26 Jan: What do you Train for?

My wife pointed out recently that I’m not always right. Imagine that. An old “Happy Days” episode showed Fonzie admitting he was wrong. Here’s the link: The Wrong Fonz I’ve said before, if all you’ve done is firearms training, and you used a firearm to hurt a bad guy, it might be used against you. Consider the bad guy’s defense attorney saying to a jury, “At this Church they could pray for you or shoot you; nothing between.” In my defense, I always acknowledged I didn’t come up with that; another trainer did. A spin of the old, “if all you have is a hammer, everything’s a nail.” Nonetheless, I’ve repeated it. Here is a deeper truth; don’t build around things that rarely (if ever) happen. That’s like building on sand. Pray for you or shoot you? It sounds nice; but is there any legal action against a civilian defender…

19 Jan: Right Wing Extremist Shoots and Kills Man in Church

Comments continue about the West Freeway Church of Christ (WFCoC) attack. Some good, some not. What if that video showed Richard White (the security volunteer killed) being as quick to draw as pundits say he should have been? We would have seen the subject raise his shotgun slower than White raised his pistol, then die before he could shoot. The video would show a stunned congregation, slowly standing, every eye on White. Every eye of the world would have been on White. Would headlines the next day be, “prepared and ready defender saved countless lives?” I doubt it. They would be more like, “Armed Volunteer Shoots and Kills Man in Front of Stunned Congregation.” A subtitle would say, “Watch the shocking video here.” It would have been played over and over on every news network and anti-gun paid political ad. The antis would be yelling of how the poor underprivileged…

12 Jan: Strange and Funny Church News From 2019

In February, Mountain Home, AR police responded to a teenager’s call for help getting to keys he’d locked in his car at church. Over a pound of marijuana was seized from the car. Here’s his mug shot (a clue). On December 19th, in Sudbury, MA a woman told a church her landlord would evict her if she didn’t pay $1,200.00. Alfred Scamman (the mean landlord) and her had played similar scams in the area; this time their gig was up. Someone figured out she and Scamman were scammin’. On May 6th, in Newbury, PA a man couldn’t find his cat. He was convinced a church had kidnapped (catnapped?) it and were hiding it in the church. He tore up the church and threatened the confused congregants. Why would anyone hide a cat in a church? Cats won’t be in heaven anyway. On April 24th, in Okolona, MS the pastor changed the locks…