America’s Gun Debate Is Between Warriors and Victims

Recently, a U.S. federal judge ruled that one of California’s many anti-gun laws was unconstitutional. That ruling will be challenged and the debate will continue. 

I find the gun debate fascinating because understanding the two political ideologies is essential to your success.

There are two types of people in this debate–warriors and victims. 

Victims believe government is responsible for their security. Warriors believe the individual is responsible for their own security. Continue reading “America’s Gun Debate Is Between Warriors and Victims”

May 2019 Q&A

Post your questions in the comments, on any subject, and I will be glad to answer them in the next Q & A.

This month I focused on the police shooting questions I received.

• Does public perception of law enforcement affect officer’s safety?

• In police altercations, should subject or objective truth carry more weight?

• How should the public weigh the feelings/perception of the officer when objective facts of the incident?

• Is there a potential for abuse of Graham v. Connor and Tennessee v. Garner

• How are video cameras impacting objective reasonableness in the eyes of the public?

(Watch video or read transcript below)

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Chuck Rylant: How Jiu-Jitsu Led to the Hero of His Story

— Written by By Cindy Cyr —

Growing up, Chuck Rylant was driven to become a real-life hero.

Not having a healthy father figure in his life, Chuck sought out male role models, which ultimately came through the fictional characters he saw in movies. He was naturally drawn to action movie heroes of the eighties such as Sylvester Stallone in Rambo, Bruce Willis in Die Hard, and Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon, and these heroes were his inspiration throughout a traumatic childhood that was filled with chaos.

In and out of foster homes when he was young, Chuck grew up on welfare and in government housing projects from the time he was born until he was 16, at which point he moved out to live on his own. Continue reading “Chuck Rylant: How Jiu-Jitsu Led to the Hero of His Story”

Shots Fired — New Book Release

Antipolice media propaganda has deceived the public and turned decent citizens against the police officers who risk their lives to protect them.

The media narrative about officer-involved shootings is very different from the reality. Typical racist headlines like “White Cop Shoots Black Man” are often the only exposure law-abiding citizens have to police officers.

Most people have never been in a physical fight, let alone a life-or-death shooting, so they are left with Hollywood and media fiction to educate them about law enforcement shootings.

The perception is that cops are cavalier about shooting people, but from the 12 real-life accounts in this book, you will discover law enforcement shootings are far more complicated and the consequences are greater than most people will ever understand.

Each fascinating chapter in this book illustrates how shootings occur under intense pressure, with limited information, and in rapidly evolving situations.

Law enforcement demands a tough exterior, but officer-involved shootings are extremely traumatic. Officers risk not only being killed but also imprisonment, loss of employment, public slander, marriage and family turmoil, and severe health issues.

The psychology behind an officer-involved shooting is the part of the story that is missing from the public narrative. What happens in the officer’s head before, during, and after a shooting is the story that is rarely told.

Police officers, like all humans, make less-than-perfect decisions and occasionally stumble with significant mistakes. That said, in virtually every law enforcement shooting, the suspect’s actions drive the officer to shoot—it is not the other way around.

This book is for three kinds of people:

  1. Cops who have been in a shooting
  2. Cops who could be in a shooting
  3. Civilians who want to understand police shootings

Law enforcement culture penalizes officers for showing vulnerability, so it can be easy to feel alone when experiencing the trauma that follows killing another human. This book shares the story that officers do not get to tell, and it will prepare others who have not yet been forced to pull the trigger.