LAPD Gun Expert Talks Law Enforcement, Guns, and Self Defense

Author Sam Harris interviews a gun expert and former law enforcement officer in a fascinating and informative 100 minute podcast: “Behind the Gun: A Conversation with Scott Reitz”

  • Reitz: “A thirty-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police department. He worked in the elite Metropolitan Division and finally as a member of ‘D’ platoon (SWAT). He remained there for ten years until he became the primary firearms and tactics instructor for the whole of Metro Division and all LAPD advanced in-service firearms/tactics training. In addition to his work with the LAPD, Reitz has worked with U.S. Department of Energy, US Marine Corps, U.S. Army Delta, Naval Special Warfare’s Team 6 and Air Task Force assets that support special operations. He is also one of a very few firearms instructors who is a Federal and Superior Court qualified expert in deadly force, training, safety, and police tactics. Reitz has testified in the defense of police, F.B.I., U.S. Secret Service, and B.A.T.F., and consulted in many high profile cases. Reitz is also the author of The Art of Modern Gunfighting: The Pistol (Volume 1)”
  • “Most of these police officers out there are overwhelmed with the demands placed on them: ‘I want you to hazard your life, but I want you to be REALLY careful in defending yourself'”

One of the most fascinating and informative podcasts I’ve ever listened to. Reitz and Harris evaluate the complex and real-life difficulties of being a modern-day police officer, the current state of law enforcement in general, and the importance of being trained – and equipped – to properly defend one’s self.

H/T Waking Up with Sam Harris


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