One of the most concerning things for law abiding gun owners who carry concealed firearms for self-defense is actually drawing that firearm in a defensive situation.
After all, whatever happens next, whether shots are fired or not, you will certainly be dealing with the police very shortly.
If you are forced to shoot a violent criminal to defend yourself or loved ones, will you be able to articulate what happened to the police afterward?
Will you be able to point out witnesses, protect key physical evidence, and document the scene effectively?
Should you even talk to the police at all after a shooting?
Of course, since Iowa doesn’t have a Stand-Your-Ground law at this time, if you were forced to shoot a criminal in a public location you’ll likely be facing criminal charges shortly.
Does your lawyer deal with this type of criminal defense work? If not, who would you call?
If you survive the initial attack and the criminal investigation and charges that follow – can you financially survive the civil suits that almost always follow? Even if you win the suit, will you be bankrupted in the process?
For many gun owners, all of these questions and more flash through their mind while trying to decide whether or not to draw a defensive firearm.
As a former police officer myself, I can tell you that during those crucial seconds before you are forced to draw a handgun to defend yourself, your thoughts should be focused on the threat, cover, and distance – not the questions listed above.
Learning how to effectively deal with the aftermath of a self-defense shooting is vital for all Iowans who carry a firearm for self-defense.
And while there are many shooting schools around the country that you can attend, these schools focus on one thing: shooting. While they certainly have their place, none of these schools will enable you to deal with the issues laid out above.
That’s why I’m very pleased to announce that the Iowa Gun Owners Foundation is bringing Massad Ayoob to West Des Moines to teach his 2-day course on the justifiable use of force this October 16-17!
Massad Ayoob’s qualifications in this field are second to none as he:
- Has been testifying as a use of force expert in the courtroom since 1979;
- Served 19 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and several years as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association;
- Taught for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and the International Homicide Investigators;
- Authored more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics;
- Published thousands of articles in GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner, and other publications, focusing on surviving that aftermath of a self-defense shooting.
Mr. Ayoob founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009, and now trains through the “Massad Ayoob Group.”
Having attended and graduated from Ayoob’s training classes, I can personally attest to the incredible depth of knowledge and passion he brings to the subject matter.
In fact, my training under Massad Ayoob for a week surpassed what I was taught about this subject matter over the course of almost a month in the police academy.
Simply put, there is no other class in the country like the one Massad Ayoob will be putting on in West Des Moines later on this year – and I really hope that you can attend.
There are dozens and dozens of trainers around Iowa of varying quality.
And there are many more companies from out of state that have set up shop in Iowa to take advantage of all the new permit holders that came about as a result of the ‘Shall Issue’ legislation – some of which are downright dubious.
None have the 30-plus years of experience in dealing with the aftermath of a self-defense shooting like Massad Ayoob does.
Attendees of this two-day, 20-hour immersion course will cover:
*** Rules of engagement for armed law-abiding private citizens, emphasizing legal issues, tactical issues, and aftermath management.
*** Interacting with suspects, witnesses, and responding police officers.
*** Threat recognition and mind-set.
*** Management of social and psychological aftermath after having had to use lethal force in defense of self or others.
*** Preparing beforehand for legal repercussions and minimizing exposure to them.
*** Self-defense tactical considerations in the home, at the place of business, or “on the street” will all be covered.
Graduates of this class will leave with a thorough understanding of all of these issues and more.
I simply can’t stress how important it is that gun owners in Iowa take advantage of this training, especially as we do not have Stand-Your-Ground law and we do have county prosecutors in parts of our state who are eager to prosecute innocent Iowans who are forced to defend themselves.
What you learn in this 2-day course may be the difference between whether you are charged after a self-defense shooting or not.
This training will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 16-17.
Class will start at 9:00am and go until 7pm and will be held at the West Des Moines City Hall located at 4200 Mills Civic Pkwy.
There are dozens of hotels and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the City Hall making it easy for you to secure lodging and meals throughout this event.
Seating is limited for this event and we’ve already filled 8 spots.
The cost for this 2-day school is $400 – a price you’ll wish you’d paid should you, unavoidably, get involved in a self-defense shooting and not know what to do or say in the aftermath.
Even better, as the Iowa Gun Owners Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, you’re registration fees are tax-deductible!
This school is going to fill up quickly. So please clear your calendar for these two days and get signed up right away.
Be sure to invite your family, friends and shooting buddies as well. Some of the people I met taking this training years ago are still some of my closest friends today.
You’re going to leave this training a different person, I can guarantee that.
This training is the best there is in this field and that’s why I’m so proud to be able to offer this to the members of Iowa Gun Owners.
Please don’t delay. When these seats are filled, they’re filled. So sign up right away!
Many of us spent countless hours on the range learning to shoot our handguns and we spend way more than we admit to our spouse on our carry firearms and assorted gear.
Make sure that you make this critical investment in knowledge and training so that you know exactly what to do if you’re ever forced to defend yourself or your family.
P.S. The Iowa Gun Owners Foundation is pleased to announce that we’re bringing nationally known self-defense expert Massad Ayoob to West Des Moines on Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, to teach his “Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement” class!
While there are many shooting schools in the country, Massad Ayoob is the only instructor who teaches the student what to do AFTER using a firearm in self-defense.
Massad Ayoob has been a use-of-force expert in courtrooms across America since 1979, has written thousands of articles in GUNS Magazine and American Handgunner, and has served 19 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers.
Having graduated myself from some of Massad Ayoob’s classes, I can personally assure you that you’ll not find training like this anywhere else.
Seating is limited for this class, first come first served.
Don’t forget, as the Iowa Gun Owners Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, you’re registration fees are tax-deductible!
(All attendees will need to provide proof that they’ve passed a criminal background check. A concealed carry permit or permit to purchase handguns may be the easiest option. For those who don’t have these permits, you’re county sheriff can easily print your criminal history off.)