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From Richard L: How do you carry throwing knives?

Answer: Personally, I don’t recommend carrying throwing knives for two main reasons. First, depending on where you live it can be illegal to conceal or even carry throwing knives. Second, unless you’ve spent years mastering the skill of throwing knives they can be very difficult to use and something I would never recommend for someone who is new to knives. Of course, I think everyone should carry some sort of knife on them for close quarters defense and for survival purposes and a knife in your hand is a lot deadlier than trying to throw it for 99.999% of people.

From Stuart C: I heard TunnelBear VPN has been purchased by McAfee, do you still recommend using it?

Answer: At this point, I still use TunnelBear and recommend it to others to use. According to TunnelBear, it will continue to operate as it has done in the past and will be its own division under McAfee. TunnelBear is a Canadian company and will now have to comply with U.S. laws. Other than that, they claim there won’t be many changes. With that being said, I will continue to monitor the company for any changes that might affect the VPN service.

From Lou G: I just watched the Security Brief where you talked about gun safety. You demonstrated various safes including the one you use for taking a gun on a plane. How are you permitted to take a gun on a plane?

Answer: When I fly with a firearm I place it in my checked luggage in a gun safe. You can transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. You are required to declare the firearm and ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter. The container must completely secure the firearm from being accessed and oftentimes the standard container the firearm comes with may not be adequate for TSA security standards.

From Amy R: How can you stop someone from contacting you?

Answer: First, I would make it clear to the person that you no longer want them to contact you. If they continue to do so I would block them from contacting you anyway possible including text, e-mail, social media, and any other communication method. Finally, if the person has made threats or is harassing you then you should contact your local police and speak to them about how you can seek a protective/restraining order against the person.

From Steve M: What if I am out with my family or wife only to find out that I am in the middle of a violent protest or flash mob or kids start to follow us on the street?

Answer: The reality is, protests, flash mobs, and riots can happen anywhere, anytime, which is why using good situational awareness has never been more important. However, if you find yourself in the middle of one of these situations, obviously, the first priority should be to get away as fast as you can. Now, I realize that’s easier said than done but if you are stuck in the middle of a group of people you should slowly move with the group. In other words, go in the same direction of the group of people but carefully make your way to the side of the group. Never be aggressive toward others since it will draw attention to you.

From Patti L: With my kids away at college, far from home without a vehicle (not allowed). When chaos breaks out, how do I get them home safely?

Answer: After a disaster or chaotic event public transportation will most likely be dangerous or ineffective as a way to travel. In other words, your kids will likely be on their own until you can safely come pick them up. For this reason, I recommend college kids having at least a bike so that they can get away even if it’s just a few miles from the incident. The thing is, your kids should develop an escape plan including a safe place to go to that is near their college until someone can pick them up. If they have no means of transportation at all, then you need to make sure they have at least a bug out bag (72-hour kit) so they can survive until you are able to reach them.

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