Thursday, October 27, 2011

CCW Classes In Michigan: Your Guns and Your Kids

As a Firearms Instructor, I have many discussions with local parents who desire to buy and keep a firearm in the home for personal protection. It is not rare in my community for households to be victimized by armed robbers, rapists, and home-invaders.

Accordingly, many Detroit area residents are exploring self-defense alternatives as opposed to just calling the local police department and hoping that help arrives before it is too late. It is no secret that many local law enforcement agencies are woefully understaffed and lack the resources to protect citizens. In fact, Forbes Magazine just announced about a month ago that Detroit was once again named as the "Most Violent City In America" based on 2010 FBI Crime Statistics.

As such, some parents undergo angst and mental anguish weighing whether it makes sense for them to have both children and guns in the home. During the Concealed Pistol License (CPL) class that I teach, I inform my students that guns and children are not a mutually exclusive proposition; proper preparation will enable households to safely have both in the home.

To begin, the biggest concern that parents have about firearms in the home is that their children will find them and play with them. Obviously, this scenario can have disastrous consequences, as the children could cause significant harm to themselves and others.

Thus, it is imperative that safeguards be put into place to keep guns away from children. This requirement is no different from a myriad of other potentially dangerous items found in the typical household. For example, small children should not be allowed to have unfettered access to the following: unattended swimming pools, bleach, rat poison, sharp knives, electrical outlets, and hot stoves. Guns in the home should not be any different.

One way to balance accessibility to firearms while keeping them away from small kids is to investigate the purchase of firearms storage devices. There are several units on the market - available at most gun shops - that allow adults to quickly acquire a loaded gun while restricting access to others. Some devices have keypads requiring a numerical password and others use high-tech gadgetry utilizing fingerprint recognition.

Another option to keep parents' guns away from their children is for the parents to always wear the firearm while at home. The firearm would always be close when needed and would not be accessible to children. This option is not as drastic as some non-gun owners usually speculate. A gun in a holster is comfortable to carry, does not impede movement, and can't be possessed by others.

Further still, the best way to "gun-proof" children is to have a frank dialogue with them about firearms when they are emotionally ready to discuss it. There are no fast and hard rules about a specific age; each child is different. Parents know the maturity level of their children and are best qualified to make that determination.

In fact, children should be taught facts about guns whether or not they are currently in the home. It is pure folly for a parent to think that just because there aren't any guns in his specific home that his child could not either come into contact with a gun or related info outside of the home or learn myths about guns from other sources.

Whether some parents like it or not, children are going to hear info - both true and false - about guns. All segments of our society "teach" children about guns: rap videos, TV shows, popular music, movies, video games, and other neighborhood kids. So, if children are going to be exposed to info about guns, it should be balanced with a talk from the child's parents.

Above all, parents need to educate their kids that there may a gun in the home. The purpose of that firearm is to provide protection against bad people who present danger and harm to the house-hold. As such, it is not a toy and should not be touched if it is located. Furthermore, the danger of wielding a firearm should be made known; the kids should be taught that they can hurt themselves. If the children are not mature enough to abide the wishes of the parents, then safeguards need to be adopted.

There is no credible reason why children and guns can't safefully coexist in a home. It will require training, education, and a frank conversation with the children but it is well worth the effort if it means that the family can be protected from pedophiles, rapists, and home-invaders.

To learn more about educating children about guns in the home, you should consider taking a firearm safety class with a credible trainer.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, NRAnews, Gun Digest, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, WJLB, WGPR and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about Detroit Michigan CPL Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Contact: Rick Ector
Phone: 313.733.7404

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sweetest Day 2011 CCW Class Discount Tuition Offer - 2 for $199 - Saturday Oct. 15th


Detroit, Michigan - October 9th, 2011 - Local Firearms Instructor
offers a special promotion in recognition of Sweetest Day for
couples to receive a state of Michigan compliant Concealed Pistol
License (CPL) Class for a total investment of only $199.

Rick Ector, owner of Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit, is
honoring Sweetest Day this year by promoting a CCW Class in
which couples are offered an inducement to take the class

Couples eligible for participation in this special priced
program include spouses, dating partners, friends, and family
members. Ector explains the two reasons for this special priced
event as the following, "Our area is becoming increasingly dangerous
by the day. Many attacks today are done by multiple attackers. Thus,
a better defense against crime is possible if we have more than one
person in a social circle armed. There is greater safety in numbers."

This is a very special promotion and is strictly limited to
only to the next four registrations. There are over 2,200
people on my newsletter distribution list. As such, this
offer won't last long at all.

So, if you have an interest in signing both yourself and another for
a CPL Class, you couldn't find a better time to do so than now -
Sweetest Day 2011!

Register yourself and your "Sweetest" for the Saturday, October 15th
2011 CCW Class now!

RSVP here ==>

If you wish to order over the phone, call us now at phone
number 313.733.7404

We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed
Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training
in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's
Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been
featured extensively in the national and local media:
Associated Press (AP), UPI, NRAnews, Gun Digest, The Politics
Daily, Fox News Detroit, WDIV News, WXYZ News, The Detroit
News, "Let It Rip Show," "Mason in the Morning Show," and

For more info about Detroit Michigan CPL Classes, please

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Contact: Rick Ector
Phone: 313.733.7404

If you are ready to register for the Sweetest Day promotion,
go here now:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

CCW Classes In Michigan: Saturday, October 15th, 2011

We are pleased to announce another CCW/CPL Class of this year! So, if you have a desire to qualify for a Concealed Pistol License, so that you can feel safe, register for our next class.

Southfield Comfort Suites
24997 Northwestern Hwy.
Southfield, Michigan 48034

Option I

Pay Tuition 7 Days in Advance ($150) and Save $25!
(Total Cost: $150 + Range Expenses)

Option II

Pay Tuition ($175) within 7 days before class.
(Total Cost: $175 + Range Expenses)

Register at our site: Click here!

Range expenses will be incurred at the range to handle gun rental, range time, ammunition costs, and a fee for a target. The estimated fee is $35.

Our class starts at 8:00 a.m. sharp!

More info on Detroit Michigan CCW Class is available at our web site.

FREE Crime Prevention Ebooks For A Limited Time!

Register for this CCW Class and receive the following Ebooks:

Total Value $115!!!!! - Yours For FREE - Register Now!

Register now: Click here!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Violent Crime In Detroit Could Skyrocket In Response To Cuts In Michigan's Cash Assistance Program

Just when we thought that the current level of violent crime in the city of Detroit was as bad as it could possibly get, a new law went into effect yesterday that could possibly usher in a new era of even higher rates of robberies, home invasions, and carjackings.

Yesterday the state of Michigan removed 21,000 Detroiters from its cash assistance program. In one fell swoop a huge number of people in Detroit, who had been in the program for the prior 48 months, were abruptly left with no income.

State cash assistance programs were never designed to support the lifestyle of the chronically unemployed for a lifetime. Rather, they served as an economic safety net for persons who may have experienced a drastic or catastrophic event: serious illness, sudden job loss, divorce, and etc. Accordingly, most people would agree that a 48 month limit for receiving benefits would be just.

However, those affected by the newly adopted change in the state's cash assistance program's eligibility rules had a very short notification period. As such, there is a very real possibility that a percentage of the aforementioned people may resort to violent crime due to desperation.

The city of Detroit, before Michigan's economic bombing, already had a serious violent crime problem. There's hardly a day when there isn't a news broadcast of a litany of serious crimes committed within the borders of our town.

Local law enforcement is doing the best job it can to fight violent crime with the few resources that it has at its disposal. The local police department has taken more officers off desk duty, increased overtime for street patrols, implemented a curfew for teens, stopped answering unverified house alarms, and ran a gun buyback at a local church.

However, the sad reality is that they are seriously under-manned and underfunded to make a difference. They routinely arrive at crime scenes well after the bad guys have left and have the worse crime closure rate of any major city in the country.

The most surprising development, in my opinion, about Detroit's crime problem is our city's leadership refusing to publicly recognize and alert the citizenry about the looming threat of increased violence. They seem all to willing to let the carnage begin in earnest without advising citizens to assume more responsibility for their safety.

The dirty little secret about personal protection that the local police department hopes you never discover is that safety is your responsibility. The role of law enforcement is to investigate crimes after they have occurred. In the meantime, someone has been victimized: raped, robbed, or murdered.

Furthermore, local police do nothing to discourage the fantasy that their job is to prevent citizens from being victims. They tell citizens to "sell-back" their guns and to call them when a crime happens. Well, what happens when you call the police and it takes hours - if not days - to respond to your plea for help?

Answer me this: How bad do things have to get before you make a credible and sensible plan to ensure the safety of your family? I am hereby informing you that the environment in Detroit is the worst shape it has been in decades. In short, it is a great time to be a violent criminal in the city of Detroit.

Don't hold your breath waiting for the police to tell you to buy a handgun. They never will. They don't trust you to be a responsible and a law-abiding citizen.

In closing, you have a choice to make: victim or non-victim. Not making a choice is selecting victimization by default. Buy a handgun, learn how to use it, and legally carry it wherever you go. Consider yourself officially warned.