FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: If My Department Won’t Pay …

Police are well known for being economical. This is an established, scientifically based fact that I have observed on many fronts. Classic example: Officer “A” in a bar will drop vast sums during the course of one evening’s festivities to increase the chances of having his way with a femme fatale. Same Officer “A” would

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ENEMY AT THE GATE: Justice Kavanaugh and Gun Rights

When the bruising fight over President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court finally ended with Kavanaugh’s confirmation, there was much celebration in gun rights advocacy circles. Indeed, the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the forcible citizen disarmament lobby was by itself something to please any

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BRIEFING ROOM: Election Woes

When Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States in 2016, social media was filled with posts to the effect of, “We’re safe for the next four years.” I cautioned then that historically, control of either the Senate or the House of Representatives—or both—often flips in the midterm elections. And that was

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BRIEFING ROOM: Mentoring Young Shooters

Whether your politics are conservative, liberal or centrist, one thing that almost everyone can agree on is the importance of the young people in our lives—children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. With the left-leaning propaganda bombarding the public from the mainstream media and even in our schools, it is incumbent upon us to pass on to

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ENEMY AT THE GATE: Weapons in “Common Use”

During the United States Senate confirmation proceedings on President Donald Trump’s second nomination to the Supreme Court, an exchange between that nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was very instructive. Feinstein, who by virtue of her rank and power on the Senate and her longstanding

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FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: Hostage Resolution

A hostage situation recently developed in a large metropolitan city. The suspect held the hostage in the typical configuration of a controlling arm around the victim’s neck while positioning himself behind the victim with a large knife pressed against her neck. Field officers responded and positioned themselves about the suspect and victim. While other events

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GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

Misfortune Cookie It was an hour before midnight at the China Kitchen restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina when the normal Thursday night routine was interrupted by a masked intruder brandishing a gun. Barging into the restaurant and announcing a holdup, the would-be robber quickly took the employees manning the cash register at gunpoint and demanded

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STREET SMARTS: Countersurveillance Techniques

“Are ‘they’ watching you?” This is one of the first questions used to determine if you are in need of commitment to an in-patient facility, but it is also a question that you should ask yourself while conducting the business of daily life. The “they” in question are not the Boogeyman, the Tri-Lateral Commission, or

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: Gearward Escape Tools

We live in an age of increasing terrorism and criminal activity. Hostage taking and kidnapping have dramatically increased as preferred tactics. No country is totally safe. Those at greatest risk include military and government personnel, foreign aid workers, and journalists in conflict zones, as well as recreational and business travelers in countries with a high

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STREET SMARTS It’s a Good Time To Prepare for Bad Times

My buddy was depressed, seriously down in the dumps. We were meeting for our every-few-weeks beer at a local Mexican joint. He’s an old friend who has worked in the newspaper and communications business his entire life. He’s also a serious practicing liberal. I like him anyway. “Are you kidding me?” he asked incredulously, nearly

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