New for 2014

Thank God I Had a Gun:
True Accounts of Self-Defense
Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

Thank God I Had a Gun - True Accounts of Self-Defense, Second Edition

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The new edition includes four new accounts of ordinary people defending themselves or others with firearms.

America’s Secret:
Effective Self-Defense with a Gun

One of the best-kept secrets in the United States is how often and how effectively ordinary citizens defend themselves with firearms against criminal attack or criminal threat. Criminologists estimate that each year about 2.5 million ordinary people in the U.S. use firearms in confrontations with criminals. In the vast majority of cases, not a shot is fired, and frequently the incidents are not reported to the police.

“The bias of the mainstream media against portraying guns in a positive light results in these incidents remaining below the public’s radar,” said author Chris Bird. “The first story in the new edition is a great example of this. It was totally ignored by the national media.”  Thank God I Had a Gun: True Accounts of Self-Defense lifts the veil of secrecy surrounding the defensive uses of guns by recounting in detail seventeen of these incidents.

The Concealed Handgun Manual:
How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense.

The Concealed Handgun Manual

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This Book Could Save Your Life!

The Sixth Edition of The Concealed Handgun Manual contains more than 500 pages and is packed with advice and information for anyone who carries a concealed handgun for protection or is thinking of doing so. The book includes many actual incidents of ordinary citizens using handguns to defend themselves against criminal threat or attack.

  • Find out why Joe Zamudio in Tucson and Jeanne Assam in Colorado Springs ran to the sound of gunfire.
  • How did grandmother Sylvia Hall and Old Betsy foil an attempted home invasion?
  • Ralph Williams knew what to expect after he shot an attacker because he had read an earlier edition of The Concealed Handgun Manual.

You will learn:

  • Methods of carrying a handgun and how to draw it from concealment.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of laser sights.
  • How to avoid trouble and stay safe.
  • The legal, physical, and psychological effects of dropping the hammer on another human being.

The reciprocity information in the last chapter has been completely revised and updated. Read about changes in state concealed-carry laws, including how you now don’t need a license to carry concealed in Arizona or, if you are a resident, in Wyoming.  

Mass Shooting Changes Chiropractor’s Life

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From Luby’s to the Legislature
One Woman’s Fight Against Gun Control

The mass shooting at Luby’s Cafeteria in Central Texas made news around the world and turned an unknown chiropractor into a national champion for the right of ordinary citizens to carry guns for self-defense.

Suzanna Gratia, then 32, was having lunch with her parents at the restaurant in Killeen that day in October 1991 when a man crashed his pickup through a window and began shooting people. When the shooting stopped, her mother and father were dead along with 22 other people, including the shooter.

No one was interviewed more about that shooting than Suzanna Gratia Hupp (her married name). She became an icon for gun rights and the Second Amendment because she was not afraid to be interviewed by the news media and because she told them what they did not expect hear. She did not blame the shooter – how can you blame a rabid dog? – and she did not blame guns. She blamed politicians who had legislated away her right to carry a gun to protect herself and her family.

No one has had more to do with passing the rash of state concealed-carry laws that swept the country in the 1990s allowing ordinary law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for self-defense. She has told her story to the national media and has testified before Congress and numerous state legislatures. She served for 10 years in the Texas Legislature. Now she has put it all down in a memoir entitled From Luby’s to the Legislature: One Woman’s Fight Against Gun Control.

Hupp recounts how guns have affected her life – from playing with cap guns with her brother to filing bills in the Texas Legislature to allow students with concealed carry licenses to pack guns on college campuses. The latter has become a hot topic following the shootings at Virginia Tech.

She tells what happened on October 16, 1991 at the Luby’s Cafeteria and how it affected her and her family. She recalls making “the stupidest decision” of her life when she decided several months before the shooting to stop carrying a revolver in her purse in case she was caught and lost her chiropractor’s license. That decision left her unarmed at the time she most needed her gun.


Privateer Publications is a publishing house in San Antonio, Texas, dedicated to providing responsible information to those interested in firearms, shooting, and self defense. Author Chris Bird is a former president of the Texas Concealed Handgun Association and teaches the training course for the Texas Concealed Handgun License.

 


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