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Lessons from Armed America Paperback – September 15, 2009
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- Anyone who is thinking about or on the fence about armed defense needs to read this book Right now
- Anyone who is experienced with armed defense needs to read this book frequently
- Any armed defense instructor who doesn't mention this book to his or her students is doing them a great disservice and needs to start.
Lessons from Armed America is going on my bookshelf right next to my books and videos by Mas Ayoob, Clint Smith, Tiger McKee and Chris Bird. This book easily stands shoulder-to-shoulder with them.
Mark Walter's and Kathy Jackson's "Lessons from Armed America" is an essential primer on self preservation and both authors are uniquely qualified to write this book. Kathy Jackson is the creator [...] and the Managing Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine ([...]). Mark Walters is the host of Armed American Radio ([...]) and the column editor for "The Ordinary Guy" column of Concealed Carry Magazine.
One fateful day, you may have to defend your life or the life of a loved one against a deadly assault. Jackson and Walters provide the essential information you need to begin making intelligent, common-sense preparations for that uninvited possibility. The formula is simple. Guns are good because in the hands of good people, guns save lives. However, owning a gun for defensive purposes and having a concealed carry permit require proper education. Reading this book is an important first step because there are many lessons that must be learned by those who choose to go armed. This book teaches those lessons and that's why I am recommending that my defensive handgun students read this book.
Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D.Read more ›
In my work, I develop training for adults on some very complicated regulatory issues such as trade sanctions, anti-boycott, hazardous materials, and export controls. I know, dry stuff. But one of the methods we use is simulation based training, which places the student in a scenario and then lets them react to the different types of video, telephone, e-mails, and other events. Including some no-win scenarios. We then go through and explain the results and the ramifications of their decisions. It significantly improves retention.
As I was reading this book, I was struck by the same techniques that the authors were using. Mark Walters presents the scenario and what the results were, and then Kathy Jackson breaks it down and provides instructional information. It was very effective, and very well done.
I am one of those people that learn well from reading. I have read Massad Ayoob's "The Gun Digest Book of Concealled Carry", "In the Gravest Extreme", "The Truth about Self-Protection", and Gabe Suarez's Tatical Pistol series, among many other authors. All very good books, but I truly believe that I learned more, retained more, and could apply more, from "Lessons from Armed America".
Well done, and thank you for the time and dedication it took to put this book together.
Already I find the defining question and compelling "answer" on page 26.
The question? "Who decided that this conflict was worth a human life?" When an assailant raises a deadly weapon toward an innocent person, the assailant has already made the most important choice of the day: he has decided that someone is going to die.
The only decision left for anyone else to make is whether the person who dies that day will be an innocent victim, or one of society's predators. Each individual must decide alone what it will take for them to say to an attacker, "Not me. Not mine. Not today."
I found the format especially helpful. Mr. Walters tells the story of a particular real person's "bad day." We read about Mr. Walters' encounter with a would-be attacker who blocked his car in traffic. We read about the politician who opposed legislation allowing honest citizens to carry a gun -- until his own run in with an armed mugger. We read about the man who was shot at in a friend's backyard, and you had to shoot back to survive. We read these and four more stories of ordinary people who found themselves in an unsought violent struggle for survival.
And Ms. Jackson then shows us what can be learned from the event. She tells us somethings about the laws of using force for self defense. She talks to us about making the highly personal decision to go about armed (where legal). She introduces us to the self defense mindset. And she explores with us some of the physiological and psychological affects one may experience during and after a violent encounter.
Definitely well worth reading.
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Something every American should be aware of in the protection of our loved ones and our freedom!Published 6 months ago by L. F. Lottier
Excellent read for the person who wants to carry and home self protection the law and responsibly.
I've read books written by Jackson and Ayoob. Very helpful writers. Read more
A good collection of stories that show why Americans have the right to arm themselves.Published 11 months ago by Steve Gould
This book is written in a way that makes it a fast read while at the same time giving one a lot to think about.Published 12 months ago by Gooberbaby
I give this book three stars because if you decide that you must carry, then this book has some good information. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chasbo