Active Shooters

Sixteen Years of Predictive Profiling

Back in 2002, I was driving with a colleague to see a client in Palmdale, California, a couple hours’ drive outside of Los Angeles.  This was only a few months after 9/11 when the country and the world were looking for an understanding of and solutions to the specter of terrorism.  We were talking about…

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Safety Act

After an active shooter event or act of terrorism in the U.S., victims and their representatives often file suit against just about anyone they can. In the case of the Las Vegas shooting by Stephen Paddock, the concert promoters, the Mandalay Bay Hotel and bump stock manufacturers were all sued.  Victims and their families of…

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Guns in Israel

Some people have the idea that in Israel, gun laws are very liberal.  In fact, the very opposite is true. There are strict requirements to gun acquisition and ownership.  Gun ownership in Israel is a privilege, not a right. Guns per Capita The United States has one firearm per capita, the highest in the world. …

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Simple – not Simplistic – Emergency Response Procedures

Simplistic ideas and procedures by their nature do not withstand reality tests.  This is the case for many emergency lock-down procedures where unfortunately the essence of the SOP is to pacify its intended audience and not necessarily to save their lives.  In a situation of imminent threat, one’s instinctive response is often the correct response. …

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No Such Term as Active Shooter

The term Active Shooter is not used in Israel. That might seem surprising to hear, given the terrorist threats against that country.  Although there is an ebb and flow in violence, terrorist attacks in the form of knife stabbings, Molotov cocktail throwing, car and truck ramming and of course shootings are an intermittent reality there. …

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Mandating Security to Help Prevent Attacks

New Jersey Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) has introduced a bill that requires local law enforcement to work with various state and local agencies to develop security protocols to preserve public safety during events that attract large crowds. Under the Community Protection Act, agencies such as Homeland Security would work directly with local police to…

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Active Shooting

This week our guest blogger is Victor Chu, a Certified Firearms Instructor previously on the teaching staff for Front Sight Firearms Training Academy. He serves with the California State Military Reserve and is a full time Security Quality Assurance Manager at Chameleon Associates. ACTIVE SHOOTER AWARENESS – A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND SECURITY PROFESSIONALS…

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The Power of Questioning

Weeks before his shooting rampage at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Omar Mateen attempted to buy body armor and ammunition in bulk at a gun shop in South Florida.  To the store owner’s credit, he refused to do so.  The gun shop owner also claimed to have reported the unusual request to the FBI.  But…

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Take a Fighting Stance

In the media aftermath of the horrible shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, a news-feed article appeared saying how we now have to ramp up security at night clubs.  Why just night clubs?   There is no way to predict where the next shooting, and there will be a next one, is going to…

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Tactical Differences

Last week Chameleon provided a course Active Shooter – Lessons Learned in Israel for trainees in San Antonio, Texas.  Feedback from a law enforcement officer with decades of experience in the U.S. who participated in the training was interesting.  From his point of view, how was it different and what were his takeaways?   With…

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