As this issue hits newsstands, a new year is just days away. Whether it will be good or bad depends a lot on your personal viewpoints.

In last month’s general election, the Democratic Party gained the majority, and hence control of, the U.S. House of Representatives. If your candidate won, rejoice. If your candidate lost, you obviously have no reason to celebrate. If you did not do your duty by voting, please keep any and all comments to yourself for the next two years—in my opinion you gave up your right to make any remarks by being apathetic.

If the last decade of the last century was any indication of how the Democrats will address issues concerning our superb military and national defense, the next few years may be gloomy indeed. We can only hope—and pray—that September 11, 2001 was a wake-up call for even those who lean the farthest to the left.

For our part, 2007 is going to be a banner year for S.W.A.T. Magazine. The entire staff is already planning some of the best issues we have ever compiled. As always, you can look forward to our usual fine columns and honest reviews of firearms, gear, tactics and training. You want variety? A look through the Line-up will reveal that there is something (probably several things) in this issue.

You may not agree with all our reports or you may have a differing opinion, but our articles are guaranteed to make you think. And, as Steinbeck wrote, “The final weapon is the brain.”

An example of the above is WHAT TO DO AFTER A SHOOTING: Practical and Prudent Courses of Action in this issue. Generally speaking, most people advise a shooter to clam up until they have obtained legal counsel. The author questions if remaining totally silent is the actually the best course of action—and why.

From the entire staff, we wish you a merry holiday season and hope the coming year—and those following—are truly happy and prosperous.

Until next time, stay low and watch your back.

Denny Hansen

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