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Do not give in to Evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it

Friday, February 25, 2011

An Unrepentant Advocate Of Deadly Violence

“One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure — and in some cases I have — that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.”

-- LtCol John Dean "Jeff" Cooper, USMC (retired)
   May 10, 1920 - September 25, 2006

Just remember that Colonel Cooper is watching everything that you do, as well as everything that you do not do.


Anonymous Doc Enigma said...


February 25, 2011 at 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



February 25, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that Col. Cooper is watching over the Suarez International cartel, and learning something about how the application of violence has evolved past the Modern Technique.


February 25, 2011 at 9:02 PM  
Anonymous WarriorClass said...

Jeff Cooper once said, "Owning a gun doesn't make you armed, any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician."

Got training?


February 25, 2011 at 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Kerodin said...

For anyone who has not read through the body of work the Colonel contributed to America, please take the time.

CA has a link available (Left side, under Shooting Resources)

Colonel Cooper deserves a statue on the National Mall.


February 25, 2011 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger J. Croft said...

Man, Jeff Cooper looks MEAN back in the day!

Someday, Jesus Christ is going to be riding back-with Jeff Cooper, 2pac and Eazy E, and they're going to smack the teeth outta your mouth for letting shit get this bad:


February 25, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Semper Fi, Colonel!

February 26, 2011 at 1:24 AM  
Anonymous aughtsix said...

Hoplophobe, upon observing a cocked and locked 1911 in Jeff's holster:

"Sir, your pistol looks dangerous!"

"Madam, I certainly hope so," replied Jeff.

Possibly apocryphal, but it's all true and more... or it ought to be.


Let the ThreeForAll begin.

February 26, 2011 at 1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aye,Aye, Sir!

Semper Fi, 0321

February 26, 2011 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...


In terms of smashing icons and revolutionizing thinking consistent with real life, Gabe and all are doing essential work.

Thank you for pointing that out.

February 26, 2011 at 4:46 AM  
Anonymous Scott J said...

The man who taught me to shoot long range rifle (and eventual best man at my wedding) used to call me Mr. Cooper often because I so frequently made points from his writings.

February 26, 2011 at 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Nanders said...

J. Croft, you answered a question that has lingered in the back of my mind for some time; who was harder, Dr. Dre or Eazy E?

Dr. Dre threatened to "slap the taste out yo mouf"

However, as you point out, Eazy was willing to go one step beyond that and slap the teef out yo mouf.


February 26, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Anonymous aughtsix said...

PF and CA:

No Jeff Cooper et al...

no Gabe Suarez.

The natural evolution of knowledge and practice. The Colonel was "smashing icons and revolutionizing thinking consistent with real life," when Gabe was in knee pants. And I think Gabe would be first to acknowledge the debt.


February 27, 2011 at 4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Col's remark is consistant w/ my philosophy of being as peaceful (& law abiding) as I'm allowed to be. If, however, it's clear that violent action is the only permanently effective way to deter or alleviate perfidy, hesitation to open the gates of hell upon an assailant/s is not only personally stupid, but also societally irresponsible if you're one of those who need a 'noble' reason to get 'mean'. Personally, what 'nice people' think about what I do to those who attempt to do bad things to me/mine is thoroughly unimportant as they aren't going to help, would likely get in the way, & may even sympathise w/assist the vermin being exterminated thus including themselves among the demised. Survival isn't for the squeamish, the tenderhearted, or the morally/ethically 'superior'.

Cassandra (of Troy)

February 27, 2011 at 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The art is evolving and Gabe is at the fore front, but the spirit of the warrior does not. Cooper most defined defined the spirit.


February 27, 2011 at 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Boat Guy said...

Minor point of etiquette;
You've used the Army rank abbreviation. The USMC abbreviation would be LtCol...
I had the privilege of attending Gunsite while Mr Cooper held forth; he had his shortcomings as we all do, but his contributions, and especially his writings, were noteworthy.

February 28, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Concerned American said...


Thank you for the correction.

Will conform prior and future cites as well.

March 1, 2011 at 1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I've always considered Cooper to be the foundation to be built on rather than the be all & end all on the subject which, unless I'm mistaken, is the point you & aughtsix are making. @ least that's my impression. Along w/ Cooper's, I find the writings of Charles Askins to be of value as they're equally unflinching & also quite funny. Cooper was a promoter of the 'Weaver style' & touted its superiority over the 'isoceles'/straight stiff arm style endlessly, yet even he later acknowleged its utility for some shooters & now both are considered to be valid approaches to handgun shooting. Cooper was doctrinaire to a certain extent, but he explained how he arrived @ his conclusions & allowed that his way might not be best for everyone which was & still is refreshing for someone of his stature.

Cassandra (of Troy)

March 1, 2011 at 6:00 PM  

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