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'Good Guy With a Gun' Stories Are a Lot Less Common Than the NRA Wants You to Believe

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Every time there's a mass shooting, it ignites the debate about whether guns make us more or less safe. And even though the NRA has been surprisingly silent since the Charleston massacre, they have plenty of surrogates running the virtues of the 'armed citizen' up the rhetorical flagpole

Learning Self Defense With 'Hawaii Five-0's' Alex O'Loughlin

Denby Fawcett | Posted 05.13.2015 | Hawaii
Denby Fawcett

O'Loughlin knows self-defense. When "Hawaii Five-0″ is not in production, Inoue said O'Loughlin comes to the gym to work out with him almost every day. O'Loughlin is a four-stripe blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu.

In a Culture of Rape, How Can We Not Insist That Women Learn Self-Defense?

Avital Zeisler | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women
Avital Zeisler

Today's culture is arguably one where rape and sexual assault are supported by societal norms of male aggression and female weakness. For a very long ...

A Solution to Street Violence Can Be Found in Martial Arts, Yoga and Meditation

Gary Snyder | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Gary Snyder

Every few weeks, it seems, there's a new example of street violence that jumps to front and center of the national media and sparks another round of c...

Women and Self-Defense

Miri Ben-Ari | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Miri Ben-Ari

As International Women's day approaches, here is my conversation with Karl Romain on this subject with some insights for the ladies out there that would like to be able to defend themselves...

After Attacks, European Rabbis Train In Self-Defense

AP | KAREL JANICEK | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion

PRAGUE (AP) — Rabbis from European countries gathered in Prague Tuesday for training in self-defense and first aid in response to a wave of attacks ...

Why Colleges Should Pay More Attention to the Quality of Self-Defense Training

Meg Stone | Posted 03.16.2015 | College
Meg Stone

Thanks in part to new mandates from the federal government, colleges and universities are more proactive about sexual violence than they were when I started school. Yet the quality of self-defense programs have not improved nearly enough.

Bernie Goetz "The Subway Gunman" 30 Years Later

Richard Feldman | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Richard Feldman

Thirty years ago today the inviolate right to self-defense and the battle over firearm civil liberties were joined in one of the unlikeliest of battle zones -- New York City.

Stupid Questions - Ferguson Decision

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

If a cop works for a locality and the DA is responsible for the quality of the cop's work, how can one prosecute a subordinate without prosecuting yourself?

Prosecutor Manipulates Grand Jury Process to Shield Officer

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Because of the great social implications of cases involving police shootings of people of color, the presumption in these cases should be that prosecutors utilize the public preliminary hearing process instead of the secret grand jury proceeding.

Self-defense Claim Remains Big Hurdle For Feds In Brown Killing

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Even if the federal government declines to prosecute Wilson, it is highly probable that the Justice Department under a 1994 federal law will take the Ferguson police department to federal court itself. Once there, upon a showing of a pattern of civil rights violations, they can force reforms under consent decrees with federal monitors.

Bullies, Thieves and Boundaries: A Letter To My Daughter

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

I want you to always remember the girl with braces and braids who stood up for herself. You are worth protecting.

Bolster Your Belongings on TV and This Is What Happens

Robert Siciliano | Posted 11.26.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

How did a burglar know that Theresa Roemer had a 3,000 square foot, three-level closet that was crammed full of very pricey items including jewels and furs?

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What's Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today's movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks. This is especially true in the treatment of "nonviolent" resistance in the Civil Rights Movement.

Domestic Violence, Deadly Force and Professional Sports

Avital Zeisler | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Avital Zeisler

Even a little while ago, the Ravens website had posted a comment attributed to Janay Rice that she was basically sorry for her part in the altercation between the two of them. This may indeed be true, as the longer-length footage shows them trading insults and Janay apparently spitting on Ray. I can only ask: So?

Does an Employee's Right of Self-Defense Override an Employer's Workplace Rules?

Brad Reid | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Wal-Mart employees allegedly violated company rules prohibiting them from approaching a criminal suspect possessing a weapon and also requiring the em...

A Future That Values Everyone

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately." This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense. The speaker is Andres Gutierrez of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a nonprofit organization that has engaged in peacekeeping work in troubled regions of the world for the last decade.

Self-Defense Breeds Confidence, Strength for Instructor and Students With Disabilities

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Adaptive self-defense is simply modifying typical movements to what an individual with a physical disability can do. Besides the traditional moves, students are taught to use their wheelchairs and crutches as defense mechanisms to escape.

6 Close Quarter Protection Tactics For Women

Avital Zeisler | Posted 10.11.2014 | Women
Avital Zeisler

As I often get asked to share my thoughts and opinions on violence prevention and self-defense, I want to share with you some basic safety tips that can help you prevent being targeted for violence.

Heart-Breaking Truths About Gaza and Israel

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

As I sit in my comfortable home in Massachusetts, rockets are being fired from Gaza at my nephew in Israel. He is the son of an Israeli, an almost-flu...

Kiddie Burglary Ring Busted With 10-year-olds

Robert Siciliano | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

Kids can be so cruel -- at least when they kick in the doors of homes and rob people. At least three thieves were arrested for suspected involvement in a series of Southeast Austin burglaries.

How to protect your Home from Zombies

Robert Siciliano | Posted 09.02.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

There’s all sorts of threats out there—including zombies—just waiting to get you. Today’s zombies look like the ones on TV and...

Convict heads back to Jail for Burglary

Robert Siciliano | Posted 08.26.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

Criminals do what they do because that’s their nature. Once bad, there’s hardly a chance they can be good. Jeffrey L. Patton, 43, said, &...

7 Survival Tips for Parents of College Kids

Barbara Dehn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Barbara Dehn

If you haven't already, now's the time to help your child start to learn how to budget and manage their money. It doesn't matter how much or how little you have; teaching them how to live within their means is an invaluable skill.

Stolen Business Debit Cards at Greater Risk

Robert Siciliano | Posted 08.24.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

A debit card from your business, in the virtual hands of a thief, spells a mountain of trouble. The thief can generate a duplicate of your business debit card, then splurge. A “cloned” card can be swiped in a card reader, appearing legitimate.