If You Don’t Arm Yourself, You Harm Yourself – Podcast 451

On the 451st episode of the Black Man With A Gun Podcast I resurrect a line I once said to a group of new gun owners. The first part of that mantra is also the title of a song by patriot musician Jordan Page.Jordan page This dude is awesome.  In light of the recent terrorist incident in France, I decided to remind you about the cycle of operation in a terrorist attack in hopes you can make a difference as a first responder.  There are a lot of ignorant people around but thankfully none follow me.  Thanks for being here. MJ Woodland shares a training tip about dry firing.

Jordan Page allows me to share his hard hitting patriot rock for you.  Check out the lyrics to the song:

ARM YOURSELVES – Jordan Page © 2012

Friends we gather round together
Holding tight our faith & guns
But in this room I feel something greater than ourselves
Now listen everyone

Arms yourselves for the hammer’s crashing down
Arm yourselves all ye citizens
Arm yourselves with the ghost of a risen son
And lay your armor on
There’s no time left, the day has come

Some men say they won’t be taken
From my cold dead hands my dear
Some men live as slaves to their ignorance
But now the truth’s becoming clear, to

Arm yourselves for the hammer’s crashing down
Arm yourselves all ye citizens
Arm yourselves to the teeth
And prepare your eyes for blood I do believe
The passive man won’t live to grieve

There are birds of prey in the skies with murder in their eyes
Far below our armies crash
As choirs sing Hallelujah
Force multiplies in the street like symphonies of pain
Can you hear the violins(ence) play
As children sing Hallelujah?

Arm yourselves little lambs for the culling is at hand
And the wolves have come to dinner
I can hear them at my door, they say:
“Come celebrate little slave before you dig your grave
Pick your poison, drink it slowly”
But I say no more

Arm yourselves for the veil has fallen down
Arm yourselves all ye sovereigns
Arm yourselves with the truth and believe
The stage is set, and I foresee a sold out show
Begin Act Three…

Michael J. Woodland talks to us about dry firing.


In these new and challenging times, we as citizens have a duty to help protect our communities. You can help provide safety and security in your area by remaining vigilant and reporting unusual behavior or events immediately.

I have eight signs of terrorism that may help detect potential terrorist acts. Indicators of a potential event may occur weeks, months or even years apart. Documenting details of events or behaviors witnessed is important, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.

1. Surveillance

Terrorists will likely observe a chosen target during the planning phase of an operation. They do this to determine the strengths, weaknesses and number of emergency personnel that may respond to an incident. Suspicious actions during this phase may include someone recording or monitoring activities, drawing diagrams or making notes on maps, using vision-enhancing devices, or having possession of floor plans or blue prints of places such as high-tech firms, financial institutions, or government facilities, including military installations. Routes to and from the target are also usually established during the surveillance phase.

2. Inquiries

A second sign, inquiries, entails attempting to gain information about a place, person, or operation pertaining to the target. Terrorists may attempt to elicit information about a critical infrastructure such as a power plant, water reservoir, maritime port, military base, bridge or tunnel by making unusual inquiries. They may inquire about usage and operations. Additionally, they may attempt to place people in legitimate employment at key locations to monitor day-to-day activities and gather detailed knowledge in order to make their mission or scheme more effective.

3. Tests of Security

Terrorists may also test a target’s security to gather data. To do this, they may drive by the target, moving into sensitive areas and observing security or law enforcement response. They are likely assessing how long before personnel respond to a security breech or the routes responders take to a specific location. Terrorists may also attempt to penetrate physical security barriers or procedures in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.

4. Fundraising

Although this is a tough sign to pick up on, it is one of the most important. Without funding, terrorist activity will come to a dramatic halt. Terrorists are very creative in raising, transferring, and spending money they come in contact with. Some scenarios to look for include: (1) credit card fraud, (2) defrauding the elderly, (3) people asking for donations to legitimate organizations but in peculiar ways, and (4) very large amounts of cash used in business transactions.

5. Acquiring Supplies

Terrorists may purchase or steal explosives, weapons, ammunition, or attempt to store harmful chemical equipment. In order to gain easier entrance to a secured area, they may also try to acquire uniforms, equipment or identification of first responders, including military personnel. Other items they may try to obtain include flight passes, flight manuals, passports or other pieces of identification. If they are unable to steal these types of things, they may attempt to create counterfeit copies.

6. Suspicious/Out-Of-Place Behavior

Profiling individuals is wrong, however, profiling behaviors may indicate suspicious behavior. Sometimes suspicious people just “don’t belong” or a behavior seems out of place. This may include a person in a workplace, building, neighborhood or business establishment that does not fit in because of demeanor, language usage or unusual questions they ask.

7. Dry Runs

Before executing the final operation or plan, terrorists may engage in a practice session, or “dry run,” to work out flaws or unanticipated problems. Although they normal conduct multiple practice sessions at or near the target area, a “dry run” may be the heart of the planning stage of a terrorist act. During a “dry run,” terrorists may monitor police radio frequencies and record emergency response times.

8. Deploying Assets/Getting Into Position

The deploying assets or getting into position stage is an individual’s last chance to alert authorities before the terrorist act occurs.


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If you don’t arm yourself, you harm yourself. – Kenn Blanchard


Remembering the victims, families and friends in France during this time of grief.


Que Dieu vous bénisse frères et sœurs


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