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.