What a week.

What a future.

The last few days have been tumultuous at best.  One of the biggest “tests” we have encountered is the vague, and often contradictory, “orders” coming from the public health departments and Governor Newsom himself.

(Note to state officials:  In the event you are going to issue an order, have it posted on your website simultaneously to your Twitter feed presentation… don’t post it 20 minutes after you are done talking about it!)

Language is important, not only to communicate ideas, but also to clearly outline responsibilities asked of those reading it.  

When I was studying foreign policy in college, I was surprised to learn the majority of international treaties tend to be drafted in French, even when the two parties signing the treaty are not Francophone countries.  When I asked my professor why, he smiled and said the French language is so vague and ambiguous that a document drafted in French could be subsequently interpreted any way a party wished it to be.

Cest le vie!

There is a time for the imperfection of linguistic directives… and then there is this time.

That all said (hopefully with some degree of precision), I want to be completely, perfectly, eloquently specific in what I am about to tell you:  YOU NEED TO BE TRAINING!

(If you have arrived here from our newsletter, continue reading here…)

We promise to keep our doors open until the very, very end.  The services we provide the community are literally essential both under federal law, as well as local public safety.  You may have seen my missives over the last couple of weeks talking about the sheer number of first-time gun buyers nationwide.  

There is a potential public safety crisis, and by extension a political crisis, that threatens to manifest if we are not extremely proactive in our training.

Honestly, I am not particularly concerned with COVID 19.  My personal feelings are somewhat stoic on the subject.  From the data I have seen… and, candidly, I am not a scientist… there does not seem to be the level of lethality associated with this virus that currently exists with other dangers in our society.  

We have never shut down our economy on the pretext that driving deaths can only be avoided if people stay home and don’t commute to work.  Still, for a number far smaller than motor-vehicle deaths, we have sacrificed our economy.

When the contradictory edicts from the Orange County Health Department came out, we were left flummoxed.  These are not stupid people.  They must have taken, at one point, an economics class, did they not?  Did they not learn that for every action there will be, by definition, unintended consequences?

How many more incidents of domestic violence occurred over the last week due to both parties being “stuck at home”?  How many incidents of stress-related heart conditions were exacerbated due to these orders?

How vulnerable, on a national level, have we made ourselves appear to our nation’s enemies as a result of our actions?  Note to our future enemies:  You don’t need to bomb us, or send in shock troops, just have us freeze in place and have us destroy ourselves by having a few of your sick soldiers go to Disneyland for a few days.

Going back to my biggest concern though, a freshly-armed populace who has no training.  In fact, many of these new gun owners have been ardent supporters of gun control and have a visceral fear of their firearms.  The potential for at-home, negligent discharges are at the highest level I have ever seen and something must be done.

I will ask you, as I asked last week… go out and be clarions for safety.  Advocate for the Bill of Rights, but do so with an understanding that responsibility is the first and foremost need.  Tell these people to train.  We don’t care where they go to get their training, we just beg… tell them to just seek out professional training at whatever costs.

Last week I made a series of videos (somewhat amateurish, but time was of the essence) and we put them on our website at artemishq.com and Youtube Channel.. we will post more soon but, at the very least, have them watch them, and watch them with them!  Be there to answer questions… and, above all… train constantly, consistently, repeatedly, and with purpose.

We will persevere!

Comments (7)

  • Karen Markley Reply

    well said. When I suggest a conspiracy, I am met with icy stares. This needs to end and life needs to go on. I will watch your videos. I am a semi-trained gun owner but need to get in to the daily practice habit. What better place than at home! Thank you for your sanity!

    03/25/2020 at 07:57
  • Ron Okada Reply

    There has been an overwhelming surge in the purchases of firearms by first time gun owners, can you comment or give some advice to these people. Are you seeing a surge in basic firearm classes? Many of these people have never fired a gun and yet they feel the need to “protect themselves“, and we know this could be a dangerous situation.Thank you Steve for your essential services!

    03/25/2020 at 08:05
    • Artemis020113 Reply

      Yes, we are as quickly as we can to develop basic firearms safety/training videos. You can send new gun owners to our website under Library… where we will hold our free training videos.

      03/25/2020 at 08:25
  • David Weaver Reply

    I’m an RN and I’ve been saying the same thing all along. Every year the flu hits us. As of February 21st (the last CDC update I could find), for the 2019-2020 flu season we have had 16,000 deaths and some 260,000+ hospitalizations from the flu. The media? Silent. No panic, no fueling hysteria, no shutdowns. Nothing. But even whisper anything about that on social media and I’m guaranteed to receive a barrage of insults.

    03/25/2020 at 08:37
  • Jim Riggs Reply

    It seems that even the liberal anti-gunners are realizing their government can’t or will not protect them from the predators that tend to suddenly appear out of the dark and arms length. Fear and panic always result in bad decision making particularly by the ill informed and short-sided. Having a firearm without being trained to properly deploy it is not only dangerous but stupid. From Washington to City Hall the very fabric of our country is under siege. Hoarding toilet paper, huddling in the dark and hoping the Death Angel will pass over your house isn’t the way of the warrior or even the average American. I’m a very senior citizen and a veteran. I’ve lived through some really tough times in this country, tougher by far than what we’re seeing now, and I never thought I’d see the day when Americans would be goaded by a few idiots using the public media, into such a panic as to become self destructive.
    If you have a gun and don’t train you’re just part of the problem.

    03/25/2020 at 11:06
  • Mark StPierre Reply

    This whole reaction to the Covid-19 virus is politically correctness only. More people die of the flu, or automobile accidents every year. In this day and age, because of worldwide social media scrutiny, country leaders are almost forced to do what is collectively seen as “the right thing”. President Trump sees a crumbling economy something that will harm ALL Americans way more than a virus, which will infect only certain Americans, and not with a deadly force for all humans affected, unlike a country’s economy screeching to a halt.

    03/25/2020 at 12:48
  • Bill Farone Reply

    According to CDC data the annual “flu” causes 12,000 to 61,000 deaths (the largest value from 2017-2018) for 9,300,000 to 45,000,000 infected US citizens per year. I have pushed both the newspapers and the State sites (by emails) to make the comparison to reduce the panic. No reply of course. They like these “disasters” that put them in control. COVID-19 is not negligible but appears to be at the level of what society accepts as “normal risks”.

    03/27/2020 at 11:37

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