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American Sheepdog Online CCW Resource Magazine - Keep your Merry Christmas White by staying in Yellow
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    “The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.”

    ―Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle

  • Keep your Merry Christmas White by staying in Yellow

    I doubt that anyone needs a reminder that Christmas is only a few weeks away. While children should have sugar plums dancing in their heads, you and I, my fellow sheepdogs, need to have other thoughts in ours. Somewhere in the mix of shopping, wrapping, traveling, cooking, parties, and working to pay for it all, we have to remember that the wolves are "shopping" too. The wolves are looking for easy prey. The wolves are looking for shoppers who are distracted, over-burdened with packages, and tired. This is when you need to be in Condition Yellow.

    Before leaving your home to head into the wilds, often referred to as a mall, you need to have a plan. What are you going to wear? How are you going to carry concealed? Have you tested you carry method with your required clothing? I'm lucky, I live in south Texas. Today the low was 49 degrees, the high was 74 degrees. With the exception of a light jacket, which replaces my vest, I can carry in the same manner year-around. (If using my SmartCarry I don't even need a cover garment.) All you folks north of the Red River don't have that luxury. If it's 30 degrees with a windchill and you're wearing gloves and a heavy jacket how do you plan on getting to your firearm?

    Think about where you are going to spend your hard earned money. Is your mall a GFZ? If it is, are you willing to mingle with the sheep and the wolves while you leave yourself defenseless? Who is going with you? Two sets of eyes are better at spotting predators than one. Also the wolves, being cowards, would rather have a lone victim. You have strength in numbers. While carrying packages avoid having both arms full. This is where your friend can come in handy. If you do find yourself with a large quantity of packages don't try to carry everything at once. Most department stores have a package pickup area where your friend can wait with an employee and your packages while you get your vehicle.

    When going to your vehicle be watchful for people who look out of place. (Note: It is always best to travel in pairs. You should only travel alone if it is unavoidable. You may want to carry fewer items and make more trips.) People who are milling about, looking around or looking into vehicles, and who don't have any packages should be avoided. I would even call mall security and request an escort if available. Have your keys in your hand while walking. You don't want to be digging in your pocket or purse while standing next to your vehicle. My keys have pepper spray attached. ( www.spitfire.us ) If your keys have a panic button on them you can call attention to yourself with your vehicles lights and horn should it become necessary. Look in the back seat prior to getting in your vehicle for signs of tampering or someone hiding. Use the reflection from your vehicle's windows to watch behind you when getting in. Once inside immediately lock the doors. Don't open your windows for anyone who "needs directions" or whose "car won't start." The wolves are a creative bunch.

    When loading packages in your vehicle place them in the trunk if you can. Most SUVs or similar vehicles usually have a screen to keep your packages out of sight. Once your vehicle is loaded with your packages, friend, and you, lock the doors. While leaving your shopping center make note of any vehicles that leave when you do. Watch to see that you are not being followed.

    You may be thinking that once you are safely home you can return to Condition White. Not quite yet. You still have to get your packages from your vehicle and into your home. Many folks are actually robbed in their driveways by thiefs who followed them home.

    When I was a kid it was common to see Christmas trees in the front window of people's homes with presents spread around them. While a great memory of Christmas' past you shouldn't do that today. No one should be able to see into your home at any time of the year, and specially not at Christmas. Don't open your door for solicitors either. The guy or gal who is supposedly collecting for "less fortunate children" could actually be window shopping to see what's worth stealing in your home. If you want to help the less fortunate you can find a suitable charity on the internet.

    I hope that you and your family have a Merry White Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

    Sgt T
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. rkbartley's Avatar
      rkbartley -
      Great reminder. Thank you, Sgt T!
    1. Rossi's Avatar
      Rossi -
      Always a good reminder at Christmas.

      The Hard Left would be hysterical, but at the risk of becoming an Enemy Of The State, I admit to statistical profiling. A black male wandering around with no packages in a mostly white area mall draws my Yellow Plus alert.

      I am sorry, but 16% of a population committing over 70% of the crime is a reality they must face.

      My problem area is after the holidays..... I have caught myself drifting.......

      Rossi
    1. Decline's Avatar
      Decline -
      Great post Sgt T!
    1. NWFFT's Avatar
      NWFFT -
      Thanks for the excellent reminder. Many good thoughts about different situations!!
    1. mmszbi's Avatar
      mmszbi -
      Scott, well timed article. Thank you!
    1. dnola's Avatar
      dnola -
      A great post that hits the spot at this time of year. It's unfortunate that the worms come out as the weather gets colder!

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