To the Gun Community: Shape Up!

By Rob Morse

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Louisiana- (Ammoland.com)- A guest post from Jennifer Morse as published in The Blaze.*

Guys and gals, I know this terrorist attack in Orlando has you up in arms — literally.

Gun sales spike after every terrorist attack or mass shooting. Law abiding citizens become acutely aware of their need to defend themselves and their neighbors. They realize that law enforcement authorities can’t be everywhere all the time. I appreciate your attitude.  But I am a bit concerned about one thing: Are you really going to be any help in a genuine emergency?

First, you need to get training. You have to take your weapon out and get comfortable using it. That usually means practice and formal training.

Students receive instruction on the firing line at Gunsite Academy.
Students receive instruction on the firing line at Gunsite Academy.

The good thing about formal training is that it’s enjoyable. Shooting at metal targets, or pieces of paper can be very satisfying. Most instructors provide thought experiments, too. They train us about when and how to engage with a criminal — and when to walk away.

Alien Gear - Concealed Carry Holsters
Alien Gear – Concealed Carry Holsters

I know that many of you are thinking that fewer people would have been harmed in the Pulse nightclub if some of them had been armed. You are almost certainly correct. But that someone won’t be you, unless you are so well-trained and comfortable with your firearm that you feel good about carrying it with you.

Second, if you are like many of the people I have encountered at gun ranges, you need to get in shape. I’ve seen guys who are excellent shots, but who cannot even make it up to the firing line without a walker. I’ve seen people with great equipment that they probably couldn’t carry 50 yards.

Honestly, how much help are you going to be in a gun fight with an armed and dedicated ISIS warrior, if you can barely walk up the stairs? How much good can you do if your knees are killing you because you’re dragging around several pounds of extra weight? Do you have the stamina and endurance to go the distance if the situation demands it?  These days, obesity alone is the leading medical reason why military applicants fail to qualify.

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So, armed America, here is my challenge to you. Lose some weight. Build up your strength and endurance. Yes, by all means, go to the firing range and practice with your firearm. But practice running around the block a few times, too.

I ask this because we’re depending on you. Guys and gals, you know I’m not trying to hurt you. In fact, you have permission to go all “snowflake” on me. You know the type of snowflake I’m talking about. They are the each-one-is-precious, each-one-is-special type derives from our ever-so-sensitive college students who we seem to be breeding in this culture.

Don’t melt on me. I’m just asking that you to get in reasonable shape. If this particular shoe fits, wear it, until you put on your running shoes.

Our extra weight is a symptom of our self-indulgent lifestyle. We can spend money on toys, but we don’t have the time to walk and get in shape. This is one of the things the ISIS-type Islamists find contemptible about us. We are fat and lazy and addicted to our comforts. That is why they believe they will conquer us.

Osama Bin Laden believed that he and his Afghan freedom fighters brought down the Soviet Union. They regard the United States as the weaker and more frivolous of the two super-powers. We are the weak horse they can easily dispatch. How about we prove them wrong?

I’m not going to be a politician for a moment and hector you with empty words: I am going to go first. I have lived a pretty self-indulgent lifestyle myself in many ways. I will do the unthinkable for a woman: I’m going to reveal my age and weight right here on the internet:

Today is June 13, 2016. I am 62 years old. I am 5 feet, 7 inches tall. I weigh 170 pounds. I mean to do something about it.

See you at the gym — and at the gun range.

We need you.

*- Reprinted with the permission of the author.  Originally printed at The Blaze.
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Rob Morse: Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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    Brian
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    Brian

    Sounds like people are scared of fat people. Are we eating all your food or something? Why do you think we are going to help you fight a terrorist. I have no intention on using my firearm to save a bunch of skinny ass people. I carry a cell phone so I can record your skinny asses get shot up.

    The truth is more fat people will likely save your life than skinny people. While your running away, our fat asses attempting to run will be providing you cover.

    jim
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    jim

    Best exercise you can do and it is really pretty easy: Push away from the table.

    Brian
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    Brian

    Tried that it doesn’t work. Food just follows me around.

    Jawjuh
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    Jawjuh

    As a pain physician I can speak to this issue with a little bit of knowledge. Most, yes, most of my patients are in my clinic because of poor lifestyle and behavioral choices. Sure, my 80 year olds have age-related issues but most aren’t that old. It boils down to exercise which, although helpful, is not the be-all and end-all to losing weight. It’s simple: you are what you eat. If you eat too much of the wrong things, you will NOT lose weight. Since you are going to eat–kinda mandatory–it’s not going to require using up those 24 hours… Read more »

    LD
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    LD

    Good advice from the author that should be considered by all of us, myself certainly included. Many of us are part time preppers but, wouldn’t last the summer with no a/c, having to haul 5 gal. buckets of water everyday back to the house (insert your own scenario).
    I work in the heat all summer and am very active at work but unfortunately I’m overweight and love my a/c and my tv remote. I’m going to try harder.

    RH
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    RH

    First of all, 80% of getting in shape is DIET. Stop eating so much garbage. Get rid of sugar in your diet. Your body CAN NOT metabolize fructose so it converts it to fat. It is the cause of our nations obesity problem. Do a search on youtube for a video titled : Sugar: The Bitter Truth It will save your life Once you lose the weight, then you go to the gym to tone up. Whats the point of building muscle on a foundation of fat? I am 48 years old and I am in the top 1% of… Read more »

    RH
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    RH

    First of all, 80% of getting in shape is DIET. Stop eating so much crap. Get rid of sugar in your diet. Your body CAN NOT metabolize fructose so it converts it to fat. It is the cause of our nations obesity problem. Do a search on youtube for a video titled : Sugar: The Bitter Truth It will save your life Once you lose the weight, then you go to the gym to tone up. Whats the point of building muscle on a foundation of fat? I am 48 years old and I am in the top 1% of… Read more »

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    pete

    Yeah, I mean I try to stay in shape, OK message. But there’re only 24 hours in the day. I mean, can swim on sunday or go to the range, choose to swim.

    Nothing wrong with saying “do your best to be a healthy shooter” but I think its important to realize guns/out-of-shape is a chicken/egg thing. That is, some people get into guns or more into it when they’re retired and/or having physical issues. Either due to the added vulnerability or added spare time for less cardio intensive activities.

    George Collis
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    George Collis

    Integrating healthy living with the rest of life’s demands is less about adding something else and more about doing something different. Often this comes down to making small, intentional chnges to habits. It’s about nutrition, intentional movement and mental focus. I’m involved in a cutting edge program that is making significant differences in my life/health. Those changes carry over to my range time. By the way, I’m 71; I manage my diabetes, remain very active, have high mental and physical energy and am very involved in the personal safety movement. I’m an NRA instructor (Pistol, Rifle, CRSO) and will be… Read more »

    Goon100
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    Goon100

    God bless you Jen, don’t quit and good luck.

    Pablo53
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    Pablo53

    Got it all figured out huh Rob? Except when you don’t. Polymyositis took about 75% on my muscle mass. I’m overweight because I’ve nothing to burn the 750 calories per day. So am I not allowed to carry for self defense? I can’t run, can’t fight, can’t develop the muscles disease has robbed me of. Don’t be so quick to judge. Many questions have more than one correct answer. There was a time when I could have given you a run for your money. If you survive to my age with half of what I’ve been through, consider yourself lucky,… Read more »

    RH
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    RH

    Give it a break man, he is talking to the people that CAN do something about it. Of course there are exceptions like you, but you don’t need to over generalize and consider his message as an attack against YOU!

    Common sense goes a log way. Practice it before you comment.