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New Jersey’s gun laws are getting pretty good at making criminals out of law-abiding citizens. You may remember the case of Shaneen Allen, a Philadelphia mother of two who faced jail time in New Jersey for merely possessing the firearm she was authorized by Pennsylvania to have. Allen had previously been robbed twice while leaving work, and so purchased a gun, and also obtained a license to carry. When she told a NJ state trooper during a traffic stop that she had both the gun and PA-issued concealed carry permit on her person, she was arrested for violating New Jersey’s... Read more →

And so it continues; not only has the real-world narrative of the threat posed by an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attack, begun to occupy considerable space in the realms of news and politics, but now comes a theatrical depiction, courtesy of Mike Norris, the son of martial arts and action-movie legend Chuck Norris, of an America in the wake of such an attack. Here is a peek at AmeriGEDDON: EMP attacks can be caused by solar storms and lightning bolts, as well as by a nuclear explosion. The detonation of such a weapon by a rogue nation or non-state group... Read more →

We have been hearing more and more lately from law enforcement officials who are boldly saying that the ability of police agencies to react “in the moment” and keep citizens safe from threats unfolding in real time is greatly diminished. One of the additionally-ominous inferences we are forced to take from these declarations is that those who are devoted to committing these violent acts against the rest of us are not going to care how vulnerable some among us are. As a matter of fact, criminals and terrorists typically prefer to go after those who they believe are least able... Read more →

While this should not come as a big surprise to anyone, it is nevertheless highly disquieting to learn that the Islamic State (ISIS) has been using chemical weapons in the Middle East. A representative with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that laboratory tests have revealed that, in at least one case, ISIS deployed mustard gas against three dozen or so Kurdish troops in Iraq last summer. Chemical weapons use is largely banned around the world, but it is no great shock that an outfit like ISIS would violate international laws in order to prosecute... Read more →

Non-lethal self-defense tools like stun guns and pepper spray are all the rage now in Germany as that country’s citizens do what they can to better protect themselves in the face of what many there see as increasingly grave threats to their safety. Czech manufacturer Euro Security Products (ESP) is the big player in stun guns in the German market, and owner Bretislav Kostal is declaring that his outfit cannot make the tools fast enough at the present time. According to Kostal, ESP’s normal capacity for stun gun production sits at around 3,000 per month, but the company is now... Read more →

I have said several times before that a smart prepper will seek to immerse himself in information from a variety of sources. I do that constantly. Some people will have different ideas about how to approach a certain aspect of prepping, and exposure to these differing notions can lead you to cultivating the plan that best suits you. That’s why we like to discuss, with some frequency, the overall topic of survival, and, in particular, any survival information program that we see as having value. Moreover, the obvious deterioration in society, at multiple levels, makes this topic even more urgent.... Read more →

I am crossing paths more frequently with those who have decided to adopt a bit of an “anti-Internet” posture in their own lives. I know several people, for example, who have begun to turn their backs on social media. For them, the novelty of platforms like Facebook has worn off, and they no longer feel the need to share so much of their private lives with everyone on a real-time basis. Most of these folks still use the Internet, of course, but the point is that when it comes to online safety, we are usually our own worst enemies. I... Read more →

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large In light of all of the random, deadly violence about which we’ve been hearing more and more, I wanted to mention a great book I picked up the other day, and basically did not put down until I was finished reading it. It is called Counter Violence, and is written by E.J. Owens, the founder and president of Legally Concealed, the organizational “platform” from which Mr. Owens dispenses a wide variety of instruction in personal defense. Owens’ specialty as an instructor is in the area of concealed carry and home defense scenarios.... Read more →

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were behind the deadly terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. One of the interesting details of Farook’s life that has managed to gather no more than an “oh, by the way” kind of mention in news outlets is his job and educational background: Farook was an environmental health specialist at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, and also had a degree in environmental health, which he earned from California State University in 2010. There has been apparently no evidence yet uncovered that Farook... Read more →

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large Whenever possible, it is a good idea to combine dynamics of self-defense with your fitness training. Fitness, in and of itself, is important, of course. However, in this day and age, it is also prudent to help “steel” yourself to the increasing threat climate that surrounds us all. To that end, heavy bag training can be especially useful, because it is one of the very best ways for someone to develop striking and kicking skills within a solo training environment. The Heavy Bag Blueprint represents basically the “A to Z” of heavy... Read more →

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large In addition to the work I do at Christian, I’ve been an I.S.S.A. Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) and Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning (SMAC) for many years now. My interest in hardcore training began when I was in the military, and continues to this day. I believe in regular, ongoing preparation to put oneself in the best position to neutralize a street attack, should such a thing unfortunately occur. On that note, I am always looking around for more information on the topic that I think may be beneficial to either... Read more →

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large One of the areas of Internet security that is increasingly intriguing to me is this idea that you can be on the Internet anonymously. I like that. Every time I turn around, it seems as though someone else is trying to intrude on my life…or into my wallet…simply by virtue of the fact that I am online. I’ve written before about the wonderful Patriot Privacy Kit digital book, and how I think it serves as a great manual for staying safe while roaming around online. I’ve previously highlighted the great information it... Read more →

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large I’ve written before about the benefits of heavy bag training, and I swear by heavy bag training myself, as it remains, after several decades, a centerpiece of my overall fitness and self-defense regimen. One of the particularly great aspects to heavy bag training is how it fully integrates both fitness and self-defense work; in order to properly engage the heavy bag, you have to strike it and kick it, over and over, with great speed and power. The key to realizing a benefit from your heavy bag training is to apply a... Read more →

Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large One of the common mistakes made when self-defense is taught is that the instruction too often ignores the simple “basics” of defending oneself, and instead focuses on the teaching of detailed, multi-step techniques that are not practically learned or applied by average people who do not devote themselves to ongoing, intensive training. Fine motor skill and complex motor skill techniques, like joint locks (fine motor skill) and multi-step techniques (complex motor skill) are tough for people to functionally learn and apply. The problem is threefold: First, fine motor skill moves are very difficult... Read more →

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large I’ve been around combat fitness and self-defense a long time, on both personal and professional levels – I have trained a lot of people through the years in my capacity as both an I.S.S.A. Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning, and I’m always on the lookout for any kind of instruction that I think might be of particular value to folks who don’t have either the time or interest to devote themselves to more intensive, ongoing training (which I do recommend pursuing if you seek to become a complete... Read more →