Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Should Guns be Stored in Children's Rooms as a Last Ditch Defense Against Home Invasion? A Conversation With Rob Pincus, One of the World's Leading Firearm and Shooting Experts About America's Gun Culture

We have spoken at great length about America's gun culture and the need for a reasonable approach to guns as a public health issue several times here on We Are Respectable Negroes. With the hope of offering up some resources and expert opinions on the topic, I have been lucky to talk to both Richard Slotkin and Ann Little, two leading authorities on the cultural and historical context of guns and interpersonal violence in the United States.

I like talking to experts. I especially like talking to experts who will challenge my priors and bring to you a perspective that you may, under different circumstances, not be likely to hear engaged in fair, long, and substantive conversation by someone who may not necessarily agree with them.

In this most recent installment of our podcast series, I had the great opportunity to speak with Mr. Rob Pincus. He is one of the world's foremost experts on firearm use, and is an expert consultant and trainer who has worked with militaries, police departments, and other expert shooters around the world. Rob most recently came to the attention of the national media because of his suggestion that guns should be securely stored in the rooms of children as a last line of defense in the event of a home invasion.

We talked about a range of issues in this newest installment of We Are Respectable Negroes' podcast series. Rob joined us, quite generously taking time from his busy national touring schedule, to share his insights on the Newtown shooting, the politics of guns and gun culture, his expert insights on the Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo police shootings in New York City, how gun use is depicted in Hollywood films, and how and if school teachers and principles should be armed to prevent mass shootings.

This is a great conversation. I learned a great deal talking to Robert Pincus. I do think that you will as well.

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2:19 How did you end up as a professional expert on shooting and firearms?
4:49 How do random people react to you given your expertise on shooting, self-defense, and personal protection? What does your business card say?
8:03 What is keeping reasonable people from coming together to develop a reasonable set of solutions to America's gun violence problem?
15:15 How do you train new shooters? Is it better to have a "blank slate" regarding gun use if you join the military?
16:58 As someone who trains and works with United States Special Operations personnel, how do those "quiet warriors" feel about the attention they are receiving by Hollywood and the mass media?
18:43 By analogy, are you training Indy car drivers or day-to-day folks who just want to "drive" better? What are the skills you teach people based on their needs and expectations?
22:00 What is your take on the phrase "assault rifle" when gun violence is discussed by the mass public?
25:40 Please share your thoughts on the media's response to your suggestion that guns should be securely stored in children's rooms as a means of responding to a worst case scenario?
30:15 Is the controversy in response to your suggestion just because of emotion and sensationalism? Or is this based on reasonable concerns about domestic gun violence?
34:58 How do you balance personal safety concerns and guns with what is possible versus what is possible?
39:49 Post Newtown, given how hard it is for a trained person to properly engage an armed gunman? Should school personnel be armed?
47:34 What are your thoughts on the militarization of American police departments?
50:20 Sympathetic shooting, police training, and the Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo police shootings
55:35 Consulting for Hollywood films, TV, and depictions of firearm use
57:44 Where can we find you online, your various projects, books, and company?


Michael Varian Daly said...

The War on Drugs is the primary cause of guns being a public health issue. It is also a massive Social Justice issue. End that insanity and easily half of America's gun related homicides go away along with a whole host of other evils.

But know that The Drug War Lobby makes the NRA look like a Midwest Moose Lodge by comparison.

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If you were to draw TWO PIE CHARTS that are anatomically correct to the PROPORTIONALITY of the problem at hand - WHICH ONE WOULD BE MORE PROBLEMATIC FOR BLACK CHILDREN?

A) The Number of Black Children who's parent school to store fire arms in the child's room for protection?

B) The Number of Black Children who hear GUNFIRE in their immediate community and have to jump upon the floor to reduce the imprint that their body exposes itself IF a stray bullet flies through their window or exterior wall that has siding/insulation and then dry wall - which can't stop the bullet?

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