Dan Baum: Why Don’t the Police Have Phasers Set to Stun Yet?


Dan Baum is one of America’s greatest writers. While I disagreed with the pro-gun control editorializing in Gun Guys: A Road Trip  — written in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre —  I can’t recommend it enough. Mr. Baum’s vignettes of American gun owners are as vivid as a Lilly Pulitzer print, and a lot easier on the eyes. Dan quit writing — and kept writing (of course). An email journal. Here’s a police-related post that hit my inbox, republished with his permission . . .

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Police Refining Active Shooter Response Strategy

(courtesy jomartactical.com)

Republished from forcescience.org:

Dr. Mike Clumpner holds a PhD in homeland security policy, with dissertation research on coordinated public safety responses to active shooters. He has logged 24 years in urban fire services, 21 years as a paramedic, and seven years in law enforcement, assigned to SWAT special op. Dr. Clumpner is a curriculum developer/instructor with the Dept. of Homeland Security. He has trained more than 40,000 first responders across three continents regarding active-killer suppression. In a special seminar earlier this year, hosted at the Force Science Training Center in Chicago, Clumpner shared what he considers current “best practices” for mitigating active-killer events. Here are Clumpier’s 10 critical factors for keeping an agency’s active-killer protocol on the cutting edge . . .

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BREAKING: UT-Austin Campus Cop Hospitalized After Negligent Discharge


“A University of Texas police officer accidentally shot himself Tuesday morning outside of the campus police department, according to UT police. Paramedics took the officer to University Medical Center Brackenridge with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.” What happened? We’ll probably never know all the details, but “(i)nitial reports were that the officer shot himself accidentally while performing a weapons check. UT police are investigating the incident, UT police said.” The four rules of gun safety — always keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction paramount among them — apparently aren’t part of the curriculum at this august institution of higher education. Go figure.



University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary: Why I Oppose Campus Carry

University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary (right) (courtesy voanews.com)

From a securityinfowatch.com interview with University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary:

To get a concealed weapons permit in the State of Florida, all you have to do is go to any gun show or go to a class that may last 45 minutes and you get a permit. You don’t even have to pull the trigger of a gun, you don’t have to fire a round or demonstrate proficiency and then there is never a recertification. As long as you keep paying, you could actually go blind and still have your concealed weapons permit. It’s a disgrace and the biggest problem is . . .

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How New York Became a Nexus of Second Amendment Infringement

Timothy_Sullivan (courtesy wikipedia.org)

After the American Revolutionary War, New York legislators didn’t include gun rights in their state constitution. They considered firearms freedom too obvious to include. And any legal protection redundant, thanks to the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. And so it was — until 1911. That’s when the Empire State legislature passed the infamous Sullivan Act to protect organized crime from armed citizens . . .

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Insp. Chris Butler: Fixing Fatal “Strong but Wrong” Police Firearms Training

Inspector Chris Butler (courtesy metronews.ca)

Republished with permission from forcescience.org email blast:

In a provocative, in-depth interview newly posted online, Insp. Chris Butler (above), one of North America’s leading use-of-force experts, minces no words in assessing present shortcomings of police training. “Currently,” he asserts, “many agencies have training paradigms that are directly leading to deaths of officers in the line of duty. This is hard for trainers to swallow, but not all training is good training. And bad training will get officers killed just as fast as no training at all” . . .

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Force Science Institute Survey: The “Ferguson Effect” on Policing Is Real

Ferguson riot

By David Blake of the Blake Consulting and Training Group in Brentwood, CA. Republished from Force Science Institute:

Nearly half of patrol officers surveyed nationally say they have cut back on traffic and pedestrian stops, confirming that a suspected “Ferguson Effect” is significantly affecting proactive policing. The recent poll was designed and conducted by certified Force Science Analyst David Blake, a retired 16-year police veteran with a master’s degree in psychology who heads an independent law enforcement consulting and training firm. Through an online Survey Monkey questionnaire, he gathered responses from a cross-section of nearly 500 front-line sworn personnel, many of them encouraged to participate by their departments. . . .

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Cop Fires on Cops After Cops Respond to Shots Fired Domestic Abuse Report

Back in 1991, researcher L.B. Johnson studied domestic violence amongst police officers. Johnson found that 40 percent of police officer families experience domestic violence, as compared to 10 percent of the general population. Regardless of the rate, domestic violence by LEOs is often swept under the rug. Even after a conviction, some 50 percent of abusive cops keep their job. The media’s silent complicity is abhorrent. “Drunk officer gets shot in gun battle with fellow officers” the YouTube headline proclaims, downplaying the domestic abuse component. Was the officer in question jailed for domestic violence and assaulting his brother officers? Nope. But he was suspended without pay. For now. And so it goes . . .


Louisiana Open Carrier Shoots And Kills Gas Station Assailant: Defensive Gun Use of the Day

Open Carry Defensive Shooting Mandeville LA 2016

In a decent neighborhood in Mandeville, Louisiana, an unidentified store clerk was attacked by an aggressive customer at a gas station. A firearms instructor on the scene — openly carrying his .40 caliber pistol in a holster — felt compelled to assist the store clerk in de-escalating the situation. But the aggressor would not stop. Instead, he kept on increasing the level of attacks. From theadvocate.com . . .

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University of South Alabama Campus Cops Write-Up Student for Open Holster Protest (“Engaging in Activities that Threaten the Safety of the Campus Community”)

Universities are developing a reputation for being mini fascist states, only allowing speech that the university administration agrees with, or is considered “politically correct.” The University of South Alabama has lived up to the reputation by citing a student who was peacefully wearing an empty holster in a protest over the universitity’s no weapons policy. The campus policy does not prohibit holsters. The campus police say they cited the student because “someone called it in.” They issued a citation for “engaging in activities that threaten the safety of the campus community” and for a general prohibition on engaging in conduct that violates university rules. In practise, this is a gag on any protest that the administration disagrees with. From campusreform.org . . .

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Dallas Marine Stops Home Invasion With Gunfire – Defensive Gun Use of the Day

Open Carry Walmart Dallas 10 April 2016

One of the advantages of open carry is that it’s a good excuse for social interaction. I was in a Dallas Walmart taking pictures of .22 ammuntion for sale, while another customer was waiting for the cabinet to be unlocked. I asked him to take my picture when my new photographer casually mentioned that he was there to buy .38 special ammunition because he had repelled a home invasion the previous night . . .

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