Street Smarts: Caching Fever

While the occasional reader has accused this writer of being a second-rate version of the sainted Louis Awerbuck, this particular column is actually mostly recycled from one that never saw the light of day. That’s fortunate, because it means Mrs. Clinton didn’t win the election in 2016. While I’m not the biggest fan of the

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Street Smarts: Guns and Kids

Now that I’ve officially earned my field commission as a Grandfather First Class, the subject of children and firearms takes on a new importance. Not that firearms safety was ever an afterthought in our house when the kids were young. But now, faced with a whole new generation of concern and worries, I’ve started to

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STREET SMARTS: This Is a Stick-Up!

Lots of things suck about jobs. Lazy co-workers, stupid or bossy bosses, that vending machine in the break room that is really a low-odds slot machine, and somebody is always putting the bite on for little Suzy and Johnny’s school fundraiser or Junior Football League. Oh, I almost forgot the biggest of the workday blues:

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Street Smarts: Cop-Community Relations

It’s pretty obvious we have a problem in this country regarding police-community relations. Police feel they simply cannot do their jobs anymore, especially if policing involves other races, without being subject to public outcry, media assassination, automatic assumption of discriminatory intent, and even criminal investigation. Right now, it’s tough to be a cop. Meanwhile, a

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Street Smarts: Security Checkpoints

If you’ve ever wanted to watch a gun writer get angry, you should have been with me two days ago at the security checkpoint for a major event. With wisdom gained from countless hours spent manning and planning similar security posts, I somehow managed to keep my rage hidden while undergoing the exceptionally lax screening.

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Street Smarts: Suicide Isn’t Painless

Are you going to kill yourself? That abrupt query is not our usual attention-grabber meant to draw the reader into a discussion of some technique designed to save your sorry hide. Nope, I’m earnest and serious: Are you thinking about putting a gun in your mouth? Hopefully not a single reader answered in the affirmative,

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Street Smarts: Desert Breakdown

It’s one thing to pontificate, but quite another to be sitting in the middle of the desert practicing your own advice. Over the past decade and a half, I’ve tried to share lessons on how to stay a little safer when dealing with the daily dose of the sorrow known as life. One or two

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Street Smarts: I’ve Locked Up My Last Scumbag

It is said that all good things must come to an end and, in that regard, I have now ended my watch for the last time. A few weeks ago I marked off-duty, took off the uniform and suddenly felt drained, relieved, excited, nostalgic, hopeful, and even unburdened. To my great relief, I didn’t feel

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Street Smarts: Run, Rabbit, Run

There you are, steely eyed dealer of death, walking through the doors of your local Stop-N-Rob when you observe some low-life puke holding a gun on the clerk. Uh-oh. What shall we do? If you’re like me, your first thought would be to immediately “un-ass” the area and place a couple of ZIP codes between

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Street Smarts: Open Season on Cops

Welcome to 2015: now go spit on the nearest cop. That is what a certain segment within America would apparently love to see happen. The mass media won’t explicitly support you, but they’ll certainly feature your story on the front page. If the cop then happens to arrest you and you get scuffed up in

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