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Two from S.W.A.T.

People sometimes ask how I feel to be writing for S.W.A.T. magazine. Am I conflicted? Hooboy, am I.

The short version of the reason I write for S.W.A.T. is that Rich Lucibella, the publisher, is more stubborn than I am. The slightly longer version is that I have the utmost respect for both Rich and Denny Hansen, S.W.A.T.’s long-time editor.

I think Rich and I are pretty much attuned, philosophically. Denny and I … not always so. But he puts up with me in gentlemanly fashion and both guys have always been wonderful to work with.

Both are also men of integrity. When I saw Denny’s “Briefing Room” column in the newest issue, I asked Rich for a link so I could show you (very little of the magazine is usually put online). Here you go: “Needless Tragedy?” Denny writes about Jose Guerena. Keep in mind that this is by a veteran SWAT cop talking to other SWAT cops. Denny has already received some first-class hate mail. And delivered at least one excellent smackdown.

While sending digital links, Rich added one for my latest S.W.A.T. column: “Who Let the Guns Walk?”

That article was written with the invaluable help of two other men of integrity — David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh. Everybody anywhere who writes about Project Gunwalker owes salutes to them. In this case, my gratitude is more personal; they reviewed the article, suggested many improvements, and saved me from myself a time or two.


P.S. I have a pdf of Denny’s Briefing Room column, though not my Gunwalker article. If you can’t read the digital-magazine versions, leave a comment using a real email address and I’ll send you Denny’s column.


  1. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal August 25, 2011 12:53 pm

    The link to your column gets a “Paper does not exist” message.

  2. Claire
    Claire August 25, 2011 1:09 pm

    Sorry about that, Kent. Not sure what happened, but should be fixed now. Try again?

  3. Pat
    Pat August 25, 2011 1:40 pm

    I can’t get the magazine to turn past pg. 7, so unable to find your article.

  4. Claire
    Claire August 25, 2011 1:43 pm

    Pat, the link isn’t to the whole magazine. You get the cover, the table of contents, then the article in question. Denny’s is a one-pager. Mine is a few pages. That’s all that’s there in each file.

  5. bumperwack
    bumperwack August 25, 2011 1:48 pm

    PCSD is as rotten as any pf em…and TPD is just as bad…”absolved any wrongdoing”…gee, im shocked…lets see,71 shots in 7 seconds, 20 hits…from acr
    oss….in a residential area…damm.fine shootin,boys!

  6. Pat
    Pat August 25, 2011 1:50 pm

    Claire, I found Denny’s — I can’t find yours.

  7. Pat
    Pat August 25, 2011 1:58 pm

    Well, I take that back — I did find it now. But it has no title and seems to start in the middle of an article.

  8. Carl-Bear
    Carl-Bear August 25, 2011 2:01 pm

    It took quite a while, but I eventually downloaded Denny’s column, only to find nothing new, no observations I haven’t seen elsewhere (and made myself). Since S.W.A.T. is one of those outfits that doesn’t want any business from dialup users, I’ll honor their wishes and not even try to download your column (which — based on the first attempt — would take most of the night anyway.

  9. Claire
    Claire August 25, 2011 2:33 pm

    Carl-Bear, I’m sorry it’s a PITA for dial-up users.

    It’s not that Denny’s column contains anything others haven’t said; it’s that these things are being said by a former SWAT cop now editing a magazine for SWAT cops.

    Pat … When I look, my article is there. It should be in that seven-page file.

  10. Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams August 25, 2011 2:50 pm

    Hellovagood metaphor in that first sentence, Claire. That is is appropriate just adds to the flavor.

  11. bumperwack
    bumperwack August 25, 2011 3:24 pm

    And, of course,.proper and lawful application of the penalties for sedition…and treason…

  12. Claire
    Claire August 25, 2011 3:55 pm

    Some pretty damn fine lingo in that piece, as well.

    And bumperwack … wouldn’t it be nice? (Although technically I’m not sure the crimes of sedition and treason should even exist …)

  13. bumperwack
    bumperwack August 25, 2011 4:08 pm

    Ha!….apparemtly they dont…

  14. bumperwack
    bumperwack August 25, 2011 4:13 pm

    Unless, of course mr soetoro says they do…….

  15. hanza
    hanza August 25, 2011 6:07 pm

    I whole heartedly agree with Denny’s conclusions as to what should happen to those incompetant SWAT ‘officers’.

  16. bumperwack
    bumperwack August 25, 2011 7:14 pm

    Absolutely! A nd is a whole different animal than a misfire…but thier prob lyin bout that as well…

  17. Jim Bovard
    Jim Bovard August 25, 2011 7:17 pm

    Excellent article on BATF’s latest pratfall.

  18. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty August 26, 2011 9:50 am

    I’d like to see Denny’s article, Claire. All that will load for me is the cute SWAT logo. 🙂

  19. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal August 26, 2011 12:36 pm

    Nice article, Claire.

  20. captgooch
    captgooch August 26, 2011 5:26 pm

    Hey Claire,

    I, too, agree with Denny’s verdicts.

    Please send pdf copies of both?

    I just happen to be one of those Lucky dial-up connected persons.
    Oh Joy !

    stay safe,


  21. Desertrat
    Desertrat August 27, 2011 12:09 pm

    The best evidence of corruption, seems to me, is that the three guys most responsible for the gungarbage have been promoted.

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