Sunday, February 07, 2016

9mm versus 45 ACP, 308 Win versus 556 NATO, and the Intermediates

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

Jeff Cooper published two highly influential books Principles of Personal Defense and The Art of the Rifle. Cooper preferred big bore, accurate weapons. Hit them hard and put them down quick.

His preferred handgun was the 1911A1 Colt in .45 ACP. He later designed the Bren Ten in 10mm and the scout rifle in .308 Winchester/7.62x51 NATO. Cooper advocated the Weaver stance with its two handed hold. He stressed the importance of situational awareness, speed and surprise, and most especially the willingness to fight.

With the proper grip and stance, a person can shoot with both eyes open, very quickly and surprisingly accurately. More modern shooters take a much more squared off stance, than the bladed Weaver stance or traditional bladed-off method for firing a rifle.

If you search the internet, you will easily find countless debates over which caliber is better for self defense 9mm versus 45 ACP, 308 versus 556 NATO, or the intermediates 40 S&W, 300 Blackout and 7.62x39mm. I won't repeat those arguments here, nor will I offer an opinion on the issue at this time.

Rather, I think it is more important for those of us taking the lead in defending our People from the enemy to focus on Cooper's principles of personal defense in an entirely nonviolent philosophical and political sense, utilizing firearms and physical force only as a convenient analogy that appeals to our animal instincts to survive the fight, or avoid it. The easiest way to win a fight is to avoid it. Putting distance between yourself and an enemy is often a good practice. Avoiding dangerous situations, withdrawing to cover or fleeing when possible often can assure your safety, your very life. Left no option but to fight, it is often best to be aggressive and win quickly. But in order to utilize these safeguards, you must first be aware of your surroundings and weigh your options before it becomes necessary to employ them. You must see the threat before you can respond to it. You must have situational awareness.

Our politicians and press NEVER provide our People with situational awareness. They NEVER identify our worst enemy. Our politicians and press, therefore, can NEVER provide our People with a means of self defense from our enemy's aggression against us. This is because they are NOT our politicians or our press, but rather serve our enemy.

Untrained individuals often do not and cannot respond to an active threat. They often delude themselves that what is happening is not really happening, and they often deny themselves the right and ability to defend themselves. This can be a fatal flaw. Our enemy capitalizes on it.

Human beings are herd animals. They watch the herd to determine if a threat is present. If the scouts and watchman issue no warnings, the masses believe all is well and graze peacefully with no individual situational awareness. It is our job to be the watchers scanning the environment for threats and sounding the alarm.

The enemy has placed its agents in the official positions of the State and the controlled press. We have to develop credibility to serve in their place. The enemy knows this and places its stooges among our ranks to discredit us with false alarms, deadening the effect of real warnings of danger. The enemy is also engaging in psychological warfare by constantly pretending that every major event is faked by "crisis actors" making it impossible for the gullible to distinguish real facts even when they are carefully and persuasively presented to them. The enemy is not only reducing your individual situational awareness, but also your ability to rely on watchmen to warn you and call you to action.

Keep your eyes open on the internet. Constantly analyze what your would be watchmen are saying and doing, and try to understand why they might be saying and doing it. They may well be trying to deceive you into complacency, crippling fear or sympathy for your enemy.

Be aware that the enemy is controlling your alternative press. They have you hating and mistrusting your own People and instead glorifying and supporting those who are out to harm you. They have you saying to yourselves that none of this is really happening to you, that you have no right nor ability to defend yourself, and that the danger is so great that you are better off not even trying to defend yourself. The bad guys are winning because you do not understand or employ the principles of personal defense in a nonviolent philosophical and political sense.

In a future article, I will address the analogy of the caliber debate, and the endless arguments it inspires and how they are used for and against us.