Will You Be A Victim Of A Terrorist Attack? And Why I’m Packing Again.

It’s been way too long since I’ve written a blog post and ever since this most recent terrorist attack at the Pulse night club in Orlando, I have felt a need to write and reach out.  Every single attack, whether it’s just a punk on a mission like the Aurora, CO theater shooter a few years ago or a full-on terrorist attack like the ones at San Bernardino or Orlando, it rattles us as a nation.  That’s the point:  to make us feel unsafe.

Are you unsafe when you venture outside your own home?  Hell yes you are!  As we teach in our concealed carry classes, the ONLY time you should feel 100% safe and let your guard down is when you are in your own home (and that’s even questionable these days).  Attacks can happen ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.  No, you may not be involved in a terror attack but you may still fall victim to rape, armed robbery, or just a good beating by a thug if you do not remain aware and vigilant.

Attacks like the one in Orlando, cause all of us to pause and question our own safety.  Terrorism in America and around the globe is on the rise, thanks to a weak president who apologizes every chance he gets for our way of life and who proclaims that these incidents are our fault.  Add to it the continued rise of groups like ISIS.  I used to think that groups like these didn’t exist on American soil – that it was a “middle-eastern thing”.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Several years ago, we took a class on Terrorist Incident Response.  Were my eyes opened!  Terrorist cells are here:  they are all around us.  Colorado alone is home to over 11 different varieties of terrorist groups – not just 11 cells – 11 varieties.  That’s just the documented “groups”, and does not include the numerous individuals who identify with thugs like ISIS.

Add to that, the fact that terrorists are now hitting “soft” targets:  places like night clubs, shopping centers, concerts, schools, and hometown sporting events.  Heck, it could even happen at your local Wal-Mart store.  Why?  Because there’s little- to no security at these places.  They can take out 10’s of people in one shooting event, gain notoriety for their group, please their “God” and their people, and simultaneously scare the living hell out of We The People of the United States.  As a nation, we can’t possibly police all of these smaller venues and events.  We simply don’t have the resources to have a cop posted on every corner, in every bar, at every hometown basketball game.  Even events like a small-town Ouray or Ridgway concert in the park draw a couple hundred people and make the perfect target for a terrorist.  Little to no security.  Everyone in the audience lulled by the music, the mountains, the alcohol, the friendships, and the general atmosphere of peace.  It’s the perfect recipe if you’re a terrorist.

Are you more likely to fall victim to a terrorist event now than you were 10 years ago?  Absolutely!  Are you likely to fall victim to a terrorist attack, like the one that just took place in Orlando?  Probably not, but do you know for sure?  I don’t – no one does.  I don’t know any more than you do where these crazies will hit next.  The fact is, they want us, as Americans, ALL dead.  That is their stated goal:  we are not worthy and we must all die.

So, are you more likely now than 10 years ago to fall victim to a terrorist attack?  Probably.  Do I want to take that chance that I am unable to defend myself and my loved ones?  Hell no!  What if just one or two people in that Orlando night club had been legally carrying a firearm?  How would the tables have been turned?  How many lives could have been saved?   The first time the shooter stopped to change magazines, what if a concealed-carry citizen had risen up and taken him out?  Two to the chest and one to the head.  Perhaps he would only have managed to murder five people instead of 49.

I’m going to let you in on a secret.  I am ashamed to admit that about 2 years ago, I stopped carrying my concealed firearm.  That’s right, the Queen of Western Slope Colorado Concealed Carry put her gun and holster in her dresser drawer.  We had moved back to my home state of Wisconsin and every time we turned around, there was a “no guns” sign.  It became a hassle to constantly disarm myself before walking into an establishment.  There were literally more places in which you couldn’t carry than in which you could carry (idiots!).  So I caved and I put my gun away, becoming just another one of the unarmed idiots walking around.

As of yesterday, however, I am packing once again.  These soft-target terrorist hits have scared the hell out of me once again and they should scare the hell out of you too!  Besides that, we’re back on our beloved Western Slope, where there are very few “no-guns” signs and people (mostly) believe in being prepared to defend themselves and their loved ones!  I refuse to be a victim of a terrorist (or any other) attack and will defend myself and my loved ones – to the death if necessary.

With soft-target terrorist hits on the rise, I strongly advise you to get and use your concealed carry license.  Please, don’t allow yourself to become a victim, a statistic, in a terrorist attack or any other kind of attack for that matter.  The job of the police is NOT to protect you, it’s to clean up after it happens.  It is your job and your job alone to protect yourself.

Where have you seen “No Guns” Signs?

It should read:  "Criminals welcome; no one here can fight back!"

It should read: “Criminals welcome; no one here can fight back!”

When you enter a business, how often do you notice the signage around the door?  If you’re a concealed handgun permit holder, you have to watch those little signs.  You have to check to see if there is a “no guns” sign posted.  If there is, you cannot legally enter the premises with your concealed handgun.  Even with a concealed handgun permit.


Moving back to Wisconsin from Colorado has really been an eye opener.  In Colorado, it was pretty rare to see a “no guns” sign on businesses.  Well, at least out on the Western Slope where we lived.  Wisconsin is a whole different ball game.  It seems that everywhere I go I see another sign chasing away legally-carrying handgun owners.


Whenever possible, I avoid these criminal-friendly zones.  They are criminal friendly because they are ripe for the picking by anyone who wants a hunting ground to do lots and lots of damage before they’re caught and before anyone can retaliate.  Behind every “no guns” sign is a business that states in no uncertain terms that:  “you are not allowed to defend yourself in here”.


Did you know that the Aurora, Colorado theater shooter drove by two other theaters on his way to the one he chose to mow people down?  The other two allowed their patrons to conceal-carry on the premises.  The one he chose in Aurora had a “no guns” sign.  No one to fight back.  No one that would be able to defend themselves.  He could get in a lot of shooting before the cops could arrive.


Whenever possible, I refuse to spend a dime in an establishment that posts a “no guns” sign.  I do have a right to defend myself from any predator that intends to do me or my loved ones harm and no business is going to tell me that I don’t have that right or can’t exercise that right.


Further, any business posting a “no guns” sign is ignorant.  Do they really think that a criminal is going to abide by the sign?  I could list 100 different examples of how they don’t.  They only people they’re preventing from coming into that business are the most law-abiding citizens.  Those who carry concealed handguns and the requisite permit must pass a very thorough background check.  Their record must be spotless.  Those with concealed handgun permits are not the bad guys!


I’ve decided to start a list of all the businesses that I see with “no guns” signs posted.  Here’s who I’ve found so far (in no particular order):


Costco, Sun Prairie, WI

Costco, Madison, WI

Applebees, Madison East

St. Vincent de Paul, Baraboo, WI

Restore, Baraboo, WI

Harbor Freight, Madison, WI


Let me know where you’re seeing these signs and I’ll keep updating the list.


Carrying a gun is sexy!

Proof positive that carrying a gun is sexy!

The beautiful and highly skilled women of Israel and Israel’s IDF.

Oh yes they do!



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Do you wonder why they don’t have mass shootings in Israel?     COULD IT BE BECAUSE EVERYONE IS CARRYING??

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”

~George Washington


How Can Women Conceal Carry? Let Me Count The Ways!

By 30CalGal

I only started handling handguns about 3 years ago. I was in the same boat most women are. Where do I begin? I was fortunate however to have started a part-time job at a gun range near Seattle called West Coast Armory. The range had an extensive collection of rental handguns and revolvers. Once I got felt comfortable with firearm safety and handling my next project was figuring out how to carry concealed. With that question comes the question of which gun is best for that as well. But that is an entirely different blog. My choice of gun may not be yours. For now I wanted to share with you my trial and errors of many many forms of carrying a gun concealed. Let’s face it. Women have different requirements than men when it comes to concealing. All of the women I know in this industry and those that I have met coming through the range still want to be feminine when dressing to conceal. Is this possible? Why yes it is.

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Sebastian County Woman To Intruders: “I’ll Blow Your Head Off”

An elderly Midland woman was injured Thursday night (Nov. 21) after fighting off a pair of home invaders, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.

Two men wearing ski masks, black gloves and camouflage clothing entered the woman’s home on Drake Loop near Highway 253 looking for prescription medication, according Sgt. Steve Cox. Authorities said the door to home was not locked.

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60 Year Old Woman Blows Away Two Young Punks Playing the Knock Out game

Beulah Montgomery, had just turned 60 the day before, when she was approached by 7 young punks playing Knock Out.  One of them hit her and a second was attempting to hit her, so she reached for her gun.  She fired 5 times and two of the young men fell down dead.  One was hit in the stomach and one in the chest.  The other five ran off after finding out their elderly victim was less than helpless.   Montgomery had been mugged before and started carrying a gun for protection.  The move paid off.

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Why you need to know more than just how to put bullets in your gun!

In Wisconsin, Concealed Carry Weapons holders only need to know the law, how to safely unload a gun, and a few other things in order to get their CCW permit.  It’s a shame.  If you are not responsible enough to go out and get further training, you are doing yourself an injustice.  Further, you may not be able to defend yourself and may get yourself into even more trouble without proper training.

This guy is proof positive.  Listen to what this cop has to say about pulling your gun:


Your Stories

From time to time, we share stories from our students and friends.  They may be actual attacks or close calls.

From Jodi M. of Wisconsin:
I think part of it is being aware of your surroundings. As a young woman I was coming home after bar time. I pulled into a drive way and when I started to get out of my car a tall man with long blond hair stood at the end of my driveway. I got back into my car and locked the door. He just stood there. Now this was long before I had a cell phone. So I started up my car, backed it up (towards him) he moved and I drove away. I drove around the block, parking a few houses away to observe. He was gone. Two weeks later a woman was raped one block over by someone of the same description. Ladies, keep your head up, look them in they eye and be aware of your surroundings.


Send us your stories!  Have you ever had to defend yourself? Have you ever been attacked?

Tell me about it! I am looking for stories about close calls and/or successful self-defense encounters.

Please share your story with us at survivalchicks@yahoo.com.