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An old joke says, “Experience is that thing that helps you recognize a mistake when you make it again.”

That seems to be the case when considering armed defenders. Many resist it out of a fear that an armed defender, who is not “credentialed” (meaning, by most, law-enforcement certified or otherwise licensed for protection), would accidently hurt innocents in a protective action. Most opposed to armed defenders, carry their concern further, to anyone, regardless of credentials.

This Think About It commentary runs publicly every weekend and has since 2011. Thousands have read it in one of the many places it is published.

I am asking a question to the entire audience of readers. Can any one of you name a time when an armed uncredentialed defender, acting in official capacity of an American church, school or any other business, accidently hurt innocent people while trying to protect others during an attack?


There are hundreds of times innocent people died in a church, school or business (or even on a military installation) with no armed defender between them and the killer.

In 1991, the United / Norwest Bank of Denver issued a policy stripping all armed guards of their firearms. Two months later (on Father’s Day, June 16th, 1991) a still unknown armed assailant, with considerable knowledge of the bank and security operations, killed 4 helpless guards and escaped with $200,000 in cash.

Immediately the bank re-instated armed guards.

In 2020, based on George Floyd fallout, Denver Public Schools removed armed guards (who were credentialed as described above) from all campuses. On March 22nd of this year, a student killed two faculty members at Denver’s East High School. One day later the Denver School board unanimously re-instated armed guards (quickly stressing it was only a temporary measure).


For the first time, I agree with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on security. He stated, “Removing them [armed guards] was a mistake,” and “we must move swiftly to correct it.”


Think About it.

Why does America keep making the same mistake of listening to the wrong people for advice on security? What does Alec Baldwin (for example) know about guns or security?

I offer three words. Responsible armed defenders. Understanding there is work to do in defining responsible.

In the meantime, killers keep bringing weapons as policy makers keep taking them away from defenders.

Who’s helping who?


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