Category: Ordinary Responsibility

Command Performance

Imagine being forced to perform a piano concert at Carnegie Hall, with your life depending on the quality of your performance, and your only preparation was that you’ve had a piano in your house for the past 20 years.

Firearms training can save your life. “A firearm” cannot.

You do not get to pick the time, location, or circumstances when an armed criminal decides to take everything from you or from you and your family. Your preparation for that unscripted moment will likely determine the outcome. How do you address this responsibility on a regular basis?

Ordinary Confession 2: I have an Arsenal a Collection

Like most responsible, ordinary citizens I have a collection of firearms; what a modern propagandist would call an arsenal. And it’s not just a couple of those tiny little sporting rifles that gun grabbers call “weapons of war,” but additionally some large-bore beasts that would really frighten the pearl-clutchers if they knew such things existed as a matter of course in millions of American homes.

Despite what those in the domestic totalitarian culture believe, we ordinary citizens don’t fill a gun safe in preparation for some mischief. A firearm collection is an ordinary component of ordinary American culture. We have them because we can, because we hunt …and because it is fundamental responsibility to provide for your own security and safety. Responsible preparation is a thing.™

I don’t buy guns in order to amass a larger and larger arsenal. Every one of my guns has a specific purpose that is different from the others in my collection. I have pistols that are specifically for everyday concealed carry, guns that are specifically for home defense that are properly staged for that purpose, a purposely configured-and-sized gun for use as my truck gun, rifles for 0 to 400 yards, one for 400 to 1200 yards, and one for longer-range shooting fun capable disabling a large vehicle at 1000 to 2500 yards. Moreover, several of these double as tools for taking small, medium, or large game.

A gun collection is not extraordinary or sinister or cause for suspicion, and it’s not an arsenal. It’s just ordinary. Like many Americans, I have guns in part because I am an enthusiast; I admire the craftsmanship and design and, for some, the fantastic function. But I also have them because I can and because no one else has any say in the matter.

An Escape from Responsibility


Reading a piece of leftist community-organizing literature this week, I came upon this passage:

“Shortly after the Columbine High School massacre, in April 1999, I searched online for an organization dedicated to protecting my children, then ages 4 and 5, from gun violence.”

That’s right; she was searching online …for an organization to protect…her children from violence.

No, that’s not a rare instance, not even an uncommon one. Everything about being a leftist is involved with eschewing personal responsibility, even parental responsibility, and requiring that some group—often a government agency—assume that responsibility. This is one reason that leftists always band together into groups because an individual complaining that someone else should assume his/her personal responsibility would look and sound as shameful and despicable as it actually is. The group lends gravity to the effort and slightly obscures the rightful individual shame.

One might imagine that her husaband would be a primary candidate for protecting her children from violence, but leftist mothers so seldom have husbands that it’s not hard to understand that immediate dilemma. In such an event, though, the responsibility falls to her, specifically.

An important component of parenting is the 100% responsibility for the safety and protection of your own children. There is nothing that can morally mitigate that rightful, individual obligation. Leftist ideology denies this objective fact as it denies everything natural and human and moral. As a result, leftists are nothing if not consistently irresponsible and immoral.

Bad people will do bad things no matter the laws we erect.

Leftists will never understand this natural fact because they are incapable of acknowledging human nature and never learn from history. So they will continue to do stupid things like searching online for organizations to keep their children safe from violence. And because they are wholly irresponsible, their children will learn to be victims and will too often grow up to be professional victims, like this despicable woman.

Because bad people will always do bad things, no matter the laws we erect, it is every individual’s responsibility to be prepared to stop those who would do them or their children harm. It’s on you, 100%.

As the name of the organization makes clear, “Moms Demand Action” because they lack the morality to own up to their own responsibilities.

The Chance to Live

In the early hours on May 8th, a Florida concealed carry permit holder shot and killed an armed robber at an ATM in Orange County.

Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said a man in his 60s was at the ATM when 27-year-old Carlos Medina attempted to rob him at gunpoint.

The man pulled out a gun of his own and fired at Medina, investigators said. The robbery victim had a valid concealed weapons permit, deputies said.

The two men exchanged gunfire and the man in his 60s drove away and called 911, deputies said. Deputies said the robbery victim returned to the scene after speaking with authorities.

Medina was taken to a hospital for treatment, but did not survive, deputies said.

If you carry all day every day, when some bad guy tries to take your life and/or property, you have the chance to say no. You have the chance to live. Take that chance.

Keep Your Mags Loaded – Maybe Lots of Them

loaded magazines

If you’re an ordinary citizen I believe you should have lots and lots of magazines. Loaded ones. Every magazine you own should be loaded. Always. Ideally, you should have dozens of these magazines—most of them for your rifle—placed in advisable positions in your home, automobile, vacation property, and any other place you own and frequent.

Why Always Loaded?

Magazines are made to provide an on-demand, interchangeable-packet source of rounds for your trigger presses. Note, however, that they don’t work that way unless they’re already loaded when you need them. No one goes into a gunfight with empty mags with the plan that they’ll load them when the trouble starts. Surely you have no plans to get into a gunfight, but you don’t get to pick the time, date, place, or conditions for when someone will bring a gunfight to you. Not to put too fine a point on it, if you’re not ready and loaded at that moment you die.

Those who do not have your best interests at heart will tell you that preparation is for paranoid whackjobs. Ignore them. Preparation is a fundamental responsibility, and yours to fulfill. Many responsible citizens keep extra ammo on hand. If that ammo is stored in boxes or loose in ammo cans rather than in magazines it is entirely useless when you may need it. It makes no sense to store useless ammunition. Be responsible and keep your ammo in mags.

ammo can

Pretty, but entirely useless when you need it.

Won’t keeping them loaded ruin the spring?

Nope, not for a long time. Series of loading and unloading (shooting) wears out the spring far faster. Modern magazines can be kept loaded for years with no diminishment in function. A couple of caveats to observe include not loading them beyond capacity—in fact downloading by 2 or 3 rounds helps better preserve function—and keep them bone dry, as your ammo is exposed to the atmosphere of wherever they’re stored. Ammo has a varied shelf life, especially with regard to the conditions of their storage environment, so have a plan to rotate stored-magazine ammo into your training on a schedule (say, 6 months to 1 year+). Oldest first: first in, first out.

One caveat: if you’re using polymer mags with polymer feed lips (e.g. PMAGs) it makes good sense to keep the dust cover on your stored mags. Older generation polymer magazines had some trouble with mouth deformation over time. While new gen mags seem to have addressed this in some measure, it still likely makes good sense to use the cover to provide a little support.

Where and How to Store Loaded Mags

The primary point of storing loaded magazines is so that there’s ready ammo for an emergency situation (despite how unlikely that would be, the point is preparation). So the other component of this preparation is effective location of your stored magazines. Effective location is likely going to be different from one person to another, so choose what works best for you.

For instance, if you carry a rifle and/or pistol with you in your car or truck, it stands to reason that you should have a cache of extra mags in your automobile. In a time of civil unrest, your home is likely a place you’ll want to be able to defend, so select one or two (or more) places in your home to place a cache—make sure it’s an easily/normally accessible location and not the attic or a secret compartment behind the refrigerator or something. It’s likely best to locate an ammo cache in a bedroom closet, in a gun safe, under your bed, or some other normally accessible location. Out of plain sight, yes, but not out of quick and easy reach when you want it.


A storage cache can take many forms. It could be a few magazines laid out on a closet shelf or it might be a dedicated loaded-magazine storage apparatus affixed to a wall or perhaps an organized system of storage containers. Or maybe just a duffel bag. Whatever suits your needs and preferences and preserves your ammunition from the destructive effects of moisture will work.

A popular way to organize stored magazines is with a magazine box, like this MTM Tactical Mag Can.

mag box

I’m not a big fan of plastic ammo cans because they break more easily and they don’t have an airtight seal, like most steel ammo cans do. However, the organization this sort of box affords can be helpful.

If you’re storing your magazine inside your climate-controlled home, you might find that soft-sided, loose storage works best. In that case, small duffle bags can fit the bill (image below):

loaded magazines

Or you might go fancy and use an array of these magazine holders.

mag holder

A Simple Plan for Ordinary Citizens

Here’s a way to begin and maintain your effort to have loaded magazines on hand. Create a schedule for magazine and ammo purchases and stick to it. An example would be to purchase one rifle magazine every week. Take it home, load it, and place it in one of your ready caches. Every so often as your storage requires, purchase a 500 or 1000-round box of ammo (because its much cheaper that way).

Note that you need only do this to the point where you believe you have a sufficient collection of loaded mags. For one person sufficient might mean 10 magazines in one or two places. For others, it might mean 100 or 300 mags divided into 4 or 5 cache locations. Build yours to suit your preferences or needs. Once you reach your sufficient magazine point, you need only buy ammo to fuel your training, while rotating out the oldest ammo in magazine storage.

Ordinary Dog-Responsibility Rant


Today, Ivan Throne, @DarkTriadMan on twitter, unleashed (hehe) a rant on dog-training and control responsibility that was glorious. I asked Thread Reader App to unroll it for us and present it here for everyone’s edification. Take heed of this ordinary advice.

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1. Your dog is not a person who “makes friends” or “just says hi” to other dogs.

Your dog is a territorial pack predator with defense and aggression instincts that are either under your supervision and control or not.

Grasp that.

2. If your dog is off leash you are NOT in control of its defense and aggression instincts.

Voice control is all well and good in theory. In practice almost nobody can actually do this when it matters.


Screams of “Fluffy, noooo!” are stupid, useless and preventable.

3. YOU are the pack leader and YOU are 100% responsible for what YOUR dog does.

That includes affection, correction, and everything in between.

If you aren’t sure if you have control over your dog, you DON’T have control over it.


4. Very few people understand the severe wounds that a large dog can inflict in split seconds.

A dog is DESIGNED to quickly inflict fatal wounds on prey animals.

If your unleashed dog is racing towards mine he is NOT being “friendly”.

It is an aggression/territory inquiry.

5. If your dog weighs more than you do, you are NOT in control of it.

Yes, there are professional handlers who know how to properly and effectively correct with a choke collar.

The clueless soccer mom with a Newfoundland that yanks her all over the park is a pending disaster.

6. Dog training is YOUR responsibility.

You need to ACTIVELY HANDLE your dog as if its life depends on it.

It does!

Never rely on anthropomorphic fantasies to excuse away your incompetence and irresponsibility.

@leerburg is correct:

“99% of the time it is Handler Error.”

7. There is NO excuse for being an incompetent idiot when handling your dog.

Invest in training YOURSELF to properly reward and correct your dog consistently and continuously.

Don’t make ME do it on the fly because “Fluffy” reverts to instinct.

You will NOT like it.

8. If your off leash dog runs towards mine and attacks, YOU are the fucking problem.


I’ll say it again:

YOU are the problem.

You are not just incompetent, you are a dangerous asshole.


9. Dogs are NOT human beings with “judgment” on whether “they can take” another dog or not.

“Fluffy” does not know or care that my dog has enough bite force to sever it in half in an instant.

It is obeying INSTINCT.

YOU are responsible for handling it’s INSTINCTS.

Get it!

10. Spend TIME training yourself and your dog to work as a TEAM.

If you haven’t trained yourself and your dog, your dog does NOT know what is expected, and you will NOT have control over instinctual behavior.

Desperately hauling back on a leash is NOT competent handling!

11. I can spot asshole handlers from a hundred yards away now.

They are everywhere.

Don’t be one:


Time for a walk.