VIOLENCE OF MIND By Varg Freeborn
It has been awhile since I have written a blog…a number of reasons for this, really. First, after 27 years and 1,400 articles for the gun magazines and LE trade journals, I certainly feel burned out in regards to writing. Truth be told, I just don’t feel like I have anything else to say. Second, the course pace of Handgun Combatives LLC was almost overwhelming for a number of years. I was on the road 35 plus weekends a year, basically fly or drive out on Friday and return on Sunday…Tuesday through Thursday was when I had to get all of the “honey do’s” finished. I just did not have a lot of time to sit and write. In the 21st Century, if you have a business then you have a social media presence, which was about all of the writing I could stomach over the few shot days I had at home.
Now that I have decreased the number of courses I am offering, I have a bit more time to stop and breathe…and take care of some unfinished business. One such piece of business involves a book entitled Violence Of Mind by Varg Freeborn. I first became aware of Varg and his unique background through Raven Concealment Systems. Varg was doing some work for them at the time and helped me secure some samples of their fine gear. Truth be told, no one at Raven would give me the time of day until Varg did, which makes me feel doubly bad that I have neglected this review for so long.
In a nutshell, this is one of the most unique books I have ever read…bar none!
If you are a snowflake, pussy, coward, crybaby, Internet warrior or on-line idiot don’t read this book. It’s not for those who want to have combat fantasies or pretend confrontations. It’s what real conflict is like…not what you may want it to be. You will likely never find this book at the public library and maybe not at some book stores because in a time where people look to be offended, Varg Freeborn tells you like it is with NO FILTER what so ever. Few people will have the state of mind displayed by Varg in this book because few people have his background and experience. And I don’t know anyone with his background that cares to turn it into lessons for those most serious few seconds in your life. You see, Varg is not a former cop or special operator…he is a former prison inmate! But a former inmate who has petitioned the state and gotten his citizen rights restored, including his right to possess firearms and he has taken his hard earned lessons and turned them into a book that can be difficult to read, at times, but so worth the effort!
Not everybody is a good citizen…a wonderful, lovely, harmless person who would not hurt a fly. There are predators out there who are targeting you for their personal gain! Varg has lived among them…fought with some of them…and he is here to tell you how THEY REALLY THINK AND BEHAVE. The biggest mistake you can make? Appling how you see the world to them, thinking that they will think, feel and behave as you would. THEY WON’T AND DON’T! Period.
Varg cuts through the bullshit expounded by many martial arts and what some firearm instructors teach. No, I don’t agree with every point he makes, but few people agree totally with everything regardless of topic. I have been doing this for over 40 years now and have my thoughts on the subject from the on the other side of the law, which likely accounts for some of our differences. That said, it is ALWAYS good to hear a different viewpoint.
There’s a notion possessed by many that if you just have my gun you’ll be OK and this may be the biggest misconception any gun owner can possess. Or you can get a black belt in a martial art and can take on any street thug and overcome them. Ahhhh…no. You'd better rethink. They have something you probably don’t…combat experience. I’ve seen it, faced it and fought it…the combat experience possessed by a hardened inmate is NOT to be underestimated! They have “been there and done that” which few armed citizens can say.
Your CCW certification course is just placing your toe in the large pool of water known as personal security preparation. You have so much more to do, grasshopper. If you feel it is all you need, please READ THIS BOOK! It may be one of the best things you could do to better prepare your mind for inter-personal conflict. If you really think you're ready to defend yourself on the street you're likely misinformed. Why? Because few people really have experience dealing with those who would prey upon others. Thus, it is normal to try and apply what you do know to that which you don’t. In the case of many, this will be movies and television. PLEASE do not do this…it will result in serious physical injury or death! Instead, read Violence Of Mind and then begin they “journey of discovery” we call personal security preparation far better informed.