Politics

Do Something! – by Matt Ellison

After each mass shooting the politicians and activists on both sides begin to recite their talking points and promoting their agendas. And, as they fight it out to the same familiar stalemate, the public outcry remains a simple mantra: “Do Something!” I could not agree more; we must Do Something! However, relying on a group, [...]

Police Brutality?

“Is this the hill you want to die on?" - Anon   On July 16th in Cashion, Oklahoma, 65-year-old Debra Hamil was tased and arrested by Officer Charles Massine during a traffic stop which originated due to a broken tail light on Hamil’s vehicle. Hamil has been charged on two counts: 1- Battery/Assault and Battery [...]

Factory Ammunition

"Maybe it’ll just be confiscation." - IL State Rep Julie Morrison, June 11, 2019, in regard to banning auto loading firearms. Our recommendation to new students is to attend class with American-made factory ammunition. Cheap foreign manufactured, and especially reloaded ("handloaded"), ammunition generally proves less than reliable. At best, ammunition which fails to feed, fire, [...]

Benchmade

Recently, Benchmade knife company made the mistake of posting picture to their Facebook page depicting their assistance to the Oregon City, PD, in the destruction of firearms. I was contemplating a blog post about it, but then I read the words of Instructor, Matt DeVito. He summed it up quite well, and anything I would [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

London – Rinse, and Repeat

Qu'ran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"   Sunday, May 21st, at 10:45pm UK time, a lone Jihadist suicide bomber detonated a device outside Manchester Arena, murdering 22 people and injuring another 50+. The majority of [...]