When Social Tension Spikes: Advice From a Warrior | USCCA

John Lovell, founder of the Warrior Poet Society, sits down with Steve Fischer, USCCA’s training operations manager, to discuss the rise of unrest and why ALL Americans need to be prepared for the worst. If you aren’t familiar with John, he’s a firearms and tactics instructor for civilians, a former Army Ranger and war veteran.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/blog/when-social-tension-spikes-advice-from-a-warrior/

OK my home owners ass says not to go out side w/ a gun if there are protestors? I can understand this to a point but I am not going to have my home destroyed by looters and scumbags that just want to destroy in the name of protest! So some advice to us many gun owners from USCCA prospective v/s our chicken Sheit home owners ass. Thanks


Good Morning. I assume that your use of ass is an abbreviation for association? With that being said, I would have to normally side with the HOA for quite a few reasons.
With respect to you, this kind of thinking is like a loose cannon on a ship. Calm down and reflect what could happen to you? Your family? Your neighbors? What would a LEO (if any) treat your display of a firearm? You could be viewed as more of a threat than the protestors. How does a LEO even know that you are not a protestor? It’s chaos! How would the protestors respond?
I can vividly recall the riots years ago in LA when looters were burning and pillaging their own neighborhoods, when two riflemen posted themselves on opposite corners of a commercial buildings flat roof, in plain view; that building remained non-looted and intact.
Calm down and think this through.
Stay safe.


I’m adding your question to our Ask an Attorney Thread for today’s live Ask an Attorney. No guarantees they’ll be able to answer it with all of the other questions they have, but we’ll try to get it in!


We live in a world where all our rights are being infringed on. The battle unfortunately doesn’t end if your protecting life. This is why USCCA exists. My main role as a Father and Husband is to keep my family safe no matter what the cost to myself. This is why if someone breaks in my house we have a game plan of getting to safety first calling police while being fully armed. I don’t want to get into a fight unless I absolutely have to. I don’t chase I protect. Things are just things if this world, they can be replaced. Life can’t. Sometimes if the mob is destroying things looting business it might be time to leave the area and let insurance deal with it. I know this might sound foolish to many but my life and families will always be more important then anything else in life. Besides, our home, doesn’t feel like home unless we are together.


I mostly agree with your post except that my homeowners insurance will not cover damage to a structure due to rioting, civil insurrections or nuclear explosions. I would think that many other insurers wouldn’t either.


Q. What is USCCA’s official response to the death of George Floyd?

I think we need to start asking ourselves, when did we become such a win-less society.

House burns down no insurance, $200k—300k+Loss

House doesn’t burn down person dies/injured. $200k+ court fees plus prison. House needs to be sold or still gets burned once your removed from scene. It’s almost like there is no winning. I could come up with a million “if” scenarios. Which is sad!

This is why I say defend yourself and family get out of the bad situation first.


@ATeamCoach, here’s where you can find USCCA President Tim Schmidt’s response: Your Level of Preparedness ~ Tim Schmidt


After learning the 4 CARDINAL rules of gun handling, we are trained NOT to go hunting for bad guys. Given a chance, they will find you. You are familiar with the layout of a familiar place, The bad guy(s), probably, are not. If you are in a familiar place, take cover, or concealment, and wait for the bad guy(s) to come to you. If the bad guy(s) invade your space, they are not collecting for the RED CROSS. Identify your target and shoot to kill. You are a LEO; therefore, it is not reasonable for you to further endanger yourself by trying to ascertain motive.


1.THE BEST FIGHT IS THE ONE YOU ARE NOT IN. I know these are stressful times
2. I make it a point to NEVER buy real estate where there is a HOA . They are usually full of “Karens” When this is over sell and MOVE. Be glad to have you in South Georgia USA


Amen to that.

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Unfortunately, the ‘law’ (which as you know is an ass) does not approve of deadly force to defend property. Thus, unless your life is in danger, you are not approved to use deadly force to repel the invaders.

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I live in CA… first mistake right? Lol… I have a question also. If your vehicle is locked, firearm is in the console(not locked) on your private property. The firearm in the unlocked* console of *locked truck in your own driveway of private property, and your truck is broken into by a thief and firearm is stolen… should you get an improper storage ticket/citation and should you be asked to bring your ccw card into the sheriff department while “your case” is under “review?? It sure just happened to me. I called the police to come to my home, had the thief on video(adt) and I’m the one who got in trouble. I’m VERY PRO LEO, but this sure makes a man skeptical of calling for help again. I was told it was to be in a locked container and even if my console had been locked it wouldn’t have mattered because the firearm had to be in a locked case. That was over 2 weeks ago and my “case” still hasn’t been “reviewed” according to the ccw investigator today. Btw… my USCCA customer service has been AWESOME! Trina has been so exceptionally helpful. I appreciate USCCA in an unbelievable way. Thank you for fighting for the little guys!


An armed society is a polite society.


Would peaceful protest have won us our freedom from England?


This whole thing is based on a sense of entitlement on the part of all parties involved. Entitlement goes against everything in the Bible. As people clash over their personal expectations of entitlement, the massive spirits of fear and hatred are taking full advantage of the situation.


There are plenty of us 2A people who don’t attribute our rights and freedoms to “God”. I don’t need God’s permission to defend myself. I don’t need God to be a good person. Why the hell does it seem that so many people who love guns seem to be Bible thumpers??!! It is imperative to realize that valuing human life does NOT require a religious component!!

Watching Steve host the show with his guest John at this very moment, and as Steve kept talking, it amazed me when he briefly discussed his background, and it occurred to me that we are more alike than I had ever believed.

I met Steve with everyone else at the open house a few years back and he’s such an easy going guy. So well balanced. Even though I’m considerably older by about a decade or so, we both went to Catholic schools and had Catholic upbringing. Mine was Roman Catholic actually, but as he expressed his bad side while young and still learning, what he portrayed in his youth just about parodied mine to the letter. Even our children bare resemblance in that they, all three of his and three of mine are virtually the same ages and that was most likely due to his starting his family right away while I waited/took ten years. lol

I’m happy that I took the many photos I did that day while attending the open house and having met and been introduced to the people there, and after seeing him host just now, I’m even happier that I sent in some photos of me with Steve, Kevin and Tim to sign and know they are all hanging on my wall just several feel from where I’m typing this.

Glad that John has kept his eye on the USCCA and decided to join forces and partner with you guys. A good move by both, but even better for John 'cause it was a match made in Heaven for him.

Kudos all around guys. Kudos.

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Funny you should mention fighting for our freedom from England, the Second Amendment and not needing God’s “permission” almost in the same breath. Our declaration, constitution AND bill of rights are indeed deeply rooted in what that Founders called natural law and “God-given” rights:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I’m not religious, either, but reading your rant against the very ethos that built the bedrock of your freedoms seems disingenuous to me. If (no, when) the SHTF, I’d much rather be surrounded by people of faith than the secular crowd. As repellant as the Bible beaters might be to you, I’d guess that the socialists/anarchists might not be your cup of tea, either. Don’t think it’s an “either/or” choice? It will be.