Van sensei: I have managed to arrange my schedule to work in the above mentioned course being taught in my area. It meets one night a week, three hours, for 12 weeks, and includes three full Sundays on the range (including one after dark) plus one evening in the local woods and one in a derelict building. An additional Sunday to complete the IDPA Classifier is optional.
If last night's class is indicative of things to come, the next few months will be really educational. The class of 19 is made up of a good cross section of people, including an ER physician and a lawyer. In addition to the fee, the other requirement of participation is a current and valid concealed carry permit to verify that all are law abiding citizens (who have had an FBI background check).
If you are interesred, I'll fax the schedule for your comments. My email is UechiRich@aol.com
if you want to send me a fax #.
For thought, here is something from yesterday's discussion on the mindset of decent people versus criminals. I do not have the reference for this:
"DECENT PEOPLE AND PREDATORY CRIMINALS - ITS ALL A MATTER OF CONDITIONING...
Decent people are conditioned from childhood on, that force is not to be used against other people, except as a last resort when defending oneself.
Decent people are conditioned to use explanation, discussion and negotiation as tools for dispute resolution.
Decent people are conditioned to believe that theft is morally wrong, and that if one is to acquire something of value, one must find an appropriate way to earn or purchase it.
Decent people are conditioned from adolescence that rape is not an acceptable form of sexual gratification, exercise of power, or method of communication.
Decent people are conditioned to think that it is important to keep one's word or promise once given, and that a deal is a deal.
ON THE OTHER HAND...
Predatory criminals are conditioned from childhood in many cases that force and violence are perfectly acceptable ways of getting what they want. They have no problem resorting to unprovoked violence to further their ends. Those not physically impressive enough to practice violence at a high level have learned to substitute treachery for force.
Predatory criminals are conditioned to believe that attempts to explain, negotiate, reason, discuss or compromise are pathetic and weak.
Predatory criminals learn very early on in life that theft of another person's property is a perfectly reasonable way to acquire nice things, and that only 'chumps' work to earn property.
Predatory criminals view rape as a completely acceptable form of sexual or power gratification, and have no moral constraints with regard to this crime. Some refer to acts of rape as 'dates' or 'doing their thing'.
Predatory criminals have learned to do or say anything in the moment that will convince their intended victim to cooperate with them. Unfortunately, they have no problem with breaking their word once given, as in 'If you come with me into the woods and don't scream, I won't hurt you.'
Words to consider.