on this list are not only competent martial artists and instructors,
but Vietnam veterans, law enforcement officers, professionals, university
professors, bikers, psychologists, scientists, ex-brawlers and
master level martial artists. No matter what their profession, they
are a group of people with years of "live fire experience"
rather than one or two bad episodes. Many of them are still in high-risk
As this list
is populated by people for whom delivering a lethal response is NOT
an academic question, topics of conversation tend to address "next
level" issues, such as legal, ethical, psychological moral issues
and responsibilities arising from use of force. We know we can do it,
now the problem is learning how to live with that fact.
As this list
has progressed it has developed a distinct "cyber-community"
atmosphere. Quite literally you will be joining an electronic small
town where everyone knows each other. Our successes, our loses, our
celebrations and our hardships, these are shared with other list members.
There is a lot of chat and off-topic flow between members.
One of the
best ways to understand the caliber and flavor of this list is to realize
that the people who are swapping computer tips, birth announcements,
silly stories and recipes are experts in their fields and have
nothing to prove. They come here to relax and learn -- and sometimes
they get silly. (You will soon learn the importance of putting liquids
down before reading anything that starts with "Howdy" That
is unless you like replacing keyboards)