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TIGARD POLICE EVENT: HOW NOT TO GET SHOT, pt2

 A helpful conversation after Tigard Police Event. Open communication reduces tension, or can help reduce tension. I kept that in mind before starting a conversation about the Tigard Police event in my front yard. The owner of a local house with loads of traffic caught me cruising the cul-de-sac. She parked in the middle of […]

CONNECTIONS: MCDONALDS HAND DRYER, WASHINGTON VOICES, FAST LAW

    Connections? They are what you hope for when you network at a gathering; what you hope for when you plug something into the wall and turn it on. Personal connections, professional connections, electrical connections; they all ought to work if you follow the usual instructions. Share something of value, listen for help, and […]

BABY BOOMER VETERAN GUN TALK

  The gun talk is a tough one, tougher than the sex talk because you’re talking to adults, not kids. If you talk to kids first, keep to the basics.   Most of the time adult gun talk starts with, “Why do you need so many guns?” Right away you’re off on the wrong foot. […]

GUN SAFETY TEEN TALK 2018, WHAT TO SAY

    What can you tell teens about guns that they haven’t already heard? Don’t worry about embarrassing yourself by repeating an old message like, “Don’t shoot anyone.” If you’re a certain age there’s little to do that won’t make you an embarrassment.   It may feel like you’re speaking a foreign language.   So […]

WEAPONS FOR HOME DEFENSE: WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

    Home defense begins in the home, but you knew that. The real question of weapons and home defense starts with location, location, location.   I met a Portland man who bought a former crack house. Customers who didn’t get the press report on the crack wire crawled through his windows for a year. […]

GUN TALK THE WRONG WAY … AGAIN

    Raw Story posted a gun column about white men and guns. It was the sort of gun talk white men with guns shouldn’t identify with.   “White men stockpile guns because they’re scared of black people and feel inadequate, science says.”   That’s the rawstory title. It’s raw, but even more, it’s lazy, […]

GLOCK 17 DOUBLE STACK PROBLEM

  Why does the Glock 17 have so many bullets? Because it might take the first sixteen shots to hit a target.   Some people are bad shots. Maybe you’re a bad shot. I know I am. I nearly failed Army bootcamp because of my shot pattern with an M16. I wanted to blame the […]

APPLIED GUN VIOLENCE EXPLAINED

  Baby boomers have a unique perspective when it comes to gun violence. Our fathers participated in the most extreme gun violence in world history. The books call it WWII and Korea; the dads went with bad intentions.   Their applied gun violence saved the world from a Nazi future. Along with the horrific acts […]

Gun World Around You? What’s It Mean When You Don’t Notice

  A gun world is all around us in America. Start a casual conversation and you might learn the mild mannered person you’re talking to owns thirty guns.   Since it’s so long ago, I like reflecting on my days as an Army medic. It comes in handy helping me pretend not be as grossed […]

HOME SECURITY MISTAKES, SOME TO AVOID, SOME TO DO

The longer you hang around gun people, the more you learn about guns. And them. If you’re not a gunner, but appreciate weapons, you also learn where you sound like an idiot. Strangely enough, this happened recently. 1. You talk to a gun friend. They ask about guns, your guns, and how available they are […]