From a Criminal’s Mind…Tis the Season!

CHL Concealed Handgun License Class Gun safety Class CHL Classes HoustonDon’t you just love this time of the year!!!  Seeing people’s home all decorated nicely.  The beautiful Christmas trees in the windows all lit up and the sounds of Christmas Carols, brings joy to my heart.

I remember, as a young juvenile delinquent, I would spend my time in the juvenile detention center looking through the Sears catalog.  I would circle everything I wanted for Christmas.  I would wait all year long for the opportunity to write Santa, telling him just how good I have been.  But for some unknown reason, Santa would never give me the items I had on my wish list.  I never did figure that out, hmmmmm.  Oh well, I guess I have to resort to another way of getting my Christmas wish list filled…The FIVE FINGER DISCOUNT.

Here are a few things I am looking for this Christmas shopping season:

  1. Shoppers with multiple bags in their hands.  You should plan your shopping excursion and limit the number of bags you have.  If possible, take a friend with you.
  2. Shoppers who take items to their cars and go back into the mall to get more stuff.  Once you leave the mall and make it safely to your car with your bags, go home and secure your gifts.  Don’t make pit stops.  You could come back to your car empty or gone.
  3. Shoppers who leave items in plain sight.  Always lock your items in the trunk or make sure they are out of sight.
  4. Shoppers with bags from expensive stores.  Take a plastic Target or Walmart bag with you.  Buy your nice gift and put them in your cheap plastic bag if possible.  You are less likely to be targeted.
  5. Shoppers who pulls out wads of cash to pay for their items.  Take one credit card with you to shop with.  If you are shopping online, get a prepaid card and use it.
  6. Shoppers with purses hanging off the shoulders.  Get you a cross body bag when you are shopping.  This is too difficult to snatch.
  7. People who look like an easy target.  Stay alert at all times.  This means no texting or talking on the phone while you are shopping.  If you must text or talk, make sure you are in a safe and secure area.

I would like to leave you with this Carol.  This is my favorite holiday song “A CRIMINAL MIND IS COMING TO TOWN”.  Please sing along if you know the song.  Maestro, A flat if you will.  Hmmmm, me me me meeeeeee.

You better watch out…When buying your gifts… Make one mistake and I’m gonna shop lift…A Criminal’s Mind is Coming to Town.

I’ve made my list…I know I’m not wrong…I’ve checked Social Media…So I know you’re not home…A Criminal’s Mind is Coming to Town.

I see you when you’re slipping…Talking on your I Phone…Walking with your head in the clouds…You have no clue to what’s going on!

Ohhh, You better watch out…I’m looking to steal…I’ll take what you got…And you’ll still get the bill…A Criminal Mind is coming to TOWNNNNNNNNN!!!!

Thank you, Thank you very much.  You’re so kind.  I will be here all month!

Sincerely,evil santa

A Criminal’s Mind
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From a Criminal’s Mind…How You Can Be Victimized on Social Media!

CHL Concealed Handgun License Class Gun safety Class CHL Classes HoustonHello Everyone,

I am so excited today because I have discovered the world of SOCIAL MEDIA!!!  I have never been a part of such a loving and accepting community in all my life.  Normally people would find me repulsive; especially when I am committing a crime against them, but noooooo, not on Social Media…Everyone is my friend.

I never would have thought it would be so easy making friends.  It’s simple really.  All I have to do is send a “friend request” and BAM…just like that, we are friends!  The best part about this is we don’t have to even know each other.  Isn’t that FANTASTIC?  To think, you are willing to accept my friend request and share your life and the life of your family with me, a total douche bag is touching…give me a minute, I feel a tear coming on!  Where did I put my tissues?

I really enjoy seeing the pictures of my new friend’s family members.  Seeing Little Johnny at his first karate tournament or looking at the picture of Grandma doing the “Dougie” at her 100th birthday party just gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over.  By the way, is your grandma single…I’m just saying.

The photos and posts I absolutely love to see are the ones of your “current situations!”  You know the ones you like to share with your friends, informing us that you are not home; “check-ins”, the plane tickets to your next destination, the pictures of what you are about to eat for dinner or the family vacation by the pool in Cancun.  Every time I see these photos and posts I think to myself, “Man, they are LIVING LARGE!  I got some Big Ballers and Shot Callers for friends!  I bet they got some real nice stuff at their home.”

It is at that moment, I feel obligated, as a criminal, to pay your home a visit.  I’m sure you don’t mind my coming by when you are not home, after all…we are friends RIGHT?  RIGHT!  Understand this, when you post your “current situation”, what you are telling me is YOU ARE NOT HOME!  I can even judge by your picture and post as to how long you are going to be gone.  This gives me plenty of time to leave you with a big surprise when you get home.  “SURPRISEEEEEEE!!!” I have taken the liberty to do some cleaning, out that is, the contents of your home.  No need to thank me, after all, in the words of Dionne Warwick…”That’s What Facebook Friends Are For.”  That’s not the lyrics… oh…my bad!

Some of you think “It’s alright to post my pictures, there’s somebody at my house.”  Well I am here to tell you that during my recent visit to the police station, my home away from your home, I heard my colleague say “the only difference between a burglary and a murder is someone was at home.”  Take it for what it’s worth.

Well I have to go now, I have more friend requests to send out, plus my jam just came on…Sing along if you know the song, Friends…How many of us have them?  Friends…Ones we can depend on.  Friends…That tell us when they’re not home.  Let’s be FRIENDS!   That’s not how that goes either…man I really suck at this singing thing, oh well back to seeing whose not home.

Sincerely,break in 2

 

A Criminal’s Mind

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From a Criminal’s Mind…What Makes You an Easy Target?

CHL Concealed Handgun License Class Gun safety Class CHL Classes HoustonHello Ladies,

Today I am writing to discuss what makes you an easy target.  I have been talking with some of my associates and we have come to a unanimous decision of what makes you an easy target…YOU’RE THE WEAKER SEX!!!  Now now, don’t go getting all wound up! When I speak of weakness, I am merely speaking in terms of physical strength.

You see, if I want to take something from you, chances are I can use a tactic we like to call in the crime industry “Strong Arm.”  What does this mean?  Well, thank you for asking.  Strong Arm means to use force or violence against a person.  In layman’s terms, I can take what I want from you by simply overpowering you.  This includes your valuables, purse, and car and yes even your body.  I know, it’s not fair, but hey, who ever said life is fair?

Please understand my dilemma; I am too trifling to get a job and work for what I want, I am too much of a coward to go against someone my own size and gender, and I’m not enough of a man to approach a woman to even start a relationship.  Sooooooo, I prey on weak defenseless women.  Whew, I am glad we cleared that up.  Thanks for understanding!

Here are just a few things I am looking for in my female victims.  I look for a female who is not paying attention to her surroundings.  You know the ones who love to talk on the phone, text and check Facebook for “friend requests” while walking to their destinations.  Yes Ma’am, they never see me coming!

I look for a female who loves to go outside for a nice walk or run.  You see, when they have their music turned up loud with both earbuds in, it makes my job easy.  By doing this, you take away the sense of hearing.  They never hear me coming.  In the word of Lil Jon…TURN DOWN FOR WHAT!  BTW, I like that song.

I look for a female who walks to her vehicle at night by herself or who has her arms full of stuff.  You see, when you have so much stuff in your arms, I don’t have to really worry about you fighting so much.  Why?  Because your hands and arms are full…duh!

Opportunity is defined as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.  If you keep doing what you have always done before and continue to think “this will never happen to me,” chances are the opportunity will present itself for us to one day meet.

Well, I have to go now, COPS is on.  Until we meet…

Girls dont carry

Sincerely,

A Criminal’s Mind

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From a Criminal’s Mind…Why I do what I do.

CHL Concealed Handgun License Class Gun safety Class CHL Classes HoustonHello Everyone,
I hope you are still thinking you could never be a victim.

Today I am writing because my last victim asked me why I would break into her home knowing that she was there.

Allow me to retort. I want to come into your house when you least expect me.  I mean, let’s be real, are you expecting to see me during the day when the sun is shining or having dinner, NO!!!  You see, history has led you to believe I am only going to come when you are not at home.  This use to be the case.  But since my time is valuable and I have gotten smarter, I need your help to victimize you.  Plus who better to tell me where your valuables are then you?

By me coming during the day I can depend on your noisy neighbors to be at home watching their favorite daytime shows or better yet, at work.  Once I’m in, I will start my ranting by snarling at you and making threats to do you bodily harm if you don’t give me what I want.

I want your money, and valuables.  If you don’t have money in the house, I have been known to give you a ride to the bank.  Don’t worry; I’m not even going to charge you for the gas.  You see, because you have the mindset of this will never happen to me, my job is made easier.  It is people like you who keep me in business.  If it wasn’t for you, I might have to get a 9 to 5 like everyone else and work for a living.

Thank you for your support.
A Criminal’s Mind

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How To Choose Your First Handgun If You Have A Texas CHL

Things To Consider When Buying Your First Handgun
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When you bought your first car, the criteria were simple: it had to be available, cheap, and working. If you are ready to buy your first gun should you follow the same principle? Is any gun that is available, cheap, and in working order the best solution for a first-time gun owner?

The simple answer to this is “no.” Your first gun should be tailored to your needs, and not acquired casually. Since a gun has the power to kill, the gun you choose should be suited to your purpose and strength. If you plan to get your Texas CHL, you need to be knowledgeable about your weapon, how to use it, and how to legally carry it.

What To Consider When Buying Your First Handgun

Here are some things to consider when buying your first handgun:

  1. Know why you want the gun. Are you aiming to protect yourself at home in case an intruder breaks in? Do you want it for protection away from home? Do you plan on also using it for target practice or hunting?
  2. Where should you buy a gun? Guns are widely available in gun shops, shows, shooting ranges, sporting goods stores, big box stores, and online. For your first gun, buy from someone knowledgeable at a location where you will be able to try it out. Helping you to make your selection and safely operate your newly purchased handgun is a free service offered by First Law of Nature to all its students
  3. How many caliber should you buy? Caliber refers to the diameter of the bullet, usually expressed in one hundredths of an inch, and goes hand-in-hand with consideration #1 above. A 22 caliber bullet, for example has a diameter of 22/100 or .22, while a 38 has a dynamic or 38/100 or .38. Whatever caliber you choose, you should make sure it’s a caliber you are both comfortable and proficient with.
  4. Do you want a revolver or semi-automatic handgun? Revolvers have a rotating cylinder that has several gun firing chambers, usually six. A semi-automatic pistol pulls in a bullet from a holder called a magazine that typically holds 10 rounds. Revolvers are considered accurate, reliable, and easier to learn with, while a semi-automatic permits faster reloads. You need more training to successfully operate a semi-automatic pistol.
  5. How does the gun feel when it’s in your hand? The weapon should feel comfortable in your hand. When you shoot it, you should be able to do so without flinching or becoming “recoil sensitive.”
  6. How much do you want to spend? My mom use to tell me “You get what you pay for son.”  Handguns are typically available at a starting price of $300.00 and higher.  However, do not let the price of a handgun deter you.  Most local gun shops will work with you by allowing you to put your handgun on lay away…just something to consider.

Where To Get Training In Basic Gun Safety And Your Texas CHL

First Law of Nature, which offers training classes to help you get your concealed handgun license, also offers a basic gun safety classes. You can get a great deal by signing up for a combined class, where you will learn useful knowledge about gun ownership and safety, as well as what you need to know for your Texas CHL. For more information check out our website or call us at (832) 452-1633 to sign-up today.

Learn Responsible Gun Ownership To Protect Yourself

first lawlogoSelf-preservation, the right to protect yourself from harm, is considered the ” first law of nature.” Although every state in the union has its own take on what is considered self-defense, there is widespread agreement that using deadly force is justified in certain circumstances. Since Concealed Handgun Laws (CHL) make it easier for people to legally carry firearms, more people can be prepared to strike out against an attacker with a handgun. Having firearms on hand requires a great sense of responsibility and excellent judgment in a scary encounter. Learn safe gun operation and the particulars of the law by taking a CHL class from First Law Of Nature.

The Texas Take On Self Defense

In Texas, the law clearly states that “a person is justified in using force against another when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes that force is necessary to protect the actor against the others use or attempted use of unlawful force.” Other states add more qualifiers that requires you use no more force than necessary and that you escape the situation if you can. If you are in your home or at work, the “duty to retreat” provision is often waived under the Castle Doctrine.

Would A “Reasonable Man” Shoot?

Though states vary in the interpretation, deadly force is permitted if a “reasonable man” in the same situation would be likely to use it to ward off a threat. If you use force to include deadly force, you will have to justify your decision to the police and maybe even in a civil case in court, depending on the state. You will have to address three areas of concern to prove that deadly force was justified:

  • Did your attacker have the ability to inflict death or serious bodily harm? If you are faced with an attacker with a gun, knife, or long piece of rebar, a reasonable man might agree the answer is “yes.” Even if the attacker had no weapon but was backed by a gang of thugs or was a single attacker capable of causing you harm, you could use force to include deadly force if you feared for your life. However, if your attacker was pelting you with a pea shooter, a reasonable man might say, “Whoa, that’s too much!”
  • Do you have reason to believe that the attacker intended to harm you? Just because a person has a weapon, you cannot prove you are in jeopardy. If it is not obvious to the police or a judge or jury that you were at risk, you might have an uphill battle proving self-defense if you shoot the person.

 The Facts Must Support Self Defense

Though Texas law makes it “easier” to justify the use of force when you are under threat, the facts must back up a self-defense ruling. While having a concealed handgun or other item you can use as a weapon makes it possible to save yourself and your loved ones from threats, you must pass the “reasonable man” test.

When carrying a firearm, it is equally important to exercise good judgment and to know how and when to safely use the weapon. That is why, even in Texas where obtaining a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) is easier than ever, training that focuses on both aspects of gun use and ownership is crucial. When self-defense cases come to trial, a well-trained gun owner with a reputation for responsibility and sound judgment has a better chance of a favorable ruling than someone with poor training and a bad attitude!

Preparing Yourself To Carry With A Concealed Handgun License Class

To qualify to carry a concealed handgun in Texas, learn the law and know how to own and operate a weapon. At First Law of Nature in Houston, a CHL class and a weapon safety class are offered separately or as a combined class to improve your skills and knowledge. For more information, check out the online form on our website or call us at (832) 452-1633 to sign up.

Home Invasions: What They Are, Why They Happen, And How To Protect Yourself

first lawlogoHome invasion takes the concepts of theft, larceny, burglary, and robbery to new levels. Though these words are often used interchangeably, there are big differences in the eyes of the law. Theft and larceny mean taking anything of value away from the lawful owner. Burglary adds a dimension of unlawfully entering a dwelling or place of business in order to commit theft or larceny. If the perpetrator threatens or intends harm to the victim, it’s robbery.

In the past, some thieves broke into homes with the idea of stealing silverware, jewelry, TVs, and money when they thought no one was there. With a home invasion, a thief enters a home at a time he knows it’s occupied, with the intent to steal or commit other crimes of violence against the occupants.

How Home Invasions Happen

Though home invaders sometimes kick in the door or burst into the home through a window, many of these incidents start with a knock on the door. The homeowner opens the door because the thief claims to be a representative of a utility or cable company, to be in need, or to be soliciting for charity or other causes. The person has a plausible story and honest face so the homeowner puts down his guard and invites the person into the home. Some scammers and thieves who enter this way are casing the house for a later visit, but many have robbery, intimidation, and maybe even rape and murder on their minds at the outset.

Ironically, many home invasions occur in homes equipped with alarm systems. Most people do not turn them on when they are at home during the day, a fact well known to robbers. If they hear a noise they cannot identify, they will investigate by opening the door, looking around, and even going outside. When someone rings a bell or knocks, they may disregard precautions such as looking through the keyhole or talking to the stranger on an intercom. Rather, they open the door and get sweet talked into admitting the stranger into their home.

How Criminals Think

Why, you may wonder, do criminals attempt to perpetrate these crimes when someone is home? You would think that going in and out when the home was vacant or when the owners were asleep would be a no muss, no fuss operation that would yield them the money or stuff they wanted, with no time-consuming violence.

The answer is simple. Modern thieves know that most people keep most of their money and some of their valuables at a bank or in a safe. Why bother to crack the safe or sneak around to get bank account information when the owner can provide it much more easily? By threatening or even hurting a family member, a home invader can get not just cash in the house, but access to bank accounts and credit cards. They have even been known to carry the homeowner to the bank to make a withdrawal.

How To Protect Yourself In Your Home

The FBI estimates that home burglaries occur in the United States every 15 seconds, while one of five homes could be subject to a burglary or home invasion. What can you do to prevent home invasion?

First, keep your doors locked and be careful about who you open your door to during the day. Don’t let your kids answer the door, especially if they are too short to see out of the peep hole or too young to recognize danger. Consider activating your alarm even though you are in the home.

Second, ask strange visitors for detailed information about why they are there. Ask deliveryman you don’t know to leave the package outside the door. Get identification from those who claim to be utility personnel and if you are suspicious, close the door on the person and call the utility or delivery company from within your home and then the call the police if you get no satisfaction.

Third, consider protecting your home personally with a handgun. Texas laws make it clear that you can use force against an intruder if you believe it is necessary to protect yourself from violence as well as to protect your property. This law is not intended to authorize homeowners to shoot UPS drivers and service people just doing their job, but to empower you in the case of genuine threats.

At First Law of Nature, we offer basic and concealed handgun classes separately and as a combined class to help you learn how to own and operate a weapon. For more information, just contact us via our online form or call us at (832) 452-1633 to learn how to exercise the first law of nature and protect yourself and your home in a home invasion situation.

How To Obtain A Texas CHL Under The New Requirements

first lawlogoIn the State of Texas, the laws have always been supportive of those who wished to exercise their constitutional rights to bear arms. With 10-15 hours of training, any Texan could carry a concealed handgun to protect themselves, their family, and their homes from intruders and from those who would inflict harm. Recent changes in the law, however, have made obtaining a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) even easier, as the required amount of training in the classroom and on a range is now just 4 to 6 hours for those who meet certain criteria.

First Law of Nature wants to help prepare you to carry a concealed weapon. As our name implies, the first law of nature is self-preservation; our classes will help you properly and safely store and, if necessary, use a concealed handgun to defend yourself. The goal of our classes is to help you feel comfortable in using your weapon and knowledgeable about when and how you should use it.

What Are The Legal Requirements For A Texas CHL?

The State of Texas wants to assure that all citizens with a history of mental, psychological, and financial stability can obtain and carry a concealed handgun if they wish. You must first fill out a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) online state application and take a class to be considered.

The Concealed Handgun Class required by the state will make you knowledgeable in six areas:

  1. When should you use force
  2. How do you keep your gun safe
  3. How do you store your gun
  4. What is the best way to resolve disputes
  5. Texas laws regarding the use of force
  6. State licensing requirements

After completing the class, you must pass a 25 question written test and a shooting proficiency test. You will also become familiar with the places where you may or may not carry a concealed weapon.

Who Is Eligible For A Texas CHL?

The State of Texas determines your eligibility for your CHL through a series of five forms. You are generally eligible if you meet these requirements:

  • You are at least 21 years old and a legal resident of Texas who meets state and federal requirements to purchase a handgun.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony or charged with a Class A or Class B misdemeanor as an adult or have a juvenile record that extends over the last 10 years.
  • You’re not a fugitive.
  • Your judgment is not impaired through chemical dependence, alcoholism, or mental health issues.
  • You are not delinquent on taxes, child support payments, student loans, judgments etc.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, click here.

Completing DPS Process

 To obtain a Texas CHL, you must follow a few simple steps:

  • Fill out the DPS online application in its entirety.
  • Submit the forms, along with a payment of $140 to the State. There are many discounts available for seniors, low income, military veterans, active duty personnel, and many more categories. You can see the discounts here.
  • Schedule and complete online fingerprinting. If you prefer to mail in your application, you cannot do this step until the State tells you.
  • Register and take a class at First Law of Nature. When you attend class, you will need to provide your driver’s license, any evidence of current or past military service, and the DPS Bar Code Page and receipt that you received after registration. If you were born outside the US, you will also need to bring a copy of your US passport, certificate of naturalization, or birth certificate if you were born outside the US. The fee for the class is $100.
  • After the class, First Law of Nature will turn in the paperwork to DPS for them to process and complete a background investigation. We will verify that you completed the required class.

Ready to sign up for a class? If you need more information about the process, just contact us via our online form or call us at (832) 452-1633. We want to help you learn how to exercise the first law of nature and be confident of your ability to protect yourself in any situation.