegraph:
No radio contacts were set up between the units. No overall command had been appointed, and different commanders squabbled. A senior policeman was shot dead in a friendly-fire incident. Chaotic gunfire streaked across the mall’s open spaces.
Kenyan commanders did not listen to advice from UK operatives and others that attempted to give advice. When Kenyan troops entered the area where the hostages were held, they shot at the terrorists with an RPG and brought down part of the structure. Then the “White Widow escaped, crying with her clothes covered in blood to disguise herself as a victim.
An SAS trooper armed with a pistol shot it out with al-Shabaab and led hundreds to safety. The ex Royal Marine was at the Westgate mall when it was attacked. He had a pistol and hostages were still being held by the terrorists, possibly as many as 13. The former soldier returned to the building on a dozen occasions while taking fire, saving 100 people.
A local businessman, arrived at the mall to help his brother and carried a four-year-old to safety. A Kenyan Hindu neighborhood patrol also came with their pistols and forced the terrorists back. The fact that Kenyan officers took action against the armed neighborhood patrol, may have contributed to the stand-off which lasted for eighty-hours!
Four large explosions occurred. Smoke poured through a skylight inside the mall’s main department and grocery store, according to the Associated Press. Sorting through the rubble is a slow process because of the threat of bombs.
Nevertheless, the initial reports indicate mass torture with victims hung from hooks, eyes gouged out, castrations, rape and mutilation of limbs, fingers removed and hands and faces burned. By including children in the carnage, the terrorists are seeking to create so much hatred for all Muslims that the backlash of persecution against innocent Muslims will radicalize as many Muslims as possible.
Reports from Kenya describe a technique in which the al Shabaab terrorists “sharpened the arms” of the victims and forced them to write their names in blood with their limbs as writing implements.
Torture is the way Communist and other radical terrorist organizations have always worked. But such gruesome techniques are nevertheless shocking.
The other lesson the terrorists want to drive home is that governments cannot respond well to such attacks. On the other hand, we know from many recent attacks in the U.S. that ordinary people closest to the initial attack have the best opportunity to stop the carnage- if we are armed and ready to bring violence to bear that is just as sudden, bold and deliberate as the actions of the attackers. The former SAS-Royal Marine was just having coffee when all hell broke loose!
The armed citizen’s identity has been withheld for security reasons. The British train and operate out of Kenya and members of the British Royal Marine work with governments and security firms across East Africa. The “former” SAS member may have been a professional operator employed by a government or private industry. On the other hand, he could have just been retired and found himself at the wrong place with the right weapon at the right time to save lives!
Nevertheless, the fact remains that his heroism under fire is within the grasp of anyone that takes the trouble to carry and train continuously. You may die going against several automatic rifles with a pistol. But it is better to die and break up a well-rehearsed jihad operation than to die cowering in a corner.
The attack on the mall in Nairobi, Kenya is shocking but also something we should prepare for in the United States. The Somalian terrorists attacked in Kenya because Kenya assisted the United States and other nations to push al Shabaab out of Somalia. As the authorities in Nairobi sort through the debris after the collapse of three floors of Nairobi’s Westgate mall during the terrorist siege in which at least 67 people died.
The search for bodies is hampered by the need to detect bombs in the rubble but there are preliminary indications that the Shabaab terrorists hung hostages from hooks, decapitated them, gouged out eyes, cut off limbs and committed gruesome mutilations that included castration and burning the faces and hands of their victims which included children.
If this ever happens in the Untited States, we need to refarin from retaliation against any ethnic or relaigious group. Neverthless, every American that can do so should train with firearms and carry a pistol at all times because the only way to stop such an attack is when it is first initiated. A
Any response needs to be just as sudden and unexpected, violent and determined as the attack by the jihadist. A response that is going to be initiated immediatelymust probably be from armed citizens or from one or two law enforcement officers that are already at the scene- or a combination of both. If hostages are taken, there can be no delay. Even though some hostages will die, immediately overwhelming the terrorists is the only way to prevent massive deaths that may exceed 130 in Nairobi when the authorities are done counting.
It has been confirmed that several of the attackers came from the United States. There have already been American- Somalis, including one from Seattle, that have joined al Shabaab. One was a rapper from Alabama who helped with al Shabaab recruiting and was killed during a leadership struggle within that organization. A Somali terrorist from Seattle died in a homicide bombing in Somalia some time back. The fact that al Shabaab is an arm of al Qaeda in Africa raises the issue of why the U.S. government is intent on aiding the Syrian rebels, many of whom are also affiliated with ISIS-al Qaeda.
The fighting in Syria has reached a new phase. According to the Wall Street Journal and other outlets, the Pro-Western rebels in Syria are now in a fight for their lives against an onslaught of foreign Sunni Islamicists that are affiliated with Al Qaeda and other Islamicist networks.
Turkey, Iran and the Arab states form three distinct power centers that arm and finance an incipient Islamic Caliphate in Syria. Such a development does not seem remarkable if you realize that Syria was the seat of the Islamic Caliphate in the past and a Caliphate in Syria is predicted to rise again by certain Islamic traditions.
The United States, Russia and Europe also have interests in arming and financing various factions that seek hegemony in the region. The last Caliphate ended in 1924 when the Ottoman Empire, centered in Turkey, was partitioned. It is interesting to note that the British strategy for defeating Turkey in WW I involved supporting a potential claim to the Caliphate from the Arabian Hijaz, where Mecca is located; i.e., a challenge the legitimacy of the Caliphate established under the Ottoman Turks:
“During the Great Arab Revolt of 1916, King Hussein’s great-grandfather, Al-Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca and King of the Arabs (later he also became known as King of the Hijaz), led the liberation of Arab lands from their domination by the Ottoman Turks. After freeing the lands of Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Syria and the Hijaz, Sharif Hussein’s son Abdullah assumed the throne of Transjordan and his second son Faisal assumed the throne of Syria and later Iraq. The Emirate of Transjordan was founded on April 11, 1921, and became the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan upon formal independence from Britain in 1946.”
The Sharif families ruled over the Hijaz region in Western Arabia between 967 and 1201 CE. The Hashemites ruled the holy city of Mecca from 1201 CE until 1925 CE.
The Hashemites recognized the sovereignty of the Ottoman sultan in 1517. Thus, King Hussein and his son who now reigns in Jordan are directly descended from the Prophet and represent over one thousand years of rule in the area that gave rise to Muhammad. The nobility established by the Sharif’s pedigree and two thousand years in the holy city of Mecca, persuaded Britain to invest a great deal of time and energy into encouraging an Arab rebellion against the Turkish Empire.
Lawrence of Arabia became famous as the British agent acting on behalf of the British to win over Arabian fighters and unite them under the Sharifs.
The British placed the three sons of King Hussein’s great-grandfather, Al-Hussein bin Ali in power in Syria, Iraq and Jordan. Nevertheless, the only present king descended from the Hashemite dynasty is the present King of Jordan.
The fact that the Allied Powers pinned such great hopes on one family provides a suggestion as to the motive behind why networks of financial-political elite seem to be pushing out Pro-Western leaders like Mubarak and Assad, in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups that are now being portrayed as moderate.
Many of the groups being armed by the CIA can only claim moderation because they are working with Soros funded front groups that operate under the banner of democracy and the Arab Spring. The darker side of these operations is deadly infighting, with Sunni fighters taking over towns near the Turkish border and killing Alawite and other Shiite residents of border cities in places like Azaz.
As the Free Syrian Army battles with pro-ISIS factions, the secular elites facilitate political operations between secular-socialist and Islamic fundamentalist groups that only share operational strategies but are violently opposed to each other histroically and in terms of religious ideology and dogma. Ultimately all the factions understand the game in which each ideological nexus of power leverages other networks in the expectation of suppressing opposition with sheer force once the region has been consolidated under hegemonic authority. There will ultimately either be an autocratic Islamic theocracy across the region or an autocratic secular socialism that parades under the banner of Democracy. In other words, “democracy” stands the provebial snow ball’s chance in hell!
Another historical precedent for purposes of understanding this equation of power is the way certain Wall Street and British financial interests invested so much into creating the Bolshevik Revolution which wrested power from the Provisional pro-Western, Parliamentarian Kerensky government, to create the USSR. Despite the fact that Russia was a U.S.-British ally during WW I and despite the certainty that Lenin would take Russia out of the war- and eliminate the German-Axis Eastern Front- , Lenin was sent into Moscow with gold bullion from certain Western financial interests to finance the Communist Revolution.
After years of building up a formidable Cold War enemy with nuclear weapons, the global elites acquiesced in Russia’s transformation back to democracy, and poured Western capital into Russia. Countries like Georgia and Ukraine experienced quiet revolutions that provided the model for the Arab Spring.
The fact that George Soros’ Open Society Institute engineered revolutions in many of the former Warsaw Pact nations- and brought them into the NATO sphere of influence- raises the issue of how the Arab Spring- also engineered by Soros operations in the Middle East, will impact Americans that work and pay taxes.
Once a Caliphate exists in the Middle East, the Islamicists know that their war is with the secular elites and the intensity of the renewed warfare will sweep away anything that stands in the middle, including most of our vaunted civil liberties. It may be just a matter of time before the present battles on the Turkish-Syrian border unfold on our own turf.
It is hard to deny that Ukrainians and other former Warsaw Pact nations enjoy more freedom under the NATO sphere of influence than they would enjoy under Putin’s government.
Nevertheless, Islamicists know that developments in Syria are being manipulated by networks intent on consolidating the New World Order. Chatter about Illuminati and various conspiracy theories earns derision but the Islamicists know that the networks described above exist. The Islamicists blame almost everything on Zionist control because of the Rothschild’s history of operating through secret conduits.
Each of these networks appeals to certain ideological outlooks. There is evidence that the modern terrorist cells themselves have evolved from Masonic networks which have been documented in scholarly works on the Middle East like “A Peace to End All Peace; Creating the Modern Middle East 1914-1922” by David Fromkin. Many Communist, socialist and terrorist networks have their roots in various offshoots and secret societies that grew up at the time of the Illuminati organization which was offically disrupted in Bavaria near the time of the American revolution. There are many such networks, many of them with connections to families in Europe and the U.S., including the Rothschilds and the National Socialist Workers Party ()Nazis). The networks compete but they all work on a paradigm in which One World Government is the goal- not Zionism.
The Al Qaeda affiliates,Salafists and other factions work with other groups, religious and secular-socialist- that will give cover and funding for their objectives. Beyond the purely operational level, war is already waging and the intensity of the anticipated bloodshed which is already taking place across the whole region and globally will be apocalyptic.
Stay armed when you visit your local malls and other public places. And do not support candidates like John McCain that do the bidding of George Soros and the other elitists that have learned how to use war to advance their globalist New Age agenda.
I am rewriting the manuscript entitled HE TRAINS MY HANDS FOR BATTLE with less Scripture and more irreverent, wry humor; i.e., sarcasm. This will appeal to gun buffs and political Conservative or Libertarian types. Maybe some of you Libs will even check it out in order to tell me what a right-wing religious nut I am! Some of my religious friends will also criticize me for being too caustic, I am sure.
I am convinced that our Lord embodies all the attributes described in Scripture- Old and New Testaments. The modern sensibility sees a conflict between love and war but that is because most Americans are not able to even imagine our families being raped, tortured, mutilated and destroyed. That is happening to Christians all over the world right now in places like Egypt. But i said I was going to be humorous, right?
I have not gotten much of any feedback from any pastor friends; most of the politically incorrect material in the Scripture is usually avoided by religious professionals. Scripture only keeps the lights on and food on the table when it makes folks feel good about themselves.
The wars of Canaan are rarely discussed over the pulpit except in a vein which makes the various “ites” (Hittites, Jebusites, Amalekites, etc.) symbolic of various personal sins; e.g., pride, envy, lust, etc. But alas! Even sin is out of vogue in many of our churches- the only sin is legalism (if you belong to many evangelical churches) or intolerance- in the so-called mainstream churches. Actually both terms denote very nearly the same thing- harsh judgementalism! If even the concept of law falls into disrepute how can we explain to folks that God’s law is an expression of his attributes and character of holiness- not simply legalism.
For example, we do not let people kill and rape and torture us or our do such things to our families because we are all made in the imaage of our Creator. That is also why in modern nations we have purport to provide due process via written Constitutions, to protect the dignity of individual rights. Mundane concepts like private property derive from the knowledge that Yahweh God is sovereign and owns the universe. And he can be angry and holy at the same time- something I am still trying to figure out how to do!
We should look at the BOOK OF JUDGES as a blueprint for political action. Such an assertion understandably makes one a candidate for increased scrutiny- via drone. I hope you have now caught on to my acerbic style strongly flavored in irony. If you are the kid sitting in front of a drone terminal in Florida, please remember that I am one of the remnant in this country that still want to fight terrorists and uphold the Constitution. It often seems like all the right sort of people are getting it backwards thesed days!
Yes, I am a white baby-boomer, I believe in the Bible. And I believe that abortion is murder so I am pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and happy to be a patriotic American male. I am not a veteran, however, and we all know that those memos from homeland security profiling white men like me were just written to persuade the public that racial profiling isn’t being directed at Muslims, blacks or folks from South Central Asia- only white zealots that might feel something crazy when someone in the Whitehouse that is not the same color as we are appears on television.
The horrors of battle in Canaan have the potential to make the material in this new book even riper for pithy, satirical and hard-biting commentary. I would rather write a history book or a spy novel but I am afraid I may now lack the patience and imagination for either. And I have given up on the idea of taking George Carlin’s place.
The most terrifying condition to be in is to be taken captive by an enemy. Ask the working poor Blacks captured within the enclaves of inner-city Chicago ghettos- my hometown! Or ask Oprah Winfrey. The leaders in Chicago and the academic-media-leftist political complex blame the white power structure- everyone except the Democrat plantation owners that controls the blood soaked Windy City- those pesky Dems and their massive Chicago machine have brought urban plantation politics to the suburbs! Thus, nervous and sometimes vehement discussions about the origins of crime and poverty, violence and terrorism roil U.S. society and the world today.
It all starts in rebellion against lawful authority. We will talk about modern Progressives further in a future installment, however.
Just bring up the fact that much of the gun violence which occurs largely- but not exclusively- in Eastern gun free cities and the sparks will fly. Mention the fact that most of that is violence perpetrated by Black people against other Blacks, and you may become a victim of gun violence.
The Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles list many examples of God commanding his people to defend what and who God had given them- including a Godly heritage. The irony here, of course, is that the Scriptural heritage brought great prosperity which inevitably lead to so much comfort and feelings of entitlement. Yes, Republicans love that word entitlement.
Israelites soon lapsed into apathy and became much like Americans are today. The Biblical word is apostate. It means the Israelites were traitors against their own Constitution. Before you tell me that Israel did not have a Constitution, please consider that the five books of the Pentateuch were the basis of all law in the Commonwealth of Israel.
Though battlefields and causes change, and weapons and tactics have been enhanced, the terms of engagement have not changed since long ago. Defend one’s nation, or see it fall. A people engaged in pornography, drugs and jerking each other off- I said it was going to be pithy- while worshipping foreign gods, may not be entirely apostate but citizens can hardly be expected to make good decisions when they are busy doing so many of the things that our Forefathers roundly denounced.
President Obama may not be a god but he seems decidedly foreign to white guys like Donald Trump. The mostly white elitists that push gay marriage, abortion and other new customs are also promoting a culture that is alien to most Americans. The media mavens want you to think that your guns are alien to the ruling elite but the elite just don’t want you to own firearms. Nancy Pelosi and friends own guns and they also hire a few- usually at taxpayer expense.
Since Old Testament days, the formula for a strong nation has been the same, a Godly leader in the mold of King David, following instructions from the Lord. Such a leader must be able to defend the people and the land. Most of our recent leaders have been more focused on defending their elected offices. They want to defend other people. as well- the Kurds in Iraq, Kosovans in Yugoslavia and Libyans, Syrians and members of the Muslim Brotherhood- but the order was to stand down when our Ambassador to Syria and his security team came under attack.
Prosperity and safety here in the United States provided stable and compassionate governance for our people and positively influenced other countries around the world. The U.S. has also been a negative influence by destabilizing nations. But that is because our elite international rulership elite like George Soros and his friends have figured out how to invade the public purse and finance their aspirations to become Masters of the Universe.
Where America has long exported resources and personnel to spread the Gospel, we now also export abortion, perversion and missiles wherever a buyer appears. Unfortunately, a promise to deliver Egypt tomorrow or Libya next week is usually sufficent and no other credit is required. At least no credit card is required for regimes such as those in Pakistan, Egypt and Libya.
You are not a regime but just a group like Ansar al-Sharia? That is alright. Your affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood that held the power in Egypt for a time is enough. Just promise to work with the CIA or help us to deliver the goods in Syria.
Great Britain and the United States share success stories that indicate how amazing prosperity and stability will follow upon a nation that trusts its ways to the Lord. Britain should be acknowledged as a nation that sent missionaries all over the world. Freedom from fear, personal safety, national security- none one of these come from a gun, an army or by government programs and spending. It starts with having right priorities.
You can prepare the horse for the day of battle but the outcome of the battle belongs to the Lord.
Many modern Americans have chosen to trust in government planners rather than the plans outlined in the Bible and the U.S. Constitution. We shall hereinafter refer to such Americans as Progressives. America seems to be following the road that Britain and other European nations have traveled.
Our technological superiority and natural resources may allow us to remain a military superpower for the near term, but recent economic upheavals have shaken the most exceptional nation on Earth. America’s leadership has chosen for years to follow the path of militarism by depending on large standing armies for most of the Twentieth Century, particularly during and after the Cold War.
The Biblical section that best demonstrates all these bold assertions is in the first few chapters of the Book of Joshua. Starting in Chapter 1, Verse 2, the Lord says to Joshua:
“Lead these people into the land which I am ready to hand over to them. I am handing over to you every place you set foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north. It will extend all the way to the great River Euphrates in the east (including all of Syria) and all the way to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.”
Such arrogance already makes some people mad. You can’t blame them! Try talking like this to a Palestinian or to someone in the current Administration! In fact, any self-respecting Liberal-Progressive will tell you that what we are advocating here is Manifest Destiny; i.e., the same heretical notion that wiped out the American Indian and the buffalo herds. Very intolerant statements- and intolerable, too!
“No one will be able to resist you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not abandon you or leave you alone. Be strong and brave! You must lead these people in the conquest of this land that I solemnly promised their ancestors I would hand over to them. Make sure you are very strong and brave!”
He Trains My Hands For Battle is the book Rick Cook and I have written about the Scripture and armed self-defense. I will send it to you by email upon request. The email address is at our website at www.firearmslawyer.net. Publishing the email address here creates too much spam. The introduction follows.
Mark Knapp is a practicing criminal defense and firearms attorney. He received Christ in 1972 and took up the study of law because of a conviction that the Bible deals with everything that pertains to life and God including government and administration of justice. Mr. Knapp has a passion for both military history and Constitutional law that grows out of a love of Bible history.
Rick Cook is a former U.S. Marine, whose father and son are also Marines. He has been a committed Christian since his first Sunday in USMC Boot Camp in 1977, and he has owned various firearms for most of his life, training his wife and three children in their safe use along the way. He is currently self-employed as an Independent Consultant, implementing enterprise-level Business Service Management software at clients throughout North America. He shares Mark’s love of military history.
Is there any god like God? Are we not at bedrock? Is not this the God who armed me well, then aimed me in the right direction?
Now I run like a deer; I’m king of the mountain.
He shows me how to fight; I can bend a bronze bow! You protect me with salvation-armor; you touch me and I feel ten feet tall.
You cleared the ground under me so my footing was firm. When I chased my enemies I caught them; I didn’t let go till they were dead men….
You rescued me from a squabbling people; you made me a leader of nations. People I’d never heard of served me; the moment they got wind of me they submitted. They gave up; they came trembling from their hideouts.
2 Samuel 22:32-46
Introduction: A Case for Armed Civilians
A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
Throughout recorded history, civilians have faced the brutal choice of defending loved ones or seeing them terrorized, tortured and brutalized by strangers or, at times, by their own government. Civilians, usually assisting soldiers and law enforcement, can defend themselves, their homes, and their families most effectively with firearms. Thus, each of us in a free society is faced with the same decision as Americans on the old frontiers; i.e., will we prepare to defend ourselves and others?
The job of protecting ourselves from violence is primarily in our own hands as individuals. Scripture has a great deal to teach about personal self-defense, provisions for local and national security and how to prevent violent crime. Thus, we present Biblical authority along with practical approaches to training in armed defense. In the event that armed civilians need to band together to oppose a common foe, the Biblical underpinnings in which our U.S. Constitution and common law are grounded may be all that separates modern Americans from lawless anarchy.
It is the responsibility of good citizens to recognize that taking up arms is not something to be done lightly or without thought. The moral and scriptural justification for protecting ourselves is that defense of self and others is fundamental to life and liberty. Of course, complying with federal, state, and local laws is not optional; you would not be reading a legal manual that is filled with Scriptural references but for the high regard you have for good citizenship.
We do not advocate vigilantism. We oppose those who misunderstand the information in the book or attempt in any way to rationalize taking the law into one’s own hands. You should always seek legal advice by consulting in confidence with an attorney. Every situation is different when analyzed from a legal perspective, and it is your responsibility to know and follow the laws in your area to the best of your ability.
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We want to find out what disaster preparedness officials are doing at all levels of government, police and military. And what are the people doing at the grassroots? What do you think needs to be done? Are we safe under the current arrangements? Should we leave the job of keeping us safe to the government? Then why are the federal, state and local governments spending billions to tell we the people to get ready? Maybe we should start heeding the official advice and practice some local homeland security! All good government starts in the family and with neighbors.