Author Archives: Ron Danielowski

Selecting a Safe Dry Practice Area

If you understand the value of dry practice and are ready to begin training, the first thing you need to consider is a safe location to dry practice in.

A good dry practice area will help you maintain focus on the task at hand while keeping you and others safe.

Much like establishing a storefront, you need to select your dry practice area with the most important factor in mind “location, location, location.”

When selecting your dry practice area, ensure it meets the following criteria:

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On Security Theater

CEOs and business owners this is important to your survival, you will want to pay attention to this.

“According to recent research conducted by Traction Guest, the overwhelming majority (92 percent) of enterprise security and risk professionals report that physical security is of greater strategic importance to their organization now than it was before the pandemic…

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The Value of Dry Practice

Dry Practice – The “secret” of winners the world over

For a weapons operator, dry practice is the process of practicing gun handling skills such as presentations, reloads, malfunction clearances, movement techniques, tactics, etc. with an unloaded firearm to gain real measurable life-saving skills.

Take away: Dry practice is an inexpensive yet invaluable tool in helping you to quickly gain important motor skills.

Dry practice isn’t new, it’s been around for a very long time and its benefits are well known.

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Do you have questions about how to use the DSI Defense Academy, or how to prepare for your course?

Has it been a while since you visited the Defense Academy and things are looking out of place?

Would you like to specific guidance on how to use the DSI Training Notebook so you can maximize your dry practice time in order to keep your skills sharp in preparation for your next course?

If so, please join us for our Weekly Tuesday Evening Students Defense Academy Tour, Pre, and Post Training Q&A sessions.

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ATTN: Current and former Military and LEO Firearms & Tactics Instructors:

Register now for DSI’s Tier 4 Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) Certification Course – Friday, August 09 to Sunday, August 11th. 2019, in picturesque Cody, Wyoming and expand your service offerings and support dramatically.

Registration closes May 3rd, 2019 for our Tier 4 Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) certification course. Only 1 of 5 seats remains available and candidates are accepted on first come first serve basis, so reserve your seat now.

We believe a well armed, well trained, and coordinated society is a secure and sustainable society.

Military and LEO instructors; would you like to expand on your current curricula and utilize your hard earned firearms and tactics skills across broader market segments?

Would you like to be a part of a growing organization of motivated professionals like yourself?

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Capitalism (aka Self-Ownership) Is the Only Moral Economic System

Politicians’ popular claims against capitalism rely on false assumptions about markets and governments.

With all the “turn that over to the government, too, so someone else will have to provide it for you” proposals that have come from Democrat presidential hopefuls already, candidates are actually being asked if they are a “socialist” or a “capitalist.”

Bernie Sanders, who has called for “economic rights” guarantees to be treated as constitutional rights, admits being a socialist. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who may want even more people to live at everyone else’s expense, is on the same bandwagon: “Capitalism is an ideology of capital—the most important thing is the concentration of capital and to seek and maximize profit.” Consequently, “capitalism is irredeemable.”

However, other candidates, proposing or supporting very similar changes, have claimed they are (modified) capitalists.

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Military or LEO Firearms & Tactics Instructor?

ATTN: Current and former Military and LEO Firearms & Tactics Instructors:

Register now for DSI’s Tier 4 Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) Certification Course – Friday August 09 to Sunday August 11th. 2019, in picturesque Cody, Wyoming, to expand your service offerings dramatically.

Registration closes May 3rd, 2019 for our Tier 4 Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) certification course.

Only 2 seats remain available and candidates are accepted on first come first serve basis, so reserve your seat now.

Expand your offerings with DSI

An armed, well trained, and coordinated society is a secure and sustainable society.

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Asbury Park’s Rebirth Shows How Entrepreneurs Make Our World a Better Place

David Parker revives neighborhoods in the Boston area. Since the 1970s, he has gone into the most impoverished parts of the city, only to buy the apartments and buildings that very few wanted. Parker’s intrepid nature proved prescient. The locales once shunned by Boston’s many well-heeled residents are now very desirable to them.

Parker’s success is an effect of him having fixed what was broken. Yet he’s very modest about it. Lightly paraphrasing this most courageous of investors, “I could only afford neighborhoods that I didn’t feel safe in.”

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After a Decade of Cheap Money, the Federal Reserve Still Has No Exit Strategy Everything the Federal Reserve did to cause the housing crash was done

I started a house painting business the month house prices peaked. I had planned on using the profits from painting to fund my film projects, but that was assuming home values weren’t going to fall 30 percent. My timing couldn’t have been worse.

Everything the Federal Reserve did to cause the housing crash was done on a much larger scale, not just in 2008, but in every year since. But while I was experiencing the unwinding of the housing bubble, I stumbled across a free audiobook of Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. I was literally painting a house when I heard the words of a man in the 1940s describing our boom and bust perfectly. I immediately knew what documentary I needed to make. To make sure we didn’t fall for the next bubble, I needed to interview people, like Ron Paul, who predicted the crash and ask them why it happened. I needed to find out what would come next.

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America Finally Admits Recycling Doesn’t Work (FEE)

“This, Mises would say, is planned chaos, the inevitable result of central planners making decisions instead of consumers through free markets.”

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Clark

A couple of years ago, after sending my five-year-old daughter off to school, she came home reciting the same cheerful environmental mantra I was taught in elementary school.

“Reduce, reuse, recycle,” she beamed, proud to show off a bit of rote learning.

Recycling makes people feel good, but the idea that it improves the condition of humans or the planet is highly dubious.

The moral virtue of recycling is rarely questioned in the United States. It has been ingrained into the American psyche over several decades. On a recent trip to the Caribbean, my friend’s wife exhibited nervous guilt while collecting empty soda, water, and beer bottles destined for the trash since our resort offered no recycling bins.

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A Government Guide to Keeping Insulin Unaffordable: 3 Easy Steps to Hogtie a Market

Desperate patients pay up because they have nowhere else to go—and their distress is deliberate and designed.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Image Credit: Public Domain

By Laura Williams

From the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

f you’ve heard anything about insulin lately, it’s probably been palpable outrage over soaring prescription prices or dubious optimism about Eli Lilly’s recent release of its new version that, at half the price, will cost an arm or a leg but not both.

The inventors of insulin sold its patent for $1. Eli Lilly now charges $360 a month for the drug and made $3.2 billion in profits last year.

Meanwhile, Americans must sell all their possessions to get the insulin they need.

We’re going to take on the greed of the drug industry. https://t.co/vtWsN4cXeR— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 15, 2019

Amid this cesspool of indignant commentary, you’re likely to hear one of the biggest misconceptions around: that markets, competition, or capitalism have failed to respond to the patient’s need in creating more affordable insulin. What you won’t hear is how pharma giants have enlisted the FDA, the DEA, the FBI, customs and border security, and a dozen other taxpayer-funded regulatory and enforcement agencies to protect their profit margins.

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Get a Gun and Get Training

Upcoming DSI Training Events

The DSI Tier 3 – INDIVIDUAL TACTICS Program is designed for you if you want to master armed self-defense in both home and street scenarios. Our on-range course reviews refresh and hone the handgun skills you learned in your Tier 4 Combative Handgun Program and develops decision making and tactical skills with 12 escalating Reality Based Training (RBT) scenarios using non-lethal training firearms and live role players.

To maximize your range training time, pre-course online training resources introduce a wide range of tactics, techniques, and concepts, with weekly post-course recurrent video conferencing for training, dry practice tips/advice, and Q&As sessions.

Like the Tier 3 INDIVIDUAL TACTICS Program, the DSI Tier 4/3 – INDIVIDUAL TACTICS Program is designed for individuals who want to master armed self-defense in both home and street scenarios but also need the basic handgun training. Unlike the Tier 3, the on-range course trains and hones Tier 4 Combative Handgun skills while developing decision making and tactical skills with 12 escalating Reality Based Training (RBT) scenarios using non-lethal training firearms and live role players.

Like the Tier 3 Individual Tactics Program, the DSI Tier 4/3 Individual Tactics Program maximizes your range training time, pre-course online training resources introduce a wide range of tactics, techniques, and concepts, with weekly post-course recurrent video conferencing for training, dry practice (highly recommended).

The DSI Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) PROGRAM is designed for experienced military, law enforcement, and NRA instructors who want to add advanced combative firearms and Reality Based Training (RBT) options for individuals, businesses, schools, churches, and communities to their course offerings.

Deadline for registration Is April 26, 2018 For CFI Certification Course August 9th, 2018 in Cody, Wyoming.

This course has only two slots remaining so sign up now by sending us an email to info@distributedsecurity.com outlining your firearms training experience and contact information.

The Sheriff Revolt on New Gun Laws Shows Why America Needs More Decentralization – Foundation for Economic Education

People would have far fewer political grievances in a decentralized system.

Article by Justin Murray

Recently, a dozen sheriffs in Washington state announced that they would refuse to enforce the newly passed Initiative 1639, which raised the legal age of purchasing a firearm of any sort to 21, expanded background check requirements, increased the waiting period, and mandated weapon storage when not in active use. Predictably, political proponents immediately threatened these sheriffs, who were hired to enforce county, not state, laws, with legal action. Of course, when I say passed, what I really mean is that 14 of 39 counties in Washington decided the referendum was a good idea.

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Another Perspective on “Arming Teachers”

Jon Alexander has raised some serious challenges to the concept of “arming teachers” to strengthen security in our schools. Allow me to shift the debate somewhat by adjusting its fundamental assumptions.

Speculation isn’t necessary

In the U.S. today, at least fourteen states have laws on the books which allow school boards to authorize concealed carry of firearms by school staff, under various conditions, while ten more states do not restrict concealed carry to school staff members only, although most of them still require specific, individual permission of the governing school board. The number is growing every year: last year, Wyoming joined; this year bills are pending in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Meantime, in Ohio alone, over 1,000 trained school staff members are carrying concealed handguns in more than one-quarter of the school districts in that state. In South Dakota, Texas, Colorado and other states, significant and growing numbers of school staff members are already legally carrying concealed firearms – while Utah has allowed anyone with a state concealed carry permit to carry a firearm on school property for going on 19 years.

So, this is not a new idea; quite the contrary. We have a considerable amount of experience with it, and because of the decentralized approach, wherein state laws and school board policies differ, we have quite a variety of experiments underway.

How is it working out? Famously. While mass shooters have not been particularly deterred by the presence of uniformed School Resource Officers (Columbine High School and Parkland, Florida being particular examples), there is no evidence of a single school shooting taking place in any district across the country where trained, non-law enforcement school staff members are carrying concealed weapons. Correlation is not causation, but that fact cannot be easily dismissed.

There are also zero examples of injuries resulting from the kind of mishaps commonly predicted by the skeptics: no accidental shootings, no rowdy students shot by frustrated teachers, no gun take-aways by students. They’re just not happening.

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Can the Free Market Provide National Defense?

Tom Woods hosts a debate (Ep. 1062 of the Tom Woods Show) between economist Bob Murphy (Ph.D., NYU – arguing for) and podcaster Todd Lewis (arguing against) who square off in the central debate of anarcho-capitalism: is government truly necessary for national defense, or could the free market (through Private Defense Agencies or “PDAs) provide this service?

Great points are made on both sides, however, we believe what is being argued here is only half the picture.

Much like personal defense, when one abdicates personal responsibility/security to a third party causes you to abdicate control, placing yourself behind in the decision-making process, limiting potential solutions to problems, increasing cost, and introducing moral hazards.

While PDAs are a necessary part of dealing with decentralized/asymmetric warfare (4th Generation Warfare), they are only a part of the answer.

What’s the other half of the picture and a better answer?

Distributed security.

Where individuals and communities can come together and provide security solutions as needed, and disband when it’s not.

Think of the Swiss system on steroids with a greater free market twist (like PDAs) and you will see the underpinnings of the solution.

“We haven’t noticed a significant increase.”

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. After 30-years of more guns in the hands of more citizens, we know that most of those who carry do so responsibly and can and do make a difference in lethal threat scenarios.

Furthermore, those who carry break far fewer laws than those that don’t (even fewer than the police) http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/report-finds-these-gun-owners-are-least-likely-criminals-17355.

COEUR D’ALENE – Exactly one year after it went into effect, an Idaho gun law that allows people to carry concealed firearms without a permit has had little effect on crime rates, state law enforcement officials said.

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