Street Smarts: In The Throne Room

In days of old, the King was always worried about being killed by his foes while sitting on the throne; obviously some things never change. You will quickly guess where I was sitting when inspiration struck for this month’s column. I had just retired to my favorite thinking spot atop the cool white porcelain when

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Training and Tactics: Flashlight Technique Hysteria

“You can’t use that flashlight technique. The enemy will fire at the light source and hit you by mistake.” Let me guess: been reading too many detective novels? Face facts: the bad guys don’t hit the good guys “by mistake.” They miss by mistake, so let’s get our priorities straight. You may eat bullets because

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Frontline Debriefs: The Active Shooter

In late September and early October there were three separate school shootings within the span of a week. These tragic incidents are not about to go away any time soon and, as a point of fact, they may increase. During the 26 years I spent in the Metropolitan Division of the LAPD, one of its

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Enemy at the Gate: When Government Steals Our Stuff

Emeliano Gomez Gonzolez was speeding on the freeway. He lied to the Nebraska state trooper who stopped him. He was evasive. All true. But should the punishment for those sins be a $124,700 fine? On 18 August 18 2006, the Eighth District Court of Appeals said yes. The honorable judges ruled that the U.S. Justice

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Against All Odds: Easy Disaster Preparations

Back in the early 1980s, a buddy of mine who was “connected” started telling stories out of school. Stories about nukes being hijacked by terrorists, tales of bombs already sighted in American cities, hints about the existence of a “fifth column” of terrorists who infiltrated through our porous Southern border. I did what checking I could and began to become nervous—very nervous.

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Training and Tactics: Fighting Shotgun Stock Length

“Beware of the man, not the weapon.” This adage has held true since time immemorial, and will predominantly decide who will be the victor and who will be the vanquished in a rencounter. This having been said, however, there is no question that the right equipment for the right job is a huge bonus. Even

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Frontline Debriefs: It Can Happen!

Very recently, two Los Angeles Police Officers were struck and subsequently injured in separate gunfights. LA is a violent city; about that there can be no mistake. In one Southend division alone, there were seven separate officer involved shootings (OIS) in a span of just eight weeks, and there are 19 geographical divisions that comprise

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Briefing Room: A New Year

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,

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Enemy at the Gate: New Years’ Resolutions For The ATF

So I sez to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “Look, you know how there are some things even your best friend won’t tell you? Well, I’ll tell you. The truth is, you’re a mess. “You’re like the blubbery, weak-chinned, 450-pound guy in the ‘before’ part of the tabloid ad. You’re the ugly-gut,

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Street Smarts: Night Time Is The Right Time

Ray Charles had it right when he sang, “Night time is the right time…” Unfortunately, outside the world of rhythm and blues music, nighttime is indeed the right time: the time for trouble, assault and a significant portion of man’s inhumanity to man. The topic for this month’s column came to me yesterday evening while

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