Monday, May 18. 2015
This past weekend, Becky attended the workshop where she collaborated and presented with peer instructors and the Senior Training Counselors on a wide cross-section of training scenarios and techniques. Becky received the "thumbs-up" recommendations from both Senior Training Counselors in her final evaluation interview and glowing feedback from her peers. With these new ratings, Becky will able to leverage the considerable wealth of knowledge and experience provided by the NRA courses when training NRA Instructor Candidates and certifying them.
Currently, there are over 118,000 NRA instructors in the United States. They teach hundreds of thousands of students per year. Demand for the NRA classes has been steadily rising since 2008, with many new shooters taking classes such as the NRA Basic Pistol class, which teaches the fundamentals of shooting. Nationwide, there are only around 2,000 Training Counselors, which means that demand for the position is high and competition is tough! As a Training Counselor and Chief Range Safety Officer, Becky will provide quality control in the field, and will certify instructors to
keep up with, and encourage, the growing number of individuals interested in learning to shoot safely and confidently.
This is a big day for She's a Pistol's staff and customers. We are currently reviewing and adding on to our current classes to make them even better than before! We will also be training new instructors, which means more classes and more fun!
Check out our classes on our website at www.ShesAPistol.com or stop in and congratulate Becky on this HUGE accomplishment! We're located at 5725 Nieman Rd., Suite C, in friendly downtown Shawnee, KS.
Tuesday, January 6. 2015
I read a news article this morning about a waitress who was run over by a couple of teenagers attempting to evade paying their bill, also known as a "dine-and-dash." (http://www.kpho.com/story/26730006/three-lives-changed-forever-after-dine-and-dash-turns-violent) After reading the article, I then read the comments to the story so that I might learn the public sentiment. I expected some differing viewpoints, but the contrast in the comments to this particular article struck me.
There were essentially two camps: one camp was those who thought the meal thieves should be charged with attempted murder, and the other camp was those who thought the waitress was to blame for getting run over. I.e., if she would have just let them go, she would not have gotten hit, and that $20 wasn't worth it. This is a small example, but it illustrates the polar opposite mindsets we have operating in our society today. There are those who feel "a little crime is okay" or "that shouldn't even be a crime" and those who believe "a crime is a crime, period."
Let's back up a little. What is a crime and how did it become a crime? Crimes are usually thought of as "breaking the law" meaning there must have been a law written in order for it to get broken. There are also crimes against humanity where something is generally understood to be wrong. Both are applicable here. In order for a law to be written, there are typically councils who decide that a particular behavior is not acceptable in their society. Those councils may be influenced by the citizens of a community or by other political pressures. The end result is that whomever has control over writing the laws, be it an individual or a committee, writes the law stating that behavior which fits within the bounds of that law will be punished in order to discourage further behavior of that type.
Some obvious laws are stealing, killing, damaging other's property, as well as millions of others which restrict such things as boiling water and rotten vegetables and then drinking it or inhaling the smoke produced by burning plant leaves. Sometimes, society changes and decides that maybe drinking that rotten vegetable water isn't such a bad thing if done in moderation, so laws are changed to allow its consumption rather than outright prohibiting it.
So, back to the waitress who was injured by people who didn't want to pay for their food. The waitress, by her actions, was saying, "Stop! Society has decided that you must pay for things belonging to others which you consume." The meal thieves were saying, "We want something that we do not want to, or cannot, pay for so we are just going to take it."
Let's figure out who was the victim here, notwithstanding the injuries sustained by the waitress. Was it the thieves who were being oppressed into paying for a meal? Isn't eating a basic human right that should be afforded to everyone? Was it the waitress, who, when working for some companies and making less than $3 per hour must pay out of her own pocket for meals consumed by patrons who do not pay for the meal themselves? Or, was it the corporation who owns the restaurant, buys the food, and pays employees to prepare and serve it to people? Could we say that the corporation (or mom-and-pop restaurant, or any other private business) must absorb the cost of those who cannot, or will not, pay for the services which they consume? In order for the business to absorb those costs, they must raise their prices a little which means all of their other customers are now paying for the loss incurred by feeding those who did not pay. In effect, they are subsidizing the meals of those who are not paying. Or, is consuming without paying for services just theft?
When and where will the line be drawn, and will it be moved?
Will today's theft become tomorrow's subsidy? Maybe businesses will be required to absorb losses up to $20 per incident. Then in a few years, businesses will be required to absorb losses up to $40 and just raise their prices to accommodate the drain on their bottom line. Where does it stop? Will the paying consumers ever say "enough?"
Or, do we try to discourage theft today, while it is still small and controllable? Do we teach while we can rather than punish for lessons not learned. There are some parables here which could be overlaid onto some political ideologies but I'll let the readers make those connections themselves.
Tuesday, December 30. 2014
Many people love the GoPro, $200-$500 and I’m a big fan of this camera primarily for its waterproof capabilities, however it typically shoots video in a very wide angle. The iVUE is seeing exactly what YOU see by using a tighter field of vision. The primary advantage is the camera lens that’s mounted directly in the center. It quite literally looks down the barrel of your weapon allowing you to record any slight variables you may be making that could be effecting your shooting skills.
The iVUE allows you to keep your hands free while you record all of your sporting adventures whether it’s practice time at the range, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, skateboarding, motor sports, whatever! You no longer need to mount a bulky sport camera on your head or attached it to a tripod. Enjoy the convenience of slipping on a pair of camera glasses and simply record your activities.
There are two models currently available. The HORIZON 1080P $169.00 and Crossfire 720 $110.00. Both feature a very sporty style, high durability, light weight frame, 1.8mm thick polarized lenses, and weather resistant shell.
The glasses (Depending on model) record at 60 frame per second, which is perfect for capturing fast action shots with fluid motion, can hold an 8, 16 or 32 gig Micro SD Card, offer Clear, Yellow or Blue exchangeable lenses, Time/Date Stamp, Noise Reduction Microphone and Video Stabilization.
The video time breaks down to approx. 15 Minutes per 1GB of memory, so bring a few extra cards for a really long day or vacation videos. Battery is a 550mAH so it’s good for approx. 1.5 hours, so think of this like your mobile phone, you will need to recharge the glasses randomly depending on amount of use or carry a portable battery charger in your purse or backpack.
The glasses turn ON by pressing a button on the right side of the frame, you will hear a few “beeps” indicating its recording, when you’re done, the same button turns the unit OFF. The opposite side houses the SD card slot and charging port…. Easy!
Sunday, December 21. 2014
Police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were executed while sitting in their marked police car yesterday (December 20, 2014). Their deaths were disgustingly celebrated publicly by supporters of Eric Garner. LeBron James wore a shirt which read, "I can't breathe" in support of Eric Garner and his actions were defended by the highest ranking elected official in this country (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-talks-about-lebron-james-and-his-i-cant-breathe-shirt/). Members of the St. Louis Rams football team (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/st-louis-rams-apologize-for-players-ferguson-hands-up-dont-shoot/) and members of the United States Congressional Black Caucus (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/members-congress-hands-gesture-house-floor-article-1.2030010) made the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture in support of Michael Brown. There are many more less publicized instances of misguided support or aggression against police officers.
There is a big difference between a person who dies while resisting arrest or is killed while attacking another person and somebody who is killed simply because of a uniform that he wears. If the roles were reversed, it would be the same as somebody being killed or persecuted simply because of, say, the color of their skin.
Now, I know the sycophants and race-baiters will say that is exactly what is being protested by these attacks on those in uniform, but this is much more serious than just the schoolyard-level tactics of "you hit me so I hit you." Yes, there can be bad people wearing a uniform. There are some who go beyond the limits. Does that mean they all do? If so, does that mean that every person of color is also a bad person? Of course not.
We are a nation of laws. This came about because it was determined that a collection of individuals, all operating in their own best interests, would tend to overpower and take from those who are weaker. Society as a whole decided that there should be generally accepted behavior defined and written in order to protect those who cannot, or will not, defend themselves and that in order for this code of laws to work, there would be a need for enforcement of those laws, hence a police force. When a member of society (including the individuals charged with enforcing the law) chooses to operate outside of the law, then appropriate disciplinary actions are taken. If those actions are extreme or no longer fit within the boundaries of generally accepted behavior, then the laws are re-examined and amended as necessary.
Vigilantism, regardless of on which side it is occurring, is not part of generally accepted behavior. Vigilantism contributes to the breakdown of society because it does not follow society's rules. Vigilantism is not the same as self-defense, however. A person has the right to defend themselves in times of immediate danger. The code of law that defines society is a holistic approach that keeps us all going in the right direction. Could "self-defense" be used against a police officer? No. Law enforcement officers follow the code of laws and ethics which guide their actions. If a police officer is trying to detain a person or correct their behavior, that person may use the same code of laws to defend themselves.
Vigilantes operate under the guise of "street justice" which is driven by emotion, not written laws. Yes, sometimes our laws or societal standards do not fit the crime and sometimes the justice does not come swiftly enough. But there is a system already in place to fix that. We, as members of society, can petition for change. If there is sufficient support for change, laws will be amended by those whom we have chosen (by vote or appointment) to maintain the laws. Those who support or defend vigilantism are not the heroes of our society! The heroes are those who have committed their lives to ensuring that the rest of society exists peacefully together.
Thank you to the 99.9% of law enforcement officers out there that help keep our society peaceful.
Tuesday, December 16. 2014
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Saturday, December 6. 2014
When you first begin using the app, you will be prompted to choose a unique pin number. If you are forced to check in even though you are not safe, enter a duress pin instead. It will appear that you have shut off the app, but your loved ones will instantly receive an alert so that help can find you quickly. This application will work even if your phone is turned off or the battery dies, and also comes with a panic button. You can check out the app's website here: http://www.staysafeapp.com/staysafe-personal/
Stay safe this winter and, as always, feel free to stop by. We're here to help!
The She's a Pistol team
Friday, December 5. 2014
As instinctive as picking up your favorite conceal and carry pistol, we never leave the house without our phone, possibly the most important item people rely on anywhere in the world. The phone provides not only constant contact with our friends and loved ones but access to our E-mail, Calendar, Photos of our kids, Grocery List, Angry Birds and of course internet access to the She’s A Pistol web site (www.shesapistol.com)!
There are hundreds of manufactures making some very creative cases to protect your investment, however one of the lesser known but amazing custom knife makers KRUDO located in Tarpon Springs Florida (www.krudoknives.com) has taken things to a whole new level.
The Krudo KTC54 case currently for the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy is constructed from all 6061 T6 Aluminum, is black hard coat anodized and weighs only 234 grams with the phone, however this amazing little beauty secretly houses a 3.5 inch Titanium K Wedge knife blade as well as an optional 32Gb Micro USB Thumb Drive. All cleverly hidden inside a very attractive and most importantly protective case.
There are a variety of situations where you may not be able or simply choose not to carry your firearm, however no one looks twice at your phone. This would be a fantastic extra sense of security while out for a jog or in the work environment. It carries a hefty price tag of $225 however titanium is considered a superior combination of high strength and low weight ratio when compared to steel and sometimes you simply demand the best and you’re worth it!
Friday, November 7. 2014
In a criminology class I recently took, the point was repeatedly made that, statistically speaking, the older a person gets the less likely they are to be the victim of a violent crime and yet they become more fearful that they will be the victim of a violent crime.
There are several reasons for this. First, as a person gets older, they start making wiser choices. Such as with whom they associate, whether they go to bars or parties at strangers' houses or whether they stay out late engaging in risky activities. Thus, they become less likely to become a victim. Second, as a person gets older, their responsibilities increase and they tend to want to protect that which they've worked for or achieved, and therefore fear incidents which could take that away, whereas young people typically think of themselves as "invincible" and do not have a family depending on them to keep a steady job and pay the mortgage and bring home groceries.
Of course, there will be the outliers. The young person who really has his or her head screwed on straight and will likely go far in life. Or, the older person who just never seemed to grow up and still wants to relive the glory days. Overall though, most people fit the description written above and therefore, make up the statistic.
My response to this, which was kept to myself during the class (remember that "older people making wise decisions" such as when to keep my mouth shut point made above), is to tell the person being victimized that "statistically, this should not be happening." Outside the walls of academia, or what we like to refer to as "the real world," good people become victims even when the news tells us the crime rate is going down. Yay society, we are controlling crime!
But it doesn't just happen, does it? Just like controlling weeds in a lawn by keeping the grass healthy, we crowd out the bad parts by strengthening the good parts. In order to keep the weeds out of your lawn, criminologically-speaking, you have to be the strong blade of grass.
She's A Pistol, LLC exists for that reason. We want to help you become stronger. We want to improve your odds that you will not become a victim. Our combined experience on the street, in combat (urban and military), and through our continuous educational pursuits to learn more about sociopathy, criminology, and defensive techniques, gives us a deep pool of knowledge which we offer to you.
Contact us at http://shesapistol.com, call 913-248-3288, or stop by the store at 5725 Nieman Rd., Suite C, in friendly downtown Shawnee, KS to discuss your situation and how we can help you.
Wednesday, November 5. 2014
"I hate wars and violence, but if they come I don't see why we women should just wave our men a proud goodbye and then knit them balaclavas." -Nancy Wake
Nancy Wake grew up in Sydney, Australia. Her father left her family of 9 when Nancy was very young, selling the family home and leaving them all in extreme poverty. Her mother was a very strict religious woman, a lifestyle that free-spirited Nancy could not tolerate. At the age of 16, desiring freedom and financial security, Nancy ran away from home and began working as a nurse.
Her time as a nurse, however, was short lived. After inheriting money from a relative, she traveled to Europe where she trained and bluffed her way into a journalist job. She convinced a newspaper executive that she was fluent in Egyptian by writing gibberish that looked like hieroglyphics. As Egyptian was a topic of choice for her interviewer, she was hired immediately and began her career shortly thereafter.
One of her first interviewees was Adolph Hitler. That year, she also visited Vienna where she saw Nazi stormtroopers tying Jewish people to massive wheels, rolling them along, and whipping them. Nancy could not stomach the torture and swore that, one day, she would do something to help these people. She later wrote:
The stormtroopers had tied the Jewish people up to massive wheels. They were rolling the wheels along, and the stormtroopers were whipping the Jews. I stood there and thought, 'I don't know what I'll do about it, but if I can do anything one day, I'll do it.' And I always had that picture in my mind, all through the war.
Less than 10 years after this experience, following Germany's invasion of France, Wake joined the resistance movement, smuggling messages and food to underground resistance groups in the Southern end of France. Being the wife of a wealthy businessman, Wake was also able to purchase an ambulance and transport refugees fleeing the Germans. She helped in any way that she could; she was able to use her resources to obtain false papers and travel to places that many could not, offering moral support, resources, and security to escaped prisoners of war and other refugees. Once, after they were forced to destroy their radio codes to keep them out of the hands of their enemies, Wake biked 500 kilometers in 72 hours, crossing several German checkpoints, in order to find an operator to radio Britain requesting new codes.
Her efforts did not go unnoticed; by 1942, she became known by the Germans as “the White Mouse” and earned a spot on Gestapo's French “wanted” list – offering a reward of 5 million franc upon her capture. Her ability to accomplish such great things despite growing numbers of Nazi soldiers was, in part, due to her gender and her beauty, according to her French colleagues. According to them, the Germans had a difficult time believing that a small, pretty woman was acting as one of their biggest opponents.
After the war, Wake was awarded numerous awards, including the George Medal, the Croix de Guerre, the Medaille de la Resistance, the Chevalier de Legion d'Honneur and the US Medal of Freedom. Her home country, however, never officially recognized her efforts. To this, Nancy's response was: “they can stick their award and be thankful it's not a pineapple.” She sold her other medals, saying: "there's no point in keeping them… I'll probably go the hell and they'd melt anyways.” After all that she went through, it isn't surprising that Wake never really found her niche in post-war civilian life. She lived off of the profits from her medals until her death in 2011.
Nancy Wake earns a spot on our She's-A-Pistol of the week list for her vivacious commitment to freedom, her fearlessness, and her unfailing wit. She was truly an incredible woman with an incredible story.
Thursday, October 9. 2014
This past weekend, Jon attended the workshop where he collaborated and presented with peer instructors and the Senior Training Counselors on a wide cross-section of training scenarios and techniques. Jon got the "thumbs-up" recommendations from both Senior Training Counselors in his final evaluation interview. With these new ratings, Jon will able to leverage the considerable wealth of knowledge and experience provided by the NRA courses when training instructors.
Currently, there are over 118,000 NRA instructors in the United States. They teach hundreds of thousands of students per year. Demand for the NRA classes has been steadily rising since 2008, with many new shooters taking classes such as the NRA Basic Pistol class, which teaches the fundamentals of shooting. Nationwide, there are only around 2,000 Training Counselors, which means that demand for the position is high and competition is tough! As a Training Counselor and Chief Range Safety Officer, Jon will provide quality control in the field, and will certify instructors to
keep up with, and encourage, the growing number of individuals interested in learning to shoot safely and confidently.
This is a big day for She's a Pistol's staff and customers. We are currently reviewing and building on to our current classes to make them even better than before! We will also be training new instructors, which means more classes and more fun! Check out our classes on our website at https://shesapistol.com/cgi/cart.pl?m=classes or stop in and congratulate Jon on this HUGE accomplishment! We're located at 5725 Nieman Rd., Suite C, in friendly downtown Shawnee, KS.
Wednesday, October 8. 2014
Large-scale emergency situations like hurricane Katrina tend to bring out an individual's true character. For former Marine John Keller, years of training and strong moral fortitude came to the forefront, allowing him to save the lives of over 200 individuals in the days following the storm. It began the morning after, when Keller awoke to the sound of someone attempting to kick down the door of his apartment. Keller was able to outsmart his intruders, throwing the door open at the perfect time to send one man falling to the ground, with the two others standing bewildered behind him. Standing 6' 7” tall, weighing 260 pounds, Keller made it clear that the intruders had picked the wrong apartment. With little effort, Keller marched them outside, instructing them to leave and not to come back. From that point on, Keller became the fearless leader of 244 other inhabitants at the American Can Apartment Building. Under his charge were 170 elderly and disabled individuals who resided in the building, along with 74 people from nearby low-income housing projects.
The challenges that Keller faced were plenty. Not many can claim to have kayaked to the grocery store, returning with a floating line of coolers full of food to feed over 200 people. Similarly, not many can claim to have hot-wired a boat to deliver others to safety, or to have used to fire extinguisher to write messages to rescue crews. Keller was resourceful, brave, and selfless in the days following the hurricane. Sadly, not all acted in this way.
As it turned out, Keller's biggest challenge was not the rising water levels, the dwindling food and clean water supply, or the poisonous aquatic snakes swimming around in the downstairs lobby. It was other people. Keller had to break up fights, stare down the barrel of a gun more than once, and prevent people from taking more than their fair share of food rations. He broke up quarrels peacefully when possible, but often had to resort to his military training to maintain order. He had to be patient, firm, and unwaveringly confident. And, when the time came, he had to defend himself and the individuals under his care without a moment of hesitation.
We can learn a lot from John Keller's experiences. One must have the training, and the mental and material preparation to survive a scenario such as this. We urge you to take steps to get there. At She's a Pistol, we offer self defense classes, and are introducing a brand new first aid class. We can help you prepare for a Keller-style catastrophe, but it's up to you to take the first step.
Stop by today to sign up for classes and meet our staff at 5725 Nieman Rd., Suite C, in friendly downtown Shawnee, KS, check us out on the web at http://www.ShesAPistol.com, or give us a call at 913-248-3288.
Friday, October 3. 2014
Just a reminder, our retail store in Shawnee will be closed today and tomorrow for staff training. We will be open on Monday, October 6, 2014, at our regular time.
Please feel free to browse our web site at http://shesapistol.com and send any transfer requests or other questions to us via email. We will respond to email requests daily.
Thank you for your patronage and we'll see you on Monday!
Wednesday, October 1. 2014
Replace the peephole in your door with today's technology! Standard peepholes are too small to see, especially if they are mounted too high in the door. The Brinno Peephole Viewer and Camera shows you who is outside your door on a bright & clear 3-inch color LCD screen! Installation is a breeze and it looks just like a normal peephole from the outside. Best of all, when you press the button, a picture is taken and saved on the removeable SD card.
Other available options include a knocking sensor which takes a picture when somebody knocks on your door, and a motion sensor which takes a picture when it detects motion so you can review who came do your door while you were away.
For more information or to order online, ShesAPistol.com
Monday, September 29. 2014
She's A Pistol's retail store in Shawnee, KS will be closed this Friday and Saturday, October 3-4, 2014 for employee training. We will be open at normal time on Monday, October 6, 2014.
If you are expecting a transfer in on Friday or Saturday, it will be at the store on Monday.
Please call us at 913-248-3288 if you have any questions.
Friday, September 26. 2014
Despite the fact that she voluntarily supplied the information and readily cooperated, the officer asked her to step out of the car and arrested her on the spot. Allen spent 46 days in jail following the incident, separated from her children and unable to work. Her attorney attempted to get her into the state's Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI), a program designed for first-time offenders that would save her from serving jail time and, upon completion, expunge her record of the charges. But prosecutor Jim McClain had other plans and decided to make an example out of Allen. He denied her lawyer's request to place her in the program and sought to punish her fully. If found guilty, this would result in a 3 ½ year prison sentence.
What is most disturbing about the entire ordeal, is that this is the same prosecutor who recently allowed NFL player Ray Rice to participate in the PTI program and evade jail time. Video evidence of the incident, available publicly, shows Rice knocking his then fiancé unconscious before pulling her out of the elevator. This case has received plenty of attention by the media, as many believe that Rice got off too easy. In response to these accusations, McClain, in an interview with the Atlantic City Press, states:
I just want people to know the decision was made after careful consideration of the law, careful consideration of the facts, hearing the voice of the victim and considering all the parameters.
The question is, where was this careful consideration in Shaneen Allen's case? Allen reports that she bought her firearm a week before the incident to protect her family after having been robbed twice in the previous year. In this victimless crime, the only illegal act that she performed was crossing the border from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Yet, somehow this is worse than Ray Rice physically harming another individual.
This incident has gun-rights activists across the country prompting discussion concerning federal protection of the constitutional right to bear arms. Many believe that, in an increasingly-mobile society, borders should not be the deciding factor for a 3+ year prison sentence. After losing her two jobs and spending an entire year not knowing whether she would be spending the next three in prison, Shaneen was finally granted permission to participate in the PTI program this week. Upon completion, all charges will be dropped. Despite the happy-ish ending to this story, this close call still has many law-abiding gun carriers thinking: “that could have been me.”