In “Guns Across the Border,” Mike Detty gives the inside story of having been a firearms dealer working at the request of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in what was supposed to be an undercover sting against Mexican drug cartels. The resultant “gunwalking” scandal became a horrendous failure that undercover police officers will be warned against forevermore. The program, like the guns themselves, “went south.” Some of those weapons were used to commit murder, including the death of a Border Patrolman named Brian Terry. The government, all the way to Washington, didn’t handle the aftermath as ethically as I would like to have seen, either. In four decades of working within the criminal justice system, I never saw cops publicly proclaiming against their chief law enforcement officer, the Attorney General of the United States, until this case. But today I see cops who post on the internet over a “sig line” that says “Eric Holder lied, Brian Terry died.” I know Mike Detty, and I trust him. His insider account is “must reading” on this topic, whether you are a law enforcement officer or a concerned citizen.
While Cornered Cat is a great resource for defensively-oriented gun people of all genders and experience levels, its greatest strength is that it’s written by a woman, for women, and particularly valuable to entry level shooters. Author Kathy Jackson is a friend and fellow instructor…she knows her stuff, and is a tremendous role model.
Independence Institute is, until New Year’s Eve, running a fabulous offer on Steve Halbrook’s books. Steve is one of the all-time great legal scholars of the Second Amendment, and was a major player in recent SCOTUS decisions in that regard. When he and I taught at a recent Texas Bar Association symposium, I managed to pick up an autographed copy of his “Securing Civil Rights: Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms.” Very much on point to recent dialogues we’ve had here. The Independence Institute package represents a great value on Christmas gift books for those in your life who are interested in all manner of civil rights issues.