A Jeff Cooper Retrospective

We have been informed by people whose opinions we respect…

We have been informed by people whose opinions we respect that they get a great deal of pleasure out of those items in which we mention the victories of the good guys over the bad guys. We hope we are not the only ones who notice these things, but it is certainly true that the media in general are much more inclined to broadcast how dreadful it is to be victimized than how great it is to refuse to be a victim. A great many of the rabbit people seem to be literate enough to get the floor, and to broadcast how uncivilized it is to fight back. When they are aided in this viewpoint by the media, or the police, or the courts, this is deemed to be newsworthy. When, on the other hand, John Citizen simply blows the bad guy away, this item, if mentioned at all, is used to condemn the fearful notion of “taking the law into one’s own hands.”

Those who know any history—and fewer do all the time—realize that there are times and places when the law must be taken into one’s own hands. We now have a situation in our major population centers in which the goblins assume that their victims are not armed and will not fight back. We have brought that condition on ourselves. It is high time we changed it back.

● Is it not curious that the law enforcement establishment, generally speaking, has moved from the notion that a revolver does not contain enough rounds in its cylinder, to the notion that the answer to this is to provide a sidearm which has the sole advantage of more rounds aboard. (“If you can’t shoot well, shoot a lot.”) Well naturally, various self-loading pistols carry more rounds in the weapon than most revolvers, but they are not only self-loading, but self-cocking. This, in the eyes of some, makes them “dangerous.”

Now, therefore, we see the marketers offering self-loading pistols, which are not self-cocking, moving back into the Dark Ages, and providing people with a gun that is more difficult to shoot well than the revolver that they abandoned in favor of the self-loader. All this foolishness is conducted in the name of “safety,” disregarding the fact that there is no such thing as a safe or unsafe weapon, only a safe or unsafe shooter. All the money spent on shifting weapons around would obviously be better used in improved training, but when you are forced to take aboard people who are essentially untrainable, the problem grows increasingly complex.

● A reader called us in a state of some agitation resulting from an attempted armed robbery on his restaurant in Indiana. In the middle of the dinner session, a goblin wandered into the place with a pistol in his hand and demanded money from the cashier. At this point the owner (who is our correspondent) came around the corner with a 2.5-inch .357 in his hand, loaded with 125-grain JHP bullets. The owner ordered the intruder to drop his gun.

Nothing happened, whereupon the owner socked the intruder six times in the chest region with his .357. Still nothing happened. Unusually, the owner had extra ammunition, so he reloaded and socked this bird six more times in the chest. I asked him what the intruder was doing while he was being shot, and he said, “Nothing.” He neither dropped the gun, nor attempted to shoot it, nor attempted to get away. The owner then reloaded a third time, and by the time the intruder had fallen down, he had been hit 18 times! The range was about 15 feet.

The perpetrator in this case was so spaced out that his blood was sort of a green-orange color, according to reports. Those of you who have been here to school know about the Mozambique (double tap center of mass, then headshot) drill. The store owner had not.

● In “The United States versus Cruikshank,” the first case in which the Supreme Court had the opportunity to interpret the Second Amendment, the court plainly recognized that the right of the people to keep and bear arms was a fundamental right which existed prior to the constitution, when it stated such a right “is not a right granted by the constitution, neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.”

● Paul Kirchner takes us to task for the assertion that here at Gunsite we turn rabbits into foxes. His position is that one cannot change the species. Perhaps what we do is turn pups into hunting dogs. A true rabbit would never show up at Gunsite in the first place.
You got a point there, Paul.

● Well, as ‘tis sometimes said, “The race is over. The rats won.” The forthcoming four years are going to be difficult to live with, what with the social immoralists in the saddle. We learn with gratification that NRA membership is now up over three million again, but that is not enough to ride out this raunchy Leftist administration. We need much more than that. Let us make our goal six million. All we need is for each current member to sign up one more. That is not too much to ask. Do it today.

● “Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts—not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the constitution.”—Abraham Lincoln

● “The budget should be balanced. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome becomes bankrupt.”—Cicero, 63BC

● It has been pointed out to us that the proper number to consider in the event of violent aggression is “911”—if you are of the rabbit people. Others will do better to place their faith in the number “1911.”

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