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Everybody Has a Story. Some Can Tell it.

I’ve shared the platform (and rental car adventures, meals and range time) with Lt. Col. (ret.) Dave Grossman on over 100 different occasions. He is one of (if not the) best orators I have ever been around. I am honored to call him my friend.

Years ago we were in Virginia Beach, VA. My wife went along (since our son was stationed at Norfolk – it was an opportunity for Deana to see grandchildren). I talked her into going to the conference one day to hear Dave.

Reluctantly, she asked, “one speaker for four hours?” She told me how she loved our pastor, but wouldn’t even want to listen to him for four hours. Nonetheless she went.

She sat on the edge of her seat the whole time – and took notes! She never takes notes.

Everyone has a story. Some can tell it. Some tell it exceptionally well. Dave Grossman delivers with passion . He tells it exceptionally well.

What is his story?

It is the landmark study of the mental mindset of defenders. Dave launched the label “Sheepdog” which resonates withdefenders. It all started with his essay, “On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs.” The original, unedited excerpt from his book, On Combat, can be reviewed at the link below. That now-classic essay has become the credo to those who devote themselves to protecting others. It answers the hard question: Why do we protect?

Link to the essay, “On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs”

Think About it

Grossman was a West Point Psychology Professor who has testified before the U.S. Senate, Congress, and numerous state legislatures. He has been called upon to write the entry on “Aggression and Violence” in the Oxford Companion to American Military History, three entries in the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict and has presented papers before the national conventions of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

His diligence and acumen in the field of violence & readiness has resulted in articles published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Civil Policy and many leading law enforcement journals. Grossman has been inducted as a “Life Diplomate” by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and a “Life Member” of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

He will present at our national convention this year; the Security Operations Summit, 2022.

Link to SOS.22 information & Registration

Comments (3)

Thank you for reminding us of this essay. Please pray for us sheepdogs in California who have charter schools in our church facilities. The “Gun Free School Act” PC626.9 and the state legislature’s additional laws have made it a felony for trained, equipped sheepdogs to possess a firearm at our church services.
However, because God has made us sheepdogs we will fight with our hands or whatever we have to defeat the wolves.
Thank you for all the encouragement we have received over the years from you and the resources you have provided us with! God bless you Carl!!!

Bud, let us (the FBSN) know whenever legislation comes up to reverse the idiocy of that law. Our Public Policy folks will get behind you on legislation that will allow intervention capable protectors between attackers and little kids who need it. I can’t get those little Uvalde children out of my mind. 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders facing evil alone with nobody between them and the killer.

Will do Carl! Thanks!!!
I’m trying to get in contact with someone to give me legal advise concerning this.
I keep going back to Acts 4:18-20&5:29…
I was once in a position where I was helpless to even try to help and I never want to feel that feeling again!
I’m also standing on John 10:11-15. I am not a hireling, but am called to be like my Savior who didn’t run from the wolf, but lay His life down for us!
I want to be like Him!

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