Children, Guns and Education

How many more will it take?

Toy Guns - Education - Gun Safety - Aegis AcademyThis morning we woke up to the news that a 12-year-old was shot by police over an airsoft gun for failing to follow their instructions and display his hands. Initial reports are that this gun had been modified to remove the orange identifier from the barrel. We have seen a number of children with toy guns shot over the years by police who were responding to a report of a person with a firearm. Typically it is a kid in the 10 – 14-year-old range. Older teens seem to have the common sense to know that walking around with a replica is going to cause some real problems. Younger kids with no exposure to guns other than what they see in the movies are the ones at risk.

We have a responsibility to make children safer, and education is the key. Children, guns and … Read more »

Gun Safety – Secure Storage

imagesGun Safety – Secure Storage

If you are reading this article, you are likely a gunowner, prospective owner, or have enough curiosity to scroll through this topic.  In any case, thank you for taking the time to do so.  If you are a current gun owner, how do you secure your firearms when not in use?  If you are a prospective gun owner, how do you intend to secure your firearm and have you factored secure storage as part of your first purchase?  In this article, I will briefly highlight the legal and practical benefits of secure gun storage.

Legal, Moral and Practical Aspects

While the pro-gun and anti-gun movements bitterly differ on many data points and issues, I believe that both agree on the principle that unsecured guns contribute to accidental shooting incidents and can enable the unlawful use of firearms.  All emotional arguments aside… it is clearly logical … Read more »

Carlsbad Wildfire, Personal Defense and Natural Disasters

You get to deal with the disaster with the training and equipment you have, not what you wish you had…


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Natural disasters like the Carlsbad wildfires, and the rest of the fires in Southern California this week bring out the best in most normal people. The outpouring of support, donations at the emergency shelters and offers of assistance is what make this country great! Conversely, it also provides opportunity for the criminal element to take advantage of people and the situation. As disgusting as the opportunists are, they do not surprise me. I am however continually surprised by the lack of preparedness for these predictable events on the part of many of my fellow citizens.

As soon as I smelled smoke, I went out side to see some fairly dark fires, which appeared to be pretty close. I went inside, picked up the keys and my wallet and drove … Read more »

Risk analysis and mitigation

Risk analysis and mitigation from a travel security perspective

Aegis Academy-Travel Security-Risk Analysis-Risk MitigationThe most common and unfortunate state of mind people adopt is that protection is the responsibility of someone else. You can personally exert an extraordinary amount of influence over your own safety and security by controlling your actions. Adopting the mindset that your personal safety and security is up to you is the first step in improving your chances. The next step is learning how to evaluate risk, and implement actions and controls to maintain and advantage in any environment. The first step is analyzing risk.

Finding the “right” risk metrics

In risk analysis, the first and most critical step is to choose a quality data set. The greatest gift the Internet has given us is a vast supply of information on demand. Unfortunately, much of it consists of un-researched opinion, or worse pure fabrication. When completing personal security risk analysis, … Read more »

The Anatomy of a Kidnapping

The Anatomy of a Kidnapping

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The number of kidnappings have increased year over year for the past decade. Terrorists, cartels and both organized and common criminals are adding kidnapping to their repertoire as it is lucrative addition to their revenue streams.

Some of this increase in volume represents an increase in traditional kidnappings. Some of it is due to the fact that muggers and robbers are getting smarter and using leverage as a tool, vice exclusively relying on fear and/or brute force. This has resulted in the adoption of the relatively new class of robbery/extortion/theft, which has been termed “express kidnapping”. This is a short term, comparatively low demand ransom that is executed generally in 12 – 36 hours. Ransoms are usually what a person has in a checking or savings account that can be withdrawn via ATM or from a local bank.

Regardless of the type of … Read more »