ATF not hopeful of finding out where the Pentagon shooter bought the weapons

WTOP radio today informed listeners that the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency were not hopeful of discovering where Patrick Bedell bought the weapons he used to shoot Police Officers near the Pentagon on Thursday evening.

Despite being a very disturbed individual, Bedell managed to walk up to Police without them becoming alarmed. One of the officers later said that he appeared as if he was approaching them to ask a question.

Fortunately, they were able to act quick enough, despite getting shot, to stop the crazed gunman. Ironically, this incident closely resembled a number of scenarios which SEXTON trainers engaged in with several dozen E.P. agents in Puerto Rico last week.

Students had to react to a number of real-life scenarios, such as a person walking up to them and perhaps pulling a weapon on them. Just as in the shooting on Thursday evening, some of them were able to respond in time, but those who did not, were shot by the bad guy and learned how fast an incident can turn tragic.

This is why we teach students to always be aware of their surroundings and expect the unexpected. When you are on duty protecting a Prinicpal, there can be no time for “zoning out” or daydreaming. You must be ready to react in an instant.

Work-place violence kills many U.S. workers every year.

Our company is hired regularly to make sure that fired employees do not come back to work and kill a supervisor or fellow colleagues.

When people hear that Corporations hire bodyguards to work in their Corporations pending and following company terminations they are surprised. This surprises me. Every year, workplace violence makes the “top ten” list of serious concerns facing U.S. businesses.

Yesterday, on WTOP radio station I heard the phrase; “Desk Rage” for the first time. Unfortunately it is very appropriate. Some people have very bad tempers and an argument or decision at work can lead to them getting a weapon and committing homicide. This was evidenced a couple of weeks ago in Kentucky when five factory workers were killed by an employee who had been slightly reprimanded.

Employers do have a responsibility to ensure a safe work place environment. That is the reason companies hire us. If we are called in and are onsite when a violent worker returns intent on hurting people, we will be the ones to stop him or her from committing the act.

Fellow workers should report incidents involving any type of inappropriate behavior, especially instances where people are likely to get hurt, or worse. Very rarely does an employee just go ballistic or “postal” for no reason. The most common cause of work place homicides are domestic situations. An employee with a dangerous spouse/significant other who has just been arrested on domestic violence charges or has been served with a protective should be brought to a supervisor’s attention immediately.

With so much rage in schools, on the road and in the home, the Police have their hands full just reacting to situations where many times the SWAT team will be called in. Private security companies are a great resource to the business community as Police do not have the resources to sit for days and wait to see if something will happen.

Be part of the solution. Report all potentially dangerous situations in the workplace to a supervisor.

Nice one, Dick!

I was delighted to hear the latest news on WTOP radio tonight on gun control in the District of Columbia.

Apparently, Vice President Cheney is calling the District’s ban on gun possession “unconstitutional”. This is the first time the V.P. has gone against the Administration. The V.P. joins 300 senators and representatives who declare that the ban on guns goes against the second ammendment.

Owners of licensed security companies are sure to be singing Dick’s praises tonight. Washington D.C. is known worldwide for it’s lawlessness and drive-by shootings. One wonders if there is a criminal anywhere in the District who does NOT own an illegal gun. Yet, law-abiding citizens and business owners whose very livelyhood depends on their having access to concealed weapons, are prohibited and restricted from properly carrying out their trade.

Who in their right minds would think that the same highly trained and experienced gun owners (many of whom have law enforcement and military experience) who carry their weapon in nearby Maryland and Virginia are not capable of doing the same in the District of Columbia?

Hopefully this discriminatory law is about to be changed. When it does, maybe then guns will not be outlawed and not only the outlaws will have guns.