It’s not often that I can read an article without being able to summarize it with a few words or sentences, but this post by The Captain is one of the exceptions.  Here’s but an excerpt, but there’s so much more gunny goodness:

To begin with, it’s always been a myth that the police were there for protection. Regular readers, and most other educated men and women, already know about cases Warren versus D.C. and Castle Rock versus Gonzales. There are more, but these two cases demonstrate that police are not duty bound to offer anyone protection.
But at least it’s a myth that many people have believed. The riots, looting, pillaging, beatings and murders of late have convinced many uninformed folks that maybe they do need protection in lieu of police. In short, that myth has been shattered.

And it gets better, wif grafs and stuff.


  1. Court cases aside, it is simply impossible for the police to provide personal protection. The old saw “When seconds count, the police are minutes away” is a fact of life except in times of disruption when you can substitute hours or days for minutes. Minutes vs hours is irrelevant, its all to long to be useful. So the court cases simply recognize reality. We should really be happy about the court cases since they give us a way to knock down leftist talking points while not affecting the underlying reality in the slightest.

  2. What’s happened, as the Captain, and Richard (above) hint at is “escalation.” We’ve been moved to a whole new threat level.

    When, as Tam calls it, “the magic elf box,” works to summon assistance via 911, and that assistance is minutes – not seconds – away, but reliably enroute, a garden variety single-stack handgun in 9MM, usually, may be adequate.

    What we’re seeing now is “You’re on your own, Bub, because help ain’t coming, at least not this month” and everyone now knows it, plus attackers in quantity, where it used to be only one or two. That means you’ll need lots more rounds on tap, enough reloads to keep it running until you can escape, and the same for everyone in your group, not to mention some degree of training, and practice, to use the tool(s) effectively and that training needs to include some E&E.

    The old “Florida summer carry” standard of shorts, tank top, flip-flops and an LCP or J-frame doesn’t cut it anymore.

    Damn tough to carry about, but in some circumstances a full-boat AR is the answer, at a minimum. The lawyer in St. Louis was not incorrect in using an AR; I do question his level of training (but that’s correctable), and while the video doesn’t tell much, unless he had them in back pockets, when that mag in the rifle ran dry it was going to be “lights out.”

    1. I have found that increasingly, I am packing a rifle in the car for any trip which takes me more than a dozen miles outside the north Texas metroplex. It’s not that the entire area is unsafe (this is Texas we’re talking about) but as the BLM/Pantifa brigades are becoming increasingly mobile and blocking off interstate highways and such, the risk of being caught up in a random roadblock, especially in an urban area, is no longer zero, EVEN in Texas.

      And it’s not a rifle with only a single mag in it, either. I’ve even come to the point where its carrying case is unzipped, for immediate access if necessary.

      I will not be a victim.

      1. My most frequent forays >20 miles from home base are to the range, so the “bring a gun along” thing is covered.

        But….the “truck kit” has been upgraded to include one, and a plate carrier with Level IIIA plates (the rifle plate carrier is just too heavy for “casual” wear), with a 3-pack of 30 rounders on the front (and another 3 in the rifle bag). If I have to deal with a rifle, I’m screwed, but I’m betting on the probability of encountering a handgun being higher.

        The AR pistol is currently undergoing an upgrade from a EOTech to an LPVO. The EOTech is faster 50 meters. Again, training and practice makes, if not perfect, at least “better.”

        FYI, the LAW Tactical AR folding stock adapter helps a lot in making things fit, just sayin’. There is a “user learning curve” to climb and muscle memory to establish, so train and practice with it. Brownells puts them on sale from time to time.

        And, I’ve been procuring 10 round Pmags, couple reasons: First, while stuff in the box is kept unloaded in the box, a “grab ‘n’ go” scenario now means it comes out with at least a 10 round mag – 30 rounders just take up too much space, but the 10-rounders don’t extend so far – and it’s no longer a “naked magless rifle” when grabbed. That may be important someday.

        And, when in “the carry case” that 10-rounder is loaded so there are at least 10 on tap immediately behind the charging handle (hammer back, safety on, BCG closed on an empty chamber, faster to manually cycle that way) and it fits well in the bag.

        1. Careful with keeping a mag in the rifle. Lots of states have fish and game laws prohibiting keeping a loaded long gun in a vehicle. And “loaded” sometimes includes mag in gun even if none in chamber. Even states that are completely non-restrictive about pistols.

          I have carried a long gun on trips for years. Usually a rifle but if I am to be camping in griz country, I make it a shotgun with slugs.

      2. Kim, thanks for giving me something to ponder. Maybe I should relegate the Ruger PCC to trunk-gun duty. I can stuff the bag with at least six mags. IL hasn’t outlawed 17-rounders (yet) but I do have friends/family in hoplophobic Highland Park where anything bigger than a 10-round mag is verbotten. Or maybe the Mosin Nagant. While slow to reload, nothing says “stay away” like a 14″ steel spike. Hmmmm

  3. I would suggest the Redi-Mag for a backup mag that is not getting lost. Clamps to the magwell, and works with your oem mag button. May be acceptable for those areas that forbid a loaded long gun.

    There is also the 60 round mags, but those appear to be the same length as a normal 30 rnd mag. Saw some in the Longview TX indoor range last week. Pricey! $125, IIRC. Redi-mag and two 30’s would be a cheaper way to go.

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