Seeking Engagement at all Costs

The only way to win against active shooters. Make no mistake, we are at war here on U.S. soil. We are engaged in a battle against active shooters. There’s been a lot of attention on the recent failures of Uvalde. The mistakes made there highlight the single most important criteria for winning any battle. That…

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$73M Remington Settlement

Families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre won a $73 million settlement with Remington Arms, last week. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, enacted in 2005 under President G. W. Bush, has protected gun and arms manufacturers from liability for mass shootings. Some in the gun world would say that this…

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Harden your Targets

Hardening a target is a critical part of effective security. Its importance in mitigating potential crime and threats cannot be underestimated.  How easy or difficult a target is both to attack and escape from is a top factor for any adversary. Take just one case, that of Omar Mateen who in June 2016 killed 49…

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Gun Detection Technology

Security professionals are always looking for ways to prevent crime and attacks from happening, particularly mass shootings.  Since 9/11, we have endured terrorist attacks and active shooter attacks (similar insofar as the perpetrator is prepared to sacrifice their life).  Regardless of the motivation behind a shooting, be it ideology or mental illness, both pose a…

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Duty to Protect

To what extent is a business obligated to provide security for its customers?  And to what extent does security influence which businesses a customer choses to frequent?  These questions are particularly relevant in light of the recent shooting at a grocery store location in Colorado which left ten people dead. Some would say that businesses…

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Ramming is on the Rise

Over the course of only a few weeks, there have been at least 50 vehicle ramming attacks in the U.S.   This method of using a vehicle be it a car, truck or tractor to inflict death and injury on pedestrians is not new. There have been dozens of vehicle attacks across the globe, from Berlin…

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G4S Pulse Club Case Ruling

It’s been almost three years since the shooting attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016.  The gunman Omar Seddique Mateen was employed as an armed security guard by G4S, although he was not working for them at the time of the attack.  Mateen had received firearms training during the nine years…

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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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