Thoughts on Outdoor Channel’s “Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.” and the Militarization of American Society
Firearms / Media

Thoughts on Outdoor Channel’s “Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T.” and the Militarization of American Society

My recent reading of Radley Balko’s The Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces (PublicAffairs, 2013) led me to re-view the Outdoor Channel series “Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T” (hereafter “ETU”) from a very different perspective than my initial viewing. Outdoor Channel describes the show on its website this way: Elite Tactical … Continue reading

Reflections on 2013 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting (1 of 10): Overview and Pro Shooters
Firearms / Fun / Media / Shooting Sports

Reflections on 2013 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting (1 of 10): Overview and Pro Shooters

This year I attended for the first time the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, which were held in Houston, Texas from May 3-5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The NRA reported that 82,228 people attended – a record number (previous high was 73,740). They also reported an 86% increase over the previous year … Continue reading