William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting died today. He won’t get an obituary in the New York Times (I am guessing), but his death is being mourned throughout the gun training community (it is feeling more like a community than a cottage industry, today at least).
I didn’t know William Aprill well, but we knew of each other. I will never forget the one and only time I met him in person, at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference in 2018. Our brief conversation began:
Aprill: “Gun Culture 2.0, eh?”
Aprill: “I thought we were on Gun Culture 4.5 by now.”
Aprill was so far ahead of so many in the gun training community he may well have been on Gun Culture Version 4.5.
We chatted right before he presented an abbreviated version of his work at the Tactical Conference. Attending a full “Unthinkable” class and interviewing him about his work was at the top of my remaining book research “to do” list.
And now he is gone.
Aprill is known for his understanding of the darkest aspects of human behavior — the “criminal mind” — but I was always most impressed by his ability to understand the human mind. Speaking with Paul Carlson on his Safety Solutions Academy podcast, Aprill talked about the benefits of having a #MeToo movement for mental health. He also showed his humanity in the way he thought about the issue of race and violent victimization, which I appreciated.
I am going to remember and honor William Aprill by sharing his work in a cumulative post I will begin tomorrow. If you have links to any public resources you know of in the comments and I will add them to this post to create a repository of his contributions.
Please help me add to this.