Weekend Knowledge Dump- December 04, 2015

Written by Greg Ellifritz

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Knowledge to make your life better.  If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.


The Legality Of Carrying Within 1000 Feet Of A School Zone


Concealed Nation takes a look at the Federal laws in place that govern carrying deadly weapons in a school safety zone.  It’s worth a read.  You’ll also want to look up your state law on the topic as well.



The True Cost of Armed Resistance


Everyone wants to be an insurgent….until it’s time to do insurgent shit.



Loud Noise Exposure Linked to Increased Risk for Heart Disease


Something all shooters should be cognizant of…



10 Scientific Papers That Can Transform Your Understanding of Health & Medicine


“I’ll go as far as to say that if you read (and understand) the research articles in this post, you’ll know more about the true causes and solutions of chronic non-infectious diseases and health disorders than the vast majority of medical doctors out there. If you ever come across a health practitioner who doubts that diet is important in the context of health and disease or someone who says there is little or no science supporting Paleolithic diets, evolutionary/Darwinian medicine, etc., then you may consider forwarding him this post.”



Gary Kleck on the Effect of Large-Capacity Magazines on the Casualty Counts in Mass Shootings


Speaking of science, I will be interested to read this paper when it is released in its entirety.  Based on the initial release of data, it seems that large capacity magazines have no role in creating more casualties in a mass shooting incident.



Acts of Defiance: Becoming the change


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“Remember: the most supreme act of defiance you can partake in is your refusal to accept the limitations that society in general have agreed upon. 

By refusing to buy into the pop-culturally condoned excuses rife within society – you reaffirm your position of indomitable strength in a world of insipid weakness. 

By refusing to join the masses in their endless complaints, lamentations of self-pity and constant malingering of duty, you become a symbol of dissonance in a cacophony of defiance.

A symbol of hope unto which all protagonists of change can pledge their allegiance and so to their commitment.”



Kids Should Play With Knives

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I got my first pocket knife on my fifth birthday.  That wasn’t uncommon in the 1970s, but somehow we’ve moved away from teaching kids to do work with their hands (even if it is just whittling a stick).  It’s a trend we should embrace again.




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The Tactical Professor discusses a recent Tennessee case where a woman was criminally charged when she pulled out a pistol to defend herself.  Read Claude’s advice about avoiding that type of situation.  Then read John Farnam’s take on the same case.



All the First Aid Stuff That’s Changed Since You First Learned It


A few updates for those of you who haven’t taken a first aid class in awhile.



The Danger of the 1911 Dogma


As Musashi said: “You should not have a favorite weapon, or any other exaggerated preference for that matter. To become overly attached to one weapon is as bad as not knowing it sufficiently well. You should not imitate others, but use those weapons which suit you, and which you can handle properly.”



Plain and Simple


Matt Graham talks about the three things you need to do to improve your skill set.



What Does “DRT” Stand For?


Don’t trust your life to gimmick bullets like this one.  Speer Gold Dot, Federal HST, and Winchester Ranger hollowpoints won’t let you down.



The Shooting Position Meltdown Challenge


A fun rifle shooting drill.  I use variations of this one all the time in my rifle classes.  This particular drill is shot at 100 yards, but for practice, you could do the drill at any range.



Purifying water with bleach


Clean drinking water is one of the first things that run out in any survival situation.  There are multiple ways of disinfecting contaminated water, but bleach is one of the easiest.  Here’s an article that explains how to do it.  The next time you are grocery shopping, pick up a couple of gallons of plain (unscented) bleach.  You’ll be able to purify hundreds of gallons of water for a few dollars.  One other thing to mention:  bleach loses potency over time.  Replace your stockpile at least once a year.



A Solid Solution On Securing Home Defense During A TEOTWAWKI Situation

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An innovative solution for serious home security…as long as you don’t have pets or little kids!



Developing a Practice Plan, Part One


What should you be practicing?  Here are a few ideas from the Mountain Guerrilla.



Top 5 Fallacies About Syrian Refugees To The US, Debunked

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The Havoc Journal hits it out of the park with this piece.  If your knowledge of the “refugee crisis” comes solely from Facebook memes, you might want to educate yourself before spreading more myths and propaganda.  Understand that the leaders of ISIS want you to hate immigrants and refugees.  This is all part of the propaganda war they are pushing.  If public outcry is vocal, the USA will be drawn into more conflicts in the middle east.  When the USA attacks the bogeyman du jour, the ISIS folks will be waiting in the wings to clean up the mess and establish their brand of “government” and reap the spoils.  Don’t be manipulated.  Understand the difference between “immigrant” and “refugee.”


And when you’ve finished reading this article, read A Half-Dozen Things You Thought You Knew About America… But Probably Got Wrong and get yourself squared away on this topic as well.



Refusing to talk about violent women hurts women more than it hurts men



While we are slaughtering sacred cows, take a look at this research about domestic violence statistics.  In relationships where both parties strike one another, the fight is about equally initiated by the woman as often as it is the man.  In relationships where one party strikes the other without a corresponding response, women initiate the violence about 70% of the time.  You ladies are not delicate flowers.


This study echoes my experience as a cop.  I see women initiating violent acts far more often than I see men initiating them.  What generally happens is the woman smacks the man, he responds not by calling the police, but by smacking her harder.  She calls the cops.  When we show up, she has more damage than him.  We take husband to jail.  Repeat the cycle….



Maresca v. Fuentes – Typing Error Leads to Excessive Force


For my police friends….

Could you imagine an MDT typing error could result in an excessive force lawsuit?  Check this article out.  Things aren’t going well for the officers in this case.  Make sure you verify information before taking enforcement action!



ISIS: The Threat to theUnited States

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An incredibly informative 20-page report detailing the exact threat that ISIS poses to the United States and how they recruit new members here in the USA.



December Rangemaster Newsletter

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2 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. MD says:

    Good links Greg, as always. However the The Havoc Journal piece is way off base. Muslim refugees and imigrants from the middle east are a legitimate threat to the US. If you have any doubt, I invite you to consider this week’s ISIS-inspired massacre in San Bernardino. The female shooter had just passed the “strict vetting” process to become a US resident. How’s that work out?

    Importing thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of people from the middle east is the recipe for disaster. Most of them will be good people, but some of them will want to cut your head off.

  2. Al T. says:

    Best WKD yet Greg, thanks!