Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Jeff Cooper
- The only acceptable response to the threat of lethal violence is immediate and savage counterattack. If you resist, you just may get killed. If you don’t resist you almost certainly will get killed. It is a tough choice, but there is only one right answer.
- If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.
- A smart man only believes half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.
- That is why our masters in Washington are so anxious to disarm us. They are not afraid of criminals. They are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants.
- Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.
- If you find yourself under lethal attack don’t be kind. Be harsh. Be tough. Be ruthless.
- According to Herodotus, the ancient Persians felt that what was necessary in the background of a young man entering adulthood was his ability to ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth. Perhaps we should now grant our college degrees to young men who measure up to that standard.
- The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory.
- Blessed are those who, in the face of death, think only about the front sight.
- Political correctness is neither political nor is it correct. It amounts to social censorship, and the sooner we spit it out, the better.
Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) was an American firearms expert, author, and teacher who had a significant impact on the field of firearms training and personal defense. He is best known for his development of the modern technique of handgun shooting and his philosophy of self-defense, which he termed the “Combat Triad.”
Born on May 10, 1920, in Los Angeles, California, Cooper developed a passion for shooting and firearms from an early age. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War, where he gained extensive experience with various firearms and combat tactics. Cooper’s military background greatly influenced his approach to firearms training and self-defense.
In 1976, Cooper founded the American Pistol Institute (later renamed Gunsite Academy) in Arizona, which became one of the premier firearms training facilities in the United States. At Gunsite, Cooper emphasized the importance of practical shooting skills, situational awareness, and the responsible use of firearms for self-defense.
Cooper was also a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles and several books on firearms, self-defense, and personal liberty. His most notable works include “Principles of Personal Defense,” “To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth,” and “The Art of the Rifle.”
Throughout his career, Jeff Cooper became a prominent figure in the firearms community, advocating for individual rights, self-reliance, and the importance of a well-armed citizenry. He was known for his strong opinions and no-nonsense approach to firearms training and self-defense.
Jeff Cooper passed away on September 25, 2006, but his contributions to the field of firearms training and personal defense continue to influence and inspire many enthusiasts and professionals to this day.
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