A husband and wife barricading themselves in a bathroom, but unfortunately were murdered is original policing knowledge I will never forget.
About 18 months ago, when I read the story of a farmer at 3 a.m. in the morning that saw a man at his back door with a long-bladed knife it immediately reminded me of the above. Had the farmer not armed himself they may have been as was the case of the murdered husband and wife mentioned above?
As a result of reading the farmer’s story, I thought it is not the law that needs to change, we need a new law, a Commonwealth Law based on Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)in which it states, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person”.
The key words being “security of person” not “control of the people for “security reasons”.
In other words, your security is personal and the first law of nature is “self-preservation”. Instinctively, we know what the bottom line is for these terrible things i.e. it is more often up to the victim to save themselves and their loved ones.
I believe, and I hope others may do so, that we need standardisation as the process of implementing and developing technical standards including appropriate security training.
An agreed process based on the consensus of different parties that believe there are many trustworthy people in our communities that will or have demonstrated responsible management of a firearm which under grievous circumstances represents a capacity for self-defense as a regulated weapon.
The regulated weapon for people like the farmer and also our Glenda Q Public (grey nomad/motor-home/safe/remote camper) I am putting forward based on my experiences in the police is the 38 cal.. lever action.
A side note: I think it was a very bad idea allowing police to have high powered semi-auto rifles for use in a City (dense urban environment). How far down the road does a 223 go before it may hit an innocent bystander, perhaps a child should any rounds go astray? Also telling the police it is permissible to shoot at cars, really!
When I was in the police we were told never shoot at cars because firstly a pistol round is ineffective (it seems Hollywood influences our policing advisors?) and secondly the best tool is another car as in police cars and road snakes/stakes. The only exception to that is that the car is not moving and you can take aim at close quarters into the tires and/or radiator. How long does it take to aim properly? That’s the point you can not target a moving car accurately.
Anyway when some poor police officer accidentally shoots some innocent bystander on the other side of the car standing on the footpath perhaps they will reconsider that advice.
Here are the reasons for suggesting a low-velocity carbine (that doesn’t go hundreds of yards from the area of engagement) the humble but very effect 38/357 lever-action rifle with a very long history of reliability and safety.
(1) It has a light recoil so that women of a light frame can use it effectively.
(2) It has adequate capacity. The 38 cal. provides 10 rounds and the 357 provides 8 rounds.
(3) The 38/357 is a low-velocity long arm meaning that a projectile will not travel well beyond the area of engagement.
(4) As a carbine of 16 inches, it is compact enough for use within the hallways of a residential house, motor-home or similar confined area. Noting remaining behind doors is always the smart thing to do. At least that is until some armed criminal kicks it in. In which the case the training video that follows is important to watch.
(5) It has safety features that do not require a bolt to be removed.
(6) A level lock and other items such as a light can be readily installed.
This training video was selected as it contains sensible advice.
I hope you will find, ” Personal Defense Tips – Lever Action Defense Scenario” interesting and informative.