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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

One day "Babes" program came to the Los Angeles area this past May 16th and 17th


There is no other infrastructure in the world like the Babes with Bullets (TM) program, where world champion women "handgunners" teach other women about guns. Never shot a gun? Never even held a gun? Scared of guns? Not to worry. Women and guns come together at the Babes with Bullets (TM) events without politics, or negative emotions and we overcome the fear. Bottom line is this one day program, similar to the three day "Babes" camp, is fun and yet powerful. It provides a life changing experience for women!

Prior to this day, I had shot a few guns one day at a range in Monterey, for about a hour. I tried a glock and a revolver, but hadn't gotten any sense for the size of a 22 vs a 9 mm, or a 40 or 44, how to load, unload, and I couldn't tell you how many shots I fired versus how many hit my target, how to hold a particular gun, how to place your fingers, how to stand, how to lean. In that one prior experience, I didn't know if I was hitting the target at all, and that was not an empowering experience. With the Babes, I got immediate and constant feedback and measure of my results, all throughout the day. I had five mystery shots, shots that didn't hit the target at all, and by the end of the day, my shots were consistently in tight group formations. My form was constantly corrected, and fine tuned. The more I learned, the more questions I had, the more I learned. Some of the conversation was about indoor vs outdoor ranges & lipstick (safe outdoors; not recommended indoors),and tools to use to aid in loading bullets into mags without getting callouses or blisters, and without wreaking your manicure, holsters that suit a woman better, that have the gun rest at your hip versus a man's waist. Other topics of conversation included guns and Consitutional law, yoga, posture, breathing, and personal responsibilty for one's safety. We'd have these great talks while we sat at the picnic table and loaded bullets into our magazines for our next rounds of firing.

Lisa Munson gave me some incredible instruction over the unique and customized features of her competition handguns, later in the day, and I had a great point of reference by then, to appreciate the features she specified when she ordered her customized guns.

For the last five years Babes with Bullets (TM) camps have been "SOLD OUT" across the country. They appreciate the continued efforts by many of the L.A. women who have continued to request a camp, however at this time that is not planned until after 2011. To meet their needs they offered a customized 8 hour/one day program, a condensed version of their normal three day camp. It was fun, empowering and very productive. I am signed up for the Babes With Bullets™ three day camp in Arizona in November. To learn more about Babes With Bullets™, and all of their programs, here's a link to their site: Babes With Bullets™

I posted pics of my experience at the one day camp I attended this past Sunday, May 17th on my Facebook page. Our instructor was Lisa Munson, and Debbie Ferns, our director, coach and inspiration. They, and all the assisting staff are all committed to supporting women to become knowledgeable, comfortable, confident and skilled with guns and having fun in the process.

It was a powerful experience. Incredible. I never imagined I could grow and learn so much in one day. Thank you Deb and Lisa and the gang. You're all fantastic! My heart aches for the women in my life, whom I love, for whom I wish they could experience the joy and exhilaration of your course. It is pure love. Hoo-rah!
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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