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Lessons from UN-armed America (Armed America Personal Defense series) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 12, 2013
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This book gets into stay-safe attitudes. There are lessons to be learned from ordinary people in great danger. Just owning a pistol is not enough. Standing in front of some bulls eye targets at a range and punching holes in paper is only a start. What counts is a sense of preparedness. Street-smart precautions, aside from being armed, include: taking a powerful flashlight with you to a movie theater; locking the door to the restroom if alone at night at a rest stop on an interstate trip; and taking care where you park in a parking lot or where you sit in a restaurant.
The crime statistics in this country show that it is less dangerous than the past three or four decades. During that time practically all states have restored their citizens' 2nd Amendment rights by instituting "shall issue" rules for "carry permits." The number of firearms in the hands of law-abiding civilians has skyrocketed in the past forty years, but violent crime has decreased. I guess that is why voters are not in favor of the gun control legislation pushed by many members of the political class.
Don't assume that these stories are boring just because they may not involve good guys with guns. The storytelling is excellent with enough detail to draw you in, but not so much that you become bored or it slows down the story. The stories themselves are also quite good. Mark starts off the book with a very personal story and it sets the tone for the entire book. Because the initial story was so "close to home" for the author, all the rest of the stories also seem very intimate and it is easy to place yourself in the shoes of the characters. This visualization is important to make the most of the principles being taught.
The commentary on each story is what makes this book truly superb. Rob Pincus comes in after each story, breaks it down, and analyzes it with an eye toward what we can do to make ourselves safer if confronted with similar circumstances or situations. Whenever I jump into the follow-up chapters by Rob, I imagine a coach at the chalkboard after the game explaining to the team what they need to work on for the next game. He does a great job of bringing out several lessons from each story and makes practical suggestions to the reader based on solid personal security principles without denigrating or attacking the characters in the stories.
Kindle formatting issues - The table of contents is not linked or available from the "Go to..." menu, nor can you skip from chapter to chapter. This is particularly annoying when the book uses a format where every other chapter references the previous chapter. Also, the actual content(stories and commentary) didn't start until I was 13% of the way through the text of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read and has lots of real life examples to learn from. Gave me some food for thought.Published 2 months ago by Zinger
My good friend Mark Walters teamed up with expert trainer Rob Pincus to critique many shooting/self-defense scenarios. A must read for CCW holders.Published 5 months ago by Jeffry L. Smith
This is a fantastic book for those who are wanting to know why they should carry. It is packed full of true story's of both good and not so good turn outs.Published 7 months ago by Mark T. Esch
Another excellent book by the author that flies in the face, of what those whose loved ones are protected by heavily armed security teams, tell us to believe about "GUN... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wildfire
I love books like these - real encounters, analysis after the fact, helpful advice - and in story format, to boot. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leah
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Read pretty hard. Very hard to keep