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Good People, Bad Choices

"No one is going to be digging my bullets out of anyone's back." - John Farnam This week a news story from 2017 was being recycled over social media, spurring a whole new round of outrage and irresponsible commentary. Of course, few can be bothered to look at the dates of stories they re-post, but [...]

A Tale of Two Restaurants

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter when they themselves have poisoned the fountain. - John Locke Last Sunday an assailant armed with a hammer entered the Seafood Buffet restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, and began attacking the staff. The owner Petaling Jaya and employee Ng Tan Kheong were both murdered, a third employee is in [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:50+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Attitude, History, In the News, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

Zebra Stripes

“She spent an astonishing amount of time in attending lectures and demonstrations, distributing literature for the Junior Anti-Sex League, preparing banners for Hate Week, making collections for the savings campaign, and such-like activities. It paid, she said; it was camouflage. If you kept the small rules you could break the big ones.” ― George Orwell, [...]

By |2019-01-20T17:44:38+00:00January 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

No Justice

The true nature of evil is that it is so very casual - James St. James On September 27th, 2015, I posted an opinion piece titled ‘No Second Chances’, offering my commentary on a then recent attack of a Lansing, IL, woman by a scripture-like example of pure evil incarnate. This week, a little over [...]

Found Guns?

"The real story is always in the comments section." - Former Navy SEAL Matt Bracken It was reported in St. Louis this week that a woman discovered a loaded handgun under the seat of her Hertz rental car. The lessons regarding proper holsters, unattended weapons, and personal responsibility are obvious - I want to look [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:50+00:00December 20th, 2018|daily carry, In the News, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

December 7, 1941

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, opening of speech to Congress requesting a declaration of war against Japan, December 8, 1941 Flag flown over [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:51+00:00December 8th, 2018|Attitude, History, Instructor Notes, Liberty|0 Comments

Revolvers?

I am very positive about expressing the opinion that the best known method of learning and mastering any branch of the revolver shooting game is by actually shooting - Ed McGivern, Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting   Hammerless "pocket" revolver Since the 1800’s revolvers have been commonplace in the holsters of American law [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:51+00:00November 26th, 2018|Ask Fortress, Firearms, History, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

IBD Usage – by Fortress Instructor Veronica “V” Newberg

"When you least expect it, you're elected" - John Farnam   Last week, Fortress Staff Instructor Veronica "V" Newberg found herself called upon to treat a family member's bleeding leg. Her report: When I woke up Saturday morning I had no idea that I would be wearing a “First Responder” hat before day's end! It [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:51+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rapid Mass Murderer – Texas

"It’s said that security is like oxygen; when you have enough of it, you pay no attention to it. But when you don’t have enough, you can think of nothing else." - SECDEF, James Mattis, paraphrasing Professor Joseph Nye   Today in Texas, a 17-year-old male student at Santa Fe High School opened fire on [...]

Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve?

"Rape and murder were common, children forced to become soldiers and turned against their own families, and a usual punishment for opposition the amputation of your hands or arms. "Short sleeve, or long sleeve?" asked the militia men as they raised their machetes. When I went to Sierra Leone as a reporter in 2000, the [...]