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While reading the Herald and News online I noticed a July 15 article which elicited my interest. Titled, “Another ‘responsible’ gun owner charged with murder of teen now claims self defense.” This no doubt follows the national controversy involving the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case.

Too, an increasing number of private citizens nationwide, including women, have become first time handgun purchasers and now carry concealed via a valid concealed carry permit. Naturally I laud, support and embrace this trend of armed citizens. Yet I’m likewise cognizant of the fact that packing a lethal weapon such as any firearm, is a serious matter, and can have legal consequences.

Thus I endorse Massad Ayoob and Lethal Force Institute in Concord, New Hampshire. Access Ayoob.com for more information. “Judicious Use of Deadly Force” by Massad! Ayoob remains available for viewing on You Tube. Ayoob is the nation’s top authority on lethal or deadly force, the ramifications of such, including the aftermath. Being a career law enforcement officer with rank of captain, a teacher on this subject, and author of numerous books Massad Ayoob remains credible, qualified and highly knowledgeable.

For women, Paxton Quigley’s “Armed and Female: Taking Control” (2010) also is recommended. An armed citizen, whether packing or not, can benefit from Massad Ayoob’s knowledge and instruction. Even for the citizen who only keeps a loaded shotgun inside the bedroom closet or behind the door in case of a break in, prowler, burglar, etc. You can never have too much practical knowledge pertaining to self defense/ house protection/concealed carry. The Bible states: “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding will attain unto wise counsels.” — Proverbs 1:5

James Farmer

Ashland