Clear Thinker

Sep 222012
 
Be Smart with Smart 911

A new service – Smart 911 – is slowly rolling out across the nation.  You can join it now and it is free, and hopefully sooner rather than later your local city/county 911 Dispatch Service will sign up for it too. It works so that when you call in to a participating 911 Dispatch Service from a phone you’ve registered with Smart 911, the operator’s screen will fill with a lot more information about yourself, […]

Aug 212012
 
Intruder Rapes 84 yr old Woman - Code Word Signaling Could Have Saved Her

We’ve written before about how your seemingly safest place – your home – can actually be full of unexpected dangers.  Our assumption of safety and our relaxation of our normal alertness upon entering our front door means we risk being surprised by already present intruders. There are – sadly – many dimensions to the risks we have to always keep in mind at home, and we’ve discussed several of them before – the dangers posed […]

Jul 192012
 
Lessons from the FL Internet Cafe Shootout

You may have already read – and possibly seen the video clips – about a wonderfully one-sided shootout in an Ocala FL internet cafe last Friday evening. Two youths, one armed with a pistol, the other with a baseball bat, entered an internet cafe with some 30 people inside, shortly before 10pm.  They announced their intention to hold the place up and rob not just the cashier but all the people in the cafe. As […]

Jun 302012
 
Gun Sales Still Increasing, Crime Rates Still Decreasing

About this time last year, we commented on the annual release of the FBI’s violent crime statistics, showing a continued significant decline in violent crime of all type.  At the same time, other FBI statistics showed a steady increase in the number of guns sold each month. Is this a coincidence, we wondered?  Or do increased gun sales actually lead to a decrease in violent crime – quite the opposite of what the gun control […]

May 012012
 
Beware When Returning Back to Your Residence

We’ve written before about the deceptive perception of safety we all experience in our own homes.  We’ve also specifically covered the dangers of opening your door to strangers. But there’s one other dimension of danger to be aware of.  This is perhaps counter-intuitive – the danger of entering your own home, yourself, when returning from any absence (whether as short as going over to the mailbox or as long as a several week journey out […]

Apr 152012
 
Eight LAPD Officers Fire More Than 90 Rounds to Stop One Fleeing Youth

Here’s an interesting story about a 19 year old youth in Los Angeles – Abdul Arian – who took police on a high speed chase around the city while at the same time calling 911 and uttering threats about what would happen if the police stopped him. There are two things of interest. The first is what happened after he eventually stopped.  He got out of the car, surrounded by growing numbers of LA police, […]

Apr 062012
 
Intruder in Your House?  Maybe More Than One!

When someone talks to you about intruders in your house, what does your mind immediately picture?  How many intruders do you automatically think of being in your house? Some people will say one, others two.  A few might say three, but how many would say four? I ask this question having just read an article about a retired police officer who woke up after a mid-afternoon snooze to find four intruders in his house.  One […]

Mar 312012
 
Are You Prepared in Your Home - Possibly The Most Dangerous Place You'll Ever Be?

We’ve written before about the danger of opening your front door to strangers (see here and here), the dangers of selling things, and on other topics to do with protecting yourself at home. It is a vital topic, for two reasons.  First, for most of us, it is the place we spend more time at than anywhere else.  We probably spend half our lives; maybe even more, at home.  That is one of the main […]

Nov 212011
 
Nationwide Concealed Carry Moves a Step Forward - HR822 Passes

One of our ‘holy grail’ objectives is to replace the current crazy patchwork quilt of state level laws about concealed carry reciprocity with other states, and create instead an integrated nationwide program whereby a single license from your home state would be recognized throughout the country. Sounds impossible?  Sounds impractical?  Well, certainly before the renaissance in concealed carry laws over the last two decades, it would have been both (and pointless too!) because few states […]