Episode 389 – Operation Blazing Sword

Full Episode Download:

1- Open and Personal News Segment:

2- News Segment:

3- Interview Segment 1: Guest Erin Palette Part 1

4- Interview Segment 2: Guest Erin Palette Part 2

5- DGU Segment:

6- Email and Show Close:


1- Introduction

Paul: Welcome中国体彩官方app to the polite society podcast sponsored by the Firearms Policy Coalition recorded on Monday September 12 2016, I’m Paul Lathrop.

Rob: I’m Rob Morse and on tonight’s show we talk with Erin Palette about gay gun owners coming out of the closet to other gays about owning guns.

John: I’m John Richardson, and we’ll talk about Ruger’s matching program for NRA-ILA donations.

Rachel: I’m Rachel Malone, and Second News or DGU.

Gary: I’m Gary Daugherty and we talk about a good DGU where the victim was initially charged with murder … so climb aboard

Rachel: strap in

John : and hang on!

Paul: episode 389 of the Polite Society Podcast starts right now.

Show intro music.


Personal news from each participant (when you are done with your segment please ask the next person what has been up with them)


Rob- I ordered an ambidextrous handgun for my wife. That means I have another gun to sell. Sighted in my two new rifles at 50. Now I have to move them out to 100. Rachel and I made an advertisement for Buckeye Firearms. Ben Branam and I put together another episode of Self-defense gun stories. Ben is on the modern self-protection podcast that is part of this same network.


John – Had dinner with Prof. David Yamane of the Gun Culture 2.0 blog. We’ve had him as a guest here on the show before. I’m working on modifying the stock of a Ruger American Rifle. It’s plastic and I’m trying to stiffen it up a bit. Donald Trump was in Asheville this afternoon and early evening. Tickets were picked up very quickly. I watched part of his speech and he did mention gun rights.



  • SREC meeting. Politics never takes a break. Sometimes we have to. During the times I have to take a break, I’m so thankful for those who keep working. Last weekend I was rejuvenated and ready to jump back in. While I was at the MAG-40, the Republican State Convention voted to again make Constitutional Carry the 1st legislative priority. It is the job of the SREC to make this happen, and it’s MY job (and other activists’ job) to make sure they do their job. I’m so happy to see Amy Clark, the Vice-Chair of the Republican Party of Texas, taking this job seriously. I love her plans for pushing legislative priorities. However, the plans could still get derailed. Texans, please plan to come to the December SREC meeting where plans will be settled – or, watch the livestream from 中国体彩官方app so you can stay updated.
  • Text from a friend who just got her first handgun. She’s a survivor, a victor, and I love seeing her journey of redemption.





Paul – Susan can’t join us tonight. She is getting some rest. Been on a metric ton of radio shows and podcasts.


Promo about upcoming training classes here.



2- News 1

Paul – Ruger made several announcements during its investor conference call and webcast In August. Michael Fifer, the company’s CEO, announced Ruger’s Take Action campaign. This refreshing program will provide a $5 million challenge grant benefitting the NRA-ILA. He stated that this is being done to inspire “our customers and all freedom-loving Americans to take action in support of the Second Amendment, especially in the months leading up to the November election.” They are matching contributions to the NRA-ILA, dollar for dollar up to $5 million. Additionally, Ruger is donating $2 for every gun sold through the November election. Is this in their best interest? Of course it is. They know the well-being of this historic American company is in serious jeopardy.


Only two analysts asked questions on the conference call. It is not surprising that the CNNMoney analyst, Aaron Smith, felt it necessary to question the executives on the political topics first. He asked, “how much of an impact … Hillary Clinton and the mass shootings [had] on gun sales…?” He even seemed confused by the CEO’s statement that Mrs. Clinton is “actively campaigning against the lawful commerce in arms.” He then tried asked the Ruger executives to quantify their sales performance as it relates to Clinton and the Orlando massacre. Apparently, if you work at CNN, you must drink the Kool-Aid.


John – Ruger as well as Beretta, Smith & Wesson, and others are also donating significant sums to the NSSF’s GunVote campaign.

Rob- Hillary is used to taking greenmail money.

John – Financial industry donations – can donate to Hillary but not Trump due to Pence.


Rachel- Defending those you love begins with the attitude that your loved ones are worth protecting. Now the remaining question is how to how to defend them. Administrators and staff of private schools in Arizona asked the state attorney general if they could go armed at school. The Arizona attorney general issued a ruling that any recognized member of a school safety team would be exempt from state and federal gun free school zones. The original exemption might have been put in place to allow precision rifle teams or military drill teams on campus. It might have been written so a reenactor could bring old artifacts on campus for history class. In any case, the law says that arms are allowed on campus with permission, and that exemption includes arms which are stored on campus.


Paul- There is an analogy we often talk about, between having fire extinguishers on campus and having guns on campus. In both cases, we do what we can until the second responders arrive to help us. That makes sense wherever we are, and is not confined to our 中国体彩官方apps.


Rob- That brings up a great question. Fires take minutes to develop. Mass murders can be lethal in seconds. That says that time is more critical in an active shooting emergency than in a fire. Most schools have a fire extinguisher in every school hallway and on every floor. When seconds are precious, what does it say that we put two guns on campus and keep them locked unloaded in a safe behind another locked door in a principal’s office?


Gary- It says that private schools and daycare centers in Arizona have taken a first step. We can guide them from there.


Rachel-I want to hear from listeners who work at schools. Does your state have a provision for you being able to carry a firearm if you obtain special permission? Have you gone to the school board (or whoever has authority to grant permission) and asked? If not, why not?


John –

A Chicago citizen worried about crime is using his own money to pay for good guys with guns to walk the streets of neighborhoods and preserve safety.


The Chicago resident — De Mudd — says he spoke to Alderman Walter Burnett (27th Ward) before launching his plan and now pays a security company to put men with guns and handcuffs on the streets.


Mudd has spent $5,000 for the security “since mid-August and anticipates spending $50,000.” He says he does not mind spending the money to keep the neighborhood safe. He also stressed that he does not blame the police for the growing threat of crime in the area. Rather, he believes the police department is stretched so thin they cannot adequately patrol every part of the city.


Mudd also suggests that the solution he has undertaken for crime in his neighborhood is not a fix-all for every part of the city. He said, “I have solved the problem for my neighborhood, but what I’ve done is I’ve just pushed the problem to another street corner in Chicago. That’s not the results that we, as citizens, should be looking for.”

Paul –

John – High end, wealthy, neighborhoods in Seattle have done this while voting for gun control.

John – It would have been nice to see Mr. Mudd fund these security guards in the Southside.


Rob- The state says it has the right to regulate your rights. The state then says it can charge you a fee. Now some politicians are saying they can charge you anything they want as the bill you for mandatory licensing, for mandatory registration or a required carry license. The latest war on your rights is about the cost of concealed carry licenses in California.


The california legislature just sent a bill to Governor Brown’s desk that would let sheriffs and chiefs charge any fee they could justify. Opponents say this legislation is an obvious attempt to limit a right by imposing undue costs. This is particularly true in the failing state of california where most counties are struggling to pay their current expenses and their pension debts.


Professor John Lott pointed out that “background checks in D.C. cost $125.” The state checks if you have outstanding traffic tickets when you get your driver’s license, and that costs pennies. This places an undue tax on the poor who live in our failing inner cities.


Other states have required smart guns.. Even though the so called biometric gun might cost tens of thousands of dollars.. And both law enforcement and politicians are exempt from those laws.. Of course.


John- This is similar to the Obama administration requiring gunsmiths to pay a 2500 dollar annual registration fee or New York City charging 4 times as much for a permit as in the rest of the state.


Gary- The government says it needs to regulate me, then it charges me so it can make larger political kickbacks with our tax money.


Rachel-So is California doing some kind of fundraiser and planning to start issuing more carry permits? Unfortunately, I think that’s too optimistic.




Gary-Gun Quotes Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams


Hang on everybody, we’ll be back with our guest Erin Palette.



3- Interview 1 Erin Palette Part 1



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5- DGUs (at beginning) We are trainers, but this is not formal training and YOU NEED formal training. The Defensive Gun Use segment is intended to promote discussion and consideration, NOT as advice or training. As always the opinions of the hosts are only their own opinions and not those of any sponsors or other affiliations.

John – Amityville Horror: Young Man Cleared of 2nd Degree Murder In Defending His Mother

A young New York man experienced his own version of an when he was charged with 2nd degree murder after defending his mother from a violent attacker. Tephonte Smith, 18, shot Rashad Woolridge, 28, in the neck with a 12 gauge. Minutes before, he had stopped a fight between his mother, Stephanie Sims, 33, and Woolridge, her ex-boyfriend. A furious Woolridge returned 10 minutes later, yelling for Smith. He was heard to scream; “Where you at, Tephonte?” just before the fatal gunshot. Police found Woolridge dead outside Smith’s bedroom, with a handgun underneath his body. Despite every indication of a justifiable self-defense shooting, the Amityville DA charged Smith with second-degree murder. However. the charges were dismissed when the grand-jury returned a no true bill.


Smith had known the deceased for the years during Woolridge’s cohabitation with his mother. The couple’s relationship degenerated into violence, and a restraining order was granted to Sims. Not unexpectedly, Woolridge ignored the paper and assaulted his ex. He then apparently brought a handgun to deal with the only thing that had effectively resisted his anger: Tephonte Smith. Fortunately, Smith had the means to counter the armed madman.


Paul – New Boyfriend Defends Lover From Old

In the City of Brotherly Love, the new lover killed the old in a tale more ancient than civilization itself. In this particular version of the all too common scenario, an old boyfriend was to see his girlfriend, so desperate in fact that he climbed through her kitchen window at 1 in the morning. He was met by his ex — and her new boyfriend — and then pushed back out the window. LIke an eons old bad habit, the ex returned, this time using a second story window to get inside the house. There, he brutally attacked the mother of his two children. The new boyfriend came to the damsel’s rescue and shot the attacker in the chest with his gun.

The old boyfriend died shortly afterward in the hospital. The new boyfriend left the scene before the police arrived. The police are looking for the new, saying they would like to get his statement – and maybe just a little more. As of this writing, no charges have been brought.


It’s a fact of the human condition that this tragedy of three parts has been around before fire. Those that think eliminating guns will somehow eliminate these crimes are sadly mistaken…. likely as deluded as the old boyfriend.


John – Not smart to leave the scene.

Win the race to the phone.


Gary – Woman Shoots 中国体彩官方app Invader Attacking Husband

Things were looking very bleak indeed for a Port Richey, when three armed men broke into his house, pointed a gun at him and demanded he drop to the floor. However, he had a couple of aces up his sleeve — his wife and a gun. As the early evening break in unfolded, the woman ran to her room for a gun. She returned to the living room and found the three standing over her husband going through his pockets. “Freeze!” she shouted, but the trio spooked and ran toward the door. At another “Freeze!” one of the intruders turned toward her with a gun. She fired, slamming a round into the intruder’s shoulder. To protect his wife, the husband jumped the wounded suspect and fought over his firearm, which discharged twice. A neighbor arrived to help, and between the two they subdued the criminal for the police.


Michael Jay Shackelford, 46, was arrested at the hospital and charged with 中国体彩官方app invasion robbery with a deadly weapon. That weapon was reported as stolen. Unsurprisingly, Shackelford was similarly sketchy; he was a with a warrant out for his arrest — for violating that parole. Police are still searching for his two accomplices, but they probably will need more than the assistance of the brave woman, her husband, and the neighbor.


John – Politicians ask why anyone needs a 30 round magazine and/or an AR or AK.

Rob- Teamwork can conquer all, or at least most.

Paul – POGO

Rachel- women are often expected not to have a gun or shoot. I’ve encountered that and found it frustrating. Maybe this worked in her favor.


Gary – Two Men Came To The Aid of a Mother: One is Hospitalized, the Other Had a Gun

Early in the afternoon, the mother of a small infant was in a Shawnee, Kansas Wal-Mart parking lot. While placing her young child in the car, she was stuck on the back of the head and knocked to the ground. Her screams brought a Good Samaritan to her aid. However brave, the unarmed man was no match for the two armed thugs and he suffered several gunshots wounds to the face and chest. A second citizen ran to the scene, but there was a critical difference, that man had a CCW license, training — and his gun.


In the ensuing gun battle, the second Samaritan hit and killed one attacker, and received a minor wound in return. The other thug ran off, and was still being sought. Photos show the dead man lying on his side, left arm over his forehead, while paramedics work on the mother and police secure the area. The woman and the wounded Samaritan were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Both victims were later upgraded; the woman is expected to be released soon, and the man was awake and alert and slated for surgery. The infant was fortunately not harmed. As of yet, police do not have a motive for the attack.


We can only commend the tremendous bravery of the two men that came to the mother’s aid. However, this DGU perfectly illustrates that all the bravery and best intentions in the world are of little use unless they can be backed up by force. The second Good Samaritan, through the use of deadly force, almost certainly kept this bad situation from getting much, much worse. As a true first responder, this armed citizen and his chivalry, bravery, and foresight, as well as his firearm, is a tremendous example of our guiding philosophy of a good guy with a gun, doing good things.

Well done sir, well done, indeed.


Rob- I’m glad there was video.



A concealed carry holder in Granite City, Illinois dropped off a friend late at night after work. One report says the driver was in the car. A second report says the two men were standing next to the car when a stranger walked up to them. The stranger presented a gun and announced a robbery. The concealed carry holder drew his firearm and shot the robber. This is where the news reports start dropping details. We do know that the local prosecuting attorney praised the victims for defending themselves.

(news interview clip)


John – Another story says that Granite City ranks high in the number of carry permits. Given it is just north of East St. Louis.


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6- E-mail, blog notes, and show close


Listener e-mail discussion


Ty writes in


I listened to the discussion on competition shooting with interest. Paul made a comment that points out exactly why he should be shooting competition, he said he was “comfortable” doing what he was doing. A good stage designer will put you in uncomfortable positions and force you to do things that aren’t easy. It’s much different solving someone else’s problem they have presented to you. I know many people who are excellent shots but when put under the pressure of the competition have a hard time getting shots on paper. You are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t give it a try.



Paul’s reply to Ty


I STRONGLY disagree. A Small amount of discomfort is a good thing, it makes you sharp. A large amount of discomfort (what I honestly believe that I would feel) would not at all be beneficial.


The last thing I need are people who have no clue about me or why I carry telling me that they know so much better than I do what I should be doing. Or strutting around with a race gun and tons of extra equipment thinking that they are better than I am.


I train A LOT. I practice A LOT. I have done both under pressure. I don’t need someone that is clueless except that they can score more points than I am at some game telling me that I need to do this or that.


I am sorry if I seem overbearing, but as you can see I am rather passionate about this. Is competition bad? Not for everyone. Am I going to go to one? Not in the near future, and if I do I will leave my gun in the holster.


Rachel-My lifestyle is to run toward the things that scare me and do them until I am no longer uncomfortable. I know that that is my best path to self-improvement and getting rid of fear empowers me. That’s why I started doing competition a little this year. On the other hand, I’ve seen competition shooters get very comfortable with their niche, and perhaps they need to move out of their comfort zone and make themselves uncomfortable again.

Rob- Take what you want and leave the rest.

Gary – That is not how we grow the culture Yes


Rob- I found the competitors to be very welcoming. You don’t have the right equipment, so use what you have. You need a mag, here, use mine.




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John: Rob, do you have any new posts you want to mention?


Rob- I helped a doctor in California write a rebuttal to a gun control article that was published in his state anesthesiologist journal. That article is called “Taking the cure to stop violence” It is on my blog at John, tell us what’s new at your blog no lawyers only guns and money.


before the podcast. It featured pictures of people waiting to see Donald Trump’s campaign plane arrive at the Asheville Regional Airport. Unfortunately, we missed it as he arrived sooner than expected. Given Hillary Clinton’s recent comments saying that half of Trump’s supporters were “a basket of deplorables” and that they were “irredeemable”, I thought it interesting how ordinary my fellow deplorables looked. I really do think that Hillary thinks in her heart of hearts that those who don’t support her – especially those of us who believe in gun rights – are irredeemable and deplorable.


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Rob: That wraps up another episode of the Polite Society Podcast. I’d like to thank Erin Palette for joining us today. We would like to ask you to listen to the other shows on the Self Defense Radio Network like The Gun Blog Variety Cast and Geeks Gadgets and Guns So for Charlie Foxtrot, Festus, Craig, Gary, John, Rachel, Susan, and Paul,

(Paul, stop talking now)


Rob: Until the next time…

Gary: stay safe,

Rachel: be aware,

John: and we’ll see you down the road.

Thanks everyone


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Episode 388- Marty Hayes of ACLDN

Full Episode Download:

1- Open and Personal News Segment:

2- News Segment

3- Interview Segment 1: Marty Hayes Part 1

4- Interview Segment 2: Marty Hayes Part 2

5- DGU Segment:

6- Listener Feedback segment 1

7 – Listener Feedback segment 2

8- Listener Feedback segment 3 and show close

1- Introduction


Paul: Welcome中国体彩官方app to the polite society podcast sponsored by the Firearms Policy Coalition recorded on Saturday September 3rd 2016, I’m Paul Lathrop

John: I’m John Richardson, and we’ll revisit the Punta Gorda Florida training incident that resulted in a death.

Rachel: I’m Rachel Malone, and the 9th Circuit is attacking gun rights AGAIN

Gary: I’m Gary Daugherty and in our top DGU story, Rob Pincus had one, that wasn’t… so climb aboard

Rachel: strap in

John : and hang on!

Paul: episode 388 of the Polite Society Podcast starts right now.

Show intro music.


Personal news from each participant (when you are done with your segment please ask the next person what has been up with them)


John – I’ve had a most interesting week. It started off with breakfast with none other than “Doc Wesson”. Doc is every bit as engaging and funny in person as he is on the air on The Gun Nation podcast. We need to have him back on sometime soon! I’ve included a snapshot of Doc in the show notes as virtually no one knows what he looks like. Then it was off to the gun show in Greensboro where my big purchases were a spool of green paracord and a box of 105 grain .38 caliber bullets that I’ll get around to reloading someday. I’m not sure what all I’ll do with 1200 ft of paracord but the price per foot was so much cheaper that way I couldn’t pass it up. Finally, I got a call from Alan Gottlieb – yes, that Alan Gottlieb – asking if I would present on social media at the Gun Rights Policy Conference. I won’t spoil the news about someone else who got a call earlier asking that someone to be on the same panel. Oh, and one more thing. If anyone is interested in a new deer rifle or a rimfire rifle, you might want to check to see if your local Walmart still has the Ruger American Rifle in stock at less than wholesale prices.



-First week back at music teaching for the fall semester, and I am thrilled.

-Attended a live TV broadcast on the UT campus regarding campus carry. It was surreal to see holster clips on belts. The forum seemed like they were discussing whether or not campus carry should be allowed. It’s like they are in denial that it is in fact law. The anti-gun members talked at length about how they were caught completely off guard last legislative session and the other side won because they were so well-organized and had great turnout (yay us). They also mentioned constitutional carry and how the Republicans have made it a priority and, because of the political leanings of Texas, the great evil of permitless carry is sure to happen soon. Yay us again! Let’s hope they’re right!





Promo about upcoming training classes here.


2- News 1

John – As previously reported, retired librarian Mary Knowlton, 73, of Punta Gorda, Florida was shot and killed during a police-sponsored community demonstration. Although the investigation is currently active, Chief Tom Lewis has broken his silence on the matter. As he said, “Typically, the police department are the ones who show up and take care of your pain. We’re not typically the cause of it.” But, when a total lack of safety culture exists in a group, something like this is bound to happen.


The fatal flaw in their system was that live ammunition was stored IN THE SAME BOX as blanks! Well, that is just one of the problems. They also, routinely it seems, allowed weapons capable of firing lethal ammunition to be pointed at people during demonstrations.


One of the excuses offered by Chief Lewis was the size of the department. He believes having only one armory somehow was a contributing factor.


Of course, NOW he has enacted policies to prevent incidents like this from happening again. These policies include banning live weapons during scenario-based training and storing live ammunition and blanks separately. He has also gone as far as posting policies and updates to their website.


He will not resign for the stated reason of departmental stability. It appears, however, that a casual attitude surrounding safety is the issue here. How many people taking such classes think to themselves that police officers are gun experts and there is no danger? How many of you have been to a class where you were not even allowed to point a blue gun in an unsafe direction? Always, always, always follow the safety rules recited at the introduction to each Polite Society episode!


Rachel-We know that armed citizens are statistically safer than law enforcement. Many citizens do not. Stories like this make people who don’t understand safety principles think that it’s impossible to ensure safety when handling guns. This makes them afraid of guns, and then they support gun bans. It’s our job to reverse that thinking.

John – Each gun should have checked, double checked, and triple checked by different people.

Rachel- The issue: who is responsible for our safety?

John – You know some schools in some states mandate hunter safety classes in certain grades.


2- News 2

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is at it again. On August 31 a three judge panel of the lofty court ruled that banning firearm sales to those who hold medical marijuana cards does not violate the Second Amendment. In 2011, S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada resident, attempted to purchase a firearm and the retailer refused the sale citing a rule prohibiting sales to users of illegal drugs. You may think that medical marijuana is legal in many states. And, you would be correct. However, it is still illegal under federal law.


This situation highlights how sticky things can get when the federal government has criminalized so many aspects of people’s lives. Isn’t it interesting how things have changed in a few short years. Although Ms. Wilson can obtain marijuana over the counter, she will have to turn to the black market to purchase a firearm. Of course, we would never suggest that anyone should ever engage in such an illegal activity. But, it gives us something to think about. Most of us were required to disclose whether we used illegal drugs when we obtained our carry permits. Are there people who believe marijuana is legal in their state and answer this question incorrectly?


John – I’m sure that there are people who answer that question on Form 4473 incorrectly. And commit a felony.


Hang on everybody, we’ll be back with our guest Marty Hayes.



3- Interview 1


4- Interview 2


5- DGUs (at beginning) We are trainers, but this is not formal training and YOU NEED formal training. The Defensive gun use segment is intended as information NOT as training. As always the opinions of the hosts are only their own opinions and not those of any sponsors or other affiliations.


Rob Pincus Involved in a Self-Defense Situation

Rob Pincus, the bullet-headed master of all things tactical, found several people in his wife’s vacant house. He did what every red-blooded armed ‘Murican would do, he called the cops. Rob found squatters had invaded his wife’s old 中国体彩官方app. He didn’t confront them, he backed out, drove away and called in the pros. In his words; “Have a gun? Have training? Have emotions? Have anger? ….. Control yourself. Deep breath. Drive to the end of the block, call the police.”

Five of Denver’s Finest arrested the squatters with their drugs, weapons and outstanding warrants. The police did their job – as Rob did his.

We applaud Rob for his self-restraint. He recognized that the armed civilian is NOT the police. In his own words again; “Maybe I would’ve gotten into a justified shooting today and had a long arduous legal and emotional aftermath… Maybe I would’ve gotten killed. We’ll never know because I did exactly what I and every responsible self-defense instructor I know advises: Avoid Conflict. Let the police do their job.”

Be like Rob.



John – We have had a lot of DGUs where people think they need to restrain the perp or shoot at the intruder after they’ve left.

Rachel – distinguish between legal, moral, ethical justification. Justified does not = required. Use wisdom.


Obama Gas Station Robbery Ended by Clerk With a Gun

Oh the irony, the chewy, chewy, delicious , coated with sprinkles. Columbia, South Carolina is 中国体彩官方app to a gas station and souvenir shop called the Obama Store. The marquee even features a large, smiling portrait of the world champion gun salesmen himself. At around 3:30 in the morning a man approached the counter and flashed a gun. But, he found the Obama Store was defended by… (wait for it)… a good guy with a gun.

Threatened by the armed robber, the store’s clerk grabbed his own firearm. The thief spooked, firing several shots behind him as he ran. Fortunately, no one was injured. As of yet, no arrests have been made and clerk is not expected to be charged, as he didn’t fire. It seems the patrons and employees of the Obama Store were protected by the lawful use of a civilian owned firearm. Now, who would have expected that? We were told that NEVER happens.


Hmmm, maybe we should try a Bloomberg Store? Wadayah think, Shannon?


Rachel- poor guy, you’d think of all places he could have a free hunting ground it would be there. What irony.


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Listener e-mail discussion


Rachel summarized the class perfectly, but there is one thing she left out, and that was a highlight for me.

Kathy stated, when a student walks into our classroom, they see 4 wall, a floor and a ceiling. Pretty boring. But, inside the walls, there is a lot going on, studs, wires, pipes, air ducts, insulation, etc. She said we were going to pull the sheet rock down and examine the inner workings. She methodically went through all the things we already “knew”, and examined the reasoning behind those skills.

Case in point. When I took my for basic pistol class, the instructor said, “Before you use some tool, learn how to fill magazines by hand and by feel, so you can load them in the dark if needed.” I accepted that as a truth without really challenging it. I have taken classes from Massad Ayoob, Tom Givens, Gunsite, Utah and Utah Instructor, and many others, plus listened to 1000’s of hours of podcasts, read dozens of books, and lots of internet articles. No one ever challenged or contradicted that statement. So, when I started teaching, I gave my students the same advice. As a large, strong, generally healthy male, I have no problems filling a mag by hand. But, in my classes, I would get older, weaker, maybe arthritic women that really, really struggled filling magazines. I would show them my UpLula loader and mention that once you get hand filling down, you should get one of these because they are handy, but in only one case did I actually let the student use it.

And I mentioned this to Kathy. And her response was, “Why wouldn’t you use a tool, if one is available?” and I responded just like I had been taught, “Because sometimes you might have to load a magazine and your tool is not available.” And, I thought that was the end of that. And Kathy came back with “Why wouldn’t a tool be available? Do you carry loose ammo in your pocket when you go about town?” And at that moment, my world came crashing down. She was absolutly correct. You should never have the need to fill a magazine away from your range bag or gun table. I have been purposely and deliberately making learning harder for my students based on a belief I had that does not have a foundation in fact. This type of realization happened to me over and over during the course of the week. Kathy challenged so many things that I had wrong or at least didn’t quite have the whole picture.

As a student, I learned that I need to challenge what I am being taught. As a dual-degreed engineer, with the exception of a very few laws of nature, everything I was taught came with some kind of mathematical proof. By nature, I am skeptical of what I learn, but for some reason, that didn’t carry over to gun stuff. That is something I learned I need to change.

As an instructor, I learned something even more important. When you are teaching a beginning class to someone who has never touched a gun, it is very easy to gloss over the things that seem obvious. But, to that student, you are their only source of knowledge, and what you teach will get ingrained in them as irrefutable fact. Furthermore, 50% of the information presented in the NRA Basic Pistol class or similar entry level classes is never touched on again, even if the student continues on to take a lot more training, and many won’t. Whether we are teaching professionally or just taking a friend to the range for the first time, it is vitally important that what we teach is correct because there may never be a second chance for that student.

But, it doesn’t end there. Class was over and we all went 中国体彩官方app and resumed our normal lives. A couple weeks later, Kathy posts on Facebook. “I had a student that claimed that you should never use a tool to fill a magazine until you could do it by hand. Can’t quite wrap my head around that, but maybe I’m missing something. Have you heard anyone explain their reasons for this idea, and if so – can you explain those reasons to me?”

As part of the class, Kathy gave us a USB stick with a lot of educational material on it. One of the files was how to be a better instructor, and one of her recommendations was to keep a private journal and, after every class, list what YOU learned. So, Kathy is practicing what she teaches and my interaction with filling a magazine, must have gotten a mention in HER journal. From her perspective, a student challenged her. So, she reached out to her network and asked, what am I missing? It was an excellent conversation.

As promised, Kathy tore the sheetrock down and I learned so much, some new information and some challenges to what I already thought I new. But she also presented material on how to teach our adult students. But, if you took a step back, Kathy was using those same principles on us, HER adult instructor students. So, I would sit there and I would have that epiphany moment and the light bulb would above my head would burn bright and I would say to myself “Wow, I just learned something”, but then take a step back and ask, “how did that happen?”, look at what Kathy did, have a second epiphany moment and the light bulb burned even brighter as I realized, she used this technique, and this one, and that one, and, wow, they really work.


Larry Piekarski

GunSense LLC




This is for Rachel.

I was touring the Texas State Capitol building in Austin last year and as I was exiting the building I noticed a sign designating a special entry for concealed carry holders. I barely started a conversation with security (State Police?) about it when he had to go attend to some new visitors. Would you please tell us how this works at the capitol? I think it is interesting that a government building seems to accommodate concealed carrying visitors.

Thank you,



Rachel-Absolutely – yes, anything legal to carry outside of the Capitol is also legal to carry inside of the Capitol, and it’s always been that way. There used to be no security to enter the Capitol – no metal detectors, just come on in. Then in 2010 there was a dude who fired a few rounds on the Capitol lawn, and they thought, hey, we should have some kind of protection to keep that from coming inside. But most of the legislators carry, Governor Perry famously carries, and there was NO way Texas was going to go for forbidding handguns in the Capitol. So, they put in metal detectors for most people, and a separate CHL/LTC line for those with a license. So, you just walk up to that line, they swipe your license to be sure it’s valid and legit, and then you go on in. No metal detector.





Hey y’all (’cause I’m Southern),

First, I want to add my congratulations to the charges against Paul being dropped. Second, I want to thank Paul for not only getting his story out there, but being willing to be – sometimes painfully – honest about the incident and what he would have done differently and lessons learned. In particular about having a list in the wallet for medications, doctor phone/fax number, and pharmacy phone number.

I look forward to seeing all of you in Tampa for the GRPC!





I hope you guys are right about the election, and i’ll be the first to write in and admit I was wrong. I keep going back to the electoral college map, and I can’t get the numbers to work for Trump. It has been a crazy election season though. If you look inside the polls the third parties seem to be taking votes from Clinton, so they may help. I’m in PA, now a light blue state so I feel I’m forced to vote for Trump on the chance he could swing the state his way.


If Texas secedes i’ll be down though!


Have you guys heard of the free state project ()? It’s a movement in the libertarian party to get people within the party to move to NH. It’s an interesting concept. They picked a state with a small population so they could have the most influence on the laws and policies on a local/state level. NH is ranked as one of the freest states, with good gun and knife laws.


On a different topic…I know a lot of people are buying guns right now so I’ll throw an option out there that I don’t hear much about. I picked up a CZ p09 about a year ago, and I’m really impressed. It’s run 100% with everything I’ve put through it. Quality is on par with my sig’s and hk’s at a much, much lower price, and has the best feeling grip of any double stack I’ve had. If you want to blow some money anything I’ve seen out of their custom shop has been really nice!


Glad to hear your free Paul!!!!




John – I have heard of the Free State Project. More power to them! I love CZ’s esp the CZ 75




Really enjoying your podcast. Thanks for all that you do.


You discussed the posting of illicit “No Guns” signage. I am not aware if there is a standardized sign in North Carolina, but I have seen several that simply cannot be legal.


I was required to enter an office building in the Durham area and noticed, on the way out, a small sticker, barely bigger than a business card, about one inch above the bottom frame of the glass next to the door. It was approximately 3 to 4 inches off the ground.


After securing my firearm in the car, I returned and asked the receptionist in the office that I had visited if the building was “Gun Free”. She was not aware that it was, but agreed that the sticker was more than a little fishy.


I make it a habit of not merely avoiding “Gun Free” businesses. I will usually point out to someone in charge inside that the reason I will not be patronizing their establishment is posted on their front door.


I have no illusion that they will change their mind because of me, however if enough voice their opinion, they may just catch on.


Here’s hoping.


Keep up the good work!




John – No standardization. The anti gun folks have been urging their followers to slap those stickers on stores.





I believe it was Rob who asked how he balances liability of a business to provide protection vs. liability of an amusement park. From the standpoint of liberty, there’s no difference. You are not being forced to a particular location or business. If you don’t like their security, don’t go in. Imagine what happens to the cost of business if owners are forced to guarantee the physical security of patrons against the actions of a third party over which he/she has no control. It’s basically the same argument we use against the Left when they want to hold gun manufacturers responsible for a third party’s illegal actions. You have choices. You are responsible for you. We can’t force our version of an “acceptable level of security” on private businesses. Think of the slippery slope that creates!


A business should have to provide for physical security for those potential dangers under the owner’s control – safe facilities, safe environment (e.g. all the heavy stuff isn’t stacked perilously on the top shelves), etc.


Now, if you are talking government created monopolies, like your local utility company or courthouse, I can see a liability issue as you generally have no choice in selecting another option.


As for the survey Paul spoke of, taking the same amount of people from each state guarantees a skewed result. I come from North Dakota so am familiar with the political differences between “God’s Country” and California, for example, where I live now. But those states are significantly less populated than the coasts, so taking an equal number would grossly over-represent those states – which of course tend to lean right. If you want to go state by state, you would have to select a proportional number of voters as represented by the states percentage of the national population.


Of course, that completely ignores the fact that we aren’t a democracy and we don’t elect our presidents popularly – so the only valid method to predict the race is to look at the electoral college.





John – Wisconsin



Paul and friends, some follow- up to my prior voicemail (after I’ve had a

couple moments to plan my words).


My thoughts, based on my shooting in several USPSA and IDPA matches, is

that once basic weapon skills is acquired, competition shooting helps

pressure test your skills execution and your marksmanship execution. Can the

Skills that were learned on a static training range; can they be performed when

it really counts (either when they count for points, or when it is in a

CCW/DGU encounter)?


Competition shooting has provided me with frequent opportunities to performing skills relevant to a CCW encounter: performing draws, shooting target engagements & multiple targetengagements, shooting at near targets, far targets, moving targets & small targets. Mixed into that practice are also movement, re-aquirement of shooting position/stance, shooting around objects/cover, one-hand shooting or shooting while handling objects. Reload and perform malfunction clearances as necessary. I also get to watch shooters that are better than

me perform those similar tasks, and I can learn by watching.


The downside to completion is the low number of repetitions performed for the time spent. And that each rep or scenario is only performed once (exception Steel Challenge, where the best 4 of 5 runs is counted for

score). But I argue that these are higher quality repetitions because you have additional performance pressure (being timed and scored) and additional social pressure (anxiety, being watched by others).


Thoughts from the group?


I try to encourage other shooters (people that shoot, but have not yet shot in a USPSA/IDPA competition) to try competition pistol shooting. I tell them that: “Targets

are 18-inches wide, and most targets are between 5 and 15 yards away. You

get the highest points by hitting targets in the center. Sometimes there may be targets that are smaller, further or more challenging.” [Then I show them a YouTube video of a minor/junior shooting a USPSA/IDPA stage, and ask them if that is something they could do.]


I try to relate competition shooting to a shooting activity that they are already familiar with (shooting a B-27 silhouette seven to fifteen yards away), instead of a scary unknown good- ol’ boy insider-club activity. Thoughts from the group (Rob’s show bio mentions local IDPA matches, and Rachel shoots state rifle matches) about starting competition shooting?


Thanks for all the Polite Society gang does (including Charlie Foxtrot, behind the scenes).



Rachel- I’ve never shot a state rifle match. Advice: go to a Run n Gun. If you can come to Texas or Oklahoma, it’s worth the drive. If not, contact me and I’ll help you set one up in your area.




Gary: John, tell us what’s new at your blog no lawyers only guns and money


While I’ve had a few posts this past week, there has been nothing special. However, I am working on a long post regarding campus carry in Kansas. The six public universities will officially have campus carry effective July 1, 2017. They were all supposed to send their implementation plans to the Kansas Board of Regents this week. From what I can tell, they aren’t kicking and screaming about it like the University of Texas but merely kicking.


That and more is at


We would like to thank Charlie Foxtrot for writing up show notes for us. Even though you don’t hear him on the air he is certainly part of what you do hear. Look at his blog at


Paul: That wraps up another episode of the Polite Society Podcast. I’d like to thank Marty Hayes for joining us today. So for Charlie Foxtrot, Gary, John, Rachel, Susan, and Rob,

(Paul, stop talking in four words)


Paul: Until the next time…

Gary: stay safe,

Rachel: be aware,

John: and we’ll see you down the road.


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