Mission & Philosophy
It is the mission of Proven Protective Systems to provide quality firearms training to responsible citizens in a safe, professional, effective, and reasonably priced venue in order for them to survive potentially lethal criminal attacks.
Defending oneself from attack is as old as mankind. It is the original right, since the ability to muster a defense against predators and other humans was – and is – a necessary component to human existence. It predates governments and even formal religions. As such is a Natural Right, but has not always been recognized by monarchies or statist entities, which have proven time and time again to be the greatest mass murderers in history. The innate presence of self defense can clearly be seen when parents' children are attacked or threatened in their presence - the reaction is immediate and without apology.
In America and other republics, the right to life and personal defense is enumerated in Constitutions or a Bill of Rights. These do not give the right, since it already exists in nature and has always been the case. The enumeration is merely a statement of fact and acknowledges the truth as stated. The great thinkers and writers of the Enlightenment such as Montesquiu, Frederic Bastiat, and Thomas Paine went into great detail about these rights and were some of the primary sources the founders of the United States of America used in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These documents, principles, and even these men are often the targets of scorn and ridicule by some today. Despite this, the rights to life and self defense are inarguably Natural Rights, Constitutional Rights, and Civil Rights. They are our birthright as American citizens, and what freedom-deprived people the world over have sought when they seek to immigrate to our shores.
Historically, some of the most rapid technological advancements have been the result of needs arising from food production and defense of oneself or nation. The progression from brute force, through rocks and sticks, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval, and to today is often measured in terms of tools and weaponry. These progressions allowed for better defense of self by less physically formidable people, and for the weak to defend against stronger attackers and oppressors. With the advent of ever smaller and more powerful firearms, we see the very real possibility for even a tiny, frail, human being to defend against an extremely large, powerful, adult. These weapons have also enabled simple people to rise up against the most powerful armies in the world, and change their status from “subject” to “citizen.”
The Founders recognized this in the 2nd Amendment when they specified “arms” - not just firearms - as a thing to keep and bear, and that these arms are “…necessary to the security of a free state.” Necessary – not suggested, advised, or recommended. There is zero mention or relation of arms to sport or hunting, and to suggest otherwise is disingenuous at best. It is such an essential thing to personal and collective liberty that historians often forget that it was not the mere tax on tea, paper, stamps, without representation that ignited the American Revolution. No, it was only when British troops moved out to seize Colonial arms and ammunition – almost all of it including artillery privately owned – that the “shot heard ‘round the World” was fired, and a Nation of sovereign and independent states was eventually won. It was not freely given. Regarding our identity, my astute friend James Owens, RN wisely stated:
“We are a nation, born of armed rebellion.”
In my own studies, a pattern emerged when looking at conflicts over time. When researching responses to tyrannical entities, a five step progression of phases takes place:
- Civil Disobedience
- Civil Disorder
- Armed Resistance
Outrage and civil disobedience are often present in free societies. The movement may not actually be based on fact or even be morally justified. Civil disorder is not uncommon either, as we have seen in recent years. Armed resistance has taken place many times in American history: the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, the War Between the States from 1860-1865, and the Battle of Athens, Tennessee in 1946 are but three examples – rightly or wrongly – of U.S. citizens responding with force and the threat of force after steps 1-3 went unresolved. The morally righteous resistance to the abomination of slavery throughout history is another prime example. As a Nation, and as a People, we have recognized innately the right to defend ourselves by whatever means we have at our disposal to keep our safety and freedom. It Is an immutable fact of our existence that we retain that Right, and abject folly and delusion to ever suggest otherwise.
Firearms are largely the current state of the art when it comes to defense of self and the Republic. They allow the weak to defeat the more powerful attacker, and the oppressed to overcome the oppressor. Skill with firearms is not easily, cheaply, or rapidly obtained. It takes effort, funding, and commitment over time to achieve and maintain. Outside of government service, the knowledge of principles, ability to afford, and time to devote to these truly martial arts is more difficult to attain. As a decreasing percentage of the American populace engages in military and law enforcement service, it defaults to individual citizens to devote their personal sacrifices to acquiring life – and Nation – saving skills. It is the humble mission of this company to assist in whatever ways are necessary to help bring these skills about.
John Jeffrey Wittenborn - 2018