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March 2011


Airsoft and Shotgun Classes Filling Up


Airsoft (BTB-2) is coming up at the end of this month, and Defensive Shotgun is coming up in April. Shotgun is almost full so if you want in on this class, don't wait to sign up. I still have room in Airsoft but it too is filling up. Airsoft gives you an opportunity to really work on your technique because it's very noticeable with Airsoft pistols if you don't have good technique...it's also a very fun class (see pics from the last Airsoft class). The Shotgun class is designed just for women and I will be teaching a method of point shooting from the hip, which is much more doable for women.

Upcoming Classes


I've also got new classes scheduled including Gun Cleaning (both women only and a mixed class), Girls Day Out, Between the Threat and the Bang, And Everything Else, and the long awaited Defensive Awareness class. See below for details and dates.

Recent SDA Classes

I had two great classes last weekend, Saturday was a mixed class and Sunday was all women. On Saturday we had the classroom portion at the building in Shawnee where I've been teaching, and then drove out to the range for the shooting portion. Sunday's class was at the range all day...we had some really big laughs that day, but it didn't interfere with the learning since everyone did very well on their written and shooting tests. See the Photos page for pictures from the weekend. Also see below for contact info of the attorney I recommended in class.

Guns with Names

I've received three new gun names from students and they're great (see below)! In fact, one has inspired me with a new name for one of my guns...I just have to decide who will get this new name, and if I can't decide I guess I'll just have to buy another gun (darn!). There's now an archive page of gun names students have sent me, you can see it here. Be sure and send
me the story of how you named your gun.

Financial Aid for Classes

There is assistance available for anyone who has difficulty paying for a class. I understand that there will be times a person just can't afford a class, or perhaps wants to attend more than one and having the funds is a hardship. I charge minimal fees for classes to cover my own costs (facility, equipment, gas, food) but I don't ever want anyone to not be able to attend a class because of money. So if you need help with that, please let me know.


Oklahoma Personal Defense (OPD) is a personal defense academy committed to the empowerment of women through their own personal defense education. OPD protects the dignity and comfort of women by providing a safe, secure environment in which they can learn without the stress of intimidation. Classes are developed by its founder and lead instructor, Tammy Pinkston, specifically with the needs of average women in mind.  Focusing on firearms training, OPD tactics and techniques are practical and doable for all women. Class helpers are women who have been students of OPD, learned the techniques, and expressed a desire to help other women learn. OPD was formed in response to the tremendous volume of women seeking their own personal defense training.



40 and 8's Nurses Poker Run Fundraiser
Saturday, April 30th

650 E. 45th Street, Shawnee

40 and 8 is the organization that owns the building in Shawnee where I've been holding classes – it's a wonderful big building that's perfect for OPD classes. Many of its members have passed on, but I've gotten to know the two guys who work diligently to keep the operation going.

When I first met Jesse and Rob, they told me about the fundraiser they hold each year to raise money to help pay college tuition for young ladies going to nursing school at Seminole Junior College. That fundraiser is coming up and I want to invite everyone to come out.

Details

This is a "run" that starts from the building at 11:00 a.m. with the first one out, and ends with the last one back to the building at 5:00 p.m. Participants will travel a nearby route where they'll make three stops to pick up playing cards – prizes will be awarded for the high and low hand, and there will be various items (including a hand made quilt) you can buy chances on throughout the day. I've heard there may even be food involved! I know it will be a lot of fun, and
it's for a worthwhile cause!

Rob says participants typically drive motorcycles, but they're not picky, you can travel by car, helicopter or horse!

Entry fee is $15 for the driver and $5 for the passenger.

What is the Forty and Eight?
(from their website)

The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France. Originally an arm of The American Legion, the Forty & Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran's organization in 1960. Membership is by invitation to ALL honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces.

The Forty & Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims. Our purpose is to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, to promote the well being of veterans and their widows and orphans, and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurse's training.

The titles and symbols of the Forty & Eight reflect its First World War origins. Americans were transported to the battle front on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a “40/8”, denoting its capacity to hold either forty men or eight horses. This uncomfortable mode of transportation was familiar to all who fought in the trenches; a common small misery among American soldiers who thereafter found “40/8” a lighthearted symbol of the deeper service, sacrifice and unspoken horrors of war that bind all who have borne the battle.



Well as far as naming "Cain The Killer" - It's like my life - It just popped into my head.  Scary thought, but it happens to me all the time.  Just driving along and "Pop" there is a thought. WOW I love Geritol!!!!
Mary Milligan

I’ve been waiting for spontaneous inspiration to help name my guns, and it is taking a while. Last month while reading about new gun names in the newsletter, “Sweet Pea” suddenly popped into my head and I knew it was just perfect for my Ruger LCP .380.   She’s a cute little thing, and the name Sweet Pea completely suits her.  
Dara Doak

So...my 9mm S&W is named "Bob the gun".  All my inanimate objects have been named "Bob" – my first plant, my first car, etc. So naturally my gun should bear the same name as all my other "firsts".  So that's that. :)

Denise Hughes

If you have a story of how you named your gun, send to me and I'll post them in the next newsletter.



Q:
Hi Tammy,

I have not taken the Girls Day Out class but I took Between the Threat and the Bang last year at Earl’s. I also took a private lesson at the gun range where I purchased my gun, and I’ve been out with my husband a couple times since then to practice.  I’m mature and responsible enough not to be a danger, is it okay for me to go ahead and sign up for the shotgun class?  

Barb

A: Hi Barb,

That will be fine to sign up for the shotgun class. However, if you want to take the Handgun Series when I begin holding it, it will be a requirement to take Girls Day Out first.

It’s not only the safety, it is also the technique.  Since it’s a different technique for shotgun than handgun, your private lesson will be fine as the instructor hopefully covered safety enough.  I cannot assume another instructor adequately teaches safety, which is why I have prerequisites, especially when I’ve not been around someone in live fire.  

For the Handgun Series, as well as Scenario Based Training (Airsoft), you will need to have a good grasp on proper pistol handling technique which I introduce women to in Girls Day Out. It is merely an introduction which expects students to continue practicing using these techniques until they become comfortable and proficient. Without this, you will not be able to keep up in my handgun classes
. I have, unfortunately, experienced many classes where students stood around waiting for the instructor to basically give a private lesson to one or two unprepared students...this is something I will not do. Handgun techniques are very specific to women, and I teach those specific techniques so that's why students in advanced level handgun classes need a good practice of these techniques in order to keep up.

I have also seen a tremendous amount of safety violations, all unawares by students because they have not had enough training to get safety embedded in their gun handling. It's very difficult to know you're violating safety when it's unawares.

Prerequisites assure safety and that the student understands the techniques enough to keep up with the class.

Tammy

Note

I've had a lot of questions lately about the prerequisites I have for classes. These are put in place by me after having worked with the public enough in firearms instruction to have seen a tremendous amount of safety violations due to lack of training. Some women come to one or two classes and that's the extent of their training. But I have a large number of women who are really committed to gaining true life skills in personal defense and they've taken all the classes, plus work on their own to hone their skills. It is not fair to those students to bring entry level students into the advanced level classes as I've seen too many instructors do. I am also unwilling to risk the safety of students and staff due to lack of training. Many people assume they're safe, and I will often watch those same people after I instruct them in class to specifically not do something turn around and do that very thing. This is because they have not had enough experience to have safety engrained, as second nature as breathing. And if you don't realize you're violating safety, how will you know you're being unsafe?

So I have prerequisites set in place based on personal and professional experience.

I also make sure I hold the prerequisite classes prior to holding the classes that require prerequisites. So be proactive a
bout your training, if you want to take a particular class that has prerequisites, attend the required class when it comes up.This way you'll be ready to take the more advanced class when it comes up again. I'll be scheduling the next round of SDA classes most likely in June – Girls Day Out is highly recommended for all women who plan to attend SDA.

Send me your questions.



Scenario Based Training – Airsoft (BTB-2)
March 26th from 1 pm to 6 pm
Shawnee
$60.00


Airsoft is an excellent opportunity to hone your handgun skills as it is very obvious with Airsoft pistols (since there's no recoil) if you need to improve your skills. It's difficult to hit your target in Airsoft without good technique.

You must have attended both Girls Day Out and Between the Threat and the Bang in order to enroll in this class.
BTB-2 moves pretty fast with more advanced skill sets and adrenalized drills that help prepare you for a real life situation. Airsoft pistols are provided for students to use in class. Register

Comments from stud
ents who attended the first BTB-2 are in the December newsletter.

Defensive Awareness
March 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm
Earl's
$30.00


This class is more than situational awareness, it's tactics and techniques on how to keep yourself safe while out and about. The class focuses on things women may not have even thought of that will give them the upper hand in their surroundings.

This class is on a Thursday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm at Earl's. Dinner is not provided but I have the room reserved starting at 5 so that anyone who wants to come early and have dinner together, or just come shoot the breeze, can do so...this is a discussion based class (no drills) so students can eat while the class is going on if they don't get there early enough to eat between 5 and start of class at 6. Register

Defensive Shotgun
April 16th from 10 am to 4 pm
Shawnee
$80.00

This class teaches women how to use a shotgun for home defense. We will spend the first two hours in the classroom learning how to load, unload, and operate a shotgun. During the shooting portion of the class, students will shoot photo targets, which are life size photos of actual people. This gives women the experience of what it's like to shoot someone with a face (very different than shooting vague silhouettes).

Prerequisites apply, see Classes page to make sure you meet the requirements to attend this class before registering. If you have any questions, Email me. Register

Gun Cleaning 101
April 23rd
Mixed
9 am to 12 pm
Women Only
1 pm to 4 pm
Shawnee
$30.00

Learn how to properly clean and lube your handgun, a crucial component in keeping your gun operational. This class covers the supplies you need, how often you need to clean your gun, and the best way to clean it. Students will learn how to take down (field strip) their gun in class so that they can do it on their own at home.

This is a terrific way to get to know your gun.

Note: Please specify which class (mixed or women's) you want to attend in "instructions to merchant" during check out. Register

Defensive Awareness
March 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm
Earl's
$30.00


This class is more than situational awareness, it's tactics and techniques on how to keep yourself safe while out and about. The class focuses on things women may not have even thought of that will give them the upper hand in their surroundings.

This class is on a Thursday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm at Earl's. Dinner is not provided but I have the room reserved starting at 5 so that anyone who wants to come early and have dinner together, or just come shoot the breeze, can do so...this is a discussion based class (no drills) so students can eat while the class is going on if they don't get there early enough to eat between 5 and start of class at 6. Register

Girls Day Out
May 7th, from 10 am to 4 pm
Earl's BBQ
$45.00, includes lunch

This class helps you prepare for the conceal carry class and to become more comfortable with carrying your gun after you've taken the class. The class teaches you how to safely handle a gun, how to choose the right gun for you, and how to carry it once you have your gun.

A lot of women come to Girls Day Out in groups because it's a whole lot of fun to do together! Register

Between the Threat and the Bang
May 28th, from 9 am to 12:00 pm
Shawnee
$45.00, includes lunch

This class identifies and teaches several steps that can and should occur between the time a woman feels threatened and the time she may need to draw a gun in self-defense. Students practice situational awareness, posturing and commanding, and ultimately drawing from a holster.

Training guns and holsters will be provided for drawing from concealment drills. Register

Double Class Discount – Anyone who wants to attend both Between the Threat and the Bang and Everything Else choose Double Class Discount on the Registration page for $10 off.

And Everything Else
May 28th, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Shawnee
$45.00, includes lunch

This class teaches students to use kubotans (keychain mini-baton), hands, flashlights, pens, canes/walking sticks, and common everyday items for those times when you cannot carry a gun.

If you're thinking, "I don't need a cane, why would I carry one?" Well, are you going to the courthouse and don't want to be "defenseless" when you come out to the parking lot (since you have to disarm)? Are you going on a plane and you can't carry any weapon? I'm going to show you how to take down one or more attackers with a wooden cane (see pics from the first class)...which of course you can carry right into a courthouse or onto a plane because it's not a weapon.

There will be times you simply can not carry a gun – you do NOT need to feel defenseless during those times! This class will empower you to protect yourself with everyday items. Register

Double Class Discount – Anyone who wants to attend both Between the Threat and the Bang and Everything Else choose Double Class Discount on the Registration page for $10 off.

Refresher Classes: If you've already attended a class, you may take the class again to
work on your skills for
a discounted rate. Look for Refresher Courses on the registration page.

Gift Certificates Available

Looking for a unique gift for the women in your life? Give her the gift of personal defense training. More info...



(From evaluations after class...)

Between the Threat and the Bang

What did you learn that you didn't know before?

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Stance, look, voice.
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To think more about different scenarios.
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Defensive posturing & when aggressor enters personal space, aggressive intent.
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Watch around you, authoritize voice.
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Holster draw.
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I need lots of practice pulling a weapon from a holster.  I need to always be aware of everything that is going on around me.
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The importance of being able to draw my gun quickly and effectively.

What did you like most about the class?

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All women, practice.
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Role playing (practice).
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The involvement of the participants.
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Self-confidence.
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Drills.
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It will help me to be more confident in the future.
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All of it.

And Everything Else

What did you learn that you didn't know before?

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Escape techniques.
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Techniques using kubotan and cane.
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How to use a kubotan and cane/stick.
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Ways to attack.
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How to use various items as weapons.
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Cane defense.  Defense moves when gun is on me.
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Transfer of body movement away from harm.
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How to handle close up situations.

What did you like most about the class?

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Practice.
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Cane work.
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Hands on, humor.
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Beating up the mannequin.
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Everything.
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Always the practical application of hands on practice. It’s hard to get over the idea of hitting another human.
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The class participation.
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Hands on.
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Participating in the drills and going over different scenarios.

Attorney Referral

During the legal portion of the two SDA classes last weekend when I explained the protocol for dealing with law enforcement after a shooting, students asked me for an attorney referral. I told them Jacob Rowe, but I knew he had changed locations since I last saw him so I wasn't sure at that time of his current contact information. Here's his current info: Facebook page, call him at (405) 748-0502, or Email him.

I got to know Jacob when I was teaching SDA on Saturdays at a public range that hired him to teach the legal portion of the class. He did this for my classes many times and I observed him interacting with students – I noticed that women in particular felt very much at ease with Jacob. I visited with him enough before and after classes to build a rapport and trust, and that was further solidified when I sat next to he and his wife at a professional awards banquet. I'm happy to recommend him...his number is in my cell phone in case I need an attorney due to a "violent incident."

Students last weekend had two specific questions about contacting an attorney, 1. do they need to set up an appointment first, or can they call if needed? And 2. what if it's after hours? So I asked Jacob those questions, and here's how he answered:

1. I would love it if they wanted to make an appointment and visit a bit or go to lunch or something.  I think that a lot of my work in the early stages of any case is getting a level of comfort that allows clients to speak freely.  It would certainly be beneficial for your students, if they want to build a relationship with me, to call and set up an appointment or a lunch just so we can get familiar with each other.

2
. The office number does go to an answering service and they call if there is an emergency.

Crime in Your Neighborhood

A student forwarded me this link which allows you to input your address and pull up known felons in your area. A map comes up with red push pins and flags, when you place your mouse over the pin/flag the felon's name, age and conviction are displayed.

I have an app on my iPhone called CrimeReports which finds your location and displays various crimes committed in the area. It only displays sex offenders in my area (doesn't show other crimes), but the app displays their name, address, distance from your address, and a photo of them – this is something you'll want to know if a sex offender lives in your general area so that you can avoid them (and tell your kids to avoid them). In the App Store search CrimeReports. Access it online here.

These can be useful tools in helping you stay safe, it's always a tactical advantage to know what's going on around you, including in your neighborhood.



Tactical
– of or pertaining to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage; showing adroit planning; aiming at an end beyond the immediate action. From the Greek word taktikós.

Date: 2/25/2011                
Subject: Update #1 to Homicide #2 of 2011    

UPDATE #1

Incident # 11-012329
Arrested Person #2:  Thompson, Deandre Shavon (B/M, DOB: 10/19/1997) of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Police Homicide investigators recently obtained an arrest warrant for 13 year-old Deandre Thompson regarding the shooting death of Deangelo Jones on 2/18/2011.  The warrant was for the charge of Murder in the First Degree.  

This morning, members of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Warrant Team located Mr. Thompson at a residence in the 1800 block of NE Grand Blvd.  He was taken into custody and transported to the Oklahoma County Jail where he was booked.

Investigators believe that there were others involved in this homicide.  Anyone with information regarding this case should call the Homicide tip-line at 405.297.1200.

For more information, see the original news release

MSgt. Gary Knight  

In Between the Threat and the Bang I stress to students that their attacker may be a child. I'd say 13 qualifies as "child" where most of us are concerned. Would it surprise you to know that I've met a hardened criminal who was 7 years old at the time? It's hard to fathom that, especially for those of you who have children – whatever their current age, you probably picture your child and wonder how could anyone be a hardened criminal at such a young age?

Several years ago I did some mentoring work at a youth jail facility. This was a place where anyone under the age of 18 who was arrested for a serious crime (murder, rape, assault & battery) went to await their hearing. Placement for those who were still under 18 at the time of their trial typically meant a youth prison (not juvie, but prison). Those who turned 18 went straight to the state pen.

Most kids I met there were 14-15. None of them had parents – well, they had biological parents, but they were either absent from their lives (letting them run wild in the streets) or were in and out of jail themselves. A couple of times I took my band at the time in with me to try and give the kids something special in their week. Many of them responded positively, but there was the time I nearly started a riot because one of the 15 year old boys was being so utterly disrespectful and disruptive while we were singing, and when I finally had enough I abruptly stopped the music and said, "You need to shut up!"

Prior to bringing my band in, I explained to them that they couldn't have any pencils or paperclips in with their music and they had to hold the pages as we couldn't bring in any stands (such items could be used as weapons). I also had to convince them that even though they looked like kids, the teens they would encounter were actually hardened criminals. It was a 14 cell facility, and all the cells opened inward to a common room. Protocol was if something happened, all the cell doors would fly open and the "residents" (it was politically incorrect to call them prisoners or criminals) were to immediately go to their cells after which the doors would automatically shut for a lock-down. At the same time, any visors present were to grab everything they came in with and immediately go to the control room. The control room was three locked doors into the facility, so we'd still be a long way from the outside and safety, but it was the best they could do. The trick was, you had to get through the automatically opened control room door before it automatically closed again...you see, the few guards would be "corralling" the "residents" so they couldn't help the visitors.

There are those who would have told me I shouldn't have told this kid to "shut up," and no doubt no one had ever told him to shut up in his entire life. I have a very long fuse but once you cross that line with me, it's pretty much over, there's no more discussion, it's time for action. And I had had it with this kid, 13 kids were trying very hard to enjoy one little bit of good in their week and this kid was bent on destroying it. And, well, I'm not one to just stand there and let someone beat up on me, whether it's physical or verbal. (I really do practice what I teach!)

So when I abruptly stopped the music and told this kid to "shut up!" he
literally came across the table at me, lunging and trying to grab hold of me. Because of confidentiality laws, I never knew what crimes they were in for, but I do know murder when I see it in someone's eyes, and that kid wanted to kill me in the worst way.

All the cell doors flew open and 13 kids pil
ed into their cells, the control room door flew open and me and my band members hurried into the room, the doors all automatically closed, and meanwhile all personnel except one in the control room were trying to restrain this one little (he was a short little guy) 15 year old boy.

We (
me and the band) decided to not so gracefully make our exit (get us the hell out of here!), and the one operator left in the control room obliged us and let us out.

So when I say in classes that your attacker may be a child, and when I put you through drills where the mock attacker is a child, I'm doing it based on personal experience. This is a difficult thing to wrap our minds around, but those who perpetuate heinous crimes have no age limit. You must be prepared to protect yourself, to protect your family, and the only way to prepare is through training.

I've told students over and over again that in a crisis adrenaline will kick in, logical thought will cease to exist for some period of time, and the only thing that will cause you to act and act correctly is muscle memory from training. This is why I do adrenalized drills, which are intended to get a student's adrenaline going. This is usually exhibited in shaking, but students also notice they quickly lose their ability to think. I tell them to press through now when they're facing a mock attacker who isn't actually going to hurt them so they will have gone through the motions, building muscle memory for an actual situation. I also tell students without this muscle memory, they will freeze. You see it over and over again when a woman is attacked and she just freezes.

Again, I say this out of experience. Yes, I have had those times, I call them the "Oh shit" moment when you realize you either just made a mistake or something bad is about to happen and you very well might die. When that happens you have an immediate adrenaline hit and your knees start shaking, you start sweating (ever thought about your hands being too wet to hold your gun? It's another reason I don't like tiny guns, they're hard enough to hold onto let alone when my palms are wet with sweat), and your brain gets very foggy. If you haven't previously thought through, "What will I do if ____________" you will freeze, or your action will have little or no effect – I call this wildly flailing about, or beating the air.

At dinner this week I told a close friend about a dream I had. In the dream I was sitting in my living room at a card table doing some paperwork. This is something I do at times such as when I'm putting together class handouts, I'll get a card table out from behind the office door so I don't have to clear my dining table, do my work, and then put it back. So this was an actual scenario in my dream. In the dream the table was where I usually put it, and I was sitting with my left shoulder parallel to the kitchen doorway, only a few feet away from the door. On the opposite end of the kitchen is the door going into the garage, and in the garage is a door going outside that has a dog door which is open during my waking hours. In the dream I heard the door and I thought it was one of my dogs coming in the dog door so I didn't get up. Next thing I know, there's a great big man standing there between the kitchen doorway and the table I was sitting at. I felt an immediate surge (like a shock wave) of utter terror go through me (I think this is what actually woke me up) and I tried to yell – not a yell for help, I never teach women to do that, but if you've been in BTB you know the aggressive "STOP!" that I teach, and shotgun students will learn that I take that same aggression and yell, "GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!" as I'm pumping my 12 gauge and slapping the trigger. This was the yell I was going for in this scene.

But I was so paralyzed with fear that nothing but a squeak came out, and immediately the man screamed and lunged at me, and that's when I woke up.

When I told my friend about this, I told her that while I"m sure I would be terrified as I was in the dream, I knew that I would have instinctively overturned the table (making a barrier between me and he) which would have given me just enough time to get to Betty (my M&P .40) who stays close by where I was sitting in the dream, and we know what would have happened at that point...

She said, "You've thought this through." And I said, "Well yeah, I've thought through every scenario I can think of but no, I hadn't actually thought about that one. The reality is, unless someone killed all five of my dogs in the back yard (impossible since they're never all out there at once), and then crawled in the dog door (very unlikely a person could fit without making a whole bunch of noise and/or getting stuck), it would be impossible for someone to get in my house without the dogs alerting me or me hearing it. I keep my doors locked at all times (this was one of the things the "children" at the youth jail told me, they'd go around and try car and house doors and when they found one unlocked, they went on in and did what they wanted...remember, I said some of them were in for murder). So someone would have to kick my door in since I keep them all locked all the time, and I'd hear that and would be awaiting their appearance with something from "Tammy's House of Guns" – this was the nickname one of the Saturday SDA students gave my house after someone asked me how many guns I have.

But what I find very interesting is that even though I woke up before I saw what happened, when I told my friend about the dream I told her what I would have done (because even though I'd never thought of that actual scene, I've thought through what to do if someone is suddenly there) and her immediate response was "You've thought this through."

So what I'm saying is, I have gone through scenarios enough in my thought processes, and done so much training and practicing and familiarizing myself with my guns, so that even in my subconscious I'm doing the "right" thing. "Right" means bad guy is down, I'm still in tact.

I always tell my students any sane person would be terrified if they were attacked...the shock of terror I nearly physically felt, enough to wake me up from my dream was, in my opinion, very realistic. Which is to say yes, I believe I may very well be terrified in such a situation, BUT just like I tell my students to press through the adrenaline rush in the drills while it's someone they know won't really hurt them, I know muscle memory will kick in because I've trained my muscles what to do...and that includes my brain.

This is why I do what I do, to train as many women with as much self-defense skill as they are willing and committed to acquire. Nobody ever has to be victimized...my mission in life is convincing as many women of that as I possibly can.

Tammy


Contact me if there's a specific topic you'd like to see addressed in this section.

Continued...from a publication that purports to teach women how to defend themselves. My comments are in blue.

And here is one of my favorites...defending yourself with dental floss. Sorry, I don't have that class (Defensive Dental Floss), and I never will because this is truly absurd.



Do you really think a man will stand there and wait for you to get out your dental floss, and then let you try to "cut" him with it???!!!!


Jews for Guns
(continued from the February newsletter)

Last month I told you about finding the article, "A Dire Warning to American Jews Supporting Gun Control" by Rabbi Dovid Bendory, Rabbinic Director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO). Rabbi Bendory is an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who is also an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer. He teaches both men and women in the use of firearms for self-defense. After reading the article, I Emailed Rabbi Dovid and we have been corresponding ever since.

I joined JPFO, and ordered a copy of Rabbi Dovid's "The Ten Commandments of Self Defense." It's on the way, but I don't have it yet so I cannot yet report on it. However, I did receive a copy of "No Guns for Jews" from Kirby Ferris, JPFO's Public Affairs Director. I've watched it twice now and it is most sobering. This is a well thought out documentary on the history of gun control, particularly as it applies to Jews. But I can tell you there is an eye-opening message for all Gentiles, truly for all Americans, as well. It is a wake up call if ever there was one.

We see and hear things these days that scare us half to death, and so often this is what paralyzes us. But just exactly as I tell my students over and over, yes, you will be frightened if you are attacked, any sane person would be, but the training and preparation will get you through the fear. This is why I use adrenalized drills to teach women how to defend themselves, because punching holes in paper is not going to prepare you for the adrenaline rush and the adrenaline dump that follows. And when women press through that in training, they train their minds and their bodies to keep going and not end up paralyzed by fear.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a time for us NOT to be paralyzed by fear. If we stand idly by, we will face a fate such as the Jews did when the Nazis slaughtered them by the millions. What stands between us and that? Pressing through the fear so that we are not paralyzed. What does it look like? Write and call all of your representatives on a regular basis, tell them you will support them as long as they support your 2A rights.
Our right to keep and bear arms was established by the founders of our country, it is not up for discussion by liberals who incorrectly believe gun control makes us safer ("No Guns for Jews" addresses this phenomenon), it is not a decision for individual states, it is a Constitutional birthright of EVERY American! Now is the time to stop being paralyzed by the fear of what's going on around us in our country and fight for the rights penned by the founders of this great country so that we remain great. "No Guns for Jews" has sobering facts about what the UN, the liberals, millionaire Jews and Jews in Congress are trying to do. They want to take all guns out of our possession. They want to leave us defenseless. We must stop this before it goes too far. It's not enough to beat our chests and say "They'll pry my guns out of my cold, dead hands!" cause what good are any of us dead? Rabbi Dovid poses the question in "No Guns for Jews," what would have happened if instead of turning in their guns (because guns were outlawed in Nazi Germany for Jews) Jews remained armed? Would the Holocaust have occurred? We will never know, but we can know how our future here in the United States of America can go...for Jews and Gentiles alike.

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And like King David when he faced Goliath, we are an unstoppable force when our source is the one true God. David was a young man when he killed Goliath, inexperienced as a soldier (though not inexperienced as a fighter, he had killed a lion and a bear by this time), yet none of the experienced soldiers had the courage to face the insurmountable task of killing the giant. David knew he could do it because he knew God was with him.

In the movie about Esther, "One Night With the King," her character says, "David won not because he fought well but because he believed well." David went on to be the greatest king that's ever lived, and his greatness was because his source was always the one true God.

We are doubly blessed when we have access to a great leader. Not everyone is a leader, and not all leaders are great leaders. When you find a leader who is a great leader, put your efforts there. This is a fight we can win, and great leadership can guide you there. Great leaders may be in public office, in law enforcement, in public schools, and teaching people effective self-defense. We are a greater voice than many of us realize, it's just that we are dumbfounded by the louder more obnoxious ones who falsely believe that somehow violence will go away on its own, or that taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens stops crime. All that does is leave us defenseless against those who would come in and slaughter us. It's time to stop putting up with that crap and start standing up for our birthright. This country can be great again!

Are you overwhelmed at the thought of the numbers against us? Think about this, a lever (long plank) can move a giant rock because of one small pivot.

Let's be the pivot.

Tammy



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Avoided Because of Pepper Spray

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Angie

I carry my Fox pepper spray at all times in my hand, just like you taught us in class. I've noticed that men always see it, and women never even look. The reaction from men has been anything from making a wide path around me, to getting back in their car and waiting for me to leave before they get out again. I don't rely on this deterrent, I'm ready and willing to use it, but no one gets close enough. Even though I carry a gun whenever I can, I love my Fox and never leave home without it.

Analysis

I have gotten similar reports from other women, and I've come to three major conclusions.

First, that women don't notice it is very telling about the level of awareness most women have. I always watch someone's hands, especially if I see they're carrying something. If I saw a woman carrying pepper spray in her hand, I would smile and congratulate her for being proactive about her own self-defense. I've never seen it except for my own students who have been in my pepper spray class! It is alarming to realize how many women are completely unaware of what's going on around them. We are all that way without training!

Second, that men always see it is also very telling. I constantly tell women that while not all men are predators, all women are prey. What does a predator do? Watch their prey. If prey all of a sudden exhibits some ability to cause harm to the predator, the tables are turned and the predator becomes the prey. This is why the man got back in his car after seeing Angie with pepper spray in hand. Now, he may not have had any bad intentions toward her, but men (having the predator psyche as a part of their human nature) think like predators. When they become the potential prey, they don't know how to respond to it, so they hide.

Finally, I have never once heard anyone give this kind of report about the little keychain, cutesy, pink, pepper spray units that are commercially sold everywhere. The Fox 5.3 canister itself makes a very bold statement that it's something serious – quite frankly, the men who avoid you may not even know what you have in your hand, it just looks scary and they want no part of it. You will never elicit that kind of response from a cute little pink pepper spray can.

Well Angie, I hope you won't be too disappointed if you never get to use your pepper spray!

Tammy


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