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Teaching Children About Guns

Posted in Discussion Question, Safety, Teaching Topic, Videos, Weapons with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by Combative Corner

Keith Owen, of our latest 10-Question Interview, is keen on removing the mystique of guns to children and teaching them valuable safety rules (an example that many schools around the country should follow).

Or should they?

As one mother said

“They need to know that guns do scary things- and there is no respawning in real life!”

Please let us know what you think by commenting below.


Guns: A Tool For The Weak? – M. Joyce

Gunmen & Eye Contact – Roundtable Discussion 009

School Board Shooting – M. Joyce




Roundtable Discussion 009: Gunmen

Posted in Discussion Question, Roundtable Discussion, Self-Defense, Weapons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2011 by Combative Corner

CombativeCorner author T.J. Kennedy asked, “When facing attacker with a gun…some suggest to not make eye contact so as to not give away intent or movement. some say to look him in the eye to make yourself more human to him, and thus make it harder for him to pull the trigger.  It’d be nice to hear different opinions on that.”

“What is your opinion regarding eye contact with a gunman?”

I’ve also heard both arguments, along with the belief that you should communicate with your attacker to help distract him. (Please don’t hurt me, what do you want, I have kids, etc.)

I think the important thing to remember is that if the gunman has already made up his mind to shoot you he’s going to do it no matter what, making where you look or what you say a moot point. If your attacker gives you even the slightest hint of hesitation or pause you should capitalize on it and disarm him or if unable to run away. As long as that is the end goal and it’s successful it doesn’t matter what method you used to accomplish it.

I would say to not make eye contact, unless you know he’s going to kill you for sure…then maybe throw him off a bit by going a bit over the top challenging him…enough to get close enough to reach the gun. Seeing your face, and the fear (and whatever other emotion you are conveying) should be enough of a prevention measure.

Whatever you choose, you need to be able to reach the gun to do anything about the situation other than comply with his demands…which is always a strong option.

My thoughts, in a quick response, is to not look (as it may ‘challenge’ him) and is, in many ways, too bold of a response and not a natural, behavior response.  Behaviorally, your nervousness (which will be natural) should be enough of a human quality to convey your emotional state and befuddle any sympathetic tendencies (if he has any!).

I think verbal communication and distraction is one of the most overlooked and under-practiced and must be exercised to gain any advantage.  That is, unless he says something like, “Shut your %@$#&* mouth, or I’m going to shoot you in the face!”

When a gun is held to me I always think they want to kill, even if they just want to rob me. That way I train myself to be thinking of saving myself and others if possible.  I use a soft gaze but if he starts to talk to me I will make eye contact and I will put my hands up, but the whole time I am waiting for the Ki to be right for a strike and disarm.

It is very good to address these issues. We must always think “What if ?”  We do not know the gunman’s mental state and he may be out of his mind.  Or he might be a guy who lost his job or whatever.  We can’t know that.  We only know he has a gun on us and we could die in a flash.  Your training should kick in and you should be able to deal with them the best way you see fit. What works for me – might not work for you so it is very good to train and push yourself as much as you can.

When facing an attacker with a gun it should be the natural response of how you naturally train when you spar. When you spar and you naturally like looking at the person directly in the eyes then do the same but if you do not make eye contact and look at another point in the body like the chest, then look at that area. It should not matter if the person is armed or unarmed, there should be no thinking involved, just respond. If the offender is in range, then disarm should have already been completed before you have any time to think about where to look. If the offender is not in range, running for shielding should have already occurred before you have any time to think about where to look.

In my highly non-expert opinion, when you have a gun pointed at you, you’ve already been marked as a target by the gunman. Glances are ok to gauge your situation and the mental state of your assailant. Staring your assailant in the eyes is probably not a great idea. If someone has decided to point a gun at you, they have already elevated the interaction to hostile and dangerous levels. Direct eye contact is a threatening action and could worsen your situation.

Guest Speaker to the Roundtable (Steve Kardian):  The worst thing you can do is make eye contact in such a way that the predator perceives it as a challenge.  Remember, you’re dealing with a different element… someone’s got a weapon on you or if robbery is their motive you’re making a business transaction.  If you show fear and he picks up on that fear, you’re in deep trouble.  I’ve interviewed murders; people that have killed people because thy have begged for their life.  They see it as such as weakness.  In prison… (read the rest)



GUNS: A Tool For The Weak?

Posted in Crime, Discussion Question, Safety, Self-Defense, Violence, Weapons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2011 by chencenter

Gun-related homicides have slightly increased each year since 2002.  People between the ages of 15 and 24 are most likely to be targeted by gun violence as opposed to other forms of violence.  Intimate partner violence can be fatal when a gun is involved – from 1990 to 2005, two-thirds of spouse and ex-spouse homicide victims were killed by guns* (

In a 2002 crime study* (UN/OCJS) the United States ranked #4 (behind South Africa, Colombia & Thailand) in gun-related homicides [#8 per capita].

Let’s compare that with our neighbor to the north, Canada.

United States- 9,369  ¤  Canada- 144

In Detroit, a US city fairly well-known for its crime, recorded 308 criminal homicides in 2010 (a 15.4% drop from 2009) (DN).  However, a tweet from director Michael Moore alerted me to the fact that Detroit’s city across the river, Windsor, had a total of ZERO gun-related homicides.  Whether you are a fan of Moore or not, you have to ask yourself a question, what is it about us that drives us to kill one another?  Is it because of our gun laws?  How about our access to guns?  Is it just our American nature?

I posted a video on my facebook page on Monday that featured musician Henry Rollins in a 1994 MTV ad on violence (the video).  In this clip, Rollins proclaims, “…The strong don’t need guns.  Guns are tools of the weak.”  I got a fair amount of comments on this video, and I’m glad it attracted the attention it did.  This topic has gone on time and time again, and yet, gun-related homicides continue to rise.

My (personal) stance on guns?

Guns serve little purpose in today’s society other than: getting people hurt, creating accidents (many-times harmful and fatal ones), and killing or maiming innocent animals for sport (which I’ve always been against).  Guns, to me, are relics of a by-gone era.  While I understand that our military and law enforcement may need the protection of a ballistic weapon, our “every-day-citizen” does not.

What about my Second Amendment right?

Yes. This Constitutional amendment “protects” the right of the people to bear arms.  But with this, I think back to the words of comedian Chris Rock that said, “You could drive a car with your feet if you WANT to, that don’t make a it a good &%# idea!”  What are we scared of that we need a gun around for?  Le révolution?

Ok. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.  So there’s a revolution.

My next question would be, “Who do you think you are?”  Am I trying to be funny by asking this question? Well, yes AND no.  While it may be exciting to think that we’re a Clint Eastwood character, it’s humorous to believe you’re going to “Make someone’s day” without first getting yourself killed.  Your best bet will be to drill for oil/”juice” and barricade yourself in your fort (see film, The Road Warrior).

What about hunting?

Too cruel for me, but if that’s what you enjoy doing…and if you’re like Dexter and you need to exercise that need to kill something (or you’ll just blow your top), then go right ahead.  I can’t stop you.  But why not try to wrestle an elk down with your bare hands?  Why not learn to spear fish?  Give the poor animal a fighting chance, by God!  Don’t just dangle its food source in front of him with a hidden spike in it!  Wow, you out-smarted a fish!  Wow, you sniped a deer as it was walking through a meadow (which was probably the only natural clearing available with all the nearby freeways).  I might be impressed if you smeared yourself with dung, crept within range and used a slingshot or bow and arrow to bring the animal down, but that’s just my opinion.  Whatever you do though, don’t display the animal’s head on your wall and grin with pride.  How barbaric… but then again, somewhere inside of you you must feel that it is too.

Additional Note

If you do plan on owning a gun, make sure it is stored in a safe place and you educate yourself properly on the care, use and handling of the firearm.  Understand the state laws and keep in mind that injuring and/or killing (even a criminal or attacker) may like hold with it a prison sentence for you.

Suggested Reading:Facing Violence” by: Rory Miller.

We’d love to you what you, our readers, feel on the subject.

The underlining question IS, however, “Are guns needed” and “Are guns the biggest problem with America (when it comes to violence)?”


United States Department of Justice, The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends &, Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002), The Detroit News. January 2010 (Hunter)

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