If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.

— Jeff Cooper

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An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.

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Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.

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Fight back! Whenever you are offered violence, fight back! The aggressor does not fear the law, so he must be taught to fear you. Whatever the risk, and at whatever the cost, fight back!

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The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory.

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Political correctness is neither political nor is it correct.

It amounts to social censorship, and the sooner we spit it out, the better.

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It appears that the murder rate inside prisons is ten times higher than that outside prisons. It must be due to all those Kalashnikov rifles that are issued to prisoners upon their incarceration.

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Blessed are those who, in the face of death, think only about the front sight.

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One cannot legislate the maniacs off the street.

.. these maniacs can only be shut down by an armed citizenry. Indeed bad things can happen in nations where the citizenry is armed, but not as bad as those which seem to be threatening our disarmed citizenry in this country at this time.

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One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure - and in some cases I have - that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.

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If you find yourself under lethal attack don't be kind. Be harsh. Be tough. Be ruthless.

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The consensus is that no more than five to ten people in a hundred who die by gunfire in Los Angeles are any loss to society. These people fight small wars amongst themselves. It would seem a valid social service to keep them well-supplied with ammunition.

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The will to survive is not as important as the will to prevail.

.. the answer to criminal aggression is retaliation.

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About Jeff Cooper

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Nationality American
Profession Celebrity
Birthday October 16

The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own.

Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.

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The only acceptable response to the threat of lethal violence is immediate and savage counterattack. If you resist, you just may get killed. If you don't resist you almost certainly will get killed. It is a tough choice, but there is only one right answer.

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According to Herodotus, the ancient Persians felt that what was necessary in the background of a young man entering adulthood was his ability to ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth. Perhaps we should now grant our college degrees to young men who measure up to that standard.

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We continue to be exasperated by the view, apparently gaining momentum in certain circles, that armed robbery is okay as long as nobody gets hurt! The proper solution to armed robbery is a dead robber, on the scene.

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I have long had a tendency to tie marksmanship to morality.

The essence of good marksmanship is self-control, and self-control is the essence of good citizenship. It is too easy to say that a good shot is automatically a good man, but it would be equally incorrect to ignore the connection.

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Your mind-set is your primary weapon

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It is true that a victim who fights back may suffer for it, but one who does not almost certainly will suffer for it.

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Never assume that simply having a gun makes you a marksman.

You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol than you are a musician because you own a guitar.

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When under attack, it is necessary to evaluate the situation and to decide instantly upon a proper course of action, to be carried out immediately with all the force you can bring to bear. He who hesitates is indeed lost. Do not soliloquize. Do not delay. Be decisive.

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We are fully justified in valuing the life and person of an intended victim more highly than the life of a pernicious assailant. The attacker must be stopped. At once and completely.

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Anyone who willfully and maliciously attacks another without sufficient cause jeopardize the lives of others.

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The best personal defense is an explosive counterattack.

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Buy ammunition! Remember that a man cannot have too many books, too many wines, or too much ammunition. Our adversaries on the other side are reaching for the excuse of lead poisoning. If they can push that idea through, you may wind up still owning your guns but without anything to shoot in them.

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It seems that the concealed carry policy now in effect in 30 states is unfair to goblins. They cannot tell who is armed and who is not, and when their intended victim shoots back it hurts their feelings - along with other things.

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Anyone who appears to be triggered out of watchfulness and into action by your appearance must be explained. Anyone observing you carefully must be explained. Anyone whose behavior seems to be geared to yours must be explained. If the explanation does not satisfy you, be ready to take appropriate defensive action.

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Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands.

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Now how do we cultivate an aggressive response? I think the answer is indignation... Your response, if attacked, must not be fear, it must be anger.

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The one who fights back retains his dignity and his self-respect.

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The 1911 pistol remains the service pistol of choice in the eyes of those who understand the problem. Back when we audited the FBI academy in 1947, I was told that I ought not to use my pistol in their training program because it was not fair. Maybe the first thing one should demand of his sidearm is that it be unfair.

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Under any sort of attack, keep cool. And if you must shoot, shoot with precision.

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It is high time for society to stop worrying about the criminal, and to let the criminal start worrying about society. And by "society" I mean you.

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The specific course you decide upon is, within certain parameters, less important than the vigor with which you execute it.

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One of the notable aspects of the democratic process is that one need not know anything about a subject in order to pass laws about it.

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If it is ever your misfortune to be attacked, alertness will have given you a little warning, decisiveness will have given you a proper course to pursue, and if that course is to counterattack, carry it out with everything you've got! Be indignant. Be angry. Be aggressive.

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It is long been a principal of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully.

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A fine marksman is with a second rate rifle is far more effective than the reverse.

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A free man must not be told how to think, either by the government or by social activists. He may certainly be shown the right way, but he must not accept being forced into it.

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Any man who is a man may not, in honor, submit to threats or violence.

But many men who are not cowards are simply unprepared for the fact of human savagery.

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No sensible person ever opens the door of his house without knowing who is knocking.

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Let us remind ourselves again that the Second Amendment of the US Constitution should be referred to as the Statute of Liberty.

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Your physical safety is up to you, as it really always has been.

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The proper course of action, when under attack, is usually to counterattack.

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If a felon attacks you and lives, he will reasonably conclude that he can do it again. By submitting to him, you not only imperil your own life, but you jeopardize the lives of others.

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The criminal does not expect his prey to fight back.

May he never choose you, but, if he does, surprise him.

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What you do to prevent further felonious assault, as long as the felon is still capable of action, is justified.

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Anyone who is aware of his environment knows that the peril of physical assault does exist, and that it exists everywhere and at all times.

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Don't try to be fancy. Shoot for the center of mass. The world is full of decent people. Criminals we can do without.

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