In the News

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

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 [...]

Never Underestimate the Power and Determination of a Woman!

[Today we have the pleasure of a post from Fortress Instructor Tricia Ellison. Tricia regularly instructs women in the art of daily carry, and is known to not suffer fools. - Frank] Recently, CNN decided to have their Senior Law Enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes, some might call him an “expert,” comment on how he thought [...]

The Answer

"When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion." - Dale Carnegie   Tomorrow is a school day. Parents across the nation will once again send their children into the care of others, all the while suppressing the stress and fears that their child may fall [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:52+00:00February 18th, 2018|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

Texas, Guns, & Faith – By Hoyt Ellspermann

Today we have a guest author -  friend, student, and aspiring Instructor, Hoyt Ellspermann! I'm a fan of information, as well as discussion about all things. So, here is an interesting take on the Texas church murders Hoyt penned this past week. Enjoy! -Frank Lots of opinions shared in tweets and glib remarks about guns [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:10:54+00:00November 12th, 2017|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Politics|0 Comments

Mass Casualty Response – Beyond Las Vegas

"Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age" - Colin Powell On August 3rd, 2017, two Fortress Staff Instructors and myself attended a seminar titled Preparedness for, and Response to, Urban Mass-Casualty Incidents, presented by IDF Reserve Colonel, Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, MD. [Click the link and check out his credentials.] For two hours the [...]