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Clerk uses age to trick robber and grab gun

A former police officer, turned gas station clerk, was in for a surprise a week ago when an armed robbery took place in the Chesapeake, VA gas station where he was working. At first, Sammy Williams thought that the robber was joking, until he produced a gun, demanding money and other items. Williams was quoted by WKTR as stating:

“I thought it was a prank. I said dude gotta be kidding, joking. I said no to opening the drawer.”

Until this happened next:

“He started shaking the gun at me telling me to give him the other till which we don`t keep there anymore because we got robbed at the same store on June 25th at 2:40 in the afternoon. So that`s why we had a weapon there. He got upset because there wasn`t another till, so he said give me that green bag over there. I said ‘No that`s mine. It’s got my medicine it. I’m an older person, that`s my blood pressure medicine in it.’”

Buying himself time, he was able to grab his gun, hit the silent alarm, and then exchanged fire with the suspect. He fired 6 times, and it is believed that he hit the suspect 2 times. It was reported that the 6 shots were all fired within about 2 seconds.

“He was going to kill me. I wasn’t trying to hit him in the leg or shoulder. I was hitting for the sweet spot basically,” says Williams. “But my adrenaline is so high that my 6 rounds were all over the place.”

Despite purportedly hitting him twice, the suspect did get away and is still at large.

This story is certainly nothing that we ever want to encounter first hand. It illustrates that what we teach in our course is a very good representation of just how fast these incidents go down and how they are nothing like you see in the movies. You’re almost never going to see the sights on your weapon, and might not even see the weapon in your hands. The so called “aiming to wing ’em” stuff that is espoused by so many, simply will not work.

Frank McGee, former head of NYPD’s Firearms Training Unit, liked to say that any armed conflict (involving police, but certainly can be applied to civilians) usually followed the rule of threes; Three shots, three seconds, three yards. This incident went outside of that a bit, but not by much. Williams fired 6 shots in under 2 seconds, and was able to hit his target with two of those shots. The fact that he had his wits about him and was able to distract the suspect long enough to get his own weapon and fire, quite possibly saved his life.

We have always taught that Time = Distance = Options. While distance probably didn’t apply as much here, he certainly bought himself some time, therefore presenting himself with an option that he didn’t have just seconds before.

There is a reason that we teach what we teach, it works in the real world. It’s been proven in combat, it’s been proven in self defense situations, and it is, simply put, the most practical approach to self defense that we’ve seen. Leave the macho attitudes and tactics at the door. You should plan your self defense strategy using proven methods that will afford you every chance to stay out of harms way, allowing you to get home safely.

Self defense is not static. You cannot plan a scenario for every altercation or event that might come up. Self defense is a very dynamic beast and thinking on your feet might just keep you out of danger in the first place, or like Mr. Williams here, give you a fighting chance if conflict is unavoidable.

-Brent

Another huge blow for Kalashnikov enthusiasts.

Tonight, as I sit at my computer, checking various links and Facebook as I do, I came across something that troubled me greatly.  As I tried to source it, tried to find other stories backing it up, it seemed more and more likely to be true, as the minutes flew by.  It appears that another nail in the coffin of the Second Amendment is being hammered in as we speak.

According to the website www.treasury.gov, the official website of the US Department of the Treasury, new entities (both individuals and otherwise), have now been added to the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  None of those entities matter to me, or anyone else that I know, with the exception of the following:

KALASHNIKOV CONCERN (a.k.a. CONCERN KALASHNIKOV; a.k.a. IZHEVSKIY MASHINOSTROITEL’NYI ZAVOD OAO; f.k.a. IZHMASH R&D CENTER; f.k.a. JSC NPO IZHMASH; f.k.a. NPO IZHMASH OAO; a.k.a. OJSC CONCERN KALASHNIKOV; f.k.a. OJSC IZHMASH; f.k.a. SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION IZHMASH JOINT STOCK COMPANY), 3, Derjabin Pr., Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic 426006, Russia; Registration ID 1111832003018 [UKRAINE2].

The entire source document can be found here

When I saw this, it hit me a like a ton of bricks.  The link for today’s entry to the page is located here, with additional links to the FAQ and others previously added to the SSI List.

What this means for any of you who may own an AK, or who aspires to, is that no entity based in the US can enter into any more business dealings with Kalashnikov Concern or Izhmash, one of the biggest AK manufacturers of AKs and accessories on the planet.  To give you an idea of what this covers, no longer will VEPR, Saiga, or any others marked Izhmash, be able to be imported into the US if Izhmash has any stake in the importation whatsoever.

According to the FAQ page found on www.treasury.gov, in relation to this issue, and to Kalashnikov Concern directly, entries 374 and 375 shed some light on the situation:

374. If I own a Kalashnikov product, is that product blocked by sanctions?  Am I able to resell a Kalashnikov product at a gun show or other secondary market? 

If a U.S. person is in possession of a Kalashnikov Concern product that was bought and fully paid for prior to the date of designation (i.e., no payment remains due to Kalashnikov Concern), then that product is not blocked and OFAC sanctions would not prohibit the U.S. person from keeping or selling the product in the secondary market, so long as Kalashnikov Concern has no interest in the transaction.  New transactions by U.S. persons with Kalashnikov Concern are prohibited, however, and any property in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest is blocked pursuant to OFAC’s designation of Kalashnikov Concern on July 16, 2014.  If a U.S. person has an inventory of Kalashnikov Concern products in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest (for example, the products are not fully paid for or are being sold on consignment), we advise that U.S. person to contact OFAC for further guidance on handling of the inventory. [7-16-2014]

375. If I have Kalashnikov products in my inventory, can I sell them?

If a U.S. person has an inventory of Kalashnikov Concern products in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest (for example, the products are not fully paid for or are being sold on consignment), we advise that U.S. person to contact OFAC for further guidance on handling of the inventory. [7-16-2014]

The full FAQ that this is sourced from can be found here

This all dates back to an Executive Order (13662, found here) signed by Obama on March 20th of this year, as a result of the situation in Ukraine.  This only further builds upon that by bolstering the sanctions against even more entities, this time the famous manufacturer.

When is enough, enough?  When will we wake up and realize that none of these measures are taken for our safety?  We are simply pawns in a political game much bigger than you or I, and I for one hate feeling like I don’t have a say in where we’re moved on the board.  I’m not just talking about our gun rights either, although it seems like they have been under assault more than any other lately (with the exception of maybe our rights guaranteed by the 4th Amendment).  This is just another huge blow for AK enthusiasts, coming right up on the heels of the BATFE ban on the importation of 5.45 caliber 7N6 ammunition used in the AK74.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

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