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Ready or Not…

On Saturday, September 21, a group of Islamic militants entered the Westgate Shopping Center in Nairobi, Kenya, and opened fire. It is being reported that 71 people (the number may reach two to three times that once the investigation concludes), including many women and children, were murdered by this gang of evil, soulless bastards. Countless others were held hostage and terrorized by these cowards for FOUR days until the police and military were finally able to “neutralize” the threats. The military brought in RPG’s and took columns of the building out, collapsing the roof in on the hardened position the terrorists occupied. It’s safe to assume hostages were killed, as well, due to that action.

Ten of the savages were taken into custody.

The Daily Mail is reporting that during the siege, victims were hung from hooks and tortured by having eyes gouged out, fingers removed and castration. Children’s bodies were found in refrigerators with knives still embedded.

The Kenyan police and military responded quickly and ran to the sound of the guns. Their bravery is without question, but, as is usually the case in such events, it was too little, too late for the victims.

Initial reports indicate that one or more of the vermin were Somali expatriates who were US citizens, most likely from the Minnesota area. For those unfamiliar, Minnesota has a dense Somali population, and is expected of being a source of volunteers, funds and training for terrorist groups around the world (source stories here and here and here). That this hasn’t happened yet in the US is nothing short of a miracle.

The reality is that there is very little that can be done to stop such an attack. A small group which limits their electronic communications can plan and execute an attack with very limited resources. But, they can be shut down in the opening seconds/minutes by even a few armed and trained citizens willing to return accurate fire. The body count and damage to the lives of the innocent can be held to a minimum if good people on scene respond with swift and brutal force.

However, we have to have the tools on our person to accomplish that goal. This will be a come as you are affair! There will not be time to run out to your car and get your gun. There will not be time to don that “awesome” tactical vest and body armor you bought on eBay. That medical kit in your closet at home will be of no use.

If it’s not on your person, you don’t have it.

There will not be time to apply for a carry permit, there will not be time for “warm up” shots, and you will not get a “walk through” of each stage. 911 will not save you. Neither will Joe Biden and his magic shotgun.

You are on your own – the weapons you have and the training you’ve received are it.

Frank EDC

Some may ask, “But what if the mall, church, school, or business has a sign up that says ‘No weapons’?” My response: I notice they never have a sign under it saying “And we guaranty your safety!”

If one believes such signs deserve the respect of the honest, trained citizen defender, then leave your guns in the car. If you don’t, then go forth boldly armed. But, we must remember, as with all things in life, there are consequences for everything we do. Ignoring a “gun free zone” sign assumes risk, just as entering one unarmed assumes risk. Personally, I’m constantly amazed at those who are more concerned about obeying a sign than they are about their own death.

I’m not suggesting anyone break the law. My argument is the Doctrine of Competing Harms. I’m suggesting that we cannot allow ourselves or our families to be taken hostage, and we cannot allow ourselves to be moved to a secondary location. The time to fight when such threats arise is immediately! The longer we allow the fight to go on, the more damage we incur and the greater our chances of injury or death. Initiative must be seized, and firearms give us that advantage.

In case no one has noticed, we are at war. Not just with Muslim extremists, but with the Earth itself. The world is a dangerous place and it always has been – full of predators and constant dangers. Those who do not recognize that fact do so at their own peril. And along with that, I think the people who legislate such dreck as “weapon free zones” should be tried for crimes against nature. Denying a human being a means of defense is immoral and inexcusable! It’s a complete denial of the Laws of Nature.

For those who wallow in ignorance and believe nothing evil will never happen here, there is nothing we can do for you. Continue to blindly go about your business, but stay out of our way! The rest of us will be re-double our training and preparedness efforts. Kenya is a test run for a future attack on US soil – only fools think otherwise…and I’ll put money on it happening in “gun free zone”.

Ready or not, here it comes.

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31 Responses to Ready or Not…

  1. TK October 2, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    So true. If you’re not willing to ignore gun free zones, then stay home. If those bastards are gonna get me or mine, they’re gonna earn it. No easy day on my watch.

    • Frank Sharpe October 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

      I like the way you think.

    • ArmedNerd October 4, 2013 at 11:14 am #

      In NC, you ignore a gun free zone sign you are committing armed trespass which means you are a felon. I’m of more value protecting my family outside of a prison cell. Plus, even after I get out, I’ll never be able to own a gun again. How would you feel if you carried into a mall that was posted, bent over, exposed your gun, got thrown in jail and then when you get out you are eating at a McDonald’s where you could have carried, but now you can’t, and some mad man busts in and shoots your family dead. Was it still worth it? I say, avoid posted places as much as possible, have the gun in the car, and train in unarmed combat, because no one can outlaw your hands.

      IF no gun signs have no force of law in your state, look at it, laugh, and carry on.

      • TK October 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

        Concealed means concealed. The only time someone is going to know that I have a gun whether I’m in a gun free zone or not is if I’m forced to use it, and if I’m forced to use it to defend my life or the life of my children, I’m perfectly ok accepting the potential consequences. Your mileage may vary.

  2. Mike McMan October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Great writeup. More and more people should consnider re-thinking their carry choices due to the state of the world.

    Could you give readers an EDC breakdown – specifically the contents of the med kit and the gear in the middle? It looks like a solid setup.



    • Frank Sharpe October 2, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      -M&P full-size in Comptac Minotaur.
      -M&P Compact in Raven Vanguard II.
      -Comptac spare mag carrier.

      -All three magazines charged with Corbon DPX.

      -Fox OC Spray.

      -Left and right Emerson CQC-10 knives.

      -Flashlight is a Firstlight Tomahawk L2.

      -Med kit is an Israeli Battle dressing, French 30 nasal catheter, and a 14ga angiocath (for treatment of a tension pneumothorax. It wrapped with three pieces of medical tape which may be used with the bandage package to create a flutter valve/Asherman chest shield.

      -TQ is a CAT.

      This set up is different everyday depending on dress and location (airplane, etc…) Flashlight and guns often vary, and I have a single LED light on my keys, as well.

  3. Joey Dussel October 2, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Is that an EDC load in the picture?

  4. Jon Dufresne October 2, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I agree with every word written. Great write up Frank! Thank you for the eye opener!

  5. Jake October 2, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who carries a TQ. Nice job Frank. Wish there was a way to wake up the masses.

    • Frank Sharpe October 2, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      We don’t need the masses, just enough good armed people on site when the next one happens.

      …and should there be, and they “drive them off the beach back into the ocean”, we may just get some of those masses on our side.

      • Jake October 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

        Good point.

  6. Brenda October 2, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Wow, thanks for the post, 100% agree with all of the warnings!

  7. 100atr October 2, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Pucker Values going up!?

  8. Robbie October 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Excellent write up Frank. I talk about this stuff over and over when I am teaching active shooter response and I am still amazed at the number of cops that won’t buy into this either. They just don’t want to believe that Beslan was a trial run and so was this latest one in Kenya. There is no doubt in my mind that it is coming here and it’s coming soon.

  9. Joseph October 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    Most “No Weapons Allowed” signs are just store policy; not a Law. They can just ask you to leave.

    • Frank Sharpe October 2, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

      That all depends on the state. Texas has a harsher penalty, so do others.

      • Rudy October 3, 2013 at 8:35 am #

        You can ignore most signs that say “no guns” in Texas. A person with a CHL that is in violation has a defense that the establishment did not post the proper signage, as required by the Government Code section 411.204.

      • Rudy October 3, 2013 at 8:37 am #

        “The sign required under Subsections (a) and (b) must
        give notice in both English and Spanish that it is unlawful for a
        person licensed under this subchapter to carry a handgun on the
        premises. The sign must appear in contrasting colors with block
        letters at least one inch in height and must include on its face the
        number “51” printed in solid red at least five inches in height.
        The sign shall be displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible
        to the public.” See Texas Government Code § 411.204 (c)

      • Rudy October 3, 2013 at 8:40 am #

        If, however, the owner verbally states that you cannot carry on his property, then you must leave. But that’s assuming that he even notices that you are carrying in the first place, which is not likely at all.

    • Prairie Patriot October 3, 2013 at 7:55 am #

      Missouri is this way. It’s not a criminal act according to the written law.

      • Digital (@Emyst) October 4, 2013 at 10:06 am #

        Thats not true… In any state they get you under trespass law. The owner or manager just has to say leave one time and then he or she can call 911 and file a trespass order.

        No one has more rights than the owner of the business or the owner of that land other than the Gov.

        But your wrong about the law in Missouri….. Hell your Boss can tell you no even in a work car…
        better check out 571-107 section 15

        (15) Any private property whose owner has posted the premises as being off-limits to concealed firearms by means of one or more signs displayed in a conspicuous place of a minimum size of eleven inches by fourteen inches with the writing thereon in letters of not less than one inch. The owner, business or commercial lessee, manager of a private business enterprise, or any other organization, entity, or person may prohibit persons holding a concealed carry endorsement from carrying concealed firearms on the premises and may prohibit employees, not authorized by the employer, holding a concealed carry endorsement from carrying concealed firearms on the property of the employer. If the building or the premises are open to the public, the employer of the business enterprise shall post signs on or about the premises if carrying a concealed firearm is prohibited. Possession of a firearm in a vehicle on the premises shall not be a criminal offense so long as the firearm is not removed from the vehicle or brandished while the vehicle is on the premises. An employer may prohibit employees or other persons holding a concealed carry endorsement from carrying a concealed firearm in vehicles owned by the employer;

    • Digital (@Emyst) October 4, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Your wrong also… Jesus did anyone stay awake in class…. First off its Private Property… so how would you have more rights than the owner?

      Most states have provisions for it directly and indirectly. They can tell you to leave for any reason they want and if you don’t then its trespassing and some states will kick it up to criminal if you are packing. If your instructor did not warn you then he is a idiot.

  10. Cincy Brian October 3, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    I spend as little time as possible in Criminal Protection Zones to begin with. They don’t want “our kind” there, we should spend our money with competitors that do.

  11. Don October 3, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    I ignor no gun signs with prejudice (except work, i do like my job). Fuck them!

  12. Ken October 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    There are sheep and then there are sheep dogs. I prefer the K9. I just got my CHL, and I’m a bit nervous about carrying it at the mall, but plan on it soon.

    • Sixgun407 (@Sixgun407) October 4, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      You should be nervous about NOT carrying! Believe me, before long, you’ll feel naked without that “weight” on your belt.

  13. Digital (@Emyst) October 4, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    So we have the right to bear arms but not the right to say no arms on our property…

    Like in the case with chuck e cheese where some idiot posts a video of himself crying because they do not want a gun there. Then smarty pants admits to breaking it and going in armed.

    If you can not handle going into a building without a gun then why would you risk a legal bitchslap to break it? In America can’t I post a sign on my front door that states all females must be topless to enter my house if I want too? Now wouldn’t it be their right to go to someone else house and not mine because of it… yes… The more people push buttons the more places will ban them. I mean how many times did starbucks have to say we don’t want your special day…

    People better brush up on their law… some states it can be criminal trespass and some can be worse. Most states have a moral clause built into the ccw law that will allow the state to yank it just for that.

    God maybe I need to invent a bullet proof bubble for scared people to live in…. People already don’t see that most of America is not on your side and openly makes fun of people like this.

    • Frank Sharpe October 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

      You’re missing the point, and using non-applicable examples to make yours.

  14. A2Stippling (@A2Stippling) October 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    EDC here in Illinois consists of knives and gum…no guns for us yet 🙂

    That is one of the more “robust” EDC packages I have seen – don’t think that would fit in a pair of Levis and button down. Are you “dressing around the gun” or “dressing to defend an objective” with that kit? Different strokes for different folks.

    • Frank Sharpe October 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      We carry what we think we need, and we find a way to do it.

      And either one is serious about it, or one isn’t. Simple as that.

  15. Ken October 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    Digital; I doubt that most of America is against us, but I live in Texas. I really could care less what you or anyone else thinks about me CC. I’ll guarantee it’s coming so get ready. I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
    I’m too young to die, and too old to take an ass whippin