Your Personal Threat Assessment ~

by Lenny Leatherman –

Who gets to decide how you protect your family and your property?

CHL-1Who has become a greater threat to your safety and your liberty –

  • A petty criminal who, if the opportunity arises, would break into your home and steal your property and possibly harm you or your family? 
  • A government that stands between you and your God given right to defend yourself, your family and your property by restricting your right to own and use firearms?
  • A government that will not adequately treat the mentally ill; the psychopath who has a history violent behavior?
  • A government that releases repeat offending criminals back into the community where they prey on law abiding citizens?

Is more government the solution? Is a boldly unapologeticly bias media with its mega-mouth comentators part of the solution or part of the problem. How difficult is it to understand that a firearm is no more responsible for crime than a fork is responsible for obesity? Both the firearm and the fork are held by an individual who makes a choice. Who would blame the firearm or the fork for making the wrong choice?

Twenty years ago, under the tutelage of Janet Reno’s Justice Department, the federal government told us they had solved the ‘school shooter problem’ by compiling a comprehensive threat assessment.  The name of their study was ,”The School Shooter: A THREAT ASSESSMENT PERSPECTIVE”. Click school-shooter to read their assessment.

Their efforts were not a complete waste of time; they clearly demonstrated by their abysmal failure that a ‘top down’ big government strategy is not the solution.


wezand2· Uploaded to YouTube June 1st, 2010 –

Congregationalist minister and Harvard graduate, Jonathan Mayhew, is considered by many to be the prophet of the American Revolution. In 1750 Mayhew published a sermon entitled “A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers” in which he addressed the issue of obedience to a higher authority as required by Romans 13, stating,

“That no civil rulers are to be obeyed when they enjoin things that are inconsistent with the commands of God…. All commands running counter to the declared will of the Supreme Legislator of heaven and earth are null and void, and therefore disobedience to them is a duty, not a crime.”


Consider this scenario:

You are properly licensed to carry a concealed hand gun, and regularly carry your weapon.

You and your family are having dinner at a restaurant when a lunatic bursts through the door with a Glock 17 and with his belt stuffed with spare magazines. Because you noticed a sign posted near the entrance that reads, “No Firearms Permitted” you left your hand gun in the car.

When the maniac starts randomly firing his Glock, you instruct your family to drop to the floor and you call 911. How long will you wait for the police to respond…. probably the rest of your life!

Had you ignored the No Firearms sign you could now defend your family!

Obey or disobey –

What should you do? That’s a question only you can answer.  In my mind, the key word is “concealed”. I can come and go in peace with my family because, although I may be technically in violation of a law, I will have the ability to defend my family should the need arise.

I do not intend to wait “the rest of my life” for the police to respond!  This is certainly not a criticism of law enforcement. I believe they do an excellent job within the scope of their authority. Unfortunately, law enforcement is usually a passive undertaking.

I tend to agree with Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty who said, “….I am 911”.


From Youtube – Uploaded onDec 4, 2008 –

On October 16, 1991, Hennard drove his 1987 Ford Ranger pickup truck through the front window of a Luby’s Cafeteria at 1705 East Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, yelled “This is what Bell County has done to me!”, then opened fire on the restaurant’s patrons and staff with a Glock 17 pistol and later a Ruger P89. About 80 people were in the restaurant at the time. He stalked, shot, and killed 23 people and wounded another 20 before committing suicide. During the shooting, he approached Suzanna Gratia Hupp and her parents. Hupp had actually brought a handgun to the Luby’s Cafeteria that day, but had left it in her vehicle due to the laws in force at the time, forbidding citizens from carrying firearms. According to her later testimony in favor of Missouri’s HB-1720 bill[1] and in general, after she realized that her firearm was not in her purse, but “a hundred feet away in [her] car”, her father charged at Hennard in an attempt to subdue him, only to be gunned down; a short time later, her mother was also shot and killed. (Hupp later expressed regret for abiding by the law in question by leaving her firearm in her car, rather than keeping it on her person. One patron, Tommy Vaughn, threw himself through a plate-glass window to allow others to escape. Hennard allowed a mother and her four-year-old child to leave. He reloaded several times and still had ammunition remaining when he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after being cornered and wounded by police.

Reacting to the massacre, in 1995 the Texas Legislature passed a shall-issue gun law allowing Texas citizens with the required permit to carry concealed weapons. The law had been campaigned for by Suzanna Hupp, who was present at the Luby’s massacre and both of whose parents were shot and killed. Hupp testified across the country in support of concealed-handgun laws, and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996. The law was signed by then-Governor George W. Bush and became part of a broad movement to allow U.S. citizens to easily obtain permits to carry concealed weapons.

Luby’s Cafeteria Massacre survivor Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp testifying to Congress on why good Americans obeying bad gun laws leads to death and suffering. The former Texas House Representative shared her story about her parents being killed before her eyes by a shooter in a Luby’s Restaurant. Due to gun restrictions, she had left her gun in her car that fateful day. Ever since, she has been spreading the word about a right-to-carry law would have probably saved her parents’ lives.

More from Mayhew –

“From whence it follows, that as soon as the prince sets himself up above law, he loses the king in the tyrant. He does, to all intents and purposes, unking himself by acting out of and beyond that sphere which the constitution allows him to move in; and in such cases he has no more right to be obeyed than any inferior officer who acts beyond his commission.”

Mayhew warned:

“A spirit of domination is always to be guarded against, both in church and state, even in times of the greatest security, — such as the present is among us, at least as to the latter. Those nations who are now groaning under the iron sceptre of tyranny were once free; so they might probably have remained, by a seasonable precaution against despotic measures. Civil tyranny is usually small in its beginning, like “the drop of a bucket,” till at length, like a mighty torrent, or the raging waves of the sea, it bears down all before it, and deluges whole countries and empires.”
(A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers, Jonathan Mayhew, 1750, pp. 37, 38, 45, Preface p. 2)


Have you conducted a threat assessment of your home, the places you frequent, and your jobsite?

Part of a comprehensive threat assessment should be to identify barriers that stand between you and the tools you need to protect and defend your family and your property. Has government become a barrier?

The eminent jurist and American patriot St. George Tucker said,

“The right of self-defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
(in Blackstone’s Commentaries, St. George Tucker, 1803, p. 300)


Perhaps nothing is said here that you do not already understand. If nothing else, it is my hope that you are motivated to take responsibility for your own destiny and to find the courage to stand resolute against tyranny in its most subtle form.

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