So as we always do, we will discuss the lessons learned from the recent event. I will as always be brutal about it. My background and experience gives me license to do that. If that offends anyone, well...nobody is forcing you to read my words. Here is the timing of these events. It was thus as early as Columbine and we see the same nearly two decades later. If it is handled successfully...meaning either the police or an intended victim, kill the bad guy, you hear about it for a few days and then every American mind forgets and moves on to the newest Youtube clip of the kittens and the birds. If on the other hand, the bad guy succeeds, you get these, and in relative order. First you get "Prayers and Facebook posts and politicians screaming, and the rantings of news hosts". And of course, the failed LE response assigning the blame for their failure on someone other than the chief, and on something other than their hiring practices and policies. "I gave him a gun. I gave... Read more →

YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN - ACCEPT IT! What a God-given gift...that at the end of your be given the opportunity to kill an active shooter during his act. The mere thought makes the blood race and the heart sing. And to be such a craven coward as to turn your back not only on children being killed, but on your sacred duty, and on a gift from God, an opportunity such as this...why it is unthinkable for any man. Words do not come close to describe it. Beyond disgusting. The samurai had a way of making up for such a self-dishonor. As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy ‘Never Went In’ You are on your own. Nobody is coming to help you. Behave accordingly. Read more →

"After the battle - tighten the helmet straps" Old Samurai Maxim It is strange to me, how modern people think. They seem to have the attention span of chickens going from one seed to another. Last October, not five months ago, the Las Vegas shooting broke all the records. I will bet that not five out of ten people you stop on the street even remember it. And yesterday, seventeen killed at a high school. This morning everyone is running around like those chickens I discussed earlier...looking for their seed or their kernel of corn. But with the passage of time, all tensions are relaxed...and the blood lessons...and the focus...goes away and are replaced with the search for comfort. And soon...we will see another one. 1). Prevention. Sorry kids, you can't and you won't. No matter how many fences and guards you place temporarily. I suspect it was already illegal for Cruz to walk into the school with a rifle intent on murder. So much for the rules. In a free society you cannot detain people for what they may... Read more →

Time for a perspective check. Every so often, the temptation returns to us all. It could be the Youtube video with the cool guy doing something really fast. It could be the competitive shooter running a stage. But the bug nibbles on your earlobe. "Gooooooo fassssssterrrrr". I have my opinions on this. I have read all the old time killers. Askins was the quintessential killer. I read everything about him. I think we would have been the best of friends actually. I have read Jordan. He is reported to have done some killing but nothing of record that I can find. And Bryce...he was quite the killer. And I worked with a great many killers in the old days. What all the killers shared as of the utmost importance was not speed. What the killers shared was not blinding speed. It was the ability to make a deliberate decision to kill that man standing there in front of them, diregarding whether that man be in the process of deciding what to do, drawing a weapon, or already have begun shooting.... Read more →

It is a timing issue of course. Continuing on the discussion of how to not get shot by police. I was pointed in by neighboring agencies at least a dozen times when I was working narcotics and gangs. So lets look at this. And I will say need to think quickly, be quick to adapt, and don't let your ego get you killed. 1). Police arrive first and contain matters before you are ever involved. Your role as an officer - whatever your agency says to do. Your role as a Pvt. Citizen - nothing...go home and do some pullups. 2). Police arrive as you are engaging, or police arrive immediately after you engage. Statistically this is unlikely as there has always least in the events I have studied, a marked lag in response as the information is relayed through channels. Add to that the lack of undirected initiative on the part of most LE Personnel today and you will get nothing until dispatch gets the info out to the field units. At Virginia Tech, there were units... Read more →

In a recent intelligence paper, I read that it is common for terrorists to stake out and study a target before committing to action. And if such surveillance is not detected, their plans continue unabated. So in the hope of keeping you more alert, and safer, lets look at this topic to detect and then evade the surveillance team. There are two parts to this discussion. One is identifying a tail, the second is eluding them. A big part of this is daily preparation to make yourself difficult to track and to facilitate eluding any tracker. Now look, if you are Joe Stockbroker, or Phil Physicalthreapist, taking the same precautions as an active Intelligence Agent in a foreign and unfriendly nation is excessive. So keep it all in proper perspective for your current position in life. First consider equipping yourself in a way that you do not excessively stand out in a crowd. There is a great scene in the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair" where every "suspect" is dressed the same way, facilitating Pierce Brosnan's character to elude the... Read more →