Friday, October 21, 2011
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I am a fan, BTW!!
Here are the NC Leaders:http://concealedcampus.org/state.php?sid=68
Please do what you can in helping to make us safer on campus. I know that no security officer on my campus carries a gun. The Dean will not allow it, according to the head of security. It will take an incident to make it happen, unfortunately.
Stay safe out there!!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
From Fox News:
Arkansas Committee OK's Allowing Concealed Guns in Churches ... AgainTuesday , February 10, 2009
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A legislative committee has once again passed a bill allowing concealed handguns in churches, after its sponsor amended her measure to make it more appealing to the full House. Rep. Beverly Pyle, R-Cedarville, amended her measure to remove a provision that would require churches to post a sign if they didn't want handguns on their property. Under the change, a church that opts out from allowing handguns could notify members any way it pleases — through a sign, an announcement during services or a notice in a church bulletin, for example. The House Judiciary Committee — which passed the measure last week — agreed to the amended version Tuesday. The bill now goes to the full House.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Hey, gang, sorry I have been lax in getting my butt in front of the computer. I have been busy.
As some of you are aware, I am still in the reserve. I am currently working as a firearms instructor, which is quite challenging for more reasons than one.
Teaching is an art. Some can do it, some can't. I realized that I am falling somewhere in between. So I wanted to find way that I can become a better instructor.
One thing I noticed is that if you can't break that information down in a manner that your students understand, you have already lost them. They get frustrated and flustered and don't learn anything. Patience is the key here. One thing thing that people don't seem to understand is time. We are all guilty of losing track of time. I do my best to get things done in a timely manner, but some days there does not seem to be enough time in the world.
You wonder where I am going with this....give me a second.
We are sorely pressed for time during our drill weekends, especially on Sunday. We have to teach a class, get them out to the range and get them qualified in a brief period before they have to catch their flights home (there are still members commuting from Milwaukee).
So how do you teach someone effectively in the short span of a few hours? Good question.
I learned this past weekend that you can teach effectively by sticking with the basics. Don't try to start putting your own spin on the lesson plan. Stay with the talking points. If there is time later, then go ahead and give out the g-whiz stuff. It is far more important to get the fundamentals down and work on the mechanics than it is to tell people about tactics in our case. While a little stuff about how to survive in combat is great, it is wasted on students that only come to class on pistol and rifle every three years.
Now, a little about how to get the point across. I noticed that students were making mistakes in class, even though I had specifically mentioned how important it was to not do something. So I rolled that into the teaching of the lesson. It helps sometimes if people actually see what will happen if they make a mistake as long as we are in the classroom. It sinks in better when that happens.
One thing to understand is that every student learns differently. Some people just do not listen. Your voice will NOT register. So keeping this in mind is important. I am a hands on person. Some folks can watch someone do something once and have it down perfect. I need repetition. Reinforcement.
Looking at all of this from a civilian perspective, I do not teach civilians the way we teach in the military. I think that sometimes we try too hard to lump folks together and they get lost in the shuffle. I want every student to feel like they left my class having learned something and that it was not a complete waste of time.
Bottom line, don't make it another check in the block for someone. Take the time you have and make the training effective.