Criminal Commands

When the Criminal Doesn't Obey your Commands

by Greg Ellifritz

It's a rewarding thing to watch my firearms students as they learn and progress. They start with safe gun handling skills, the basics of marksmanship, and learning when it is legally appropriate to shoot someone. If they continue training, they might learn more "tactical" or combative shooting skills. As their abilities improve, they might move on to more scenario oriented classes using role players armed with Simunition or airsoft guns.

First Aid & Self Defense

Should I Provide First Aid to the Attacker I Just Shot?

by Greg Ellifritz

I had an interesting question posed to me by a student in the Systems Collapse Medical Class I taught [recently] in Virginia. He asked me:

If I have to shoot a criminal in a gunfight, should I provide first aid before the paramedics arrive?

It’s a good question. I’m probably going to ruffle a few feathers with my answer, but I maintain that an armed citizen SHOULD NOT approach a suspect he just shot in order to provide first aid.

Home Intruder Sues

Home Intruder Sues Man Who Shot Him?

This is the sort of thing we warn people about. It sounds too incredible to be true, but this is proof that it happens.

Here's a story reported by CBS Affiliate KPIX 5 in San Francisco about a man who shoots a home intruder then gets hit with a civil lawsuit from the guy he shot.

Note: You'll have to sit through an advertisement before the news video begins.

Shooting Intruders

I’m going to kill anyone who breaks into my house!

by Greg Ellifritz

You hear noises in your house at night. Upon investigation, you find a drunk man you don't know sleeping on your couch. What do you do? Shoot the intruder?

No doubt many of you would make this decision. There isn't a week that goes by when I don't hear someone saying, "I don't care who it is. If I find somebody I don't know in my own house, I'm going to kill him."

Involuntary Trigger Squeeze

Beware the Involuntary Trigger Squeeze

You've probably read a story or two similar to this over the years ...

A police officer confronts a violent criminal. He pulls his gun and aims it at the suspect, ordering him to turn around and place his hands on his head. The suspect complies, but seconds later, the gun goes off and the suspect is shot in the back, killing him.

The officer claims it was an accident, but a prosecutor claims it was a cold-blooded execution. The officer is convicted for murder and the city is sued for millions of dollars.

Lethal Force Law

Lethal Force and the Law at the Great American Outdoor Show

by Kelly Young

Republished from American Rifleman.

Every 13 seconds in the United States a firearm is used in self-defense. And every time a firearm is used in self-defense, even just the brandishing of it, there will be an investigation.

Elect Sean Malone

Vote to Re-Elect Second Call Defense Founder Sean Maloney for NRA Board of Directors

Sean Maloney is seeking re-election to the NRA Board of Directors.

If you are an NRA voting member, you will receive your ballots soon. We ask that you VOTE TO RE-ELECT SEAN MALONEY.


To My Fellow Voting Members of the NRA,

My name is Sean Maloney, and I’m asking for your vote when you receive your ballot for the NRA Board of Directors election.

Castle Doctrine

Castle Doctrine and You

by Greg Ellifritz

Note: The author works in Ohio as a police officer. The laws in Ohio regarding self defense and matters related to Castle Doctrine may differ from those in your state.

Let’s talk a little bit about “Castle Doctrine.” In this case, the homeowner shot an intruder who was unarmed and may not have been a true lethal force threat. Despite the shooting of an unarmed man, the homeowner will likely not be criminally charged.

Here’s how it works:

Executive Actions

Obama's Executive Actions on Guns - What it Really Means

by Dean Rieck

After years of unsuccessful attempts to pass gun control laws, President Obama has chosen to do an end run around Congress with executive actions.

Sheepdogs vs. Porcupines

Newsflash for unarmed Americans: We gun owners don't carry for you

by Jeff Knox

This is an editorial dealing with the difficult issue of whether gun owners should intervene to stop a crime that does not directly involve personal self defense. While Second Call Defense believes this can only be decided on a case-by-case basis, we also think the point of view expressed in this article makes sense for most people with average firearm and self defense skills and training.