In case I haven't mentioned it enough, I teach the Texas LTC (formerly called the CHL) course.
One of the things I stress to my students is that we now live in a surveillance society. To make that point, I show them this picture:
This is the now the iconic picture taken by an Associated Press reporter of federal agents sent in to extract Elian Gonzalez from a house in Miami. Many were critical of the fact the federal agent seemed to be pointing his rifle at the boy, but as experts studied the photo, much of that criticism vanished.
Because of the agent's finger.
Notice how the agent adeptly kept his trigger finger on the frame of the gun - and not on the trigger. This likely saved the agent's career.
Two other personal stories illustrate this:
With the advent of HD video, it's easier to make out people's features, as well as their gun handing skills.
Like the federal agent in the first picture above, security video and images can help or hurt us.
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