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!
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On Tuesday, January 28, the North Idaho College Board of Trustees in Coeur d’Alene met for a special meeting to discuss proposed legislation that would allow qualified students to carry on Idaho college campuses.
There are presently five states: namely Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon and Utah, that allow students, teachers and others to bring guns to class. Idaho and 22 other states presently leave it up to the colleges to determine who will carry on campus. Twenty-one states have enacted outright bans regarding carry on campus. The bill now before the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee would allow retired law enforcement officers and all people with Idaho’s enhanced concealed-carry permit to bring firearms to campus.
According to the Idaho Press-Tribune, enhanced concealed-carry permits in Idaho require completion of an eight-hour training class with an NRA-certified instructor, including firing at least 98 rounds.
Applicants must be 21 or older. A prior bill to allow concealed weapons on Idaho college campuses failed in the Senate in 2011 but the enhanced concealed weapons permit, which was only created in Idaho last year, may succeed.
The proposed legislation would prohibit firearms in certain places like dormitories even with enhanced concealed-carry permits. Nevertheless, several of the trustees at North Idaho College were troubled by the proposal to provide students with the means of defending themselves.
Comments included arming students amid a “beer” culture and the allegation that it could be somehow harder for a retired law enforcement officer to carry than for a student with an enhanced carry permit. Despite the possibility that an armed shooter can presently enter any area of North Idaho College without being searched, one objection was that it would be impossible to regulate campus safety as students move from a restricted area to another without being checked for weapons.
Another concern was the need for local control with a majority of the trustees apparently voting to oppose the bill. It is worth noting that security guards at NIC are unarmed. Todd Banducci, an NIC trustee, a weapons instructor and expert military marksman, pointed out that he cannot presently carry on campus despite holding several concealed carry permits.
Banducci tried to point out that he strongly supports arming campus security guards but the majority view seemed to be that arming students is a dangerous innovation, especially when the security guards are not armed! To make it perfectly clear for the majority who voted to maintain the status quo, most law abiding folks on the NIC campus will be helpless for as long as it takes for the police to arrive if the present status quo prevails.
Education-types seem to miss the point. Unless we arm some personnel on the NIC campus, the present state of affairs leaves the NIC campus vulnerable to an active shooter attack. Utah and four other states allow carrying of firearms on campus. It’s noteworthy these states have seen very little if any increase in school shootings.
The rest of the United States has seen almost one school shooting almost every other day for weeks and school shootings have tripled. Isn’t it time to give people like Todd Banducci an opportunity to be armed during that critical gap while law enforcement is scrambling to get to the scene of an active shooting?
The proposed legislation followed fatal shootings on college campuses last week. A student shot and killed a teaching assistant at Purdue University in Indiana Tuesday. Another fatal shooting occurred outside a South Carolina State University dormitory Friday.
Senator Curt McKenzie, an Idaho state senator who is proposing the bill, said that arming students and faculty can prevent school shootings.
The same week that the trustees met at NIC, police in Maryland were continuing to study a journal that the Columbia Mall gunman kept in which he expressed hatred for certain groups and unhappiness with his life. “Shooter’s handwritten journal offers no insight into whether he knew the victims,” police said in a tweet. Another tweet said the killer “knew he was having mental health issues.”
So What’s the Difference between Active and Action Shooters?
Darion Aguilar, reportedly a skater and regular at the mall, shot himself in the face after killing two Zumiez employees. So what is the difference between an action shooter and an active shooter?
An active shooter is the modern parlance for a person who starts shooting at people in public places. In the case of the Maryland shopping mall, he killed his victims and injured several others with a 12-gauge shotgun.
Action shooters, on the other hand, are competitive shooters who train for speed and accuracy through practice shooting at multiple targets while on the move. Such exercises can be training drills or performed in competitive match venues like IDPA or USPSA matches. To qualify, action shooters follow strict rules of safety in highly controlled environments.
Republished from Sandpoint PR January 29,2014
Mark Knapp, a Federal Way and Spokane, Washington firearms lawyer, believes strongly in our Constitutional right to bear arms. He is passionate about firearms safety and proper training. As with any contributing writer, Knapp’s opinions are his own and not necessarily those of SandpointPR.com.
Idaho Beckons Gun Manufacturers
In September of 2013, the Idaho Firearm and Accessories Manufacturers’ Association announced that Idaho needs to find new workers for its $500 million firearms and ammunition industries. Idaho presently has an expanding manufacturing base for guns and ammo that cannot expand without a skilled workforce.
Jeff Sayer, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, told a forum at Boise State University that one Idaho manufacturer would triple in size if it could hire more machinists with gun manufacturing skills. The Idaho Department of Commerce was at the 2014 Shot Show in Las Vegas along with Idaho manufacturers like MGM Targets, Nightforce Optics, Buck Knives, ATK, Integrity Ballistics, Riverman Gun Works and Unique ARs, to name a few of the many exhibitors and businesses that booth space with Idaho Commerce.
The Idaho Constitution and state statutes provide a protection for Idaho firearms and ammunition manufacturers that protects the industry from the kind of lawsuits that are designed to wear down manufacturers and drive up the price of the product for gun owners. This may be part of the reason that the state of Idaho has seen 50% growth of firearms and ammunition manufacturing over the last 10 years. Additionally, the largest producer of .22 and .223 caliber ammunition in the nation, CCI, a brand within the ATK Sporting Group, is located in Lewiston, Idaho.
There are also over 2 dozen manufacturers of custom arms, aftermarket parts, and specialized ammunition. For example, Riverman Gun Works, located in Coeur d’Alene is a manufacturer of MP5 Clones, ARs, custom 1911’s and a spring-loaded bolt action rifle which disassembles in two easy steps.
The Modular Breakdown Rifle can convert to multiple calibers. I visited their shop recently and picking up and handling their custom built AR-style rifles is a pleasure that will be understood by anyone that appreciates modern sporting rifles.
Knife companies are also finding Idaho to be hospitable to manufacturing. Buck Knives, also mentioned above, relocated to Post Falls after years in the San Diego area and even brought many of its workers from California several years ago.
MGM Targets of Caldwell hosts the MGM Ironman 3-Gun Competition in Parma, Idaho every year. Their hosting has become a premier event that brings many competitors and their sponsors in to shoot rifles, pistols and shotguns at hundreds of steel and paper targets. The shooting challenge ranges from firing from a zip line, shooting while running through trenches and firing while perched on top of a tower. Targets for the Ironman 3-Gun Match are arranged from close-quarters battle formation out to hundreds of yards. The 3-day event challenges the endurance of competitors and their equipment alike.
The whole state of Idaho is benefiting as more manufacturers find their way into the state. PNW Arms relocated from Issaquah, WA, to an area 2 miles north of Potlatch. The City of Potlatch has now announced that guns are a natural fit for its economic development plan. The City is working on converting the old Potlatch mill into a location for firearms-related manufacturing and other outdoor recreation companies. There may even be gun shops and residential development included in the mix!
But other states like Montana are busy doing the same thing and the competition to attract manufacturers is fierce. That is why the time has come to create venues that will offer the potential to showcase shooting sports in ways that make the world stand up and take notice.
“Shooting while dangling from a zip line two stories up in the air is something folks will pay to see and experience. Add full automatic weapons and moving targets that simulate real-life tactical scenarios and every manufacturer in the world will sit up and take notice.”
It starts with a friendly business environment and the vision to make things happen. But Idaho schools need to make sure students drill down on reading and arithmetic. Vocational programs at all levels that include specialized machinist courses, gunsmithing and other manufacturing skills will balance out the equation for Idaho’s prosperity during a time that has seen much of the rest of the world drifting in the doldrums.
Idaho: Gun Industry Opportunities
Republished with permission from Sandpoint PR
January 22, 2014
Firearms Lawyer, Mark Knapp, makes a solid case for introducing quality gun-training firearms ranges in North Idaho.
The United States is experiencing a historic wave of new shooters. And with that come new shooting facilities and other firearms related businesses. Bellevue, Washington, Las Vegas, Nevada and Potlatch, Idaho are cities that have attracted successful gun-related businesses. Idaho and Montana are both among a growing number of states that have recognized the economic opportunity created by America’s legacy of firearms freedom.
Las Vegas recently received a large amount of revenue from a sell-off of Federal land (authorized by Congress just for Nevada). The money had to be used on parks, and at least $64 million has been spent on the Clark County Shooting Complex. Las Vegas hosts shooting activities that include opportunities to shoot fully automatic weapons and other equipment that would be illicit contraband in states like California.
Arming citizens properly
Armed citizens from all over the United States are getting trained at places like Front Sight, another rapidly growing shooting complex near Las Vegas. Many new gun owners go to gun ranges like Center Target Sports in Post Falls. The needs don’t stop with instruction. Gunsmiths, holster and optics manufacturers and other retail sales are all examples of economic opportunities for North Idaho counties that are willing to manage zoning regulations in ways that encourage firearms related industries to relocate. Developing policies that promote indoor and outdoor ranges is a key to attracting such enterprises.
Can North Idaho learn something from Las Vegas and Bellevue? Center Target Sports, named as the best indoor range in the United States a few years ago, is already a model for other ranges that are springing up in cities all over the United States. Bellevue, Washington area hosts at least three indoor ranges, and a number of outdoor ranges, all within a short drive from one another. Boise area has at least one range that is marketing to families and even advertises that it hosts birthday parties at its facility.
A Little History
In 2011, a group of firearms enthusiasts created the ARMED DEFENSE TRAINING ASSOCIATION (ADTA). The group helped pave the way for a new indoor range in Federal Way with two law enforcement tactical bays and other facilities where shooters can practice target shooting. The range offers shoot-on-the-move practice and competition with pistols, rifles and shotguns.
The ADTA itself started when some members of the local Chamber of Commerce started asking each other what it would take to create a range for the suburban city located halfway between Tacoma and Seattle. We started presenting shoot-on-the-move events and New Shooter Clinics with an emphasis on safety. We quickly transition new and experienced shooters into advanced tactical drills- but always with basic safety first and last.
Members regularly share expertise with other members on the range and in classroom settings or at monthly membership meetings that are open to the public. The December membership meeting focused on Massad Ayoob’s stress-fire techniques with a live stress-fire event on the range the following week.
The new chief of Federal Way police also came and spoke to the group about situational awareness and how to stop criminal violence, The ADTA does not try to take the place of professional firearms training. The group offers a place to get started and to maintain gun handling skills. Formed in 2011, the ADTA, recently recognized by the IRS as a 501©(7) non-profit organization, is ready to reach out to help new chapters form anywhere in the Northwest and beyond.
One advantage of having various chapters will be the increased access to experts from various communities. The all volunteer staff can offer help to other ADTA chapters in other cities and the existing ADTA team can help get new chapters off the ground. The Federal Way group has been busy creating a model and systems that can be reproduced when other communities in the Northwest ask for help.
Volunteers can make it happen
The new ADTA chapters will attract volunteer instructors and qualified range officers that can help with bigger events. We are expecting to identify volunteers who are also experts in real estate, fund raising, public relations and other fields so we can offer opportunities to participate in unique training events that will make our families and communities safer.
It all starts with visualizing a state of the art gun range for the area where you live. Not an hour or two away from where you live but close enough that you can conveniently take your wife and kids or neighbors out for some practice. And big enough that the range meets local law enforcement, training and competition shooting needs. It’s like that movie, FIELD OF DREAMS- “Build it and they will come!”
Editor’s Note: This is the second post by Mark Knapp who comes to us from Federal Way, Washington. He is an action shooter with a high regard and respect for firearms as well as for the Constitutional right Americans have to train and use firearms. His opinions are his own and not necessarily those of SandpointPR.com; nonetheless, we welcome him to SandpointPR.
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German philosophers like Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche are not high on the reading lists of most Americans. Nevertheless, the outdated academic relics of old and jaded European culture continue to impact American law and culture in ways that most of us rarely consider. The 1924 murder case of Leopold & Loeb and recent mass shootings like Columbine and the Arapahoe High School shooting may actually stem from the theories of Hegel, Existentialism and other philospohical deceptions embraced by academia in the U.S. over the last 100 years.
Just days after a Colorado student went into Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado armed with Molotov cocktails and a shotgun, fascination with the 1999 Columbine school shooting allegedly motivated a Tumwater, Washington high school student to plan a shooting at the Black Hills High School. He was in possession of three guns and prepared to construct explosives, according to prosecutors.
The fact that the Columbine school shooting garnered the kind of media attention sought by many school shooters, raises the issue of how media attention and numbers of dead victims motivate school shooters. One prime example: the young man who allegedly committed the Newtown, Connecticut carnage about a year ago. After extensive investigation, the authorities have clearly established that the Newtown shooter was hoping to kill more children than another shooter in Norway that perpetrated the highest body count recorded to date in a school shooting.
The question after such gruesome massacres is always why did he do it? The shooter in Norway had a political motivation- ostensibly to fight multiculturalism. Thus, he was, in academic-media jargon, what is known as a rightwing mass-murderer. A leftwing mass murderer is apparently something that cannot exist, notwithstanding Lenin, Stalin, Mao and the most notorious socialist mass murderer- Adolph Hitler.
Many Nazi police personnel were secretly trained under Stalin’s secret police in Russia prior to WW II. Most people don’t even realize that Adolph Hitler was a socialist who was admired by American Progressives before the National German Socialist Workers’ Party became notorious for genocidal mass murder. Paul Johnson’s MODERN TIMES tells the rest of the story but it is sufficient to state simply that international socialism, Marxist-Leninism and National Socialism were all strains of Hegelianism which developed within the German academic world.
The Arapahoe shooter “had some depression issues” and probably never heard of Hegel.
But, In addition to showing how most modern police states have roots deep within Stalin’s secret police, Paul Johnson’s MODERN TIMES demonstrates how most of the teaching that forms the basis for modern educational theory and instruction in our public schools instills a nihilistic world view in our youth. In other words, the fact that so many kids turn out “normal” may indicate that many of them are just not paying much attention to the curriculum!
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I read about Jean Paul Sartre’s Existentialism in Life magazine and checked THE STRANGER out of the public library, a novel by Albert Camus that was almost required reading in colleges, universities and even many high schools in the 1960s. Camus was the philosopher who told the world that suicide is the ultimate question in life because there is no purpose to living and everything in life is absurdity.
Without discussing all the technical points of Existentialism, Camus’ protagonist kills an Arab man for no reason other than that life feels absurd. Jean Paul Sartre, on the other hand, propagated the idea that it does not matter what you do, since there is no absolute basis for determining morality; thus, each individual must carry out his own ethical agenda and seek transcendence by acting heroically according to one’s own standards.
The epitome of such “heroism” is dying in a blaze of glory with full knowledge that one’s life will irrevocably cease to exist in the midst of overwhelming circumstances. Of course, most school shooters never read Albert Camus, Sartre or any other Existentialist literature.
Hollywood has nevertheless popularized the going-down-in-a-blaze-of -glory theme. Starting with movies in the late Sixties like BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE WILD BUNCH and BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, we can move right into more recent movies like NATURAL BORN KILLERS. That blood-soaked 1994 psychedelic extravaganza depicts a pair of sadistic lovers becoming media heroes by committing serial murders.
So does the lure of fame and going to the grave with a transcendent badge of existential courage motivate senseless taking of human life? Or is there just something in the nature of our culture that skews certain individuals toward violence and death?
Leopold and Loeb have provided inspiration for film, theater and fiction. Both came from extremely affluent Chicago families and attended prestigious universities. Precocious teenagers when they met at the University of Chicago, the pair shared Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy which teaches that certain qualities cause superior men to transcend the morality that governs ordinary men. Nietzsche called such a breed of man “The Superman”. The two hapless intellectuals began committing increasingly more serious crimes.
They eventually decided to murder 14-year-old Robert Franks in order to demonstrate their belief that the evolutionary process had produced two inherently superior beings. Their defense lawyer, Clarence Darrow, saved them from the death penalty by aptly asking the court:
“Is any blame attached because somebody took Nietzsche’s philosophy seriously and fashioned his life upon it? It is hardly fair to hang a 19-year-old boy for the philosophy that was taught him at the university.”
Neither Leopold nor Loeb expected to become famous by means of the Franks murder in 1924. They were aiming to commit the perfect crime when they killed Franks and poured hydrochloric acid on his body to destroy the evidence and hide the identity of the victim. But their crime instigated one of the biggest media circus events of the Twentieth Century. A potent concoction of French, German and Hollywood philosophy still eats away at our civilization as certainly as the hydrochloric acid made young Mr. Frank’s body difficult to identify. Leopold and Loeb still reign in the entertainment world and much of academia.
Leopold & Loeb were trying to commit the perfect crime and never expected to become famous by their crime. At the same time, they prided themselves on their ability to throw off the shackles of morality and demonstrate to each other that they had achieved Friedrich Nietzsche’s ideal; i.e., the Superman, who arises above moral arguments that are designed by the weak to hold back those with the will to become strong. Despite the political appeals to social justice and egalitarianism, such Superman morality is at the core of much of our modern culture. It all boils down to survival of the fittest if there is no absolute groundwork for our moral beliefs!Permalink
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 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently promulgated guidelines recommending that medical first responders provide First Aid to victims in areas that have not been secured by law enforcement. If the threat is not direct or immediate, medical personnel should consider enter “Warm Zones” even though potential threats exist.
It will be interesting to see how the new recommendations will impact training for paramedics, firefighters and other personnel.
It is now apparent that many of the 250 people killed in shootings and bombings since the massacre at Columbine High School could have been saved with immediate attention. In the Columbine attacks, LEOs waited 30 minutes before entering the school.
Since that time, law enforcement have developed active shooter protocols in which one or two of the first officers to arrive engage the active shooter without waiting for SWAT teams. This is also the reason that many patrol officers now carry AR-style rifles. One officer at Columbine could have taken a shot but hesitated because of the risk of hitting students at the distance involved.
FEMA and other experts studied the Boston Marathon bombing and determined that the numbers of dead victims were greatly reduced because of a number of medical personnel at the finish line that administered immediate assistance. Newtown and Aurora, Colorado also provided data for the study,
More than 200 people were injured but only three died from their injuries at the Boston Marathon. Should we prepare some paramedics to carry guns? There are definitely new training protocols on their way. There is reason to believe that “within five years you are going to see this required of everyone” in the EMS field. Towns and cities must coordinate their emergency response efforts.
Mass shootings are usually over in less than 10 to 15 minutes. Dr. Lenworth Jacobs said in an interview with the New York Times. “We’re seeing these events in increasing frequency, and unfortunately we have to change how we approach them to keep death tolls down.”
Medics should be trained in weapons and ammunition so they can better assess the damage that different firearms can do, according to the recommendarions of The Hartford Consensus. The study involved eight experts from medicine, the military and law enforcement. The group is advocating for local governments to implement their suggestions.
Most fire departments have a policy of not responding to emergencies where there is an imminent threat of violence. There has been a Counter Narcotics Terrorist Operations and Medical Support (CONTOMS) program funded by the Department of Defense:
The CONTOMS Program is unique in that it provides the student with actual certification as an Emergency Medical Technician -Tactical (EMT-T). The program provides a comprehensive approach to emergency care and operational medical support in the tactical environment. It is focused on the broad range of knowledge and skills required for crisis management medical response including: care under fire; Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD); medical counterterrorism; counternarcotics; protective operations; hostage rescue; explosive ordnance disposal; maritime operations; civil disorder; and major national security events.
The program trains paramedics and EMTs assigned to SWAT teams. They are like combat medics in the military. We live in a time when budgets are strained beyond belief. New programs seem to be out of the question.
During the Los Angeles riots in 1992, many firefighters and EMTs dispatched from all over the Northwest could not carry legally, but they carried concealed firearms nevertheless.
We should not be in denial when it comes to the potential for violence. Law enforcement is presently trained with much more intense and innovative tactical methods than ever before. Armed citizens need to discuss new methods for protecting our schools, homes, churches and the workplace. Let’s also find ways to equip firefighters and EMTs for emergencies where the potential for violence is present.Permalink
Many people don’t realize just how vibrant social life can be in North Idaho. I penned my Firearms Lawyer column in the Federal Way Mirror for four years and occasionally have had opportunities to attend some Chamber of Commerce events and meet some of the local celebrities- mostly politicians and their camp followers. At such functions my political positions probably seem like a throwback to the days when Wyatt Earp sojourned in the Northwest and Neanderthals still roamed the earth.
I also shoot competitively in USPSA events, IDPA and 3-gun competition. But rarely have I enjoyed the degree of fellowship and good food that overflowed at several gatherings I attended last weekend in and around Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.
I went first to my client’s home and several of us shot IPSC targets. One of the best things about living in Eastern Washington and North Idaho is that you can step right out of your house and get some target practice. When it is really cold, like it was last week, some folks just open the window a few inches and shoot without leaving the warmth of their living rooms!
We were practicing on some of the same courses of fire that we would shoot at the Spokane Rifle Club on the following Sunday. The Inland Northwest Action Shooters just started shooting at SRC, which has a very well equipped indoor range and outdoor ranges that are spread out along the Spokane River. The competitors at the match raised funds for military families and INAS served great Asian cuisine from Chan Bistro on Argonne Road.
Many of the INAS shooters are also members of 3-Gun Nation which provided a Remington Versa Max shotgun for members who had previously shot 3-Gun Nation qualifiers. 3-Gun Nation has brought the sport of 3-gun to television and may be the fastest growing shooting sport around the U.S. Nothing will preserve our gun rights better than the excitement of action shooting coming into people’s homes via their big screen televisions.
3-gun matches were first held by the people that published Soldier of Fortune magazine.
The sport features contestants that aim to become one man armies- or one woman armies- with shotguns, pistols and rifles shot at steel and paper at distances that go from in-your face close quarter combat distances to out beyond 800 yards. The fact that a whole breed of high tech optics is has become available for 3-gun shooting means that big prize money and media exposure are on their way.
On Saturday night, I attended a dinner and business meeting with the Fernan Rod & Gun Club at the Coeur d’Alene Inn. By the way, North Idahoans will soon be able to participate in 3-gun because it is coming to the Fernan club in April. However, much of the discussion during the club’s business meeting pertained to environmental assessments that the club is conducting for the U.S. Forest Service.
The “FERNAN ROD & GUN CLUB” is an Idaho non-profit organization established in 1989 in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game. FRGC encourages family participation in matches and activities and is also a joint civilian, military, and police firing range facility. It is the only range with such a partnership in Idaho and one of the few of this type in the United States.
People need to think about what that means. Many residents of Kootenai County move from other places and may not appreciate how important shooting sports are to the well being of our local economy, law enforcement agencies like the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and even for the federal government. Federal agencies like the Border Patrol (ICE) understand how critical the Fernan range is to their efforts to police our borders and keep Americans safe from an assortment of threats.
The fact that it can cost thousands of dollars to perform the environmental tests and comply with so many state, federal and local requirements may not be what discouraged at least one local North Idaho sheriffs’ from acquiring land for a range. Bob Smith, who founded the Fernan club almost twenty-five years ago, told me that what deterred the Kootenai Sheriff’s Office from developing their own range was probably urban encroachment, not necessarily environmental issues.
Pierce County, Washington recently enacted a range preservation law. Bob pointed out to me that Idaho has also had a range protection law for some time that refers to “sporting use". The use of such verbiage may help get such legislation passed. Nevertheless, kowtowing to political correctness means that a law enforcement range like the one in Meridian would not be protected under the language of the law because it is a training facility and not for “sporting use".
The Idaho legislature has also made it a matter of law and public policy to support firearms related business activities. Thus, a new and improved range creation and preservation law may be a mandate that is timely for lawmakers in Boise (and local North Idaho counties) to start campaigning for!
Everyone I met agreed that it is time for the Idaho legislature and the federal government to get serious about empowering private enterprise and government agencies to create the kind of ranges that will draw big events to North Idaho and keep our citizens, LEOs and armed forces in peak form.
I am not sure what it will take to persuade bureaucrats to ease up on expensive environmental assessments and zoning impediments. There is a lot more to say on these and other subjects related to range development so we welcome feedback. Constructing major shooting venues in North Idaho is what many of the upcoming articles will be about in further installations of the Firearms Lawyer blog.
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